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Ducks vs Predators RECAP: Cap’n Clutch

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First Period:

It took Nashville an entire four and a half minutes to get their first shot on goal. That normally sounds amazing, but the Ducks probably did not want for that to result in a goal. Josh Manson went for an open ice hit in the neutral zone leaving Lindholm all alone to play defense. After the Swede tried to pressure on the boards, Colin Wilson was left wide open in front of the goal. Bernier did his best to be aggressive and cut the angle, but Wilson made a great move to score the opening goal of the game.

Only two minutes later, the Predators extended their lead to 2-0 on a power play goal from Ryan Ellis. The Anaheim PK scheme overloaded the left side (from the net’s perspective) leaving the entire opposite part of the ice open. PK Subban was able to get the puck to Ellis before Shaw could recover to the point. Ellis one-timed the puck from the top of the circle to beat Bernier far side.

Where were you the last time the Ducks scored a power play goal? After doing absolutely nothing in the last 9 games, Ryan Getzlaf cut the Predator’s lead in half. Vatanen’s point shot somehow fell out of Rinne’s glove and sat on a silver platter for Getzlaf to tap in. It may not have been pretty, but Anaheim will take whatever they can get.

Second Period:

The Anaheim power play fell back to Earth by giving up a short-handed goal at 11:29. Filip Forsberg went bar-down with a wristed snipe. I don’t care who’s playing goalie. If your opponent goes bardownski all you can do is tip your cap and move on. This gave Nashville a 3-1 lead.

Two minutes later, Nick Ritchie brought the score back within one. Getzlaf shot a puck from the point creating chaos in front of the net. With Eaves there to block out the sun, Rinne somehow pushed to one side of the net while the puck was on the other. Luckily Ritchie was there to just tap it in.

The bounces kept on coming for the Ducks. Rickard Rakell scored his 27th of the year with under a minute left in the second frame. After an enormous shift in the Nashville zone, Eaves was able to hit Rakell with a pass in the slot. Although Rakell’s shot looked like it could end up wide, the puck hit a defender and got through Rinne. The Nashville goalie was all over the crease in the second period. The Finnish goaltender prefers to use his pads to direct rebounds rather than his stick, which sometimes makes controlling them quite chaotic.

Congrats to the lucky fans that get to take home a year’s supply of 7UP since the Ducks scored a goal with under a minute left in the second period. Please enjoy your newfound wealth responsibly.

Third Period:

Anaheim did everything but score in the final period. It was a pleasant opportunity to see the Ducks fight to score the go-ahead goal rather than practice the turtle. The team continued their second period offensive push by completely dominating the Nashville offensive zone. If it were not for two posts the Ducks could have won the game in regulation. However, the game was destined for overtime.

Shots at the end of regulation were 41-23 in favor of the Ducks. Why can’t the Ducks play this well every game?

Overtime:

3v3 extra time is as entertaining as it gets. If it weren’t for a stellar Bernier performance, the Ducks would not been able to earn the second point. Bernier made two huge stops on Forsberg to keep his team in it. The veteran goaltender put together a nice, bounce-back game.

Shootout:

Patrick Eaves was the hero of the skill contest and was the only player from both teams to score. Bernier also did his part by stopping all five Nashville shots to seal the Anaheim victory.

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Anaheim will be back in action on Thursday in Chicago against the Blackhawks.