The Ducks played one of their most inconsistent games of the year and somehow still won in overtime. First Period: Eric Brewer returned to the lineup tonight as Clayton Stoner drew out with possible flu. Brewer hasn't played since December and was paired with Sami Vatanen. Anton Khudobin started his first game against the Ducks versus Frederik Andersen (former Carolina draft pick). Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Kesler and Patrick Maroon were line with Matt Beleskey moving on to the top line. An awkward bounce off the boards hit Andersen's pads. He didn't move and the puck bounced to Hampus Lindholm to clear. Khudobin was flopping in the crease with Nate Thompson right next to him but he didn't draw the call. The game was sloppy from the Ducks at the start. Neither team could really get anything going. The linesman called icing when Rickard Rakell could have negated it drawing boos from the stands. Neither team had had any really good chances to this point and it was pretty boring. Jakub Silfverberg passed from the corner to the front of the net and Andrew Cogliano missed wide on the best chance of the period for the Ducks. Eric Brewer had been noticeable so far in a good way. He made a few clean exit passes and stepped up on Nathan Gerbe to keep a puck alive. Devante Smith-Pelly and Thompson had a two-on-one and Thompson was stopped by Khudobin. Perry took a high stick to the face with no call. Palmieri drew the first penalty of the game after being hooked on a long shift in the offensive zone by Ryan Murphy. Carolina's penalty kill is No. 2 in the league, so chances weren't there for the Ducks. The Hurricanes killed off 1:58 of the penalty by pressuring the Ducks out of the zone. Shots were 13-3 in favor of the Ducks to end the period. Second Period: A dangerous pass in front of Khudobin was almost tapped in by a forechecking Perry. Perry got a feed from Getzlaf and fired it on Khudobin. The rebound was shoved top-shelf for the opening goal of the game. Perry now leads the team in goals with 20. Ducks continued to pressure the Hurricanes after the goal. Andrej Sekera rang the post on a rush play. Andersen had no idea where the puck was because of a screen in front of him. Carolina got a few chances on Andersen but no sustained pressure. Andersen made a great save on Jeff Skinner who walked around Francois Beauchemin. Beleskey went in and hit the post on the rush. The horn went off and the lights flickered, but it wasn't a goal. Alexander Semin scored halfway through the second period to tie it at one. Vatanen had the puck go through him and Semin scored between the arm and body of Andersen. The Ducks were really sloppy in the their own zone on that goal. Jay McClement scored just a two minutes after Semin and Carolina took the lead. The Ducks drew a penalty on what could have been a three-on-one rush. Kesler scored on a tip-in on the power play to tie the game at two. Andersen made a save through traffic on Ryan Murphy after the Kesler goal. Getzlaf just missed wide on an attempt on a cycle play. Vatanen was tripped and the Ducks went on the power play for the third time in the game. Rakell quickly passed the puck into the slot, but it went through everyone and cleared the zone. Maroon and Perry had chances on a rebound but Khudobin stopped both of them. Getzlaf's shot was tipped by Perry and Khudobin blocked the chance to end the period.
Ducks Drag Their Heels to a 5-4 Overtime Win
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