Best: 36 shots on goal
The Ducks outshot the Blackhawks 36-25, which is a great sign for this team going forward. An even better stat is that Anaheim had 67 shot attempts to Chicago’s 41. That’s winning hockey. If the team can keep shooting the puck at that rate there is no doubt they could start to string some wings together.
John Gibson let three of the first fifteen shots by him and finished with a .880 sv%. That brings him to .906 sv% on the year. Even though he did make a few great saves, he was out of position on a handful of others. The Ducks can control the puck in the offense zone all they want, but if the puck can’t stay out of their net then they can’t win hockey games.
Best: Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen
The defense pairing led the blue line in ice time and for good reason. Fowler, in particular was on the ice for 44 shot attempts to only 15 against. That is what a defender gets paid to do. The little Finn wasn’t far behind with 40 for and 15 against.
Just let the puck go to its home.
Honorable Mention Best: Corey Perry
Didn’t see that one coming, huh? Perry led all skaters with six shots on goal and now has sixty-six on the season. Kesler is in second with fifty-three. The main difference is that Kesler is shooting at over 15% compared to Perry’s six. Once Perry starts to get a little more puck luck he’ll be back to his old ways.
3. Ondrej Kase
The Czech native is turning into one of the most confident and creative forwards on the Ducks roster. Even though he has a goal waived off, it shouldn’t be very long before he gets on the scoresheet. And apparently he has the same birthday as me so he has that going for him.
2. Jakob Silverberg
The second line winger hit two posts and scored a goal. That puts him at seven on the season.
1. Corey Crawford
The Ducks would have scored 36 goals without him on the ice so you know he must have done something really well. The Chicago goalie had a .944 sv% and was one of the main reasons his team got the win.