By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)—The Anaheim Ducks have been on trail of redemption, as they looked to bounce back from their once last place spot in their division. With four games during the week, Anaheim made a 5 game win streak, pushing ahead and holding on to the second place position, only two points behind the Los Angeles Kings.
February 15th- Vs. Calgary Flames
The first game for the week took the Ducks on the road as they battled with the Flames in Calgary, and what a high scoring event it would turn it out to be. It would be the Flames that scored first, as Johnny Gaudreau scored on a Power Play at 5:56 in the 1st period, with assists from Monahan and Hudler. The Ducks would answer back at 9:59, as Hampus Lindholm scored on a Power Play. It became a shoot out as the Flames would score again in answer to the Ducks, as Dougie Hamiliton cored on yet another Power Play at 11:22, with the assist from Monahan. Anaheim would come right back at 13:48, as Mike Santorelli scored with the assists from Fowler and Bieksa. The Flames would make the last score of the 1st period as Jiri Hudler scored at 17:05 with the assists from Gaudreau and Hamilton. The 2nd period would belong to Anaheim, as the Ducks scored three more times, thanks to Corey Perry (2:15), Sami Vatanen (3:20) and Richard Rakell (12:18). The Flames would score once in the period, with Jiri Hudler scoring his second goal of the game at 19:53 with the assists from Gaudreau and Monahan. But it would be Anaheim to take the win, as Santorelli scored his second goal of the game at 00:51 in the 3rd period with the by Kessler and Manson, and ending the game at 6-4 Anaheim.
February 16th- Vs. Edmonton Oilers
The three game road stint continued as Anaheim would take on the Edmonton Oilers. The first period belonged solely to the Ducks, as David Perron scored at 19:08 on a Power Play with assists from Getzlaf and Vatanen. The shootout would begin in the second as the Oilers tied the game up 1-1 with Leon Draisaitl scoring on a Power Play at 2:16 with assists from Korpikoski and Schultz. Anaheim would come back at 14:54 with a score by Jakob Silfverberg with the assist by Kesler. Edmonton’s Taylor Hall would tie the game at 2-2 in the second with a score at 16:29 with assists by Eberle and McDavid. Anaheim would take the lead 3-2 when Hampus Lindholm scored in the 3rd period at 5:35 with the assist from Rakell. The Ducks would score again on a Short Handed Goal at 18:29 by Andrew Cogliano. The Oilers would not go quietly, as Benoit Pouliot scored at 18:53 on a Power Play with assists from Letestu and Sekera. Anaheim would score one last time at 19:47 from a score by Corey Perry, as Anaheim wins a hard fought battle with a score of 5-3.
February 18th- Vs. Vancouver Canucks
In the third away game for Anaheim, the Ducks looked to keep the streak alive as they traveled to Vancouver to face the Canucks. The first period would go scoreless, as Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell scored the first goal of the game in the 2nd period at 2:03, with the assists by Vatanen and Santorelli. The Ducks would score again in the period, with Sami Vatanen scoring on a Power Play at 10:25 with the assists by Getzlaf and Fowler. Anaheim would continue the scoring streak, tacking two more goals in the beginning of the 3rd period: one by Getzlaf (4:14) and one by Manson (4:41). The Canucks would start rallying back, scoring two goals of their own: one by Jannik Hansen (6:18) and one on a Power Play by Sven Baetschi (11:58). Anaheim would score the last goal of the game at 17:29, as Kevin Bieksa made the game 5-2 at 17:29 and ends the game.
February 21st- Vs. Calgary Flames
For the last game of the week, the Ducks would come home to Anaheim as they took on the Calgary Flames. Anaheim would get on the board first, as Patrick Maroon scored at in the 1st period at 15:36 on a Power Play with the assist from Lindholm and Rakell. Anaheim scored first in the 2nd period as well, as Ryan Kesler scoring at 6:54 with the assist from Cogliano and Silfverberg. Calgary would come back and score on a Power Play by Mark Giordano at 8:52 with the assists from Gaudreau and Hudler. The third would be a landslide, as the Ducks scored three goals in the 3rd period: by Getzlaf (00:16), Kesler (4:56) and Bieksa on a Power Play (14:53). Calgary would score at 19:15 with a score by Mikael Backlund at 19:15, but the Flames would be extinguished as the Ducks win, 5-2. This makes the 22nd consecutive home game win against the Flames for Anaheim.
The Ducks looks to extend their winning streak to 6 as they face the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday in Anaheim.