After ending their losing streak with a win against Vancouver, the Ducks couldn’t continue their progress as they fall to the Boston Bruins 3-0. The Ducks did put up a solid effort in terms of offense, but just couldn’t get one past Jaroslav Halak.
They were getting the chances, outshooting the Bruins overall, and it seemed like they were just one bounce away from really hitting a scoring stride. Some costly penalties and poor plays on defense killed their momentum and they just ran out of time to make something happen.
The period didn’t start the way the Ducks would’ve liked, with the Bruins scoring first. This one coming just 5 minutes into the period. Daniel Sprong fails to clear the puck and it results in a pass getting over to Brandon Carlo, who puts a bomb past Kevin Boyle (first NHL goal allowed).
The Ducks would get into a rhythm afterward. Troy Terry would put together a couple of great shifts. Getting a loose puck in front of the net but unable to tuck in a backhand. Next shift he caught the Bruins on a line change with a stretch pass but it didn’t result in a goal either.
Max Jones was making his own impact all night, starting with his own chance in the first, a partial breakaway. He lost control of the puck however and just tried to chip it through but Halak got a piece of it.
Despite being down 1-0, the Ducks managed to outshoot the Bruins 11-8, the first time they’ve outshot a team in the first period in... I’m not even sure how long.
Boston gets a power play five minutes into the period and capitalized just 9 seconds later. David Krejci got the puck on the left side, dangled Boyle out of position and sent the puck across the crease where Jake DeBrusk to bang it in.
On the ensuing shift, Brandon Montour gets called for a high stick, putting the Ducks right back on the penalty. Anaheim looked great killing this one, however, and it generated some momentum for them and caused Boston to take their own penalty.
The Ducks got their chances on the power play with Halak coming up big a few times. In the final seconds of the man advantage, Jones got the puck in front with speed and got tripped as he tried to go backhand. So the Ducks remained on the power play.
They weren’t able to convert as Halak has been playing stellar and seeing everything the Ducks are throwing at him.
The third period was more of the same from the first two periods. Anaheim generated some quality chances, but Halak was just lights out. Terry and Jones had the best highlights of the period. The Ducks earned a couple different penalties which paid them no favors. And the Bruins tacked on another goal (empty netter) to keep up their part.
Best and Worst
Overall play. The Ducks really didn’t look too terrible in this one, and this season that’s something to be happy about. They actually outshot the Bruins, and really did put up some quality scoring chances. The rookies looked great as well, Terry and Jones looking like the best players on the ice at times. They just went up against a hot goaltender tonight, and a few defensive breakdowns cost them.
Aforementioned defensive breakdowns. Daniel Sprong coughed up a puck that led to the first goal, and their power play failed to protect the crease during the second. They were plays that could’ve and should’ve been handled better. If you aren’t converting on offense, you better damn well make sure you’re playing strong defensively. Those mistakes were the deciding factor.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Kevin Boyle - For willing to be in net for Anaheim and putting out a solid 2nd performance.
2. Jarolsav Halak - Played great in his shutout
3. Chris Wagner - revenge on their old team always feels good, even an empty netter.