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VIDEO: Ducks Can’t Hang With Wild
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks traveled to Minnesota to face the Wild in the first of -back-to-back games. Troy Terry tested positive for COVID so he would not play in this one. John Gibson was also still in the COVID protocol, so Anthony Stolarz got the start in net. Kaapo Kahkonen was in goal for the Wild.
The Ducks had a slow start to the game and didn’t register a shot until the 6:45 mark.
Kevin Fiala would score first for the Wild. He went from forehand to backhand and scored. About a minute later Ryan Hartman then scored after a bounce off the boards came in front and he batted the puck in mid air into the net.
Max Comtois got the Ducks on the board with a nice wrist shot. It was his second goal in his last three games.
The Wild would respond as Mats Zuccarello would whip a shot past Stolarz to make it 3-1.
The second period was very tame with no scoring as opposed to the third which saw six goals.
The Wild scored three goals in less than two minutes to start the third period. Matt Boldy scored just 30 seconds into the period on a shot that went off Cam Fowler and into the net. Mats Zuccarello scored his second of the game just four seconds later. And then Victor Rask scored making it a 6-1 game in favor of the Wild.
Stolarz was pulled and Lukas Dostal came in to relieve him.
Matt Dumba would score later on in the period to make it 7-3, which also ended up being the final score.
Analysis (Stats By Natural Stat Trick)
The Ducks got out to a slow start without registering a shot almost seven minutes into this game and got down 2-0. Anaheim couldn’t get much going in the first 10 minutes of this game and then the opening minutes of the third period were a complete disaster.
In terms of puck possession, the Ducks actually posted a 52.52 CF% and 51.96 FF% during even strength play. Anaheim had 77 shot attempts to Minnesota’s 66 with both teams recording 42 shots on goal.
Some costly stretches of this game did the Ducks in. They are going to have to flush this one down the toilet and get ready for Chicago.
Sonny Milano took an elbow to the face in the first period and did not return to the game.
The Ducks play Chicago tonight at 5:30 PM PT.
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January 14th, 2022