Canucks vs. Ducks: Defensemen lead the way in Anaheim victory
The Ducks got some help from their blueline in a comeback win.
The Anaheim Ducks are proving to be quite a tough out when down by a goal.
With a 1-0 win in overtime against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, the Ducks improved to 18-0-6 in one goal games this season and further cemented their place atop the Pacific Division.
The game began rather slowly, with neither team managing to gain an edge over the other. The pace didn’t pick up until the second period, when the Ducks began amping up the pressure while stifling the Canucks’ offense. Fortunately for Vancouver, goalie Ryan Miller was able to turn away all ten shots in the frame. Meanwhile, the Canucks’ Yannick Weber scored on one of the team’s only four shots of the period.
Anaheim didn’t let up, and the Ducks finally tied the game at a goal apiece when a shot from Francois Beauchemin found its way past Ryan Miller midway through the frame. The two sides would play to overtime, where Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler beat Miller to finish the 2-1 comeback win for Anaheim.
Three things we learned
1. Andrew Cogliano can’t catch a break. The Ducks center had the game-winner on his stick twice in the game and hit the post each time. He’s now gone six games without a goal and is -5 in that stretch. It’s been a frustrating holiday season for him.
2. Ryan Miller deserved a win. The Canucks goaltender was consistently solid all night, a big reason why the Canucks kept the Ducks off the board for most of the game. Miller finished regulation with 26 saves and a stellar .964 save percentage. Vancouver has to be pleased to see him rounding into his old dominant form.
3. Anaheim’s defense bails them out. The Ducks have cycled in a host of players to fill in on their battered and bruised blueline this year, but they’ve gotten good production out of their healthy regulars. That was especially true on Sunday. Francois Beauchemin’s goal forced overtime, and then Cam Fowler ended it in overtime.