Ducks Radio Play-by-Play Voice Highlights Before more than 2,300 fans at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the San Jose Sharks, 3-2.
“It doesn’t count for anything, there’s no banners being raised or rings being ordered,” said Gord Dineen, Ducks rookies head coach following the game. “But I guess we do have bragging rights for a year against their rookies. I told the guys that it really doesn’t count for a whole lot other than verbal sparring. But, it proves a point that you do everything it takes to win a game. It will definitely be noticed by the scouts and management that were here to watch.”
In the first period of the contest, the Ducks Logan MacMillan missed a scoring chance on a penalty shot as he rang one off the post against Sharks goaltender Tyson Sexsmith, who would play the entire game in net for San Jose. A penalty shot was given to the Ducks after a trip by Sharks defenseman Adam Leblanc-Bourque.
The Ducks would finally break a scoreless tie on a goal by left winger Ryan Dingle at the 18:40 mark of the first period, an unassisted goal while the two teams were playing at even strength.
“O’Dell had a great win off the draw and then Andy Thomas was able to get it deep in the corner,” said Dingle. “Fortunately, I was able to get to the puck first. I kind of wheeled around the net. The goalie was caught on the other side of the net, so I saw that right away and threw it right at him. It was a nice little break. It was a good offensive play from the get go.”
At the 9:19 mark of the second period, the Ducks would increase their lead to 2-0. Center Charlie Kronschnabel would score a shorthanded goal for Anaheim, using Jason Bailey as a decoy on a 2-on-1 situation down low.
“They fumbled the puck in the corner on the power play,” said Kronschnabel, talking about the play. “We said if they fumbled it, we were going to go. They tried to chip it back to the point. There was a pretty fortunate bounce. It hit the ledge where the glass meets the dasher, twice actually. I was able to chip it by the defenseman and we went on pretty much a 2 on 1. The Sharks kind of took my pass away. So, I just shot and was fortunate enough to get it in.”
Center Nicolas Deschamps made it 3-0 for the Ducks rookies when he scored on a breakaway at 12:30 of the second period.
“It was a good feeling,” said Deschamps, Anaheim’s second round pick in 2008. “Blocking a shot and then head up the ice on a breakaway. I made a little move. It was a great feeling to score in front of a crowd like that.”
Deschamps says it’s more reaction than thinking about what you want to do when you get a chance like that.
“I always do the same move,” added Deschamps. “It works a lot. I don’t think about it. If I need to shoot, I do. Or if I need to dangle, I do that.”
San Jose would creep within 3-1 before the end of the second period. With the Ducks playing two men short, right winger Mike Morris on assists from Steve Zalewski and Michael Wilson closed the gap on the power play.
The only goal of the third period was tallied by the Sharks. At the 7:49 mark, left winger PJ Fenton scored an even-strength goal from a bad angle that beat Ducks net minder J.P. Levasseur.
The Sharks pulled their goaltender with 1:13 left in regulation, but the Ducks held on for the one-goal victory.
Anaheim finished 0-8 on the power play while the Sharks went 1-5. San Jose outshot Anaheim, 24-21.
- Ducks Rookies Head Coach Gord Dineen was impressed with the whole trip into Las Vegas with the Ducks organization.“It’s been awesome,” said Dineen. “The hospitality displayed by the city of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Wranglers Hockey Club and the Orleans Hotel and Arena has been terrific. From the whole staff in Anaheim and the players, we’d love to come back. It’s been a super atmosphere”