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Ducks turn up speed, defeat Blackhawks, extend streak to 5 in a row – Daily News

Ducks turn up speed, defeat Blackhawks, extend streak to 5 in a row – Daily News
  • Anaheim Ducks proper wing Jakob Silfverberg, entrance, tries to maintain the puck away from Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad in the second interval of an NHL hockey recreation in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Chicago Blackhawks teammates have fun left wing Alex DeBrincat’s objective as Anaheim Ducks proper wing Jakob Silfverberg seems away in the second interval of an NHL hockey recreation in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, proper, blocks a shot in entrance of Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brendan Perlini in the primary interval of an NHL hockey recreation in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jake Dotchin, proper, and Chicago Blackhawks proper wing John Hayden struggle in the primary interval of an NHL hockey recreation in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour celebrates his aim in the primary interval of an NHL hockey recreation towards the Chicago Blackhawks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brandon Manning shoots in the primary interval of an NHL hockey recreation towards the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson celebrates his objective with the bench in the second interval of an NHL hockey recreation towards the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Anaheim Ducks middle Rickard Rakell shoots in the second interval of an NHL hockey recreation towards the Chicago Blackhawks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks appears on after a aim by Daniel Sprong #11 of the Anaheim Ducks in the course of the first interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Daniel Sprong #11 of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck and scores as Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks defends in the course of the first interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Brandon Manning #23 of the Chicago Blackhawks appears on as Rickard Rakell #67 reacts to a objective by Brandon Montour #26 of the Anaheim Ducks through the first interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks appears on through the first interval of a recreation towards the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Corey Crawford #50 and Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks defend towards Anaheim Ducks shot by Jakob Silfverberg #33 of the Anaheim Ducks through the first interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Kiefer Sherwood #64 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck away from Gustav Forsling #42 of the Chicago Blackhawks through the first interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Carter Rowney #24 of the Anaheim Ducks pushes Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks through the first interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Pontus Aberg #20 of the Anaheim Ducks pushes previous Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks uring the primary interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Corey Crawford #50, Artem Anisimov #15 and John Hayden #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks defend towards a shot on objective by Ondrej Kase #25 of the Anaheim Ducks in the course of the first interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Brendan Perlini #11, Corey Crawford #50 and Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks defend towards Anaheim Ducks shot by Jakob Silfverberg #33 of the Anaheim Ducks in the course of the first interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck previous Andrew Cogliano #7 of the Anaheim Ducks through the second interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Josh Mahura #76 of the Anaheim Ducks collides with David Kampf #64 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the course of the second interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Hampus Lindholm #47 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck previous Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the course of the second interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Josh Manson #42 of the Anaheim Ducks defends towards Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the course of the second interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates with the puck previous Nick Ritchie #37 of the Anaheim Ducks through the second interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates with the puck previous Nick Ritchie #37 of the Anaheim Ducks through the second interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks seems to be on after a aim by Erik Gustafsson #56 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the course of the second interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Josh Manson #42 and John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks defend towards Gustav Forsling #42 of the Chicago Blackhawks through the second interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • Ducks proper wing Daniel Sprong celebrates his objective with the bench in the primary interval of Wednesday’s recreation towards the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Middle. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Chicago Blackhawks teammates have fun left wing Alex DeBrincat’s objective as Anaheim Ducks proper wing Jakob Silfverberg appears away in the second interval of an NHL hockey recreation in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Anaheim Ducks proper wing Ondrej Kase, proper, and proper wing Kiefer Sherwood have fun Kase’s objective in the third interval of an NHL hockey recreation towards the Chicago Blackhawks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie, proper, fights for the puck towards Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat in the third interval of an NHL hockey recreation in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Kiefer Sherwood #64 congratulates Ondrej Kase #25 of the Anaheim Ducks after his objective through the third interval of a recreation towards the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks seems to be on on the finish of a recreation towards the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks Four-2. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Daniel Sprong #11 of the Anaheim Ducks upends Gustav Forsling #42 of the Chicago Blackhawks through the third interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Daniel Sprong #11 of the Anaheim Ducks skates through the third interval of a recreation towards the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Ondrej Kase #25 of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck and scores previous the protection of Brandon Manning #23 of the Chicago Blackhawks through the third interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks blocks a shot on objective as Nick Ritchie #37 of the Anaheim Ducks appears for a rebound in the course of the third interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photographs)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Kiefer Sherwood #64 reacts to a aim scored by Ondrej Kase #25 of the Anaheim Ducks as Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks seems on through the third interval of a recreation at Honda Middle on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Pictures)

  • Anaheim Ducks gamers have fun proper wing Jakob Silfverberg’s empty-net objective in the third interval of an NHL hockey recreation towards the Chicago Blackhawks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

  • Anaheim Ducks gamers rejoice their win over the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL hockey recreation in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The Ducks gained, Four-2. (AP Photograph/Kyusung Gong)

ANAHEIM — The Ducks continued to win the battles they misplaced as lately as a few weeks in the past. They continued to generate the type of sustained strain that was lacking earlier in the season. They continued to transfer the puck into the attacking zone with a crispness that was absent final month.

