(Photo by Isaac Brekken/ Associated Press)
Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks, faced off for the final meeting of the season on America’s Presidents Day.
Tonight hockey fans who showed to watch the two Pacific Division rivals face off against one another had the pleasure in grabbing up the first Vegas Golden Knights bobblehead featuring Chance the Gila Monster.
— The Vegas Roundtable (@VegasKOTR) February 20, 2018
Also the Golden Knights elected to wear their road whites tonight in honor of America’s Presidents Day. It was also the NHL debut of forward Tomas Hyka.
The Anaheim Ducks knew that coming into tonight’s matchup against the league leading Golden Knights to avoid the sweep presented the opportunity to be their best and they did just that by incorporating the Randy Carlyle style of hockey vs. Vegas.
This made it hard for the Golden Knights to generating anything of a sustained attack as the Ducks made them earn every inch of the ice with the stingy defense and a heavy game that Carlyle likes to employ against the opposition.
13:32 into the game the Ducks would open the scoring on the Golden Knights as it was Andrew Cogliano setting up Jakob Silfverberg in the slot as he redirected the puck past Marc-André Fleury to the early 1-0 lead. This was Silfverberg’s 13th goal of the season with Anaheim.
The second Anaheim goal, did not come until the third period when it was Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf‘s wrist shot that made contact with Josh Manson‘s stick and trickled its way under Fleury for the 2-0 lead with less than 13 minutes to go in the game.
Manson recorded his 4th goal of the year for Anaheim as the Ducks would come away with this one 2-0 to avoid the season series sweep against the Golden Knights.
At the end of the night this was the second time in Ducks franchise history where they not only defeated their opponent by a shutout, but by doing it in tandem with Gibson and Miller by handing the Golden Knights their third loss with a zero to their credit.
Both Gibson and Miller became the 64th goalie pairing in NHL history to record a shutout and the first tandem unit to accomplish this feat this season. Combined they made 33 saves (Gibson with 20 and Miller stopped 13).
— Chris (@CoyoteDucks54) February 20, 2018