Well look who found their way back to writing about their favorite team? Enough about me, let’s get on with it shall we? Pre-season started for the Ducks last night at about 6pm PST so our hearts are full of joy. As is the brutality of some of these pre-season games not being televised, I can’t do this post a ton of justice without being eyewitness to the big show. But I can give a bare bones recap which I’m sure you’re up to speed with by now, but what’s another recap going to hurt you anyway? Let’s begin.
Graphic choice up above (Jiri Sekac) was clearly ready to get going since he scored only 28 seconds into the game. Colorado’s Conner Bleackley felt up to the task to respond not even a minute later, & we had ourselves a 1-1 game!
For the Avs Mikko Rantanen fired a wrist shot past Gibson to make it 2-1 Avs 6:16 into the second period. Fellow Finn but Anaheim good guy Julius Nattinen helped knot things up 2-2.
Jiri Sekac had more juice in the tank and tallied his 2nd of the night 1:44 into the 3rd, making the score 3-2 Anaheim. Chris Wagner added his name to the score card making it 4-2 Ducks, and that’s where the fun ends for Anaheim. Jack Skille scored a short-handed wrap-around to make it 4-3 Avalanche, and Nick Holden evened the game up 4-4.
Special Note: THREE pre-season games will do sudden death 3-on-3 OT whether the score indicates OT is needed or not (9/22, 9/29, and 10/1). Purely coincidental in this case that it was actually called for…
The game only needed 1:18 of overtime to determine the winner which was decided by Alex Tanguay securing the victory for the Avalanche. Time to rejoice that pre-season means nothing in terms of standings and points! Hooray! The Ducks next game will be this Friday at home against the LA Kings. If nothing else, the fans in attendance get to view the fancy new scoreboard above the ice.
Edit 2:32am PST: Earlier edition of this blog indicated all pre-season games would have 3 on 3 OT regardless of score, it has been updated to reflect the 3 games that will use that format as not all will do so. Thanks reader Daniel P. for pointing that out!