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Jakob Silfverberg hopes important goal will get him going for Ducks

By in Press Enterprise on October 30, 2017

By Eric Stephens

RALEIGH, N.C. – Slow starts to the season were something Jakob Silfverberg thought he rid himself of a year ago but the Ducks’ important two-way winger started this one without a goal for the first 10 games.

One shot may not have been the cure-all but it should alleviate some of the pressure. Silfverberg picked an ideal time to get his first as it forge a third-period tie against Carolina, helping the Ducks to reach overtime and ultimately win in a shootout.

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The slap shot was one that Silfverberg didn’t think was near his best. All that mattered was it found a way through the pads of Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling.

“Obviously it’s been a little bit of a struggle for so far this year,” Silfverberg said. “It was the first goal of the year. I kind of just closed my eyes and tried to shoot it.”

While his linemate Andrew Cogliano had steadily produced offensive out of the gate, Silfverberg has found that knowing Ryan Kesler would miss half the season and actually not playing with the strong-willed center are two different things.

It has been more of an adjustment that the shutdown right wing anticipated. Pushed by incoming Coach Randy Carlyle, Silfverberg parlayed a strong start to 2016-17 into his best season as he had career highs of 23 goals and 26 assists. He also had Kesler working […]    

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