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Ducks Start Month Off on the Right Foot in 4-2 Defeat of Nashville

By Adam Brady

ANAHEIM – If the Ducks intend to have this month make them forget about the last one, they got off to a nice start tonight in Anaheim. Four different Ducks lit the lamp, to go along with another strong night by Frederik Andersen (40 saves), as the Ducks downed the visiting Nashville Predators, 4-2 on Country Night at Honda Center.

It was a step in the right direction for Anaheim after a confounding 1-7-2 start that included a winless five-game road trip through the end of October. Tonight began a stretch in which the Ducks play six of the next seven in their home rink.

"That’s how we have to play," said Ducks winger Chris Stewart, who had a goal and two assists.

"We were on our toes. We dictated [the play]. We came out in waves. The whole team fed off it." The Ducks set the early in this one, on a Rickard Rakell goal just 1:11 after the opening faceoff.

Rakell made a beautiful move near the right post to undress defenseman Cody Hodgson before flipping a backhand past goalie Carter Hutton. It was the first time this year that Nashville gave up a first period goal (a 7-0 advantage in 11 games).

"It was huge for us in this game," Rakell said. "It gives you a good feeling to build off throughout the game.Especially with my line, we scored early, got good pressure early and just stayed on each other to keep it up." Sami Vatanen gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead with just under nine minutes left in the period, hammering a slap shot that sailed past a Jiri Sekac screen over Hutton’s shoulder. 

As that goal was being announced, Andrew Cogliano picked up a Nashville turnover and fired through a wrister from the right wing to make it 3-0. The second and third goals were just 12 seconds apart, the fastest two goals by the Ducks since January 19, 2013 at Vancouver (11 seconds). Nashville took advantage of a 4-on-3 power play five minutes into the second period (thanks in part to a Corey Perry tripping penalty) when Shea Weber ripped a one-timer past Andersen.

Anaheim got one right back with 9:00 left in the period on Stewart’s first goal as a Duck. Defenseman Korbinian Holzer snuck into the bottom of the right circle before flipping a shot that caromed off Hutton, and Stewart punched the rebound into the open left half of the net. The goal gave Stewart three points on the night, and it was Holzer’s first point as a Duck.

Nashville got back within two a couple minutes later when Calle Jarnkrok waited out the defense before finding the top corner from the left wing circle. But the Ducks held the lead to the finish, with the help of Andersen, who earned his first win of the season. "We kept battling," he said. "We came out hard and worked for each other. We got some bounces our way and pucks started going in.

Even when they scored their goals, we kept going. We didn’t sit back and feel sorry for ourselves." Anaheim will look to make it two in a row on Wednesday night against the Panthers at Honda Center.

"It’s okay as long as we don’t think that’s the be-all and end-all," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "We have to build on it. We have to put things together. The next game we play is going to be just as tough. Florida beat us pretty good last year. It’s not going to be easy."

 

Anahiem Ducks 2015-16 Schedule

 

 
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME  TV NETWORK
 
SAT OCT 10, 2015 DUCKS SHARKS 7:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
MON OCT 12, 2015 CANUCKS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
WED OCT 14, 2015 COYOTES DUCKS 7:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
FRI OCT 16, 2015 AVALANCHE DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SUN OCT 18, 2015 WILD DUCKS 5:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD, NHLN-US  
THU OCT 22, 2015 DUCKS PREDATORS 5:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SAT OCT 24, 2015 DUCKS WILD 3:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
MON OCT 26, 2015 DUCKS BLACKHAWKS 5:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD, NHLN-US  
TUE OCT 27, 2015 DUCKS STARS 5:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
THU OCT 29, 2015 DUCKS BLUES 5:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  

 

 
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME  TV NETWORK
 
SUN NOV 1, 2015 PREDATORS DUCKS 5:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD   
WED NOV 4, 2015 PANTHERS DUCKS 7:30 PM FS-W   
FRI NOV 6, 2015 BLUE JACKETS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SAT NOV 7, 2015 DUCKS SHARKS 7:30 PM FS-W  
MON NOV 9, 2015 COYOTES DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W   
WED NOV 11, 2015 OILERS DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W, SN1   
FRI NOV 13, 2015 ISLANDERS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD   
MON NOV 16, 2015 DUCKS HURRICANES 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
TUE NOV 17, 2015 DUCKS PREDATORS 5:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
THU NOV 19, 2015 DUCKS PANTHERS 4:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SAT NOV 21, 2015 DUCKS LIGHTNING 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
TUE NOV 24, 2015 FLAMES DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W   
WED NOV 25, 2015 DUCKS COYOTES 6:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
FRI NOV 27, 2015 BLACKHAWKS DUCKS 2:00 PM NBCSN   
MON NOV 30, 2015 CANUCKS DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W   

