The Anaheim Ducks did what they do best last night: beat Western Conference Canadian teams. Even without some of their star players, they were easily able to contain the Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks victory marked Vancouver’s second road loss of the season, which is astounding to consider.
Anaheim’s power play was the story of the night. Even while icing an all-AHL second unit, the first group was able to consistently apply pressure on Jacob Markstrom. The Ducks finished three for six with the man advantage. Rickard Rakell led the way with three assists on the power play. Corey Perry was not far behind by picking up two of his own. What was impressive about the power play was that they did not settle for perimeter shots. Both Brandon Montour and Jakob Silfverberg’s goals came directly in the slot. Do this more. It took some clever passing to get those spots in the ice open, but consistent zone time should keep that play sustainable.
As Eric Stephens points out below, Rakell now leads the team in points with 14. He may not be scoring at last year’s pace, but he is doing everything he can to help the team win.
Has four-game point streak and now up to a team-leading 14 points in 16 games. https://t.co/l7722fSntt— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) November 10, 2017
In his four game point streak, Rakell has accumulated one goal and six assists. Someone must have given him a healthy dose of Ikea furniture and Swedish Fish heading into November.
Adam Brady hit us with this gem after the game.
One reason Jakob Silfverberg is one of my favorite players is he's Swedish, but his name seems like a kid who would have been in Hebrew school with me. (I never went to Hebrew school, but still.)— Adam Brady (@AdamJBrady) November 10, 2017
I weirdly relate to this tweet.
But the Silfverberg love fest was not over just yet. The main Anaheim Ducks Twitter account mentioned this stat:
#OohAhhSilfverberg! @JSilfverberg33’s two goals in 35 seconds were the second-fastest by a single player in franchise history (J.F. Jomphe, Dec. 13, 1996 vs. Washington).@EliasSports with statistical assistance. pic.twitter.com/CLFXYQit7e— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 10, 2017
I’m pretty sure Silf is the next James Bond villain.
Stick tap to Kevin Roy for making his NHL debut. Roy was rewarded for his tremendous start for the San Diego Gulls (AHL) and replaced the injured X, Y, and Z. I have been a fan of his play since his days at Northeastern so it was great to see the kid finally get his shot. Although you have to consider he was going up against the weaker part of the Canucks’ roster, Roy looked like a capable NHL player. His line of Ritchie-Kossila-Roy was, dare I say, exciting.
If there was a low point in this game—ignoring the Ducks taking five penalties since that is commonplace these days—it was when Ryan Miller was forced to leave the game with only eight minutes to go in regulation. The hockey gods need to leave us alone for at least a week. Can someone please sacrifice a Teemu Selanne signed puck? Even though Reto Berra was able to come in and stop every shot he saw, the Ducks could use a few more healthy players on the bench. Ryan Miller was starting to come into his own and even made a few huge, yet calm, saves in net. Take note, Gibson. Hopefully Miller and his black pads will be back in the Anaheim crease soon.
3. Kevin Roy
2. Jakob Silverberg
1. Rickard Rakell
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