Anaheim Ducks Falter Again, Fall 2-1 to Vancouver Canucks in Shootout

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Nov 9, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) moves the puck between Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) and defenseman Bryan Allen (5) during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Second Star: Ryan Kesler, C (1 A, 2 SOG, 3 Hits, 66.67 FO%, 67.65 CF% (5-on-5), 22:09 TOI)

Kesler did it all for Anaheim. He got an assist on Vatanen’s power-play goal for winning the faceoff, where he was 14 for 21 on the night. He got physical in the corners and was constantly winning puck battles. With him on the ice during 5-on-5 play, the Ducks shot the puck 23 times, as opposed to only 11 times against. He played the 4th most minutes on the team and the most among all forwards. Most impressively, he matched up against the line of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Jannik Hansen, holding that trio to just six shots on goal and no points. He won 11 of 18 faceoffs against Henrik and was an overall force for Anaheim against his former team. Kesler has made the second line of he, Silfverberg, and Matt Beleskey the most dangerous trio on the Ducks since they came together on Friday. The great play carried over on Sunday, and Kesler deserves to be recognized for a tremendous performance.