Anaheim Ducks Defeat Los Angeles Kings 6-5 in Shootout, Thriller

facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
3 of 5
Next

Nov 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) attempts to move the puck defended by New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during the third period at Honda Center. The New York Islanders defeated the Anaheim Ducks in overtime with a final score of 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Second Star: Jakob Silfverberg, RW (1 G, 1 A, +3, 4 SOG, 66.67 CF% (5-on-5), 21:07 TOI)

Silfverberg had another terrific game. He finally got on the scoreboard with his first goal of the season, but his overall play on that revamped second line with Beleskey and Kesler has been tremendous. With Silfverberg on the ice at even strength, the Ducks attempted 18 shots while only allowing nine. He was on ice for no goals against and has been given a significant bump in ice time.

Silfverberg has made plays happen by engaging on the wall and winning puck battles. His second-period goal was honestly a long time coming, as he had been creating and making positive contributions on the ice: it was only a matter of time before he got that wicked shot past an opposing netminder. It is becoming evident that Boudreau trusts the second line, as Silfverberg was third among forwards in ice time. Silfverberg has a solid eight points through 17 games, but considering the amount of effort he has put into defending the opposition, he is contributing beyond those numbers. He is also a terrific 3/4 in shootouts this season after scoring against Quick in the first round. If Silfverberg continues to mature as a player, then the Ducks will close the gap on the Bobby Ryan trade.