The Ducks had a prime opportunity to find the equalizer in the final minutes of regulation. With a 5-on-4 man advantage, the Ducks came within inches of tying the game. The finishing ability, unfortunately, just wasn't there. The result was a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Sunday afternoon, the first game of a brief two-game road trip.
Devin Shore and Troy Terry were at the doorstep on the aforementioned power play. They had their chances, but Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck didn't waver. Then, the Ducks had a 6-on-5 advantage with John Gibson on the bench, but again, the tying marker eluded them.
It was a frustrating end to a game that saw the Ducks erase two separate one-goal deficits. But special teams proved to be the difference maker, as the Jets' game-winning goal came on a power play, while the Ducks couldn't capitalize on both of theirs.
"I thought we did some good stuff, but probably not the entire game," said Shore. "I think we fed their transition a little too much. You look at that first goal, I need to make a stronger play through the neutral zone. Either kick it out or get it deep. It was good we battled back a couple times, but it turned out special teams was the difference in the end."
Hellebuyck finished with 31 saves on 33 shots to improve Winnipeg's record to 18-10-2 (38 points). Gibson turned aside 30-of-33 shots. The Ducks fell to 12-14-4 (28 points).
The Ducks showed some resilience in the game, twice coming back from one-goal deficits. First, Jakob Silfverberg scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season just 32 seconds after Mark Scheifele got the Jets on the board midway through the first period. Then, trailing 2-1 in the third, Shore jammed home his first goal of the season to even up the game.
Video: ANA@WPG: Silfverberg taps in slick dish from Rakell
Video: ANA@WPG: Shore scores goal amid scramble in front
The Jets took the lead for good on Scheifele's second goal of the game - a power-play strike - with 4:22 left in regulation. Adam Lowry had the second goal for the Jets with under two minutes remaining in the middle frame.
The Ducks will wrap up their two-game trip on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild.