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Ducks Lackluster Effort Causes 3-2 Loss to Nashville Predators

The Ducks played the same old game they always play. The first two periods were fine, but when it got down to that dreaded third period, the Ducks let the Preds control most of it. They had their usual late charge, but it wasn’t enough.

Game Recap:

First Period- Kyle Palmieri making his NHL debut tonight. Dan Ellis in net. Preds wearing those hideous thirds. Former Duck Brian McGrattan and George Parros are going at it. Parros pummeling McGrattan, this will definitely change the momentum of the game. On the PP, Predators appear to score a goal, but the goal is waived off. After review, there is clear kicking motion, NO GOAL!! (ANA-0, NSH-0).  Shea Weber put on a nasty hit on Perry in open ice, looked like a head shot.

Second Period- 38 seconds in and Andrew Gordon takes a pass from McMillan to give the Ducks the lead (ANA-1, NSH-0). Ducks taking way too many penalties tonight, need to be careful. Ducks catch a HUGE break. Preds are battling in front of the net and the puck goes in almost simultaneously has the whistle was blown. Refs call it no goal. After looking at the review, it looks like it MAY have crossed before the whistle, really hard to tell. Ducks only have 6 shots this period, not seeing much pressure. Nick Spaling scores after taking a nice pass from Colin Wilson (ANA-1, NSH-1).  Nashville fans chanting “Hiller you suck”, don’t think they realize who’s in net. 

Third Period-  Looking like the same old same old here from the Ducks. Preds are dominating play. Ducks take another stupid penalty, and  Roman Josi capitalizes (ANA-1, NSH-2). Preds continuing domination. Jordin Tootoo sends a wrister past Dan Ellis (ANA-1, NSH-3). Ducks start to turn the table, keeping the puck in Nashville’s zone. Teemu Selanne feeds a cutting Beauchemin! (ANA-2, NSH-3). And with that assist, Selanne gets his 900th point as an Anaheim Duck. 

Game Stats:

  • Teemu Selanne notched his 900th point as a Duck
  • Kyle Palmieri made his NHL debut, registering 3 shots on goal
  • The Ducks were out shot 28-18
  • The Ducks went 4/5 on the PK and 0/4 on the PP
  • Brandon McMillan grabbed an assist tonight, after recently being called up

Not much to say really. The Ducks did what they do every game: nothing. I will say Palmieri looked great tonight, i’d like to see him get some more ice time.

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