0:00 – Today’s Ducks lineup:
And today’s captains for Anaheim, with Mason McTavish bearing the “C” again:
Gage Alexander will get his second start of the tournament in goal for Anaheim. Alexander stopped 28 of 31 shots in the Ducks’ 3-2 loss to the Sharks on Friday.
And we’re leaving San José…
1:00 – The first scoring chance of the day belongs to Anaheim as Brayden Tracey find Drew Hellison open in the slot, but Vegas guard Jesper Vikman offers a big early save.
3:20 – Anaheim controls the pace of play at the start of this one, squeezing Vegas deep into its own zone in back-to-back shifts. Jacob Perreault with a good look from the slot on a single flow from McTavish, but the winger sent it just wide of the net.
5:00 – Alexander tested for the first time and offers an aggressive save in traffic on a point shot by Danil Chayka.
5:50 – The Golden Knights are inches from going forward early after a Ducks defensive zone turnover, but Jordan Gustafson’s backhand movement rings the post and stays clear. Tracey skates it safely.
7:45 – Vegas increases the pressure on the forecheck, which makes it difficult for the Ducks to clear their defensive zone. Has driven a few chances for the Golden Knights, but Alexander is up to it.
8:39 – McTavish with the best scoring chance of the opening period so far, running down a Ducks clearance attempt for a breakaway and attempting a five-hole move, but the Golden Knights keeper had just enough for him prevent crossing the line. Still aimless around nine minutes into the action.
10:51 – 1-0, Golden Knights. The Ducks get caught off guard in the neutral zone and Vegas makes them pay as Lyndon McCallum makes a centering pass into the high slot and beats Alexander through some traffic in front of the net. Golden Knights with the game’s first lead.
12:42 – Another good chance for McTavish on a 2-on-1 run, but a puck rebound prevented him from catching everything on his shot that went wide.
14:18 – The Ducks equalize, 1-1. Brayden Tracey puts the Ducks on the board, directing a shot just inside the blue line through a swarm of bodies in front of the net and past Vikman. His second goal of the weekend. The only decisive pass goes to Tristan Luneau. All even at a late in the first.
14:35 – Vegas at the first power play of the day as Nathan Gaucher is hit with a two-minute minor hook.
16:35 – The ducks erase the penalty without too much difficulty. Anaheim got off to a good start today after giving up power-play goals in each of the first two games.
17:24 – Anaheim will again be shorthanded, this time guilty of having too many men on the ice. Ben King will serve him.
19:24 – Ducks now 2-2 shorthanded as King comes out of the box in the last minute of the first period.
20:00 – The first period draws to a close, but not before light pushing and shoving in the Knights’ defensive zone. This Ducks team has been physically engaged all weekend and more than a little willing to defend each other. We head into intermission in one fell swoop with Vegas up front at 9-7 shot count.
0:00 – We will start the second period at 4 against 4 after the jokes at the end of the first. McTavish (slashing) and Vegas’ Joe Fleming (roughing) start the middle frame in the sin bin.
1:50 – Big tight chance for Anaheim as Gaucher found Tracey behind the Vegas defense, but Tracey’s backhand rolls off the end of her stick and out of the cage. Back to 5v5 play.
3:46 – The ducks get their first power play. Today’s top unit looks like:
5:00 – Some good looks for Anaheim, including a wild run in front of the net where no one seemed to find the puck, but it stays on the outside and the Knights get the kill.
5:17 – Back to 4v4 as King and William Riedell get matching miners.
6:29 – Ducks are now forced to kill a 4v3 with McTavish flagged for tripping.
7:20 – 2-1, Golden Knights. The Ducks come back almost to 5-on-4, pinning the puck to the end wall behind the net, but the Knights release it across the ice and Jakub Brabenec’s pinpoint shot goes through Alexander to put Vegas ahead again Once.
8:28 – Ducks continue the trend of penalties coming in bunches. This time it’s Charles Côté as the culprit, two minutes for holding back.
10:04 – Alexander with some solid saves with the glove to help erase the penalty against Cote. On the other side, Vegas changes goalie. Isaiah Saville replaces Vikman, who stopped 12 of Anaheim’s 13 shots.
