Saturday, October 10, Vs Nashville
According to Ducks GM/Head Coach Tom Winkler, the Ducks were very fortunate to only be trailing 1-0 at the end of the first period. “We were a sluggish and reactive team to start this game, we did not execute our game plan at all, and thanks to Cooper (Ducks goaltender Cooper Seedott), we were only down by one,” stated Winkler. It was a period that saw the Ducks outshot 12-5 and saw them surrender several odd-man rushes. The Ducks responded with a solid second period, outshooting the Predators 11-6 and tying the game up on a Justin Delisle power play goal. This set the stage for a dramatic third period as both team were playing well. However, just two minutes into the last frame, the Ducks took a major penalty for a hit-from-behind. A retaliatory minor by the Predators meant that the Ducks needed to kill 3 minutes of penalty time. Nashville capitalized on that power play and took the one goal advantage. Less than a minute later, after another Ducks minor penalty, Nashville took a two goal lead which they would not surrender. There was no last minute comeback tonight. “We shot ourselves in the foot with our penalties, period. It was frustrating as we had talked about discipline being a key going into the last period. Can’t criticize the effort but we have to be more disciplined,” said Winkler.
Shot: Ducks 24 Predators 24
Power Play 1-6
Penalty Kill 2-4
PPG Justin Delisle, assisted by Jake Cox and Stephen Coulter
Cooper Seedott took the loss.