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Recap: Ducks Reward Honda Center with Home Opener Win

The Ducks win their second in a row against, serving Vancouver their first regulation loss of the year

Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

First Period:

The Ducks came out of the gates swinging in this one. Manson led a rush with plenty of time and space, ripping a shot that rebounded right to Andrew Cogliano which he buried making it 1-0 just 33 seconds into the game! Vancouver took a tripping penalty around 12:29 and another at 18:21. During the second penalty, Loui Eriksson almost lost the puck, but then he threw a long stretch pass up to Horvat who was able to outskate Sami Vatanen and tie the game with a shorthanded goal. The shots of the first were Vancouver 4, Anaheim 12.

Second Period:

Like the first period, the Ducks came out of the gates swinging again to start the second period. Still on the power play, the Ducks were cycling the puck well. Getzlaf won a battle in the corner then passed the puck back to the point where Vatanen passed it to Fowler. Fowler made his way towards the boards and took a quick shot from a tough angle but with Perry parked in front of the net; it looked like Miller never saw the puck float over this left arm. The score is 2-1 and shots on goal for this period is Vancouver 7, Anaheim 18.

Third Period:

The Canucks appear to have a fire lit under them; they are cycling the puck well. Loui Eriksson receives the puck behind the net, passes it out front to Henrik Sedin who shoots it off of Vatanen and behind Gibson making it a tie game. Later in the period was one of the more remarkable goals I have seen yet this year: Getzlaf showed good patience with the puck then made a nice toe drag but the Canucks defender got a stick on it which shot the puck approximately 15 feet up into the air towards Nick Ritchie who was on the other side of the net. With his head up, he was the first to find the puck floating high in the air. He must have remembered to equip his +9 hand eye coordination boost like in the NHL video games, because he batted the puck out of mid-air (while staying under the cross bar) allowing the Ducks to take the lead at 11:24 of the third. With less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, Perry decided Ritchie’s great go ahead goal needed some insurance; he received a pass and was 1 on 1 with a Canucks defender. Perry faked a slap shot then skated around the defender towards the boards. The defender lost his balance, leaving Perry alone with the goaltender. The Canucks defender took a desperate whack at Perry’s hand as he was shooting causing him to miss his shot which also faked out Ryan Miller because the puck slowly sailed through his five hole (I decided to pretend that Perry just did that whole thing on purpose). The shots of the third were Vancouver 8, Anaheim 7 making the totals for the game: Vancouver 19, Anaheim 37.

The Ducks won this year’s home opener game 4-2 and now look ahead to a tough division matchup on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks (who are on a 2 game losing streak).