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Worst Game Ever Becomes Best Comeback in Franchise History

The Anaheim Ducks set franchise records by coming from behind 4-0 to win 5-4 in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets, officially surpassing the 2007 team in wins with 49.

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Final Score: Ducks 5, Jets 4 (OT)

Scratches: Ben Lovejoy, Rickard Rakell, Tim Jackman, Marc Fistric, Cam Fowler (IR)

First Period Reap: Teemu Selanne was honored at Honda Center and Selanne posters were given out to all fans in attendance. Frederick Andersen got his second straight start in net facing Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec. The Jets were fast at the start and controlled play for what would eventually be two horrendous periods. Early Jets possession forced Andersen to make a ton of saves early. Daniel Winnik, Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu had the best chance of the period early on a quick transition play.

There were defensive breakdowns everywhere and turnovers galore. It seemed that every time the Ducks had possession of the puck they would try a stretch pass up the middle and it would get picked off by a Jets player. One of the defensive breakdowns turned into a Jacob Trouba goal putting the Jets ahead early in the period.

1-0 Jets

The top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg was out for goal against. It didn't take long until another breakdown forced Andersen to make a great save. Shots were 9-2 in favor of the Jets just about 12 minutes into the game. Silfverberg was not looking good on top line (nobody was looking good at all, really) and Bruce Boudreau switched up the lines to put Kyle Palmieri with Getzlaf and Perry.

A really ugly neutral zone turnover transitioned into the Jets' second goal of the period.  Eric O'Dell picked off the pass in the neutral zone and got it in to Evander Kane deep in the zone.  Kane threw it toward Andersen and Matt Halischuck pounced on the rebound.

2-0 Jets

Bruce called a timeout to yell at his team on the bench. Soon after, Maroon was nailed by a hit and went directly to locker room. The Jets continued dominating, and with 5.2 seconds left in the period Perry went off for hooking. The period ended with the shot count at 19-4 Jets.

Second Period Recap: The Jets started the period on power play. It wasn't long until Blake Wheeler skated right in and slipped the puck past a diving Andersen for the power play goal.

3-0 Jets

Selanne had his best chance of the game stopped by Pavelec. Luca Sbisa took hooking penalty after the Jets took control of the game again. The Ducks were able to kill the penalty off while allowing one shot on goal. Palmieri moving up to the top line didn't help since he was the only one playing a decent game. With the top line out again the Jets added another goal after Vatanen had his stick grabbed by Wheeler who was on the bench, allowing Vatanen's man a clear path to the net.

4-0 Jets

Fans were booing like crazy, but nobody left. With just about two minutes left in the period Nick Bonino scored his 20th goal of the season to eliminate the shutout.  He carried the puck behind the Jets' net unmolested and roofed it backhand from about a foot in front of the goal line.

4-1 Jets. A huge save by Andersen kept the Jets lead at three after a referee took the Ducks defenseman out of the play. Despite not getting a power play yet, the Ducks were showing some life in the final minutes.

Third Period Recap: At the start of the period I felt like this:

But this quote describes every swing of emotion that happened in the following period.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

– Charles Dickens

Cogliano was moved to the Getzlaf line, something that had never been seen before this season. A miracle save by Pavalec kept Palmieri off the board, but Kyle was able to draw a penalty. For once, the power play looked great and Getzlaf was able to capitalize on a fancy pass from Maroon.

4-2 Jets

Just 70 seconds later, Hampus Lindholm scored on a Winnik rebound. And just like that the Ducks were within one goal.

4-3 Jets

The third period was dominated by the Ducks. A late interference call on Stephane Robidas put the Jets on the power play. This could have halted the Ducks' momentum, but they were able to kill it off. The Ducks took over in Jets zone and Selanne nearly tied the game, but Pavelec fought off the shot.

With just over a minute left the Ducks pulled the goaltender for the extra attacker, which had spelled the end of a few losing efforts during the season. With time winding down under 30 seconds, Perry tied the game from a Getzlaf pass behind the net to send it into overtime.

4-4 TIE

The shot count in the third period was a ridiculous 24-6 in favor of the Ducks.

Overtime Recap: Overtime didn't last long. The Ducks won the puck back and Robidas made a pass up to Cogliano on the wing. Cogliano mesmerized three Jets with his beautiful skating and passed the puck over to a wide open Robidas for the game-winning shot.

5-4 Ducks


The Good: The Ducks pulled off an amazing comeback win (the best in franchise history). They showed true perseverance in the final period. Andersen really kept his team in the game and never gave up despite a large deficit. The power play of all things spurred the rally in the third, which was cool.

The Bad: The first 40 minutes of the game were flat out unacceptable. If not for Perry's last second goal, this recap would have a completely different tone. Nobody was skating, nobody was playing defense and nobody seemed to care in the first two periods. Andersen was left all alone on way too many chances. Hopefully the Ducks learned from this horrendous start and fantastic finish.

The Ugly: Being forced to watch the first 40 minutes. I could not stand watching such a talented team play dumb for two periods. The refereeing was questionable at times, too (see fourth goal / Maroon hit / anything in the final two minutes). There was a lot to hate about this game, despite the win.


3rd MVD: Mathieu Perreault – Perreault kept his point streak alive and had a 60 percent rating in the faceoff circle. Perreault had multiple chances in the game to score, and he has really driven play when the top line was having an off night over the past couple of weeks.

2nd MVD: Patrick Marron – Like Perreault, Maroon continued his point streak and helped rejuvenate the ailing power play. He made a nice pass through the crease to Getzlaf to start the third period rally. This wasn't the easiest game for Maroon, either. He took a hard hit near the head/upper body and left the game in the first period. Luckily, he wasn't injured and was able to come back and contribute a key assist.

1st MVD: Corey Perry – This is solely based on his third period performance. Perry came to play in the third and scored the game-tying goal with just under 30 seconds left in the game. He celebrated with a tumble over the goaltender in front of the great fans that stayed to see the entire game.

[Ed. Note: Honorable mention to Pavelec for being absolutely terrible at controlling/covering rebounds. -CK]

Next Game: Wednesday, April 2; 7:00 PST at home against the Edmonton Oilers (and possibly Viktor Fasth)