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VIDEO: Ducks Can’t Find Groove Against Rangers
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks hosted the New York Rangers. Trevor Zegras and Nicolas Deslauriers returned to the lineup. Ryan Getzlaf was also out of the COVID protocol, but he did not play. Jacob Perreault made his NHL debut. Anthony Stolarz was in net against Alexandar Georgiev.
The Rangers came out on the attack early and Stolarz had to make a big save in the opening minute of the game.
Zegras got called for a double minor and the Ducks killed it off. During the penalty kill, Stolarz scored on himself, but the whistle had already blown.
There was no scoring in the first period thankfully to Stolarz, who had to come up with several saves.
Zegras tried to be creative again behind the net and flipped the puck over the net, but there was a crowd in front. The Rangers were prepared and had the play well defended. On the next sequence, Zegras found Perreault at the side of the net, but he couldn’t pull the trigger.
New York then took the lead early in the third period. A point shot would go off Jacob Perreault’s stick and redirected past Stolarz. Jarred Tinordi was given credit for the goal.
The Rangers would get a power play and Ryan Lindgren would score just seconds after it expired.
The Ducks pulled Stolarz in the final minutes, but Lindgren would score again and New York went on to win 4-1.
Analysis (Stats by Natural Stat Trick)
The Ducks were in this game for the first two periods and then just fell apart in the third period. Anaheim had 36 shot attempts to New York’s 31 through the first 40 minutes. The Ducks were out shot 11 to 20 in terms of shots on goal, but they were still in this game heading into the third period tied up at one.
The Rangers turned it on in the final period with 26 shots attempts and 20 shots on net. The Ducks had 16 shot attempts, but could only get three on the net. Anaheim also got into penalty trouble. The Ducks were able to kill off all the penalties technically, but the Rangers did score a second after one power play expired.
Anaheim also had no puck luck in this game. They hit the post several times or had near misses, especially in the second period when they posted an excellent 66.67 CF% and 60.71 FF%. The Rangers also scored two goals off Anaheim players(Comtois and Perreault), which made matters worse.
Outside of the second period, Anaheim had a difficult time creating quality scoring chances against New York. The Ducks will look to regroup tonight as they get Getzlaf back in the lineup.
The Ducks had a total of 14 SOG in this game, which is the lowest of the season. The previous low was 16 SOG against Vegas on New Year’s Eve.
The Ducks host the Detroit Red Wings tonight at 5PM.
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January 9th, 2022