The Anaheim Ducks drop their first home game in two weeks time to Florida.
They came out of the gate skating up and down the ice like it was Lake Placid time.
But the Panthers adjusted and congested the neutral zone so zone entries were difficult.
James Reimer was in net for both games against Anaheim this season (including tonight), proving to be the major difference.
He stopped 35 of 36 shots face tonight, while allowing just two goal total on 59 shots faced this season versus Anaheim.
Tall Order For Shorties:
Andrew Cogliano supplied the lone goal for the Anaheim Ducks. And it, of course, is a short handed goal.
It is his third short handed goal of the season and his 13th as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
He is second in franchise history for SHG’s, behind Paul Kariya’s 16. Cogliano has 22 shorthanded points in his career, 16 of them as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
Not sure if there is a correlation between his height (5’10”) and his ability to excel shorthanded.
Bit Of A Downer:
With a Calder Trophy and an All-Star selection in 2015 as a rookie, many trembled at the thought of how good he can become.
Especially this early into his career. Despite scoring a power play goal tonight, he’s had a bit of a slump in his junior year.
He has just 17 points this year and compared to last season, his points per game have dropped .23 points.
It could be that Florida is depending on him too much.
Miserable Coach, Miserable Life:
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The Anaheim Ducks failed to converted on the power play in three tries tonight.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle was so flustered that, to send a message, he put out his fourth line on the man advantage near the end of the third period.
I can only imagine want was going on in the player’s minds as they saw Jared Boll, Logan Shaw and Joe Cramarossa skate out there.
So I like that move by Randy. I’m sure they all know the next practice isn’t going to be a nice one.
Sami Vatanen played for the first time tonight after missing the last five games with an injury.
He logged 22:27 minutes of ice time and had a -1 rating.
Jaromir Jagr scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, his 760th career goal. He is now 42 goals away from passing Gordie Howe for second all time in goals.