When a game starts out with a tilt like that, you know you’re in for a treat.
Earlier tonight, the Anaheim Ducks took on the Detroit Red Wings in an entertaining game that ended with a beautiful shootout goal you have to see. The Ducks have been an underdog team to watch this year – both with the rise of Trevor Zegras and the stunning start from Troy Terry. Tonight was another good game for them. Zegras gave them an early lead in the first. They fell back 2-1 by the late second period but fear not, Troy Terry swooped in with his 22nd goal of the season to tie things up 2-2 before the final frame. The Ducks and Wings exchanged mid-3rd period goals so we left this game 3-3 when regulation ended.
OT was not kind to the Ducks, they registered no shots on goal while Detroit had 3. All 3 shots did get stopped by Lukas Dostal, Anaheim’s goalie who was making his NHL debut tonight. Dostal did have to face a real test after that OT when it came time for the shootout. But if this were a test, he really aced it.
Troy Terry started the shootout but he was unsuccessful in getting past Thomas Greiss. Dostal came right back with a save on Lucas Raymond which allowed Zegras to head out there and score one for the shootout lead. Dostal stood tall once more to stop Adam Erne and it all came down to the Ducks’ 28-year-old winger Rickard Rakell. Now this goal, you just have to see:
That patience to get the right shot gave Anaheim their 19th win of the season AND Lukas Dostal his first-ever NHL win. I’ve watched that goal like 6 times and it is incredible every single time. The way he just waits for Griess to commit, waits for that perfect shot is so skillful. What a nice ending to an entertaining game.
UPDATE: I finished this whole blog and saw two things: Bob Saget died (RIP) and the ceremonial puck drop was done by the Rally Monkey. Two things I did not expect to see but both needed to be mentioned.
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