Anaheim carried the play in the opening five minutes of the game and was rewarded with an early power play. The Ducks’ less than stellar extra man unit was up against a lackluster Canuck penalty kill. Something had to give. While it did work out in the end, the first opportunity was not one to remember. Carlyle sent out a group of Wagner, Grant, Vermette, Bieksa, and Lindholm as the second unit. As a fan might expect, this did not result in much offensive pressure. Please get back soon, Getzlaf and co.
“Kevin Bieksa did not see Sven Baertshci there”- Brian Hayward. I would say that was pretty accurate since Bieksa put a three foot pass directly on Baertschi’s tape while next to the goal. Baertshi was able to slam one home past Ryan Miller to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 12:12 in the first.
All of a sudden, the Ducks’ power play was given an opportunity to come alive. Although they came up empty handed on a 5 on 3 chance, Hampus Lindholm took matters into his own hands. The defenseman skated all the way below the goal line and threw a puck back toward the crease. With bodies everywhere in front of the crease, Markstrom was out of position and not up against the post. The puck ricocheted off of his right pad and back into the goal. Although it was not the prettiest of power play goals, it was exactly what the Ducks needed to get their confidence going. 1-1 at 17:11.
Overall, the Ducks played a great opening twenty minutes. They were able to generate three power plays and carried a 16 to 6 lead in shots (OwenWilsonWow.gif). If it were not for a defensive miscue from the defenseman that shall not be named, they would have led going into the next frame.
The Ducks at times have been guilty of overpassing. Coaches preach stepping up to replace injured players, but I am not sure Carlyle wanted players to completely emulate Getzlaf’s game. The Ducks had a point blank chance in front of Jakob Markstrom, but Brandon Montour decided to forgo the golden chance for another pass. This seems to happen at least once a game these days.
Away from the ice, I am fairly confident I overheard a USA chant over my TV [Editor’s Note: You heard right. ‘Murica - CJ]. Although Vancouver is in Canada, it should be noted that Vancouver is basically Seattle with twenty more Tim Horton’s.
Another power play goal in the same game? This can happen in real life? Brandon Montour was able to measure Markstrom and snipe a shot through the goaltender’s blocker arm and body. Anaheim figured out that shots from the slot during a power play are effective when it comes to scoring. Their second power play goal of the game came at 16:58 of the second with Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry picking up the assists. 2-1 Ducks.
Ooo Ahh Silfverberg. Jakob Silfverberg was able to capitalize on a silky feed from fellow Swede, Rickard Rakell, to give the Ducks their third power play goal of the game. Rakell carried the puck down below the goal line and hit Silf with a pass while he was all alone in the slot. It was Rakell’s third assist of the game while Perry picked up his second. 3-1 Anaheim.
Live look at Jakob Silfverberg right now pic.twitter.com/q4CPz7Brpz— Anaheim Calling (@AnaheimCalling) November 10, 2017
Andrew Cogliano may be the smartest forward on the Ducks roster. Even though he had a sharp angle to shoot from, he decided that a shot into Markstrom’s pads could create a juicy rebound in the slot. Luckily, Silfverberg, who had yet to leave the ice after his last goal, was there to finish the play. Two goals for Jakob Silfverberg in 35 seconds and an Anaheim 4-1 lead.
However, since this is a 2017-2018 Anaheim Ducks game, chances were a player was going to get injured. Ryan Miller was forced to leave the ice with an apparent lower body injury. Reto Berra came into the game with only eight minutes to go in regulation. Berra was able to step in and stop all six shots he faced, including a penalty kill situation.
All in all, the Ducks put in a great effort after a disappointing overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings earlier in the week. Anaheim will look to build on this 4-1 victory when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning this Sunday at Honda Center.