By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)—The Anaheim Ducks traveled to the East Coast for four road games, taking on the Sabres, Devils, Islanders and Rangers.
December 17th- Versus Buffalo Sabres
For the first of the Ducks road trip, Anaheim traveled to New York to do battle with the Buffalo Sabres.
Anaheim looks to start off their string of road games the right way as they play next on Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres. The first period would be a blank for both teams, as neither could score, keeping the game scoreless. The second period would belong to Buffalo as Evander Kane would score first at 2:36 with the assists by Eichel and Reinhart. The Sabres would score again in the second at 13:35, as Jake McCabe makes the game 2-0 with the assists by O’Reilly and Deslauriers. The third would continue the Sabres stampede, as Jamie McGinn scored the last goal of the game at 13:50 at the First Niagara Center. This was the second loss in a row for Ananeim, as the Ducks had only played one game prior to playing the Sabres in the last ten days.
December 19th- Versus New Jersey Devils
The Ducks looked to break their two game losing streak as they battled the New Jersey Devils.
Anaheim scored first with Chris Stewart getting on the scoreboard at 7:39 with the assist by Bieksa. The first would be all Anaheim, as Ryan Kesler made it 2-0 at 19:44 with the assist by Perry. The second period would go scoreless for both teams. New Jersey would score in the third, as Mike Cammalleri got the Devils on the board at 15:26 with assists by Stempniak and Severson. Anaheim would hold onto the lead, winning 2-1. This game marked the return of Anaheim Goalie Frederik Andersen, who made 21 saves in his first start in almost a month.
December 21st– Versus New York Islanders
Continuing their road trip on the East Coast, Anaheim travelled to New York to go head to head with the Islanders.
The Ducks would score first, as Carl Hagelin scored at 6:52 with the assist from Cogliano. New York would strike back with a vengeance, scoring three goals in the first period alone, with goals from Cal Clutterbuck (14:54), Travis Hamonic (19:00) and Brock Nelson (19:43). The second period, like the game before, would go scoreless, as Anaheim looked to bounce back in the third. The Ducks would score first in the third period, as Josh Manson scored at 7:32 with the assists from Vatanen and Getzlaf. New York would answer back, scoring twice in the third- first from Josh Bailey and Lee at 9:35, and then from Matt Martin with the assist from Cizikas. The Ducks fell 5-2 at the Barclays Center.
December 22nd– Versus New York Rangers
Completing their four game stint on the East Coast, the Ducks took on the New York Rangers, anxious to get back in the win column. Anaheim would kick off the period with the first goal at 11:16, as Corey Perry scored with the assist from Rakell. The Rangers would answer back in the first, as Derick Brassard scored at 17:50, with no assist needed. For the third straight game, the second period would be a blank as the score remained 1-1. In the third, the Rangers would score first, as Brassard would make it 2-1 at 2:44 with the assist from Zuccarello. The Ducks would flock back, as Richard Rakell tied the game up at 17:06 with the assists from Getzlaf and Fowler. This would send the game into overtime, where the Rangers would win it off of a Power Play score by Mats Zuccarello with the assists from Boyle and Brassard. Anaheim would fall in overtime with the score of 3-2. Anaheim stills picked up a point for the overtime loss.
Anaheim returns home as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers this Sunday.