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Game 4 Player Rankings

Time to see who were the best and worst players for the Ducks in the final game of their first round sweep of the Winnipeg Jets.

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I can't really pick out five guys who were sub-par for the Ducks in Game 4.  They led for nearly three times as long as they had in the other three games combined, possession was close enough that even though they were out attempted, the Ducks had the better of the unblocked shot attempts, not to mention they won their fourth game in a row by a score of 5-2.

-A Billion to the guy who tweeted @anaheimducks that they blew a 3-0 series lead last year: HAHAHA

-2 Clayton Stoner: Everyone's favorite Duck was once again at the bottom of the possession totem pole, with a -11 shot attempt (Corsi) differential and -8 unblocked attempt (Fenwick) +/-.  His partner, Sami Vatanen was also right down there with him at -11 and -7 respectively, but I think we all know what that's about.  Even so, it didn't end up costing the Ducks much more than a few nervous moments.

-1 Special Teams: The power play and penalty kill had their moments, especially killing the Jakob Silfverberg penalty in the second period and the first half of the Mark Stuart penalty, however the only blame to be had on either goal was for Winnipeg's speed attacking a shorthanded Ducks team and the second half of said Stuart penalty was UGLY.  So they get a -1 for literally their goal differential (not counting Vatanen's empty netter which is technically still even strength).

+1 Winnipeg Fans: They had an even better showing last night than they did in Game 3.  Lack of the wave helped a lot, also points for the "Captain Rogaine" chant.  But again the best thing they did all night was keeping the volume up from right after the empty netter went in, all the way through the handshakes and beyond.  Also the moment where the Ducks iced the puck called timeout, the fans got even louder in the timeout and then Winnipeg scored to get within one immediately off the faceoff was pretty cool (considering how the game finished).

+2 Emerson Etem:  That goal was practically Bobby Ryan-esque, except that it came in a win.

+3 Frederik Andersen: Super solid again, and once again, nothing he could have done about either goal.  John Gibson will likely be ready to play when round two starts, let's just hope nothing silly happens to stir up goalie controversy in the next week or so because Freddy has earned the net time and again.

+4 Hampus Lindholm: Within about a one minute span of the second period, Hampus showed exactly how a defenseman can be a force offensively and defensively with skating ability alone.  First was the breakout on Andrew Cogliano's goal that he took from the Anaheim goal line to the top of the Winnipeg circles (slightly aided by a pick from Ryan Getzlaf, if we're being honest) then bailing out Francois Beauchemin shorthanded with the ultimate backcheck/pokecheck.  Also he was the best possession player on the Ducks, led all players for either team in unblocked shot attempt differential and only trailed Mark Scheifele in shot attempt diff.

+5 Ryan Kesler: Two huge third period goals and he could have had more if it wasn't for Ondrej Pavelec playing above his head on the kill or Matt Beleskey going offside with an empty net.  He also led all players on both teams with five shots on goal.