The most exciting Anaheim player in the first ten minutes was none other than Jared Boll. Of course this had nothing to do with anything related to offensive zone player. However, Boll took seven minutes worth of penalties. After taking offsetting minors, both he and Ottawa’s Borowiecki fought. The altercation may have lasted a generous seven seconds.
The period was an offensive struggle for both teams to say the least. There were a total of five shots mid period and an explosive six additional in the second half. Anaheim’s top line was responsible for the majority of the chances and had half of the team’s overall shots (even with two minutes less of ice time). Besides making some typical lazer passes, Getzlaf had the best chance of the period by going to the net and getting a tip on a Rakell shot. It’s great to see the Ducks making an effort to cut down on defensive mishaps, but it cannot come at the expense of sustained offense.
The Ducks started the period in the worst possible way by giving up a goal. Ryan Kesler turned over a puck behind the Anaheim net causing Josh Manson to pinch down support. This left Dzingel open in the slot for an easy goal. The first tick on the score sheet came at 1:02 into the period.
It felt like an eternity for anything to develop after the Ottawa goal. After some minor line changes from Carlyle, the Ducks started to get the ball rolling. With Ritchie moved up to the top line the twins were able to get the cycle game going. It looked like the trio had finally broken through when Ritchie one timed a perfect Getzlaf pass, but the goal was immediately waved off. The referee claimed that Corey Perry interfered with Condon’s ability to make the save. Apparently this is not a reviewable play.
Anaheim got their revenge with a vintage Corey Perry sequence. The winger drew a penalty, won a few puck battles, and fed a streaking Silfverberg for power play goal. The goal came with only ten seconds left in the period. It was great to see the team rewarded after a much-improved final five minutes of the frame. The shots were 15-12 in favor of the Ducks.
Five minutes into the period, our old friend Bobby Ryan took a double minor for high sticking Hampus Lindholm. The Ducks managed to get three tremendous scoring chances against Condon. First, Theodore put a shot from the point off the elbow of the bar. Shortly after Getzlaf and Rakell led a 2 on 1 chance but the Ottawa goalie was up to the task. Lastly as the extra man opportunity expired, Getzlaf took the puck straight from the dot to the front of the net and barely missed getting his own rebound. Yet even with all of these chances the score still remained tied.
Both teams made it pretty apparent they were playing for overtime.
I could lie and tell you the Ducks won a game in OT, but we all know that’s not true. The Ducks went short-handed with less than two minutes to go and gave up the game-winning goal. At least it wasn’t a 3 on 3 situation for once.