Montour well ahead of last season

ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Ducks are in the thick of it as the play-off draw near and Six Nations’ contribution, Brandon Montour is establishing himself as a real “keeper” on the Duck’s blue line, and Brantford’s Adam Henrique is lighting up the lights up front.

The Ducks very nearly completed an amazing comeback, setting a new NHL record. The Ducks are the first team since 2004 to force overtime in a game where they trailed by two goals with 21 seconds (or less) remaining in regulation.

Edmonton led 2-1 after the first period. Adam Henrique tied the game from Brandon Montour and Ryan Getslaf 1:22 into the second but Ryan Strome restored the Edmonton lead.

Strome also opened the third period which Getzlaf answered at 14:00, and when Liro Pakarinen made it 5-3, at 15:40, it didn’t look good for the Ducks.

But two goals by Robert Rakell at 19:39 and 19:53 respectively, turned a loss into a chance in OT. Unfortunately, for Anaheim, the Oilers won in a shootout after a huge push by the Ducks to earn a point.

“In the big picture, if you score five goals, you should win a hockey game. It’s on the defensive side we need to definitely address,” said Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle.

“We found a way to get a point. We pulled our goaltender and scored two goals. I don’t know how many times you can get away with doing that. You don’t know what that point is going to mean at the end of the year. There are some positives in that.”

Sunday Montour, a rushing defenseman, got back on the score sheet after a handful of games where his input did not reflect on the statistics, earning an assist against the Edmonton Oilers and another Feb. 21st against Dallas. He now has six goals and 19 assists. His NHL Career stats show eight goals, 22 assists for 30 points.

The Ducks start a three-game homestand beginning this coming Friday, Mar. 2nd, when they host the Blue Jackets of Columbus. Chicago is next Sunday at 1 pm Pacific Time, and Washington Tuesday night, Mar. 6th.

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