The Ducks managed to dominate the Ottawa Senators as they won 5-2 Tuesday night. the only issue was they only really dominated the scoreboard. They got out shot significantly, and they relied on Ryan Miller play an absolutely stellar game. It worked out for them I suppose (see aforementioned score).
The Ducks came out red hot and got on the board early and often. It didn’t even take a full period for Nicolas Deslauriers to score his first career hat trick. They went into the second period with a confident 4-0 lead.
Ottawa made some strong pushes back into the game, and almost had Miller beat on a few occasions, but they couldn’t make the come back. The game is really summed up in one tweet.
This game has everything— Anaheim Calling Lafreniere for Help (@AnaheimCalling) March 11, 2020
Ryan Miller diving saves
Ducks power play goals
Nic Deslauriers hat tricks pic.twitter.com/ctmGAEVwmB
So why don’t we dive on in to cover it all!
The Ducks got an early power play and it didn’t take long to convert. Rickard Rakell received the puck along the left faceoff dot and put a hard show along the ice toward the net. Jakob Silfverberg got his stick on the shot and elevated it past the goalie.
Just 43 seconds later the Ducks made it 2-0. David Backes created a great zone entry along the left boards and set up Carter Rowney down low. Rowney was able to find Nicolas Deslauriers cross-ice and Sens goalie, Hogberg, couldn’t recover in time as Deslauriers roofed it.
Adam Henrique got called for interference giving the Senators a hope of getting back into the game. Reilly got an open shot from mid-range as the penalty expired, but other than that the Senators power play looked as good as you’d think a 29th ranked power play would look.
Nicolas Deslauriers got his second of the night, again coming from Carter Rowney. The Ducks gathered some speed entering the zone and caught the Sens flat-footed. Rowney entered along the left side and made a nice backhand toss to Deslauriers in the slot. Deslauriers wasted no time with the one-timer, beating Hogberg.
Delauriers with his first career hat trick! In the first period! In the offensive zone, Backes won the faceoff back to Delauriers, who made a quick move into the slot and sniped it for his 3rd goal in just nine minutes.
Ryan Miller, made a fantastic save on the doorstep as the Sens try to find life! I’m still not sure how he got to it in time. A loose shot bounced off of Larsson and trickled toward an open portion of the net. Miller was able to sprawl out and made the grab just before it crossed the line.
In the final minutes of the game, the Senators nearly got one on the board. Max Jones was called for a delayed penalty as the Senators controlled the puck. Bobby Ryan was able to get in close and get a shot off. The puck managed to get through Miller, but Getzlaf swatted it out right on the doorstep.
The Senators came out of the intermission and commanded a majority of the pressure to start, forcing Miller to make some pretty good saves early one. Rakell ended up getting called for a looking penalty 4 minutes in. Not before the Sens rip a shot off the goal post, adding to their “almost” goals.
They were however able to score just as the penalty to Rakell had expired. Colin White grabbed a rebound in front of the net and fed it over to Brady Tkachuk for an easy tap in goal.
The Ducks began to show a little more life, as Henrique set up Rakell for a partial breakaway. Rakell was hooked down on the play and it led to another power play for the Ducks, during which Rakell would get his revenge. The Ducks started from their own net and gathered a ton of speed entering the offensive zone. Henrique flipped the puck over to Max Jones as they entered and Jones zipped a pass across for Rakell to tap it in. Hogberg had no chance in making the save.
Miller continued to dazzle in net with one of the most notable saves in the second. A breakdown gave the Senators a 3-on-1. They were patient with their passing and caught Miller out of position. It looked like an easy finish but Miller was able to plant his stick against the post and keep the puck out.
The Ducks kept things interesting in the third period by taking a few more penalties and continuing to allow the Sens to get quality chances, but with the lead in place and Miller’s play it was too little to late for the Sens.
Another fantastic save by Ryan Miller. Hawryluk thought he had him beat as he cut past the defense across the grain. Miller was on his butt, but was able to kick the leg out and stop the puck.
The Senators did manage to get another goal on the board, but it was too-little-too-late. Ottawa caused a turnover in the Ducks zone. After some puck battling in front of the net by Tkachuck and White, White was able to reel in the puck and get a quick shot off beating Miller.
Ducks took the win, led by Miller’s 40-save night and Deslauriers hatty.
By the Numbers
Best and Worst
Best - 4th Line Dominance. Led by Delauriers getting the hat trick, the entire 4th line of Deslauriers, Backes, and Rowney dominated the game. They equated for 7 points in just the 1st period.
Worst - shot differential. The Ducks may have won 5-2. But they were outshot 42-15. Keep in mind this is against one of the worst teams in the league, and the Ducks just tied their season-low shot total. The goals were great, but it’s kind of embarrassing to allow that many shot.
Best - Ryan Miller. Miller was lights out. incredible save after incredible save on his 387th win of his career. It’s definitely on to watch on the recap.
Three Stars of the Game
3. Rickard Rakell - Another great night for Rakell.
2. Ryan Miller - 40 save night and was just lights out.
1. Nicolas Deslauriers - congrats to this guy! First career hat trick!