The 2020-21 season is officially underway, with the Anaheim Ducks having played their first game on Thursday against the Vegas Golden Knights. Capping off this two-game series before heading home, the Ducks are hoping to redeem themselves after a 5-2 loss on opening night.
Despite being off the ice for over 300 days, the Ducks opened the first period in typical fashion, allowing the Vegas Golden Knights to score two unanswered goals within the first three minutes of the game. However, in a shocking twist of events, youngster Max Comtois answered back, tying the game before the 10-minute mark.
The Ducks seemed as though they finally had their heads in the game, having a strong showing in the second half of the first period and keeping the momentum going until the end of the second. Nevertheless, after an early goal in the third from Mark Stone, things came to a startling halt for the Ducks. Two more goals would find their way into the back of the net before the final buzzer sounded, both in favor of the Golden Knights.
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Since their inception, VGK has been a thorn in the Anaheim Ducks side. They have an all-time win/loss record of 2-9-0 against Vegas. With the changes made this year due to COVID restrictions, and teams only playing within their division, these two teams will meet eight times this season, which doesn’t really look promising for the Ducks considering their all-time record.
Nevertheless, the Anaheim Ducks actually seemed as though they could hold their own against the Golden Knights. They controlled puck possession for long stretches, their biggest issue was taking advantage of those opportunities and being able to finish strong.
Granted, there are still issues the Ducks must work out if they hope to be competitive, especially with teams like Vegas, Colorado, and St. Louis. But, their performance during opening night, especially those 30 minutes, gives us hope that they might have a fighting chance this season to pull out a few unprecedented wins.
Anaheim Ducks Injuries
Brendan Guhle: Projected to be out for up to six weeks, Brendan Guhle is out with a sprained MCL after colliding with another player in a training camp scrimmage.
Max Jones: Per Elliott Teaford, forward Max Jones is suffering from a lower-body injury. With little to no other news coming out of the Anaheim Ducks organization about the 22-year-old, there is currently no time table on his return.
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