By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)—Following Thanksgiving week, the Anaheim Ducks faced three on the road teams, battling it out with the Tampa Bay, San Jose, and Pittsburgh in Anaheim.
December 2nd– Versus Tampa Bay Lightning
With the first home game on the three game stretch, Anaheim looked to set the pace as Tampa came to town on Star Wars night of all nights. The first period would be a blank, as neither team scored. In fact, Tampa Bay would strike first at 2:35 in the 2nd period, as Jonathan Drouin took the games first goal with assists from Namestnikov and Garrison. Anaheim would come back moments later, as at 4:15, Anaheim’s Corey Perry tied the game with assists by Getzlaf and Rakell. The tie would not make it out of the 2nd period, as the Lightning struck down once again, this time at 16:22 with Jonathan Marchessault scoring on a Power Play with assists by Drouin and Filppula. The Ducks would shoot 33 times, with only one goal finding its mark. This would be the final score of the game, as neither team scored in the 3rd, ending the game 2-1 as the Ducks fell to Tampa Bay.
December 4th– Versus San Jose Sharks
As the Sharks swam into town, Anaheim looked to get back in their winning ways in the second of their three home games for the week. The first and second periods would be a stalemate, as both teams held the other to zero goals as they went into the third. It wouldn’t be until 2:49 in the 3rd period until a score was up on the board, and it would be Anaheim to do the honors, as the Ducks’ Mike Santorelli would score with assists from Thompson and Stewart. This would be the only score of the game, as Anaheim triumphed over the Sharks. Anaheim goalie John Gibson would have his second shut out as he covers the position as regular goalie Frederik Andersen as he is out with the flu. Gibson would save all 23 shots taken by the Sharks, earning a name for himself when it comes to goalie contention in Anaheim.
December 6th– Versus Pittsburgh Penguins
Anaheim looked to win back to back games, after a massive defensive victory over the Sharks. The shut out would not carry over, as Pittsburgh would score first, as Pittsburgh’s Olli Maatta would score at 3:02 with assists by Pittsburgh legend Crosby and Kunitz. Anaheim would waste no time in the 2md, as the Duck’s Corey Perry scored at 00:36 with assists from Getzlaf and Vatanen, making the game tied 1-1. Anaheim would score once again in the 2nd, as Chris Stewart scored on a tip-in at 15:49 with assists from Thompson and Santorelli. Anaheim led going into the 3rd, 2-1. The third would go scoreless, as Anaheim wins back-to-back games and sent the Penguins packing.
The Ducks look to continue their winning streak as they have one lone game at home for the week as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.