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- Max Comtois scored with 7:42 remaining in the 3rd period. He was assisted by Rickard Rakell and Cam Fowler. 1-0 ANA.
My thoughts on period 1
The Anaheim Ducks were on top of their game from the start. They out shot the Vegas Golden Knights 12-4 and smothered them during the period. Out of the entire Ducks line-up, the player who stood out to me the most was Ryan Getzlaf. Although Getzlaf didn’t score, he looked like a very hungry player who’s looking for his 3rd goal in 3 games. An impressive period and even more so to limit the Golden Knights to only 4 shots.
The Golden Knights didn’t do so hot in that period for a couple of reasons. One being them treating every situation as a penalty kill, and they gave the puck up way too much. This game had the feeling from the gate of a flop for Vegas but given the track record you would figure they would get it going.
My thoughts on period 2
The Ducks won the second period, again out shooting the Golden Knights and keeping them under 10 for the period going 21-7. To this point, it seems like the fewest shots on goal that I can remember in Golden Knights history. The Ducks made the Golden Knights look like a bad team that period.
The Golden Knights tried their best to prove to the fans that they can be good in all three periods, but failed at it Although Vegas Golden Knights didn’t score in that period, Mark Stone is the player that sticks out to me with his play in the period besides Marc-Andre Fluery. We all expect great things from Stone since he’s the captain after all and has been lights out as a Golden Knight.
My thoughts on period 3
The Ducks won the game in 2 ways. They out shot the Golden Knights a total of 28-21, and the Ducks won in a 1-0 shutout. Max Comtois scored a beauty of a snap shot off a great feed from Rickard Rackell late in the game for the winning goal.Fleury stopped 27 out of 28 shots. in my opinion, Fleury was the only one who really did anything in the entire game outside of Stone it felt. The rest of the team didnt seem to last 5 seconds past the blue line to save their lives, and they always gave up the puck.
Golden Knights lost to the Ducks in game 4 out of 8. Vegas is officially 8-2-1, while the Ducks are hanging around and making waves in the new West Division sitting at 6-6-3. Fluery was stellar again but handed his first loss of the season while John Gibson grabs his 3 shutout already of the season (tied with Semyon Varlamov for league lead). The Golden Knights three game winning streak was snapped in the loss.
Let’s see if Vegas can make a big comeback statement on Feb. 27th, 7:00pm.