VIDEO: Ducks Fall Short Against Kraken

Photo: USA Today

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks closed out their homestand against the Seattle Kraken. The Ducks have gone 1-1-0 so far beating the New York Rangers 3-2, but then losing 5-1 to the Ottawa Senators. John Gibson was in net against Martin Jones.


Seattle opened up the scoring just 33 seconds into the game. The Kraken won a face-off and Jordan Eberle hit Jared McCann for an easy score at the top of the goal crease. About six minutes later and the Kraken then made it 2-0. Adam Larsson looked to take a point shot, but instead passed the puck to Andre Burakovsky, who then found a wide open Alex Wennberg for the tap in. The Ducks overcommitted on the play leaving Wennberg open.

The Ducks didn’t give up, however, as Troy Terry scored on the power play to make it a 2-1 game. Terry got the puck at the side of the net and brought it in front scoring five-hole on Jones.

Seattle would strike back with a late goal. Vince Dunn was left alone in the slot and beat Gibson over the shoulder stick side. The Kraken took a 3-1 lead to the locker room.

Derek Grant would score early on the second period to make it a 3-2 game. He passed the puck to Frank Vatrano, who took a shot and the rebound came out in front of the net. Grant got to the puck and fired it over the shoulder of Jones for the score.

The Kraken would extend their lead back to two goals halfway through the second period. Adam Henrique was called for roughing and Seattle would convert. Matthew Beniers got to a rebound and beat Gibson to make it a 4-2 game.

The Ducks would answer back with two power play goals late in the second period. Trevor Zegras would Mason McTavish at the side of the net and he scored a laser which made it between the post and Jones’ leg. It was a severe angle, but McTavish made a great shot through a small opening.

It would then be Adam Henrique‘s turn to score on the power play. Terry had the puck behind the Seattle net and drew the attention of all four Kraken players. Terry backhanded the puck to Heniqiue, who scored from the slot to tie the game up.

Daniel Sprong would score in the beginning of the third period to make it a 5-4 game. Kevin Shattenkirk collided with Gibson during the play and he was slow to get up. Gibson went to the locker room and Anthony Stolarz came in to finish the game.

The Ducks pulled Stolarz in the final minutes of the game, but weren’t able to get the tying score and dropped this one 5-4.


After getting down by two goals in the first period, the Ducks came back to tie things up in the second period. Anaheim actually won the special teams battle, which has been a rare sight this season. The Ducks scored three power play goals and only gave up one to the Kraken. Anaheim was also able to limit their trips to the sin bin being called for just two penalties.

The Ducks had a slight edge in puck possession at even strength over the Kraken. Anaheim had a 51.35 CF% and 51.67 FF%. Where the Ducks had issues in this game was their defensive coverage. Two of the three goals by Seattle in the opening period were the result of blown coverage. The game winning goal also saw Sprong walk in alone for the score, though the accidental collision between Gibson and Shattenkirk did play a part.

Anaheim seems to make strides in some parts of their game, but then fall back in other areas. They are going to be a work in progress as expected this season, but they are still entertaining to watch.

Team News/Stats:

The Ducks scored three power play goals in this contest. It was the first time since November 9th, 2017 when they last scored three with the extra man against Vancouver.

Derek Grant (rib) was activated of the IR and made his return.

Urho Vaakanainen (upper-body injury) was recalled to Anaheim, but did not play. He was on a conditioning loan to San Diego over the weekend.

John Klingberg (lower-body injury) missed his second game in a row.

Max Comtois (lower-body injury) was placed on the IR.

What’s Next?

The Ducks hit the road and face Nashville on Tuesday at 5 PM.

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November 28th, 2022


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