Here’s how it went down.
An early powerplay opportunity rendered six shots on net for the Hurricanes, but after an important kill, the Ducks took control of the pace on home ice. It was Andrew Cogliano who would open the scoring at 16:57 of the first period as Anaheim capitalized on a defensive zone turnover from Victor Rask. Carolina would respond with the equalizer with just 38 seconds to go in the opening frame as Teuvo Teravainen ripped a one-time opportunity from the skate of Jaccob Slavin bar-down on John Gibson.
The second period was fun. A goalie interference penalty on Ryan Garbutt at the 6:25 mark gave Carolina their third powerplay of the night. They couldn’t cash in, but five seconds after the penalty expired, Jay McClement did the unthinkable and scored a nifty goal from out front, and moments later, Sebastian Aho walked in all alone on Gibson and roofed it blocker-side to extend the Hurricanes’ lead to two.
Anaheim had a big kill halfway through the middle frame, and they jumped right back on the offensive, taking advantage of missed coverage in the Carolina zone. The uncovered man was Stefan Noesen who flew down the slot and beat Cam Ward for his first goal in the NHL.
In a one-goal game in the third period, the next goal was huge, and Brett Pesce’s blast from the point at 4:46 of the final frame gave the Canes a huge two-goal cushion. Unfortunately for the road team, the Ducks weren’t done. A big time rebound came out to Andrew Cogliano, who netted his second goal of the evening at 8:21 of the third period. One minute later, Carolina was the beneficiary of another great Finnish as Teuvo Teravainen beat Gibson for a second time after a big save from Cam Ward at the other end of the ice.
The Ducks came back strong late in the third period. Nick Ritchie and Corey Perry both found the back of the net in the span of 1:30 to tie the game and push things to overtime.
Neither club found the back of the net in the extra frame, so the skills competition rendered a 6-5 victory for the Anaheim Ducks.
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