Have they lastly discovered the tempo at which they’d like to play?

Properly, not fairly, however they approached it at occasions throughout their Four-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night time at Honda Middle, their fifth consecutive win and their seventh in their previous eight video games. Above all, they performed underneath management at a greater tempo they usually produced outcomes.

There was nonetheless room for enchancment, as Coach Randy Carlyle reminded reporters at recreation’s finish, however he acknowledged the Ducks’ recreation was in a higher place than it was earlier in the season. They’ve discovered to play their new velocity recreation higher. They’re quicker, however not frantic, as they as soon as have been.

“Just finding ways, finding ways,” Carlyle stated of what stands out concerning the Ducks’ play throughout their profitable streak. “We feel good about ourselves and we’re just finding ways. We’re not proclaiming anything more than we’re a work in progress.”

The Ducks nonetheless haven’t performed the type of constant 60-minute recreation that might please Carlyle, however they took extra strides throughout Wednesday’s victory, once they jumped out to a 2-Zero lead in the primary interval after which caught to their recreation plan after they squandered it in the second.

Ondrej Kase scored the tiebreaking aim Four:03 into the third and Jakob Silfverberg sealed it with an empty-net objective with 1:31 remaining. Brandon Montour and Daniel Sprong scored first-period objectives, and John Gibson made 25 saves for the Ducks (15-10-5).

Erik Gustafsson and Alex DeBrincat scored for the Blackhawks, who made a robust push after falling behind early however misplaced their fifth in a row. Corey Crawford made 28 saves, together with a number of troublesome ones that prevented the sport from turning into a runaway.

“Definitely the first period was one of our better periods,” Silfverberg stated. “We got here out instantly, on our first shift, and I feel we had them in the D-zone for about a minute and a half and we created some possibilities. … General, this was a actually good recreation for us.

“We played with a lot of speed and we were moving the puck pretty well.”

The Ducks constructed a two-goal lead throughout an electrical 20-second stretch in the primary interval.

Montour gave them a 1-Zero lead with a shot from the perimeter, getting an help by way of a display from teammate Rickard Rakell. Sprong then made a sprint down the correct wing and whipped a shot from a sharp angle into the again of Crawford’s internet to make it 2-Zero.

Sprong’s objective was his first because the Ducks acquired him from the Pittsburgh Penguins in change for Marcus Pettersson on Monday. It was simply the type of play Basic Supervisor Bob Murray envisioned when he determined to deal for Sprong, a huge scorer in the AHL and in juniors.

The Penguins have been prepared to half with Sprong after he scored 4 factors, all assists, in 16 video games whereas enjoying totally on their fourth line this season. He had began coaching camp working towards with Sidney Crosby, however he fell out of favor shortly with Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan.

Sprong’s velocity and talent with the puck have been evident from his first shift with the Ducks, although.

“I felt confident,” he stated of his Ducks debut. “I’m a shooter. I wanted to start early putting pucks on net. … I try to play an offensive game and play with speed and find open ice. (Nick) Ritchie and ‘Rico’ (Adam Henrique) really helped me out. The whole team made me feel comfortable.”

Making a good first impression was essential to Sprong.

“It’s a new opportunity,” he stated of becoming a member of a new workforce. “I was excited for it. I wanted to come out hot and if I had a good shot I wanted to shoot it and not give up any of those opportunities. Lucky for me, the first shot was a good opportunity and it went in.”

A aim so good it had everybody however @sprong97 fooled.

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— NHL (@NHL) December 6, 2018

Do not blink, otherwise you’ll miss this magnificence from Ondrej!#LetsGoDucks | #WNH pic.twitter.com/uGo4qt7i5S

— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) December 6, 2018

🗣: “I’m really excited for the new opportunity. When I found out I got traded to Anaheim, I was really excited. I’m really excited to be here and help the team win.”@sprong97 on his #NHLDucks debut and extra following the win!#LetsGoDucks | #WNH pic.twitter.com/LqiksluHpt

— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) December 6, 2018