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VIDEO: Ducks Can’t Keep Up With Canucks
The Anaheim Ducks continued their road trip against the Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks went with the same lineup as they did on Tuesday night, with the exception of John Gibson being in net. Spencer Martin was in net for Vancouver.
The Ducks scored the first goal of the game on the power play(yes you read that correcly). Troy Terry would get a pass near the boards and drive to the net and make a nice deke and score.
The Canucks did answer back right before the period was over. Bo Horvat converted on a power play to tie things up with just 20 seconds to go in the period.
The Canucks took a 2-1 lead almost halfway through the second period, when Elias Pettersson beat Gibson in close with a shot inside the post. A few minutes later and they extended their lead to two goals. A point shot hit a few players in front and then J.T. Miller scored.
In the beginning of the third, the Canucks crashed the net and Dakota Joshua scored. Ducks challenged for goalie interference, but the refs upheld the goal. The Ducks went shorthanded as a result. Vancouver’s Andrei Kuzmenko then scored on the power play to make it 5-2.
Andrei Kuzmenko would then score twice for Vancouver in a span of two minutes to make it a 7-4 game. Kuzmenko earned a hat trick.
Max Jones scored with about two and half minutes to go to make things interesting.
The Ducks got a late power play and pulled Gibson to make it a 6-on-4 power play. But it Vancouver who scored an empty net goal to make it a 8-5 final.
Goals, goals, and more goals. If you love offense, then you got to see plenty of it in this game. Unfortunately, it was Vancouver who ended up with more goals. The Ducks started the game decently and were in this one through the end of the second period. In the third period the game turned into a race track and it was the Canucks who pulled away from the Ducks.
On a good note, the Ducks were able to score on the power play, not once, but twice. Anaheim hadn’t be able to convert with the man advantage since opening night. The team also got more scoring from players not named Terry or Zegras. Those strides Anaheim did make were overshadowed, however, by poor defensive play, the penalty kill, and Gibson’s play. There were a handful of goals that Gibson should have been able to stop.
Ducks go back to San Jose to face the Sharks Saturday at 7:30 PM.
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November 3rd, 2022