First Period Recap:
This was a special game for Teemu Selanne, and he was given the start on the top line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Hampus Lindholm made his NHL debut in place of Mark Fistric paired with Francois Beauchemin.
There was a lot of energy from the crowd, but both teams started off a little apprehensively, only getting a few shots in before the puck would get cleared from the zone. The defensive pairing of Cam Fowler and Ben Lovejoy worked the puck around well and managed to give the forwards some decent opportunities.
Only 8:55 in the Kyle Palmieri was called for a slash on Mark Scheifele and the Ducks went on the penalty kill. Seconds into the kill Andrew Ladd fired a shot from beyond the left circle that was tipped in behind Viktor Fasth. The penalty kill looked bad and Fasth didn't have much of a chance on the tip play.
The Ducks came out on the next shift and tied it up with a rebound goal from Mathieu Perreault, a name that keeps showing up on the scoresheet along with Jakob Silfverberg who assisted on the goal. Soon after the goal, the Ducks had their first powerplay chance. The powerplay was set up and had a couple chances but the Ducks just couldn't get the goal.
The Jets took advantage of the lively boards and Ladd scored his second goal of the game. The period ended with the Jets leading 2-1.
A Selanne tribute video was played and he received a standing ovation from all the fans in the building.
Second Period Recap:
The top line was looking to make an impact in the second period. Getzlaf may have been looking for Selanne too much, because it seemed that the Jets would pick off every pass he tried to make. A little over five minutes in, Sami Vatanen was sent to the penalty box for a VERY marginal slashing call.
The Ducks were able to kill this penalty off with a lot of effort and a bit of scrambling in their own zone. A few shifts after the kill, Selanne had a great scoring chance but got his shot blocked in front of Ondrej Pavelec. The Ducks got their second power play of the game nearing the halfway mark of the period. Unlike the first power play, the Ducks could not get set up in the zone and were chasing the puck all over the place. The power play ended with the score still 2-1 in favor of the Jets.
The game started to become a lot more physical. Bryan Allen was using his large frame to protect the puck and even made a few outlet passes that were worthy of mention from Ducks commentator Brian Hayward. Unfortunately for Allen, he was brought down in a battle for the puck and he inadvertently high-sticked Eric Tangradi as he was falling. The Jets went on the power play again, although the call could have easily gone against Tangradi for a trip. [Ed. Note: If you're asking yourself why the name Eric Tangradi sounds familiar, he was a former Ducks draft pick. He was traded to Pittsburgh with Chris Kunitz for Ryan Whitney...boo - JN]
The Duck power play was much more effective and forced the Jets to dump the puck in on many occasions. The Ducks killed the penalty and ramped up the pressure. Daniel Winnik, who had been a force throughout the first two periods, drew a penalty with a little over three minutes remaining. The power play generated chances but failed to capitalize.
With seconds left in the period Bruce put the Winnik – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano line out and they were able to come through. Cogliano tipped a Winnik shot in behind Pavelec for a 2-2 tie.
Third Period Recap:
Corey Perry's lack of production saw him start on the fourth line while Dustin Penner was bumped up to the first line with Selanne and Getzlaf. The Ducks looked sluggish at first, which is not surprise considering it was their second game in as many nights. Being on the fourth line must have kicked Perry into gear. He played with much more energy on the fourth line and was a force on the forecheck. [Ed. Note: BB said after the game Perry was double shifted because of an injury to Kyle Palmieri. Palms has an upperbody injury. Ducks tentative to use the 'C' word. - JN]
The greatest (LUCKIEST) play for Perry happened at 14:29 of the third period. Zach Bogosian was behind his net and tried to make a quick pass to avoid the forecheck of Perry, but he fanned on the pass and the puck landed right on Perry's stick in prime position for an easy snipe, giving the Ducks their first lead in the game (3-2).
On one of the better offensive chances after the goal, Cogliano was boarded hard by Zach Bogosian. Luckily, Cogliano was okay and got right up and challenged Bogosian to a fight, but Bogosian didn't bite and was going off to penalty box anyway. The Ducks played a hyper-defensive power play that focused on possession — because of this, there were not many good chances on net.
In the waning minute of the game, the Jets pulled Pavelec in hopes of tying the game with the extra attacker. The forecheck of the Ducks forced the Jets to cycle back in their zone. The game ended without any offensive pressure from the Jets with the extra man.
The Good: Team effort. The Ducks looked like a team coming together in this win. On the second night of back-to-back games, the Ducks fought hard for this win. The line of Silfverberg – Perreault – (Penner / Selanne) is gaining momentum. The defense was a lot better, and Hampus Lindholm was great in his debut. Koivu and Bonino had a great night in the faceoff department and were key in support roles on defense.
The Bad: The Ducks gave up another PP goal. The penalty kill was a negative in the game that slowly improved. The goal that was scored could have been prevented with a faceoff win or more defensive pressure in front of Fasth, who had not chance on the goal. Look for Bruce Boudreau to work on the PK before the home opener on Thursday.
The Ugly: Kyle Palmieri left the game in the second period after getting crushed against the boards. It was reported during the third period that he would not return to the game and was suffering from an "upper-body injury." The last thing this team needs is another player sitting out with an injury. Let's hope Palmieri's injury isn't serious and he can be back in the lineup by Thursday.
Honorable Mentions: Nick Bonino (a dominant 86% in the faceoff circle) and (third period) Corey Perry (game winner on a turnover)
3rd MVD(s): Cam Fowler and Bryan Allen. Cam Fowler really stepped up and played a great game while leading the team in ice time (23:41). Fowler's effort was noticeable in the third period when he would drive to the net when the rest of his team seemed to lack energy. Bryan Allen had a solid all-around game. He worked the puck around to his partner, Sami Vatanen, and made use of his frame to protect the puck and make defensive plays. I usually prefer to not notice Allen, but I have to give him credit for a great performance tonight.
2nd MVD(s): Jakob Silfverberg and Mathieu Perreault. Perreault can SKATE!!!!! These two always seem to be dangerous when they get on the ice. Both added to their point streak on the first Ducks goal of the game. Perreault looks like he has the 2C locked down. Silfverberg's shot is amazing, and playing with a puck distributor like Perrealut will lead to even more point production.
1st MVD(s): Teemu Selanne and the Koivu line. It was Teemu Selanne's night. He played well on the top line and had a few good looks throughout the game — the obvious choice for the Winnipeg media's first star of the game. The Koivu line, however, is what brought this game together. They forechecked hard and shut down the Evander Kane line. Winnik and Cogliano tied the game late in the second to give the Ducks a chance for the win in the third. Koivu won key faceoffs on the successful penalty kills — a solid 50 percent on the night. Overall, the Koivu line put in the extra effort needed to earn the win.
Next Game: Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 PST vs. New York Rangers (HOME OPENER)