By: Matthew Garcia
Cam Fowler, now a seven-year vet of the NHL had quite the year to remember as he notched a total of 11 goals (which stands as his career best) and 28 assists for a total of 39 points which is his second best to date since joining the NHL back in the 2010-2011 season. His first year has been his best campaign in the league so far as he notched 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 points. He appeared in just 80 games this year as his regular season tour of duty was cut short due to an injury sustained on April 4th at home in a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames.
Fowler would be one of the first Ducks to get a fast start to the 2016-2017 regular season as in just his second game of the season he would notch his first goal of the season on the power play against the defending cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins as he would take a feed from the captain and rocket a shot from the right face-off circle past Murray. In the next game against the New York Islanders he continued to show that he can produce as he would notch his second goal of the year and tally an assist his second goal of the season would begin a comeback as he would wrist a shot from the point that would find its way past goaltender Jaroslav Halak to get the Ducks to within one in the game. Fowler would tally his first assist on the season as he would send the puck to his D partner Sami Vatanen, and Vatanen would set-up Ryan Getzlaf for a one-timer that would beat Halak and tie the game up with just a minute to go. Fowler would score his career-best 11th goal of the season on January 31st, 2017 as he would take a feed from Nick Ritchie, skate into the slot before firing a wrister past Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard notching his 11th and to give Anaheim a 5-1 lead in the third period of play.
Fowler would only appear in 13 of the 17 games in the 2017 postseason as the injury that he suffered at the end of the regular season would not heal in time for the playoffs. Fowler took to the ice in game one of round two against the Edmonton Oilers. Fowler would make an instant impact as he would get the primary assist on Getzlaf’s opening goal of the series just 37 seconds into the second period as he would take a long stretch pass from Fowler before firing it into the top corner on Cam Talbot. Fowler would have a knack for the dramatic as his first goal of the postseason would come in game five against the Oilers, which is now better known as the “Comeback on Katella”. Fowler’s goal would be the most pivotal one as it brought the Ducks to within one goal with just over two minutes to play in the game. He would fire a wrist shot from the point that would work its way through traffic and into the back of the net setting up what would be the greatest comeback in NHL playoff history. Fowler would go on to score a total of two goals and seven assists in the postseason for a total of nine points.
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July 12th, 2017