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Ducks vs Devils RECAP: Still On Top of the Pacific

Ducks win for the first time after giving up the first goal

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Anaheim Ducks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1st Period:

The 1st period opened with quite a bit of back and forth neutral zone play with both teams trading some early chances. Shot totals were still in single digits when midway through the period, Adam Henrique took a minor penalty for cross checking. The Ducks looked strong on the powerplay, only vacating the zone one or two times, yet still failed to get a shot on net. Shortly after the powerplay ended, Cramarossa took an unsuspecting hit from his teammate Rakell in the neutral zone and headed back to the locker room. Both teams scoreless at the end of the 1st period with shots tied 8-8.

2nd Period:

Beau Bennett opened the second period by taking an interference minor right off the opening draw to give the Ducks an early powerplay. The Duck got two good scoring chances but still can’t convert. Randy Carlyle put together some interesting lines with the absence of Cramarossa including Wagner up with Kesler and Getzlaf filling in on the 4th line. A 2 on 0 breakaway gave Bennett a great opportunity for the Devils but he out-waited himself and missed wide. Devante Smith-Pelly opened the games scoring off of a redirect from Kyle Quincey and moments later, Quincey got one of his own from the point to put the Devils up 2-0. With less than three minutes to go, Rakell got the Ducks on the board by burying a goal off of a great feed from behind the net from Getzlaf. 16 seconds later, Silfverberg, with his trademark wrister, ties the game and sends the Ducks into the third 2-2.

3rd Period:

Kesler scored his 6th goal in as many games to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead late in the 3rd. Manson would immediatly go off for a tripping call following the goal, giving the Devils one last hopeful powerplay. As the extra man advantage ended, Corey Schneider was pulled and the Ducks had to face a flurry of shots during the last minute. The Ducks held on to win their 4th straight at home by a score of 3-2. Anaheim will play game 2 of the Freeway Faceoff against the rival Kings Sunday night.