The Anaheim Ducks played in their most exciting game of the season tonight against the New Jersey Devils. After continuous back and forth action in the regular season and in overtime, the Ducks fell in the shootout losing 3-2.
The Ducks outplayed the Devils for most of the game and had a ton of great scoring chances. The only problem was the longtime Devil Martin Brodeur. He showed why he is the greatest goaltender in the NHL. If you had any doubts about his abilities at the age of 40, it is all gone after tonight. He stopped 36/38 shots.
Jonas Hiller also put on a great performance tonight, stopping several solid scoring chances from the Devils. He stopped 25/27 shots.
The first period started off a little slow for both sides. Neither were able to score and both teams were a bit sloppy. Definitely not a reflection of how the game panned out to be. The most exciting event of the period was when George Parros busted open Eric Boulton’s face with a stiff jab.
Adam Henrique continued his race for the Calder Trophy by scoring just over 1 minute into the period. 9 minutes later Alexei Ponikarovsky gave the Devils a 2-0 lead. The Ducks didn’t end the period scoreless as Corey Perry buried a rebound from a Getzlaf blast.
The third period was all Brodeur, as he stopped shot after shot. It seemed the Ducks could not catch a break. Surprisingly, Sheldon Brookbank tied the game up with less than 3 minutes left in regulation.
Overtime was another battle, with both teams playing their hearts out. The Ducks almost had the win when it appeared Getzlaf scored. After further review, it was ruled as a kick skate and the goal was overturned.
- Ilya Kovalchuk- Goal
- Teemu Selanne- Goal
- Zach Parise- Save
- Corey Perry- Save
- Patrik Elias- Goal
- Ryan Getzlaf- Save
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