The Anaheim Ducks found their win streak halted in rather embarrassing fashion against the San Jose Sharks, as they cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Ducks at Honda Center. The Ducks looked solid early on in the game, generating chances and getting pucks toward the net. However, Aaron Dell played a hell of a game and the Ducks found themselves digging the puck out from behind John Gibson a lot more than I think they would have anticipated.
That being said, this game was by no means the fault of Gibson. It’s difficult to give the opposing team five power plays and expect a lot of success, especially when the penalty kill is not at the top of their game and allows two power play goals.
It’s hard to really pinpoint a single thing that went wrong in this game for the Ducks. It just felt like an all-around lackluster effort that got the result that it deserved. Anaheim was lazy in taking a lot of penalties, they were lazy in killing the penalties, lazy in clearing out screens from in front of Gibson, and it ended up costing them big at crucial turning points in the game.
Rickard Rakell summarized the disappointment with the effort level in his postgame interview.
: "It’s very disappointing. Really need to have a good stretch especially against divisional teams. We knew they played yesterday. We need to take advantage of that." pic.twitter.com/CZhXG2clC8— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 22, 2018
Best & Worst
Ryan Getzlaf - This game was a very good one for the captain. He finished with a goal and an assist, and it would be a very good time for him to get some momentum rolling for the team.
Rickard Rakell - Very similar game to the captain. Goal and an assist, and showing encouraging signs of picking up some momentum moving forward into a critical part of the schedule.
Brandon Montour - Montour continues to struggle defensively, ending tonight with a -3, two penalty minutes, and nothing to show offensively. He’s still young and has a lot of potential, but it would be nice to see the progress going forward and not backwards.
Defense/Goaltending - As Randy Carlyle said in the postgame interview, it’s not really any one person’s fault here, but nobody played up to their potential in this game. There were a lot of mistakes made by everyone, and that’s how you end up giving up six goals.
Three Stars of the Game
3. The Final Buzzer - Hard to give the final buzzer enough props tonight for not forcing us to watch anymore of that Ducks effort. Hopefully Tuesday’s final buzzer brings more happiness.
2. The Intermissions - The Ducks did not allow any goals during either intermission tonight, a streak they have kept alive all season. Very proud.
1. The Warm-Ups - They carried so much hope with them. The excitement of a rivalry game about to begin. It was all downhill after the first star of the game left us far too early.