VIDEO: Ducks Rally Past Detroit

By Aaron Francis

The Ducks took to the road for the first time in the 2019-2020 season as they faced-off against the Red Wings. Anaheim entered the game having won their first two games of the season at home and looked to continue the streak on the road. John Gibson started his third straight game to open the season for Anaheim and Jimmy Howard was in goal for Detroit.

The first period of play went scoreless as the two teams managed few dangerous opportunities. The opening seven minutes or so of the game were played fast and loose as neither team could keep hold of the puck for long. The Red Wings were able to break out with some opportunities in the Ducks zone that were handled relatively easily by John Gibson. The game began to open up more in Detroit’s favor but they couldn’t manage to beat the Ducks goalie. Shots were 11-7 Detroit at the end of the first.

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Despite having two power-play chances in the second period, Anaheim found themselves down by a goal at the end of the period as Detroit surged late to take the game’s first lead. Anaheim received a man advantage as Dennis Cholowski took a hooking penalty just two minutes into the period. The Ducks were focused early on setting up in the Detroit zone and were unable to score the games opening goal. Just a minute after the penalty had expired, however, Madison Bowey took a high-sticking penalty sending the Ducks back to the power play but to no avail.

The Ducks had a fantastic offensive shift not long after that was cut short after a Ducks player hopped the boards early resulting in a too many men penalty which Anaheim successfully killed. Late in the period with less than a minute left the Ducks made an error resulting in a turnover in their own zone. Detroit sustained pressure and after two post shots, the Red Wings finally broke through as Filip Hronek scored the game’s first goal, 1-0 Red Wings. Shots were 22-16 Detroit after the second.


The Ducks were able to tie the game and then take the lead in the third period going on to win and improve to a 3-0-0 start. Early in the period down a goal, the Ducks got their third power play as Ondrej Kase was hooked. Adam Henrique had the best opportunity for Anaheim thus far as his shot off a rebound nearly went in but was stopped by a sprawling Jimmy Howard. The power play expired but Anaheim kept the offensive pressure and on the forecheck, Ryan Getzlaf was able to steal a puck from Tyler Bertuzzi. This directly led to the game-tying goal that went off  Rickard Rakell in front of the net, 1-1 tie. Detroit had seemingly taken back the lead after Dylan Larkin scored but it was challenged and taken back due to an offside call.

This is where Anaheim took over, scoring two unanswered goals just 47 seconds apart. First, a backhand shot from Nick Ritchie gave the Ducks the lead, 2-1 Ducks. Then less than a minute later Jakob Silfverberg would snipe to give the insurance goal, 3-1 Ducks. Detroit had a power-play chance and pulled Howard in the last three minutes to try and tie the game but the Ducks held on to win. Final shot totals were 32-29 Detroit.


Anaheim has been a much different team to start the season then they were during their losing slumps of last season. Many thought that if the Ducks were to succeed it would be due to the youth movement. While there are many young players helping on this Ducks rooster, it seems like the most help is coming from the veterans of the group who are thriving under the new system implemented by Head Coach Dallas Eakins.

While it is just a handful of games and not enough to judge, either way, it’s refreshing to see the Ducks not be discouraged after going down a goal especially late in the period. If they are going to do well this season it will be because of road efforts like tonight.

Game Stats / Notes:

John Gibson has allowed just one goal in each of his first three games posting a .970 save percentage.

Jakob Silfverberg was able to score his first goal of the season and register an assist with his two-point game.

Derek Grant played in his 100th game as a Duck tonight.

The Ducks have started the season 3-0-0 for the third time in franchise history(2006-07 & 2018-19).

What’s Next?

The Ducks will continue their road trip in Pittsburgh as they face the Penguins on Thursday 10/10 at 4 pm PST.

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October 8th, 2019


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