And just like that, it’s 1-0 Anaheim. Oh, you thought there was going to be an intro to this article? Corey Perry says “Fuck that.” Less than 30 seconds into the first, the Perry line got good pressure on the Vancouver defense and forced a turnover behind Ryan Miller. Nick Ritchie then found Perry alone in front who beat Miller high glove side to give the Ducks the early lead.
Yes, Corey Perry is still good. The reports of his death were greatly exaggerated.
Major Patrick Eaves extended the lead just 1:15 later, burying a wrister from the slot for his 7th goal in 14 games with the Ducks. That made it 2 goals on 2 shots.
The Ducks almost made it 3 goals on 3 shots when Cam Fowler snuck a shot through Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller’s legs, but it was swept off the goal line before it could go in.
Anaheim continued to dominate the period culminating in a Manson shot from the point that was tipped by Nick Ritchie for his 14th goal on the season with 16 seconds left in the period.
Anaheim finished the period up 3-0, with a 16-6 lead in shots on goal and a monster 81% of 5v5 shot attempts.
The middle 20 minutes began like the first 20 minutes: Ducks domination. Brandon Montour scored his 2nd goal of his career on a bomb from the point that Eaves completely blocked out the sun on to make it 4-0.
The Ducks continued their controlling pace of play with the help of Jonathan Bernier who continued his stellar play by making a few key saves on some good Canucks chances.
Instead of scoring, the Ducks imposed their will physically hitting everything and anything that moved in an attempt to wear down an already tired Canucks team.
Anaheim’s penalty kill continued its absolutely dominant run in the second period. After killing one penalty in the first period, the Ducks were also able to kill off a Ryan Kesler tripping penalty late in the second. Since December 12th, Anaheim has had the best penalty kill in the NHL with a terrifying 87.3 PK%. Anaheim finished the second still with the lion’s share of the shot attempts at 61.3%.
Vancouver finally broke through when the still freshly-minted youngster Brock Boesner got a weird hop on his shot that jumped over Bernier’s right leg pad to make it 4-1 Ducks.
Even with a late penalty taken by Henrik Sedin, the Ducks continued to coast. They solidified a convincing 4-1 victory over Vancouver for the Ducks 5th straight win.
Bernier turned in another stellar performance with 34 saves. 9-0-1 in his last 10. John Gibson served the role of backup for the first time in forever for this game, so don’t be surprised to see him potentially get the next start.
Anaheim will now head to Winnipeg to take on the Jets in the series finale on Thursday.