After 20 regular season games, the Anaheim Ducks picked up their first regulation win of the 2022 season, Wednesday. The 3-2 victory came against the New York Rangers. John Gibson, the ducks starting goaltender was the first star of the game. In brief, he made 41 saves and had a save percentage of .953. With this victory, the Ducks missed tying the 2017 Arizona Coyotes for most games without a regulation win.
The Anaheim Ducks entered tonight’s game with five wins all coming in overtime or shootouts. The Rangers were coming off a back-to-back night after beating the Los Angeles Kings lost night. In addition, New York entered tonight’s game with three wins in their last four games. Following this, the Rangers made a trade earlier this morning which sent Ryan Reaves to Minnesota.
Anaheim Ducks First Period
In the first period, the Rangers struck first when Barclay Goodrow got his fifth goal of the season. Goodrow blocked John Klingberg‘s shot and rushed up the ice and get the puck past John Gibson. However, only 31 seconds later Mason McTavish scored his third goal of the season. This goal was off a rebound from Dmitry Kulikov‘s shot from the point.
Second and Third Periods
To start the second period, only 39 seconds into the second period Kulikov put the Ducks on top making the score 2-1. It was a wrist shot off the sideboards that slowly made its way into the net. In addition, the Ducks leading goal scorer Troy Terry gave the Ducks a two-goal lead. This made it his eighth goal of the season and his third in the last six games.
The Rangers weren’t finished yet as Braden Schneider scored. Artemi Panarin got an assist on this goal making it his 400th career assist. This milestone meant he is the only active undrafted NHL player in the league to reach 400 assists. On the other hand, Rangers defenseman Adam Fox saw his nine-game point streak come to an end.
The Rangers had many chances in the third period to tie the game up but John Gibson kept making incredible saves. For instance, in this tweet below we can see New York hit the goal post and almost score with 3:50 left in the game.
“It is kind of a relief to close out a game like that. It was a big night for us in a lot of different aspects,” said Troy Terry, Ducks leader in goal and points. “I think we’ve had a bad habit this year of when we’re tied or winning, we kind of go back off…”
Following this win, the Ducks continue their homestead on Friday at noon against Ottawa in hopes to get a winning streak started.
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