Of their ultimate season collection towards the San Jose Sharks, the Anaheim Geese showcased their offensive talents as they outscored the Sharks 8-1. Anthony Stolarz was the star of the present, and 16 totally different Geese earned a degree in the course of the two-game collection.
Stolie the Goalie & Alexander the Nice Shine Once more
Stolarz was feeling it on Monday night time. His 46 saves led the way in which within the Geese’ shutout win towards the Sharks, and the goaltender was again in internet on Wednesday night time. He was 2:11 away from back-to-back shutouts, however an Erik Karlsson shot from the purpose nixed that.
It’s been fairly a tumultuous season for Stolarz, as he has spent many of the season on the taxi squad. That implies that whereas he does partake in workforce practices with the Geese, he wasn’t getting any taking part in time for each them and the San Diego Gulls within the AHL.
That’s modified just lately. With John Gibson struggling to remain wholesome and Father Time trying to be an element for backup Ryan Miller, Stolarz has stepped into the beginning function. In 4 appearances (three begins) this season, Stolarz is 2-1-0 with a .939 save share (SV%) and a couple of.17 goals-against common (GAA).
Locked right down to a two-year contract with a median annual worth (AAV) of $950,000 following this season, Stolarz has an excellent shot at being Gibson’s understudy subsequent season. With Miller changing into an unrestricted free agent this offseason, there’s an excellent probability that the 40-year-old hangs up his skates as soon as the season concludes.
Alexander Volkov needed out of Tampa Bay so he might play extra repeatedly. He’s completed that since arriving in Anaheim via trade on March 24 and hasn’t regarded again. The Russian has 4 objectives in seven video games–three of these got here on this collection towards the Sharks. It doesn’t appear to matter the place Volkov slots within the lineup; he scored all of his objectives this collection whereas skating on the fourth line.
Volkov will probably be a restricted free agent this offseason, nevertheless it’s probably that the Geese will retain him, particularly given the new begin to his Geese’ profession. There will probably be a glut of forwards competing for lineup spots subsequent season, however Volkov can have an higher hand if he continues his good kind.
Return of the Captain
After sitting out the primary recreation of the collection with a sore again, Ryan Getzlaf returned for the latter half of the collection and did so with a bang. Getzlaf notched his fourth goal of the season off a nifty feed from Troy Terry. There’s been lots of speak about him just lately following the conclusion of the commerce deadline. The captain did, in fact, stay with the Geese by way of the deadline, although there was no absence of suitors, most notably the Vegas Golden Knights.
Getzlaf’s eight-year, $66 million contract expires this offseason, and his future with the Geese past this season stays a thriller. The upcoming Seattle Growth Draft additionally looms, and although the Geese gained’t want to guard Getzlaf given his impending free-agent standing, there’s all the time the small risk that Seattle Kraken common supervisor Ron Francis and his workers take an excellent, lengthy have a look at the veteran as a potential addition to their workforce.
Fleury Debuts, Grant Will get a Purpose in Recreation 300
Trade deadline acquisition Haydn Fleury made his Geese debut and was paired with veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Fleury had slightly below 19 minutes of ice time and had an excellent plus/minus with a shot on aim. He spent the latter finish of the sport partnered with Andy Welinski as head coach Dallas Eakins opted to pair Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler collectively to complete out the third interval, however the 24-year-old was additionally a part of the second penalty-killing unit and didn’t look misplaced.
A number of Geese gamers have reached milestones over the previous a number of weeks, and Derek Grant was the most recent, taking part in in his three hundredth recreation. The ahead marked the event with a goal, the Geese’ second of the sport.
Previous to his time with the Geese, Grant was an NHL journeyman who hadn’t even scored his first NHL aim but. 182 video games and three seasons later, Grant is in his fourth stint with the Geese and has discovered a house in Orange County. The three-year deal that he signed this previous offseason was a testomony to how a lot common supervisor Bob Murray values having a participant like Grant on the workforce.
O Golden Knight
The Golden Knights come to city for his or her ultimate two-game collection of the season towards the Geese. The Geese’ struggles towards the Golden Knights have been nicely documented, as they’re 3-10-4 towards the workforce from Sin Metropolis. With a document of 1-2-2 towards them this season, the Geese have fared higher than in previous seasons.
Previous pal Shea Theodore has been a catalyst behind the Golden Knights’ present four-game profitable streak and has completed a few of his finest work towards the workforce that drafted him. Conserving him quiet ought to restrict many of the Golden Knights’ offensive manufacturing from the blue line.
I’ve been a fan of the Anaheim Geese since 2013 and have loved watching and studying extra concerning the sport of hockey ever since.
I just lately graduated from UCCS in Colorado Springs, CO with a bachelor’s diploma in Sports activities Communication. During the last a number of years, I’ve been employed as a sports activities journalist and now am working from house in Southern California.