Tonight's game started the way the Ducks wanted, an early goal from Ryan Getzlaf opening the scoring just 4:12 into the first period. Then all of a sudden, the game slipped away. The result was a 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday night, the finale of a four-game road trip that saw the Ducks go 1-3-0.
Anaheim's lead tonight lasted all but 34 seconds, but it was an unfortunate play that led to Vegas' game-tying marker when Cam Fowler accidentally put the puck into his own net. Mark Stone was credited with the goal, his seventh of the season.
The Golden Knights would score twice more before the first period ended on goals from Ryan Reaves and Nicolas Roy. They added a power-play marker midway through the second period when former Ducks center William Karlsson hammered one past goaltender John Gibson, who faced 32 shots through the first two periods alone. (Gibson stopped 44-of-49 shots in the loss). Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13-of-15 shots for Vegas.
Video: ANA@VGK: Getzlaf snaps Comtois' feed into the twine
"Tough one for us," said Adam Henrique, who scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the third period. "Just compete-level wise, we get the first goal, and then we didn't have much pushback after that. We're certainly going to need a response back home on Tuesday. Certainly wasn't a great effort by everyone in front of Gibby."
After the Golden Knights added a power-play goal in the third period from Paul Stastny to pad their lead to 5-1, the Ducks got one back two and a half minutes later when Henrique buried a nice feed from Troy Terry. It gave Henrique his sixth goal in the past eight games.
Video: ANA@VGK: Henrique sneaks backhander under Fleury
With the loss, the Ducks' record fell to 7-6-0, while the win improved Vegas to 8-5-0.
The Ducks will return to Orange County to open a season-long seven-game homestand beginning Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets.