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VIDEO: Ducks Get Burned In Calgary
By Michael Walters
The Ducks got an early power play to start the game. Elias Lindholm was called for a double minor of high sticking, but Anaheim could not convert.
The Flames then opened the scoring on a point shot. Dillion Dube redirected the shot past Gibson for the early 1-0 lead.
The Ducks got another power play, but again couldn’t get a goal. It appeared they were going to get another 4 minute power play, but the refs downgraded the penalty to a two minute minor.
Late in the period, the Flames got a power play and they extended their lead to 2-0.
Sonny Milano scored early in the second to make it a 2-1 Calgary lead and give the Ducks some life.
Elias Lindholm then scored his second goal of the game. He passed the puck to the boards and it came back to him in front of the Ducks net. The Flames then went on a power play and Matthew Tkachuk scored shortly after it started to make it a 4-1 game. Gibson was pulled during the middle of the second period.
Calgary had another power play chance early in the third period, Isac Lundestrom scored shorthanded to get the Ducks back with two.
Anaheim pulled Stolarz with a few minutes left, but Calgary scored an empty net goal. The Flames added one more goal and eventually won 6-2.
Analysis(Stats Per Natural Stat Trick):
The Ducks had plenty of opportunities to break this game open with a few early power plays, but they couldn’t convert. The Flames however were able to score twice in the opening period, including one on the power play. Milano got the Ducks on the board to start the second period, but then the Flames got two more goals and never looked back.
Anaheim put up 28 shots on goal in 45 attempts. Calgary put up 43 shots on goal in 60 attempts. In terms of puck possession during even strength the Ducks had a 41.27 CF% and 37.74 FF%. Ducks also didn’t fair well during special teams play. They had five power play chances, but couldn’t convert on any of them. The Flames scored twice on the power play.
According to Dallas Eakins, he pulled Gibson so he could be rested for today’s game against Edmonton. He wasn’t dealing with any injury and some may have thought at first. We will see how the strategy works tonight, because they need to drastically improve their play if they want to earn any points.
Lundestrom scored his 4th shorthanded goal, which tied a team record.
The Ducks take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 6 PM PT.
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February 17th, 2022