Ducks Game Day: Keep it Going in Vancouver

The Anaheim Ducks take the ice once again tonight as they fight for a playoff spot. Newly signed Troy Terry will make his professional debut for the Ducks.

The Comeback on Kaletta II

Anaheim Ducks fans if you didn’t watch Sunday night’s game in Edmonton, you missed a good one. The Ducks were down 3-1 after two periods and it would have been worse if not for a Herculean effort from goalie John Gibson. From there Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle went to work on his team.

“Randy came in and lit a fire under our butts, which he needed to do. Besides that, there really wasn’t much said. We needed to get our act together. That’s really all it came down to. We needed to prove to ourselves that we had something to play for here and we had to go out and fight for one another and play for one another.” – Cam Fowler to Eric Stevens from the OC Register

The comeback did happen. Anaheim scored two goals (Adam Henrique and Corey Perry) to tie the game 5:17 into the third period. Ethan Bear converted a Connor McDavid pass at 12:37 to put Edmonton up again. The Ducks, however, did not go quietly into the night, Henrique scored his second goal of the period with under 90 seconds left to send the game to OT. Hampus Lindholm put the puck in the net 1:27 into bonus time. Most importantly, Anaheim left Rogers place with two valuable points.

News and Notes

  • The Ducks are 5-0-1 in their previous six games. That gives them 11 of a possible 12 points since March 14.
  • Ryan Getzlaf leads the NHL with 0.92 assists per game.
  • Anaheim Ducks goalies have a .923 save percentage this year. That’s good enough for second place in the league.
  • Sunday’s OT hero, Lindholm, is on a four-game scoring streak.
  • Brandon Montour is +26 this season. As a result, he trails Victor Hedman by one for first place among defenseman in +/-.

Ducks @ Vancouver

The Ducks are in Vancouver tonight to take on the cellar-dwelling (tied) Canucks. This has all the makings of a classic trap game, A poor team sandwiched between a six-game point streak and a crucial showdown with LA on Friday. Ryan Getzlaf put that fear to rest this morning in an interview with ducks.com.

“There aren’t any trap games for us right now,” he said. “We’re do or die. We’re trying to get into the playoffs. LA won again last night. We have every opportunity to put ourselves in a good position. We just need to keep playing hockey.”

Troy Terry will make his NHL debut tonight for the Ducks. He will bump Chris Kelly from the lineup as Nick Ritchie will slide down to his place on the fourth line. John Gibson will once again defend the Anaheim goal. Here is the expected Ducks lineup:

Forwards

Rakell-Getzlaf-Perry

Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg

Terry-Henrique-Kase

Ritchie-Grant-Chimera/Brown

Defense

Fowler-Montour

Lindholm-Manson

Beauchemin-Petterson

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Goalies

Gibson

Miller