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Ducks Downed By Flyers
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks traveled to Philadelphia to face the Flyers. The Ducks nearly beat the Penguins the night before, but settled for one point as they lost in overtime. Anaheim went with the same lineup, except in net where Anthony Stolarz got the start. Samuel Ersson was in net for Flyers.
The Ducks got into penalty trouble early on in this one. Jakob Silfverberg was called for holding just over seven minutes into the game and Anaheim was able to kill it off.
Just over halfway through the first period and the Ducks were called for two penalties back-to-back. The Flyers had a 5-on-3 power play for about 43 seconds. The Ducks killed the first penalty and the puck came to Max Comtois at center ice, who stepped out of the penalty box. He had a breakaway chance, but couldn’t convert.
After the Flyers set up the power play again in the Ducks zone, Comtois got the puck and had a chance to clear it, but his pocket was picked. Kevin Hayes scored as a result and the Flyers had a 1-0 lead.
The Ducks appeared to score at the end of the period, but Max Comtois and MacEwen mixed it up. The play appeared to be blown dead just prior to the puck going into the net.
The Ducks went on a power play a few minutes later looking to take the lead, but instead surrendered a shorthanded goal to Rasmus Ristolainen.
It looked like the Ducks would be down 2-1 at the end of two periods, but Morgan Frost made a great play scoring with 39 seconds left. He had the puck at the side of the Anaheim net and put the puck between his legs shooting it over Stolarz’s shoulder.
The Flyers extended their lead in the beginning of the third. Hayes scored on a 2-on-1 to make it a 4-1 lead.
The Ducks scored on a power play late in the period to make it a 4-2 game. Frank Vatrano tipped a point shot past Ersson for the score. Anaheim then pulled Stolarz for the extra attacker, but Hayes recorded a hat trick scoring an empty net goal to make it a 5-2 final.
The Ducks got off to a quick start with four shots on goal in the opening minutes of this game, but then gave up 17 straight shots on goal to the Flyers the rest of the first period. Anaheim did only find themselves down by one and tied things up in the second period, but it was all down hill from there.
Anaheim was only down by one goal again late in the second period, but then they gave up a backbreaker goal to Frost in the final minute of the period. The Flyers then scored early in the third period and the hill was too steep for the Ducks to climb.
The Ducks were able to score on the power play once in three attempts, but they also gave up a shorthanded goal as well. They did keep the Flyers to one goal in five power play chances. The Ducks had some missed opportunities and made mistakes, which ultimately cost them the game in this one.
Zegras has 10 in his last 10 games.
Henrique has scored in his last three games.
The Ducks travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on Thursday at 4 PM PT.
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January 17th, 2023