Sam Carrick absorbed a tough but late hit along the board from Brayden McNabb of the Vegas Golden Knights in the final minutes of Friday afternoon’s game at T-Mobile Arena. Carrick Ducks teammate Buddy Robinson stepped in to confront McNabb, but Carrick stood up to his defense.
McNabb is 6 feet 4 and weighs 214 pounds.
Carrick is generously listed at 6 feet, 200 pounds.
McNabb is not known as a fighter.
Carrick is absolutely ready to punch above his weight class.
After a moment or two, Carrick delivered a few right hands to McNabb’s paratrooper and the Vegas guard headed down the ice, a common signal in the NHL that one boxer had enough. However, Carrick failed to make another shot or two before the rangers broke it.
It was just another fight in Carrick’s long and winding hockey game. Under normal circumstances, he could have gone to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls on Friday. But these are not normal situations, and Carrick is filling the void in the Ducks squad due to injury and the COVID-19 absence.
Carrick failed to score in his 26th game of the season, at the heart of the Ducks’ fourth line, with Robinson and Nicolas Deslauriers on either wing. But he did play a role in their 3-1 loss, and he will come off the bench in a game where he scored his seventh goal of the season, five more than the previous high. his.
He was determined to make the most of his chance to play in the NHL this season, as he played twice as many games with the Ducks than he did in 2020-21. So far, he’s kept the Ducks out of the lineup, filling a key role in their fourth line.
“I know him and I have the greatest consolation in being with him because I’ve coached him for so long,” said Ducks coach Dallas Eakins, referring to his previous stints with Carrick with Gulls and Toronto Marlies of the AHL. “You can look at a guy like that and say, ‘It’s really amazing that he’s scored seven goals and he’s in the league and all that.’ For me, I’m not surprised by that one bit.”
TRUTH AND FIGURE
Sam Steel returned to the lineup from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols and recorded 11:38 frost time on Friday. He scored two shots on goal, but he ran inside two of the Golden Knights’ three goals. He kicked center with Sonny Milano and Vinni Lettieri on the flanks to start the game.
Defender Cam Fowler traveled with the Ducks to Las Vegas but did not play after sustaining an upper body injury in Wednesday night’s loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Ducks hope Fowler can practice on Saturday and perhaps play Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche.
Ducks also played without strikers Max Comtois and Trevor Zegras, who are on COVID-19 protocol. Left wing Adam Henrique (lower body injury) and Max Jones (chest tendon tear) and defender Josh Mahura (upper body) remain on the bench because of injury.
Additionally, the Ducks returned striker Bryce Kindopp to the Gulls and moved guard Brendan Guhle from their taxi fleet to San Diego. Defender Greg Pateryn was recalled from the taxi team to the Ducks’ active roster, but he did not play Friday against Vegas.
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