Best: Ducks 2nd Line
The Ducks checking line continues to fill the role of scoring line as well. Andrew Cogliano started off the scoring tonight for already his 7th goal of the year after totaling only 9 last year. Kesler would score his team-leading 12th goal midway through the 3rd to help keep the Ducks in it. Kesler, Cogliano, and Silfverberg combined for 6 points on the night.
Worst: Ducks 1st Line
Anaheim’s top line was invisible. Getzlaf continued his streak of bad drop passes and Perry seemed to be hiding from the puck. We all know that the twins are the backbone of this team and we’ve seen what happens when one is absent from the lineup, but they might as well have been in the press box for the first 55 minutes of that game. That is, until...
Best: Ducks 1st Line
The last four minutes of the third period we witnessed a rebirth of the once mighty top line. Nick Ritchie would lead the comeback with his 6th of the year and Perry would tie the game with two and a half minutes to go. Although Getzlaf didn’t register a point in this game, he made strong passes in OT and would score in the shootout to keep the Ducks chances alive. After Perry tied the game late, he seemed to come alive. That goal, a high pressure, late game, heroic goal is what Perry lives for. That was exactly the jolt I feel like we all thought he needed. He swarmed the ice the remained of the 3rd and all throughout the extra period.
Worst: The First 90% of that Game
The first 55 minutes tonight were pretty forgettable, minus some bright flashes from the Ducks second line. The young, speedy Carolina team exploited the Ducks on several breakaway opportunities and always seemed to be on top of the puck. Any time the Ducks would look to be building momentum, the Canes would streak up the ice and let the air out of the building. After an absolutely embarrassing loss the other night to Calgary and two days to rest, I would have expected this Ducks team to come out playing with a vengeance. Besides the second line, they looked flat footed most of the night and got caught chasing the Canes more often than not.
He had two goals for the Canes but it could have been more. He had dangerous chances all night and a big chance at winning it in OT. He also had the goal immediately after the Ducks pulled within one and killed any momentum they had gained.
Absent for a majority of this game, Corey Perry found his groove with four minutes left in the 3rd. He assisted on Ritchie’s goal to pull within one and then would score the game tying goal with two and a half to go. He would continue to be dangerous in overtime, rocketing a few shots just wide of the net.
Cogliano, and the rest of the second line, was the only reason the Ducks were even in a position to mount a late comeback. Cogs would start off the scoring for the game and would later be the primary assist on Kesler’s goal to give the Ducks 3. Scoring tonight gives the ironman seven goals on the season, only two shy of his total from last year.
Honorable Mention: Kase in the Shootout
I’ll just leave this here...