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VIDEO: Ducks Keep On Winning
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks hosted the winless Arizona Coyotes. John Gibson had to sit out with an illness. Anthony Stolarz got the start and Lukas Dostal was recalled to serve as the backup. Karel Vejmelka was in net for Arizona. Trevor Zegras sat out this game with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
The Ducks got on the board just 34 seconds into this one. Getzlaf made a pass behind the net and Adam Henrique would score at the side of the net.
Anaheim would get a late power play in the period and cash in. Henrique would find Sonny Milano at the side of the net and he would score easily to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
In the second period, Kevin Shattenkirk had a breakaway and nearly made it a 3-0 game, but he shot the puck wide. Derek Grant then found a streaking Sam Carrick, who was able to redirect the puck past Vejmelka.
The Coyotes did get back-to-back power plays, but couldn’t convert. The period ended with the Ducks on the power play.
In the final period things got very chippy. The teams came together after a play early in the period, which saw Josh Manson and Liam O’Brien jawing at each other. A few minutes later Max Comtois and Johan Larsson spared for a few seconds before the refs intervened.
Even after the horn sounded, the teams came together at the benches and had a discussion. At one point Getzlaf walked to the tunnel and stopped to point at someone on the Coyotes, giving him a few choice words.
The Ducks have been rolling winning three games in a row. This game had a little bit of everything in it. Before the contest got underway there were the pre-game celebration with Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne, and the owners.
Once the game was underway the Ducks got to scoring building a 2-0 lead. Penalties started to come into play in the second period and the third period saw the intensity really pick up. The teams went at it several times after the whistle.
There has been nothing but frustration for the Coyotes, who came into this contest dropping their first 10 games. Comtois has had a frustrating start to the season and he took it out on Larsson. Even at the end of the game, Getzlaf showed his fire for the game giving the Coyote bench a piece of his mind.
The Ducks seemed disinterested and lacking motivation last season. Now they are anything but that. The passion, heart, and desire to compete is alive and well in Anaheim.
The Anaheim Ducks now have 11 power play goals this season. That’s the same amount that they for the entire previous season.
Getzlaf recored an assist and now has 993 total points.
The Ducks won this contest despite being without John Gibson, Jakob Silfverberg, and Trevor Zegras. Gibson and Silfverberg have been under the weather. Zegras appears to suffering some of the effects of the sew foot P.K. Subban gave him early this week.
The Coyotes have yet to win a game and are now 0-10-1.
The Ducks host the St. Louis Blues Sunday at 5 PM PT.
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November 5th, 2021