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VIDEO: Ducks Beat Canes In OT
By Michael Walters
The Ducks opened up the scoring just four minutes into this one. Kevin Shattenkirk took a point shot that hit Brett Pesce high and he went down to the ice as a result. Adam Henrique was in the area and picked up the puck and then fired it over Kochetkov’s glove for the score.
The Canes did answer back in about a minute and forty seconds later. The Ducks would try to clear the zone, but instead turned over the puck. Brady Skjei would get a pass from Jack Drury and then beat Gibson over the shoulder to tie things up.
Just over halfway through the period and the Ducks would retake the lead 2-1. Jakob Silfverberg would steal the puck behind the Carolina net and find Max Comtois alone in front. He beat Kocketkov stick side to give Anaheim the lead.
The Canes had power play late in the opening period, but did not convert. The Ducks took a 2-1 lead to the locker room.
The Ducks got a power play early in the second period, but they couldn’t cash in on the man advantage.
Carolina tied up the game halfway through the period. Jaccob Slavin took a point shot which was deflected in front by Seth Jarvis, which caused the puck to hit the ice behind him and just sit there. Sebastiean Aho was close by and he fired the puck past Gibson, who lost track of the puck.
Anaheim would answer right back about 40 seconds later. Mason McTavish would find Brett Leason on a partial 2-on-1 and he would score just inside the post to make it a 3-2 game.
The Ducks were awarded a power play in the final seconds of the period and carried it over to the start of the third. They were not able to get the go ahead goal. Anaheim played a strong defensive game in the third period not allowing Carolina a shot on goal until 5 minutes left in the game. There was no scoring in the final frame, so overtime would be needed to determine a winner.
Overall this was a solid performance for Anaheim. They played a good opening period and great defensive third period. The second period was a little shaky, but they managed to fight through it.
The Ducks got solid performances from Comtois, McTavish, and Terry to name a few. Comtois finally returned to action after being on the IR and was able to score. McTavish got an assist on the Ducks third goal and was flying all over the ice. Terry was being his usual self and even played on the penalty kill in this one.
Anaheim will be off for a few days and will host the Sharks on Friday before going on a long road trip. Let’s see if the Ducks can build off this win and carry their play over to the contest against San Jose.
The Ducks have not scored a power play goal against the Canes since 2015.
Isac Lundestrom (fractured finger) was placed on the IR.
John Klingberg practiced in the morning, but is still not ready to return yet.
The Ducks host the Sharks on Friday at 7 PM.
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December 6th, 2022