ANAHEIM, Calif. (NWN) — Seth Jarvis scored a tiebreaking goal in the middle of the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes broke the Anaheim Ducks’ eight-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Thursday night.
Ethan Baer scored his first goal of the season and Frederick Anderson made 31 saves for the Hurricanes against his former team, going 13–2–0 after hanging on to win a well-played game between rising clubs. improved. Carolina has won three straight, including the first two on a six-game West Coast road trip.
“Coming in, we knew they were feeling great and playing with a lot of confidence,” Anderson said. “We knew that was a good test for us, but it’s something that keeps us focused and keeps us focused on playing our game.”
Troy Terry extended his scoring streak to 16 games with a first-period goal for the Ducks, who had not lost since October 29, and scored no fewer than three goals in a franchise-record 12 straight games.
John Gibson’s career-best winning streak ended in game seven despite 29 saves for the duck, including blocking a third-period penalty shot by Jarvis to play with 18:40. The Carolina forward atonemented eight minutes later for his third goal of the season by dodging Gibson’s back from the back of the net.
“It was good to miss a penalty shot, come back and get one for the boys,” said Jarvis, who also scored a third-period tiebreaking goal in Vegas two nights earlier. “I give myself the 20 second rule (after a mistake). You can’t pay attention to things for a long time, especially when the game goes as fast as it did.”
Anaheim’s 10-game streak with one point ended its winning streak, the third-longest in the team’s history. Both leagues had the longest active streaks, but the Ducks still received several ovations from the Honda Center crowd, who were grateful to see an exciting team again after three straight nonplayoff seasons.
“We are a rebuilding team, but our head is above water,” said Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins. “We have been able to play and play with every team this year. … (Carolina) is the best team in the league, I think. And if they’re not, they’re in the top two or three.”
Bayer put the storm ahead in the opening minutes by converting an extraordinary cross-ice near Martin Ness’s back door.
Terry then returned Adam Heinrich’s shot for the tying goal and the latest point in his streak, which began exactly a month earlier on 18 October. Captain Ryan Getzlaff received a secondary assist for his 1,001st career point.
“Now that this cycle is over and behind us, we just need to focus and get on the road,” Heinrich said. “Good teams don’t let defeat pile up. … I think we showed that we can play different games and play a certain way against different teams. Now the challenge is to return to victory.”
Terry’s 16-game streak matches the current run by Conor McDavid, who also scored for Edmonton on Thursday.
Terry’s 12 goals are more than all but one duck player scored during the entire 2020–21 season, when Anaheim finished last in the NHL in scoring. The Ducks have completely changed this season, sporting an up-tempo, aggressive style that has left them almost identical to last year’s team despite a similar roster.
But Terry was not happy afterwards, saying that the Ducks had missed several scoring opportunities.
“Our mindset is different now,” he said.
Andersen spent three successful seasons on Pacific Division-winning teams at Anaheim, trailing the Ducks in the 2015 Western Conference Finals. He teamed up with Gibson to win the Jennings Trophy in 2016, but the Ducks soon traded him to Toronto as Anderson was due for a contract extension.
Max Comtois and Sam Steele, the two forwards selected with draft picks sent by the Maple Leafs, are both regulars for the Ducks, although Comtois missed his third straight game on Thursday with an upper body injury.
Storm: On Saturday at Kings.
Ducks: On Mondays at Hunters.
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