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Fowler took a puck to the face in Tuesday's game and was forced to depart with 3:02 remaining in the third period. There are no news on the severity of the injury yet. Fowler can return next Wednesday the earliest.
Quite a big blow to Anaheim losing probably their best defenseman this year, but certainly the most productive one with 3 goals and 7 assists in 19 games.
Fowler playes Rickard Rakell who flew down right wing and dangled his way back into the crease with a cut and toe-drag move as his attempt resulted in a rebound Ryan Getzlaf converted 6:33 inti the third period.
Fowler has 3 goals and 7 assists in 17 games with all 3 goals and 3 assists all coming in his last 5.
Fowler scored a double in the second period, once capitalizing on a free-flowing puck through the crease Rickard Rakell lost his handle on, and the second time using apinpoint snipe into the top corner. He capped his night scoring as the open man after Adam Henrique dangled into the crease and making a play occupying both defenders in the area.
Fowler became the third defenseman in Ducks history to score a hat-trick after Lubomir Visnovsky did it in 2011 and Hampus Lindholm last December. Interestingly enough these three are the only defensemen in the league to achieve the accomplishment since Sheldon Souray did it for Montreal back in 2003.
Fowler played the puck to Ryan Getzlaf with time winding down and the Ducks searching for an equalizer in the final minute. Getzlaf made a hard cross-ice pass to set up the Rickard Rakell one-timer goal with 26 seconds left.
Fowler has 6 assists in 14 games.
Fowler used his superb skating ability to put himself in a scoring position on a late third period powerplay and his well-placed shot got a slight deflection off of teammate Pontus Aberg's stick to end up in the net far side.
Fowler has 5 points - all assists - in 13 games, and now he's lost his partner for a yet unknown period. Full disclosure, his pairing with Josh Manson has not been clicking, meaning a change may have been due in that regard anyway. Look for him to log big minutes and deliver a 0.4-0.5 point a game average throughout the season.