 

 
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME TV NETWORK
 
WED DEC 2, 2015 LIGHTNING DUCKS 7:30 PM FS-W   
FRI DEC 4, 2015 SHARKS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD   
SUN DEC 6, 2015 PENGUINS DUCKS 5:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD   
FRI DEC 11, 2015 HURRICANES DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD   
THU DEC 17, 2015 DUCKS SABRES 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SAT DEC 19, 2015 DUCKS DEVILS 4:00 PM KCOP-13  
MON DEC 21, 2015 DUCKS ISLANDERS 4:00 PM FS-W  
TUE DEC 22, 2015 DUCKS RANGERS 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SUN DEC 27, 2015 FLYERS DUCKS 5:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
TUE DEC 29, 2015 DUCKS FLAMES 6:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
THU DEC 31, 2015 DUCKS OILERS 6:00 PM KCOP-13  

 

 
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (PT) TV NETWORK/RESULTS
TICKETS
FRI JAN 1, 2016 DUCKS CANUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SUN JAN 3, 2016 JETS DUCKS 6:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
WED JAN 6, 2016 MAPLE LEAFS DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W TICKETS  
FRI JAN 8, 2016 BLUES DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
SUN JAN 10, 2016 RED WINGS DUCKS 5:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
WED JAN 13, 2016 SENATORS DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W TICKETS  
FRI JAN 15, 2016 STARS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
SUN JAN 17, 2016 KINGS DUCKS 6:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
WED JAN 20, 2016 WILD DUCKS 7:30 PM NBCSN TICKETS  
FRI JAN 22, 2016 DUCKS CAPITALS 4:00 PM FS-W  
SAT JAN 23, 2016 DUCKS RED WINGS 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
TUE JAN 26, 2016 DUCKS BRUINS 4:00 PM FS-W, TVAS  

 

 
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (PT) TV NETWORK/RESULTS
TICKETS
TUE FEB 2, 2016 SHARKS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
THU FEB 4, 2016 DUCKS KINGS 7:00 PM NBCSN  
FRI FEB 5, 2016 COYOTES DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W TICKETS  
MON FEB 8, 2016 DUCKS PENGUINS 4:00 PM FS-W, TVAS  
TUE FEB 9, 2016 DUCKS FLYERS 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
THU FEB 11, 2016 DUCKS BLUE JACKETS 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SAT FEB 13, 2016 DUCKS BLACKHAWKS 5:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
MON FEB 15, 2016 DUCKS FLAMES 1:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
TUE FEB 16, 2016 DUCKS OILERS 6:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
THU FEB 18, 2016 DUCKS CANUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SUN FEB 21, 2016 FLAMES DUCKS 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD, SN TICKETS  
WED FEB 24, 2016 SABRES DUCKS 7:30 PM FS-W TICKETS  
FRI FEB 26, 2016 OILERS DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W TICKETS  
SUN FEB 28, 2016 KINGS DUCKS 6:00 PM NBCSN TICKETS  

 

 
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (PT) TV NETWORK/RESULTS
TICKETS
WED MAR 2, 2016 CANADIENS DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W TICKETS  
THU MAR 3, 2016 DUCKS COYOTES 6:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SAT MAR 5, 2016 DUCKS KINGS 1:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
MON MAR 7, 2016 CAPITALS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
WED MAR 9, 2016 DUCKS AVALANCHE 7:00 PM KCOP-13  
FRI MAR 11, 2016 DUCKS BLUES 5:00 PM FS-W  
MON MAR 14, 2016 DEVILS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
WED MAR 16, 2016 RANGERS DUCKS 7:30 PM FS-W TICKETS  
FRI MAR 18, 2016 BRUINS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
SUN MAR 20, 2016 DUCKS JETS 12:00 PM FS-W  
TUE MAR 22, 2016 DUCKS CANADIENS 4:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
THU MAR 24, 2016 DUCKS MAPLE LEAFS 4:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SAT MAR 26, 2016 DUCKS SENATORS 4:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD, HNIC, TVAS2  
MON MAR 28, 2016 DUCKS OILERS 6:00 PM FS-W  
WED MAR 30, 2016 FLAMES DUCKS 7:00 PM FS-W, SN TICKETS  

 

 
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (PT) TV NETWORK/RESULTS
TICKETS
FRI APR 1, 2016 CANUCKS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
SUN APR 3, 2016 STARS DUCKS 6:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
TUE APR 5, 2016 JETS DUCKS 7:00 PM PRIME, FS-SD TICKETS  
THU APR 7, 2016 DUCKS KINGS 7:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD  
SAT APR 9, 2016 DUCKS AVALANCHE 2:30 PM PRIME, FS-SD

 

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