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Ducks vs Capitals BEST/WORST: District 5 Ducks Defeat the Capitol

Anaheim is now in sole possession of second in the Pacific Division.

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Best: Corey Perry and the Offense

Perry led all skaters with two goals while also picking up a primary assist. Both of his tallies were vintage Corey Perry goals. His first was a great unassisted, individual effort where he took the puck straight to the front of the net. The second was a deft deflection past Holtby. It was great to see the Anaheim offense come alive against a great Washington team. Even though it the Capitals were on the second night of a back-to-back, it was no easy task. Hopefully the offense can remain consistent going forward.

Worst: Own Goals

In a game where not many things went wrong, a few things surely did not go as planned. Kevin Bieksa almost succeeded on scoring on Jonathan Bernier in the first period but was saved by an early whistle. Later in the third period, Jakob Silfverberg kicked a puck past Bernier for Washington’s second goal of the game. At least the Ducks are trying to score any way they can these days.

Best: 10-Year Anniversary

It was great to see most of the 2007 Stanley Cup Champion Team back at Honda Center tonight. Noted Arizona Coyotes superstar Chris Pronger even made an appearance. The only thing the pre-game ceremony lacked was enough Ilya Bryzgalov. The Russian goaltender made his presence known by asking fans to follow his cat on Instagram. Now if only Bob Murray could convince Teemu Selanne to commit to another year.

Worst: Penalties

The Ducks were shorthanded five times with every penalty coming in the first two periods. Although Washington’s power play is on a bit of a slump, giving the Capitals that many chances is playing with fire. Luckily it only led to one power play goal against by John Carlson. Anaheim needs to stay out of the penalty box if they want to consistently win hockey games.

Honorable Mention: Congratulations to Randy Carlyle for picking up his 400th career win. He is the 36th coach to accomplish that feat in NHL history.

Three Stars:

3. Ryan Kesler

2. Ryan Getzlaf

1. Corey Perry

Best Picture Ever:

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