Anaheim Ducks fans were given an emotional rollercoaster ride last night during their 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
The Ducks looked down and out after conceding four goals early in the game but finally got an offensive response with a goal from Nick Bonino late in the second period.
Fortunately for the Ducks, that one goal finally woke them up. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry completed the comeback in the third period and Stephane Robidas scored the overtime winner.
This game showcased how critical a team’s top line players are. It also showed how different two teams can be with regards to depth and overall skill. The Jets started the game strongly with a beautiful goal by young superstar Jacob Trouba.
But when you’re the team on the road, it’s always tough to settle the nerves and keep the lead. I believe the Jets just got tired as the game went on and lost their composure. Plus, being heavily outshot did not help the Jets either.
Head Coach Paul Maurice should’ve called his time out after the second Ducks goal. But I guess any way you look at it this is a very difficult loss for the Jets to take.
The only positive for the Jets in this game was that Trouba and Blake Wheeler both scored goals. I don’t know what’s happened to Ondrej Pavelec. Two of the goals he conceded should’ve been routine saves for him. The defence in front of him were all over the place and couldn’t seem to stop the Ducks from crashing the net. Overall, the second half of this game was a total disaster for the Jets.
For the Ducks this is just the boost the team needed heading into the playoffs. Erasing a four-goal deficit is an impressive accomplishment. This win also allowed the Ducks to stay on top of the Pacific Division and they now have a three-point lead over the San Jose Sharks.
Overall, it was a very impressive performance by the Ducks. Getzlaf and Perry kept their composure and scored when required to get the win. I believe that Getzlaf and Perry will be two of the toughest players to stop in the upcoming playoffs. They’ve worked so well together over the past few years and continue to improve every year.
The Ducks will be one of the toughest teams to beat in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see if the they will be able to stay on top of the Pacific Division and build on this win.
Anaheim’s next game is against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. That should be a routine win for them. But after what happened last night, pretty much anything is possible.
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