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Ducks vs Capitals RECAP: Cup Fairy Dust

“Relax”- Corey Perry, probably.

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First Period:

The Ducks came out ready to play and pressured the tired Capitals from the get-go. Anaheim controlled the first half of the period and at one point had an 8-2 lead in shots.

Washington still managed to get the most dangerous scoring chance of the opening twenty minutes. While Bernier was behind the net ready to control a dump-in, the puck hit a stanchion and bounced into the slot. Bernier was able to make the initial save, but Bieksa inadvertently put the puck under and through his goalie. Although the puck crossed the goal line, the play was already blown dead.

Anaheim carried a 10-7 lead in shots heading into the second.

Second Period:

Corey Perry opened the scoring at 4:52 with a great individual effort. The winger intercepted an Eller turnover and went straight to the net. Perry got Holtby to bite on a fake shot and was able to skate around the crease for a wide-open goal.

Heating up. After being denied on a power play breakaway (say that ten times fast), Perry was able to redirect a Ryan Kesler shot from the slot for his second goal of the night. This play was a welcome surprise for Anaheim’s power play usage. Perry had a few seconds back on the top unit and did not waste his opportunity. Unfortunately the goal came seconds after the power play had expired but the execution was flawless.

Only 28 seconds later Rickard Rakell extended the lead up to 3-0. The Swede was able to quickly flick home a Getzlaf faceoff win past an unsuspecting Braden Holtby. The goal was Rakell’s 29th of the year and Getzlaf’s second assist of the night.

In typical Anaheim fashion, the team started to get into penalty trouble. The penalty kill has a knack for overloading a single side, which leaves the opposite point completely open. For obvious reasons this can get your team into a lot of trouble if you fail to trap the puck in said corner. Washington’s John Carlson got the Capitals on the board at 12:10. The defenseman had time and plenty of space to measure Bernier and hammered the puck five-hole. 3-1 Anaheim.

Third Period:

Corey Perry is a pretty good hockey player. It is a mystery why the twins are split up on the power play given their chemistry. The Ducks had a 5v3 opportunity and made the most of it. Perry was able to hit Getzlaf with a great cross-ice pass giving the Captain an entire net to shoot at. 4-1 Anaheim.

Anaheim was so excited to be lighting up the goal column that they ended up scoring on themselves. Thirty seconds after the Getzlaf goal, Jakob Silfverberg scored an own goal on Jonathan Bernier. The winger lost track of the puck in a mini scrum near the front of the crease and ended up pushing it past the unsuspecting goalie.

Ryan Kesler sealed the deal with Anaheim’s fifth goal of the game. He was able skate to the front of the net and tip home a Silfverberg pass. It marked the center’s 20th goal of the season and a 5-2 victory.

Anaheim will be back in action Wednesday at Honda Center against the St. Louis Blues.