By: Adam Gretz
The Anaheim Ducks nearly allowed a four-goal lead to slip away in the third period on Friday night but were able to hold on for a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. They were able to jump out to a 4-0 lead after two periods thanks in large part to a five-minute power play in the second period that resulted in a pair of goals, which was part of a six-minute stretch that saw them score three times.
The reason for the five-minute power play was because Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome was ejected for elbowing Ducks forward Devante Smith-Pelly.
Along with the five-minute major he also received a 10-minute game misconduct.
Even though the call was for elbowing, it appeared that Rome didn't raise his elbow, and it's certainly debatable as to whether or not there was enough contact with the head (or if it was targeted) to make it worthy of any additional punishment. Though, given Rome's history (he was suspended for four games during last year's Stanley Cup Finals for a blindside hit to the head on Boston's Nathan Horton), which seems to play a pretty big role whenever the NHL has handed out supplemental discipline this season, it should be interesting to see if Brendan Shanahan has anything to say about this play.
The win snapped what had been a six-game losing streak for the Ducks, and is just their second win over the past 11 games.
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