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Recap: Anaheim 2-Montreal 1: Nothing Like a Good Goalie Battle

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Gibson loses his shutout bid late but still manages to get the win.

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First Period:

The Ducks came out to start the game but they didn’t exactly show up early on. At one point, the Canadians led 7-0 in shots. It took an entire eleven minutes for Anaheim to even get up two shots on the scoreboard. Luckily, Gibson and company were able to kill two penalties and keep the puck out of the net.

In typical Ducks fashion these days, Rickard Rakell scored on the power play to make the game 1-0 Anaheim. Rakell now has nine goals in only fourteen games. If he can keep it up, that’s on pace for over 50 goals. But it’s not ’07 so he’s not a true all star just yet.

Second Period:

By the time I got service back the Ducks started to carry the better of the play and get the majority of scoring chances. The top three lines all spent substantial time in the Canadiens’ zone. Getzlaf and Perry showed they are still a force to be reckoned with, the “shutdown” line had some close opportunities, and the third obviously wanted to get in on the fun.

Carey Price made it look easy until 11:56 into the period. Silfverberg dropped a pass to Cam Fowler who snapped one into the net from the slot to extend the lead to 2-0. Remember when everyone wanted to trade Fowler over the offseason? Bueller? Bueller? The goal was Fowler’s SEVENTH of the young season.

Just in case you didn’t know this, Carey Price is amazing. With less than a minute remaining he robbed both Perry and Vatanen of sure goals. No other goalie in the league makes hockey look so effortless.

Third Period:

Montreal came out of the break on a mission (probably to tie the game), but Gibson stood on his head. Even though he continued his usual swimming around the crease and questionable rebounds, the puck found ways to stay in front of him.

Therrien pulled Price for an extra attacker with two plus minutes left in the game. Soon after, Cogliano had a prime opportunity to seal the deal but missed by a few inches. That would immediately prove to be costly for the Ducks. Apparently I don’t know very much about hockey because Andrew Shaw was on the ice in this pressure situation and scored a goal. It’s been a strange year.

It’s okay though, people. Shaw was given a hooking penalty and a misconduct with twenty-seven seconds remaining in the game. Maybe I do get hockey after all.

Vermette took an offensive zone penalty immediately after to continue to make the game interesting, but Montreal failed to take advantage. The Canadians didn’t attempt a shot on goal in their final possession, which ensured another Anaheim Ducks win.

Score Adjusted Corsi. Great second period.
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The Ducks will be back in action this Thursday across the border against the Vancouver Canucks. I will be making the trek up there to see the game in person and hopefully stopping for my first time ever at Tim Hortons.