The Anaheim Ducks hung on for a win last night in a barn-burner in Colorado; the Los Angeles Kings had the night off. Out of the gate, it seemed like the roles were reversed with the Ducks looking like the rested team. Keeping the game at a fast-paced tempo and the defense taking as much pressure off goalie Frederik Andersen, the Ducks hung on for a 2-1 victory.
As expected, this game was a physical matchup between two teams that may very well see each other at some point in the playoffs. There was plenty of pushing and shoving after whistles, neither team wanting to given an inch. It’s the perfect mix of animosity and desire to win that makes games like these exciting to watch.
A Kings’ goal that would have tied the game in the third period was waived off due to goalie interference. Like the rule or not, it was a clear-cut instance of interference, and the referee made the correct call.
Rookie goaltenders for both teams added to the night’s storyline. Kings goalie Martin Jones has a healthy 10-4-0 record this season and a .933 save percentage. Andersen for the Ducks has an equally impressive 15-4-0 record and a .922 save percentage.
The Kings did their best to keep up with the Ducks and had their own bright spots for the night. Robyn Regehr did exactly what he is on the Kings for: to get in the faces of the opponents and try and pull top stars off their game. Anaheim wisely kept calm, and refused to give into Regehr’s jabs.
Tonight’s triumph was huge for the Anaheim Ducks as they continue to battle to hold onto first place in the Pacific Division. The San Jose Sharks are hot on the heels of the Ducks, and it is clear that every point is going to matter for the remainder of the season for both teams.