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VIDEO: Ducks Edge Rangers 3-2
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks started their homestand against the New York Rangers. The Ducks went back to the traditional 12 forward and 6 defensemen lineup with John Gibson in net. Jaroslav Halak was in net for New York, who just played the Kings the night before.
The Rangers got a power play early in the game and the Ducks were able to kill it off. New York would score first in this contest on a goal by Barclay Goodrow almost nine minutes into the first period.
Anaheim would then respond about 30 seconds later. Dmitry Kulikov took a point shot through traffic and the rebound came to Mason McTavish at the side of the net for the tap in goal.
There were a couple of penalties at the end of the period, but no more scoring. The teams headed to the locker room tied up at one.
The Ducks scored early in the second period. Kulikov took a shot along the boards by the left face-off circle and the puck made it’s way through Halak for a five-hole score.
About five minutes later Troy Terry shot a laser, which beat Halak over the shoulder to make it a 3-1 game in favor of Anaheim.
Braden Schneider did score for the Rangers on a shot through traffic to make it a one goal game at the end of two periods.
In the final frame, the Rangers got an early power play, but weren’t able to tie up the game. New York continued to apply pressure throughout the period looking for the tying goal. The Ducks got a power play with just over six minutes to go and did not score.
Eventually the Rangers pulled Halak for the extra skater and the Ducks were able to hang on for the 3-2 victory.
Finally, the Ducks earned a regulation win this season and got the monkey of their backs. They avoided tying the Coyotes 2017-18 season record of starting a season without a regulation win in the first 20 games.
Anaheim played a solid 40 minute game and found themselves up by a goal heading into the third period. If not for a late New York goal at the end of the second period, Anaheim would have been up by two.
In the third period, it was the John Gibson show. The Ducks had to hang on for dear life as the Rangers dropped 17 shots on net with the ice tilted toward the Anaheim goal for most of the period. Gibson had to make several saves to preserve the win for Anaheim. Overall he stopped 41 of 43 shots he faced on the night.
Anaheim ended up splitting the season series again New York with each winning a game. It was good to see the Ducks get a regulation win and now let’s see if they can build off this game.
The Ducks host the Ottawa Senators on their annual black friday game at noon.
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November 23rd, 2022