11:28 – The second-period parry to the box continues. Dodge the beneficiary this time as Fleming is taken into custody.
13:15 – Ducks now win 5v3 after a late call against Vefas. So far, the best power-play chances have come from one-timers from McTavish and Perreault, but good saves from Saville.
13:24 – The ducks tie him up, 2-2. Anaheim capitalizes on the 5-on-3 as this time Perreault gets absolutely everything on a single offer, passing Saville to tie the score. Ducks still with over 90 seconds of human advantage time.
14:00 – 3-2 Ducks. The Anaheim Power Play goes online again! Helleson gets his shot in traffic and Nijhoff flips it home. Back-to-back power-play goals, just 36 seconds apart, and the Ducks are suddenly in the lead for the first time today. An audible “corner, corner, corner” chant from some of the Ducks fans in the crowd is now playing out.
15:30 – The Golden Knights tie, 3-3. The back-and-forth action continues here at Sharks Ice as Vegas ties it on a goal that Alexander likely wants to recover. Ben Hemmerling gets the goal, beating Alexander short-side from the right wing.
16:17 – Alexander bounces right back with a solid save on Patrick Guay from the slot.
17:19 – Anaheim’s searing power play as McTavish was reduced in a 2-on-1 run with Nijhoff. The Ducks held a 6-on-5 for a while, but will now head to a power play late in the second period, looking to score on their third straight opportunity.
19:19 – The ducks can’t keep the streak alive, but they got close. Luneau had a chance in front on a deflection and Gaucher rang the post moments later, but Vegas got the kill in the final minute of the second.
19:24 – Just when you thought we were back at 5-5, Vegas takes another minor penalty. Too many men on the ice.
19:58 – Penalties, penalties and more penalties. Lopina hit from behind in front of the net and the Ducks will play 5-on-3 again, mostly in the third period. Anaheim fires the keeper with two seconds on the clock for a brief 6-on-3, and it almost works, but Perreault’s offer is blocked and we head for third even at three.
0:00 – Back for the third. Ducks start with 1:24 time at 5-on-3.
1:24 – Vegas eliminates the first penalty, thanks in part to Lopina’s stick snap at a rather inopportune moment.
1:58 – Back to 5-on-5. Anaheim’s best chance was a rebound attempt by Nijhoff on Luneau’s point shot, but Saville extended to his right to keep him clear.
4:45 – Some good stops at the start of the period by Saville. The Ducks are doing well to keep the Golden Knights on their heels in the defensive zone.
5:03 – And Anaheim is rewarded for its efforts on the forecheck as Riedell goes to the box for tripping on a turnover in Vegas.
5:48 – McTavish hammers it from the crossbar and then has a one-timer denied by Saville. Ducks keep possession and throw it back to McTavish, who hits the post. Anaheim all over the Vegasd penalty now.
6:38 – 4-3, Ducks. The power play happens once again with Zellweger beating Saville from the right faceoff circle. Excellent puck recovery for the Ducks human advantage unit and that leads to their third goal of the game. McTavish gets the only help.
9:12 – Anaheim is back on the power play. The cross-check goes against Golden Knights forward Ivan Morozov and a chance for the Ducks to add a big insurance goal.
11:12 – The Ducks can’t get past Saville this time, who comes in with another big save on Hvidston shortly after the penalty expires. The Ducks secure a one-goal lead with less than nine minutes to play.
15:25 – Now it’s Anaheim that will be tested on the kill with Gaucher whistled for slashing. Vegas looking for the tying goal.
17:25 – Ducks PK is huge, despite a broken stick for McTavish, and Anaheim is now minutes away from its first win of the weekend.
19:00 – The Ducks are just icing the puck here. Anaheim is focused on plugging the middle of the ice while Vegas fired the goaltender.
19:59 – Lopina’s strong change helps keep Vegas from settling. Alexander makes a final stop and there is only one second left. A last-second face-to-face will decide.
20:00 – The Ducks win, 4-3. Anaheim gets a well deserved win to close out the weekend. Three power play goals are the difference for the Ducks.