Posts tagged Game Recap

The kids are alright for Ducks in Game 2 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — With Patrick Eaves injured and Corey Perry continuing to be a shell of his former goal-scoring self, someone not named Ryan Getzlaf would have to start scoring if the Anaheim Ducks had any chance at beating the Nashville Predators.

Sure veterans Sami Vatanen and Jakob Silfverberg chipped in a goal each, but it was two of the youngest Ducks who’d have the biggest impact in Anaheim’s Game 2 victory.

As seems to be the norm now, the Ducks don’t start playing hockey until at least 15 minutes have past in the first period. The Predators were leading 2-0 when Ondrej Kase, one of three 21-year-old Anaheim players in the lineup, drew a tripping penalty on Matt Irwin.

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Ducks ‘lost the game in the first period’ against Predators

ANAHEIM, Calif. — They may not admit it, but the Anaheim Ducks are tired. It showed in the first period of the Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators.

“We weren’t ready to start the game,” said defenseman Hampus Lindholm after the Ducks overtime loss. “We lost the game in the first period. They were on us the whole period. We didn’t really get to breathe.”

Over the past 15 days, the Ducks have played seven hockey games; in addition to trekking back and forth between Southern California and Edmonton a couple times. Dead legs aren’t unexpected, but they’re coming at the worst time of the year.

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Ducks exorcise playoff demons in Game 7 win over Oilers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — PRAISE BE THE HOCKEY GODS! THEM DEMONS HATH BEEN RUN OUT OF HONDA CENTER.

After four straight years of Games 7 losses at home, the Anaheim Ducks finally won a Game 7 in front of their home crowd. The Ducks narrowly defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1, and now move on to the Western Conference Final to face the Nashville Predators.

The victory on Wednesday night was the Ducks’ first Game 7 win since 2006 when the then-Mighty Ducks beat the Calgary Flames in the same round.

To be honest, the bar was set pretty low for the Ducks coming into the game.

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NHL Three Stars: Goals on parade for Capitals

No. 1 Star: Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals

In the Capitals thorough domination of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Burakovsky scored two goals in Washington’s 5-2 victory to force a Game 7 back at home.

No. 2 Star: John Carlson, Washington Capitals

The defenseman recorded a game high seven shots on net and scored a goal. He was second in ice-time on the team and delivered four hits.

No. 3 Star: Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals

No points for Beagle in this one, but his contribution was felt. He led the Caps in faceoff wins going 11 for 14 (73%). He tied Tom Wilson to lead the team with five hits. He was also wrasslin’ with Sidney Crosby and was all smiles.

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Ducks lose Game 6 (again); forced to win Game 7 at home (again)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the Anaheim Ducks have a chance to close out a series in six games. Instead of doing so, they gag on the opportunity and are forced to play a Game 7 on home ice.

The miracle comeback win in Game 5 did not weigh on the Edmonton Oilers at all. Instead, the Ducks couldn’t get out of their own way to change history as they were annihilated by the Oilers, 7-1.

“Everything,” replied a red-faced Randy Carlyle when asked what went wrong with his team in the Oilers’ five goal first period. “[The Oilers scored] on basically their first three chance to score … We weren’t able to recover.”

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NHL Three Stars: Oilers destroy Ducks; Predators eliminate Blues

No. 1 Star: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

To say it was a good night for the Edmonton Oilers is an understatement. The team pummelled the Ducks 7-1 to force a Game 7. Draisaitl continued to be unstoppable against the Ducks, collecting a hat trick by the second period. It was all part of his five-point night.

No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

The Preds netminder picked up his eighth win of this postseason making 23 saves in team’s 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Nashville eliminates the Blues to move on to their first Western Conference Final in franchise history.

No. 3 Star: Mark Letestu, Edmonton Oilers

Letestu was second on the Oilers in the scoring parade with four points. He assisted on Zack Kassian’s goal to give the Oilers a 3-0 lead, then scored two of his own to increase the lead to 5-0. Letestu’s final assist came on the third goal for Draisaitl.

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Predators down Blues for first-ever Western Conference Final berth

For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators are headed to the Western Conference Finals.

In Game 6 of the series, the Predators defeated the Blues, 3-1. And the home crowd, as the kids say, was ‘lit.’

Kevin Fiala, who broke his leg in Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues, was on hand to whip the Nashville crowd into a frenzy following the anthem by multi-Grammy award winning group, Lady Antebellum.

The Preds didn’t appear to get the memo that the game had started for real.

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Corey Perry caps off Ducks record-setting comeback with double OT goal (Video)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — No doubt about it: Corey Perry had a horrible regular season (by Corey Perry standards) and was off to a relatively lackluster start in the playoffs.

He was as invisible as the flesh colored beard on his face.

The one-time 50 goal scorer has two goals in the playoffs (7 points all together). Yes, that doesn’t seem like much, but considering the magnitude of the goals, they’re kind of a big deal.

The first was scored in overtime against the Calgary Flames when the Ducks overcame a three goal deficit to win in overtime.

The second came after the Ducks record setting three goals in 3:01 to tie the game. Pushed into double-overtime, Perry netted the game winner.

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NHL Three Stars: Predators put Blues on the brink; Rangers easily down Senators

No. 1 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

The netminder continued to be outstanding for the Predators collecting his seventh win (and only one loss) of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Rinne made 32 saves as the Preds beat the St. Louis Blues, 2-1. Nashville heads back to St. Louis with an opportunity to close out the series.

No. 2 Star: Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers

The Rangers thoroughly controlled the Ottawa Senators in Game 3. Zuccarello scored the opening goal of the game and followed it up with assisting on Michael Grabner’s tally to put New York up by two. Rangers win 4-1 and draw within a game of the Sens in the series.

No. 3 Star: Ryan Ellis, Nashville Predators

The score was locked at 0-0 going into the third period. While on the power play, Ellis comes flying in and blasts a loose puck past the seemingly unstoppable Jake Allen. The defenseman now has nine points in eight games, and is on a seven game point scoring streak.

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‘Individual miscues’ lead to Oilers Game 3 loss to Ducks

The Edmonton Oilers had a spectacular start to Game 3. It all began with the anthems.

The crowd took over singing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ when the anthem singer’s mic died. They kept it up during ‘O Canada.’ The energy radiating from the arena was felt by everyone watching, at home or in Rogers Place.

“We didn’t take advantage of the energy that was around us early in the game,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan after the game.

He’s not kidding. Twenty five seconds after the puck dropped, it was in the back of the net. The wrong net.

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