The Anaheim Ducks are trying to stay active in the battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, as they sit just outside with 84 points, tied with the Dallas Stars would are not in the last Wild Card spot in the West. They battled hard last night in a contest against the Detroit Red Wings, and managed to come out on top with a 4-2 win.
The Wings did however show some fight as well in an intense matchup. Eighteen seconds separated two fights, with the Ducks’ Corey Perry and Wings' Justin Abdelader dropping the gloves and then the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler squaring off against Anthony Mantha, and it made for a good show.
“There is some history there,” Perry said to the OC Register. “They still got a lot of guys over there. We battled for a long time when they were in the West. It just continued tonight.”
Most importantly, there was a close battle in the crease during the Ducks' second goal of the contest. Derek Grant knocked a loose puck through the legs of defenseman Mike Green, which ended up beating Jimmy Howard. Dylan Larkin’s unit tried their best to tie things up during the man advantage and were able to put the score up 2-2 just seconds after the power play expired. But Larkin tried something else before using his hockey talents to tie things up.
After the scrum ensued in front of Howard, Grant found the puck through the chaos and managed to barely squeeze one past the goal line to give his team a 2-1 lead. But in the heat of the moment, Larkin tried to cheat with a very questionable play. The young forward appeared to have true to place his glove over the goalie cam to prevent it from being reviewed. Unfortunately for him, he made his intent blatantly obvious and not completely in sync with was taking place on the ice.
See for yourself:
Bardown even managed to publish a photo of the incident, and you can clearly see Larkin's attempt to cheat the Ducks out of a good goal.
The camera shot revealed that Larkin was just a second too late as we can see the puck crossing the goal line on the picture below:
Will the league have to keep an eye on the young forward? He can be quite sneaky indeed...