By Nolan P. Smith
(Anaheim)—The Anaheim Ducks looked to make it back to back wins as they took on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Sunday.
Anaheim showed up for business, sporting their fan favorite orange throwback jerseys to a packed crowd in Anaheim. Pittsburgh would strike first, as the Penguin’s Olli Maatta would have the games first goal with assists by the longtime Penguin Crosby and Kunitz at 3:02 to start the momentum in the Pittsburgh’s favor. Pittsburgh would also have the games first penalty, as Sergei Plotnikov was called on Interference on Goalie Gibson at 6:37; he received 2 minutes. Pittsburgh would have two penalties to end the 1st, as Evgeni Malkin was called for roughing at 20:00. The Ducks would have one penalty in the 1st, with Ryan Kesler called on roughing as well at 20:00.
As the 2nd period began, it wouldn’t take long for Anaheim to rally back, as Corey Perry scored at 00:36 with assists by Getzlaf and Vatanen, tying the game up at 1-1. The 2nd would belong to Anaheim, as the Ducks would score twice in the period, as Chris Stewart scored on a tip-in at 15:49 with the assists from Thompson and Santorelli, pushing Anaheim in the lead, 2-1. The 3rd period was a defensive battle, as the period went scoreless. This would be the final score, as Anaheim wins back to back games at home.
If you have never experienced a hockey game live, I highly recommend it. The best way I can describe it is elegant brutality- the gracefulness of the fluid motions and plays out there on the ice is something to see in person to fully appreciate. On that same note, I have to say that hockey has to be the second most dangerous professional sport here in the United States, as you hear players slam against the glass with impact. With the Ducks being pretty much in the backyard of the Inland Empire, there is no reason not to travel to the Honda Center and see professional hockey live.
Anaheim is now tied for third place with Arizona in the Pacific. The Ducks aim to keep the streak going as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in Anaheim.