Anaheim started the game shorthanded due to a minor penalty call against Nick Ritchie. The Canes were able to rattle off six shots in the first two minutes of the game, but the Ducks were able to kill it off. The Canes would only get 5 more shots in the period, most of those being pretty textbook stops. With a few minutes remaining, the shutdown 2nd line kicked off the scoring for the Ducks as Cogliano smacked home his own rebound. Immediately after, Vatenen lost his stick and footing and was forced to take a minor penalty giving the Canes their 2nd man advantage of the period. With 30 seconds remaining in the PK and the period, Tuevo Teravainen got his 6th of the year to even things up at the end of the first.
The 5-7 minutes of the second period were an up-tempo, high flying display of scoring chances until Garbutt got called for a weak goalie interference call after being pushed in by an opposing Canes player. I don’t think I’ve seen a call go in favor of Garbutt once this season and this was a perfect example of that. Teravainen swung and missed at a wide open net for a chance at his 2nd of the night, but it just wouldn’t settle for him. Brett Pesce would ring another off the post before the man advantage would expire. Immediately at even strength, the Canes caught the Ducks on a bad change and McClement nets his first of the season to put Carolina up 2-1. Moments later, 19 year old Sebastian Aho danced in on a wide open break away and undressed John Gibson to put the Canes in full control at 3-1. Shea Theodore would take a high stick call with 8 minutes remaining giving the Canes their 4th PP chance of the night to the Ducks one. Back at even strength, Stephan Noesen scored his first goal in a NHL game to get the Ducks back to within one, 3-2 Canes. The Ducks would get their 2nd power play opportunity late, but would fail to capitalize.
Ritchie takes a face-full of boards to start the 3rd and went straight to the bench. After counting up his teeth, he was able to return to the game just as Brett Pesce put the Canes up 4-2 with his first of the year. The Ducks would fight back and around the halfway point, Ryan Kesler would tip home Cogliano’s shot and would get the Ducks back to within one goal, 4-3. Before the goal could be announced, Teravainen got his second goal of the night, putting the Canes back up by two, 5-3. With under five minutes to go, Nick Ritchie tipped one in front and pulled the Ducks within one, 5-4. Minutes later, Perry finally ends his goal drought at the perfect time, tying the game, 5-5. With under 30 seconds to go, Perry received a stick to the face sending the Ducks into OT with a man advantage.
The Ducks opened the extra period with an onslaught of chances during their man advantage. At the conclusion of the power play, play resumed and both teams traded chances at 4 on 4 until there was only :36 seconds left. The Ducks would take a penalty with 10 seconds left, but it wouldn’t matter, the teams would head into the shootout still tied at five a piece. Kase would win it for the Ducks with a beautiful top-shelf backhander that had Cam Ward in disbelief. Your Ducks play again tomorrow in a big game against the Sharks.