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Ducks Have No Luck In Vegas
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks traveled to Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights on Super Sunday. John Klingberg was out due to an illness and Max Comtois was a healthy scratch. Colton White and Sam Carrick drew in as a result. John Gibson was in net against Adin Hill.
The Golden Knights started off the scoring with a goal by Paul Cotter. The Ducks couldn’t get the puck out of the zone and turned it over to Vegas. An initial shot was blocked by Gibson, but Cotter got to the rebound for the opening score.
Vegas then made it 2-0 early in the second period. Brett Howden got the puck in the slot and beat Gibson high over the shoulder in the top corner.
The Ducks got on the board late in the second period. Isac Lundestrom brought the puck from center ice down to the Vegas net and took a shot which was blocked. Frank Vatrano was able to get to the rebound and score to make it a one goal game. Anaheim was down 2-1 after two periods.
The Golden Knights scored early in the third period to make it 3-1. There was a mad scramble in front of the Ducks net and Gibson made a few quality saves. Eventually the puck came to Shea Theodore, who beat Gibson high to restore the two goal lead.
Shattenkirk nearly pulled the Ducks without one, but he hit the post. The Golden Knights then scored again to make it 4-1. Phil Kessel got to a rebound and scored.
The Ducks got a power play, but then it was ended shortly after Zegras got a penalty. Jack Eichel then scored to make it a 5-1 game.
Isac Lundestrom got the Ducks one the board again. Derek Grant took a shot and Lundestrom redirected it past Hill for the goal.
Vegas would score two more times to make it a 7-2 final. Michael Amadio and William Carrier scored for the Golden Knights to close out the game.
The Ducks were able to hang with the Golden Knights for the first two periods of this game. Anaheim found themselves only down by one goal heading into the third period, but the Golden Knights dropped five goals in the final frame to pull away and win 7-2.
The growing pains continue for the Anaheim Ducks. They were outshot 39 to 25 in this contest. They were able to keep the Golden Knights off the board on the power play, but they also didn’t convert on their chances. The Ducks have been outscored 13 to 5 in their last two games and have allowed 98 shots against.
The Ducks will host the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday at 7 PM.
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February 12th, 2023