Friday, October 31, 2008

Anaheim vs Vancouver

Anaheim vs Vancouver

Friday night's game against the Canucks was one of the wildest games in Duck's history.

Despite 12 goals total in regulation, the Canucks needed 11 separate shooters in the shootout to secure the final goal to win over the Ducks.

The record in franchise history is 15 shooters, but Friday's game wasnt far off.

Despite a slow start, the Ducks scored the first two goals of the game in the first period, and one of them was the first goal by Scott Niedermayer. The second was scored by the other Duck's superstar, Teemu Selanne. Vancouver was quick to reply, scoring a goal just 19 seconds after Selanne's. Both of the Duck's goals were scored with a man advantage after a Vancouver penalty.

The second period was perhaps the craziest one the Duck's have seen in years. And how fitting it should be on Halloween.

After a shot by Teemu that touches the goal line but doesnt cross it, the Canucks put the pressure on the Ducks and score four goals in rapid succession, two with even bodies, one shorthanded, and one with a man advantage. Giguere was pulled from the net, after the Canucks managed to score 4 goals out of only 13 shots and put in Jonas Hiller instead. The Ducks were given a golden opportunity as a Canuck player gets a double minor for high sticking that put George Parros out of that game and for the next week, but the Ducks couldnt seem to find the net.

The momentum was lost, but the opportunity was not. Just as fans believed they'd rather leave and get some trick or treating in, they got the real treat out on the ice.

The Ducks rallied for a quick three-goal comeback to tie it at the end of the second period, all scored within 1:40 of eachother, close to the franchise record. Seven goals in one period alone, and the game is only tied at the start of the third.

The Canucks scored midway through the third, and hearbreak seemed inevitable for Duck's fans when Corey Perry found the net in the last 57 seconds of the game to tie it. Overtime ends with no goals, and the Ducks go to a shootout for a hopeful win.

After 22 combined shots with no luck, the Canucks finally score and put both sides out of their misery. Hiller was fantastic throughout, with some miracle saves that would have ended it much sooner.

If you have to lose, the Ducks showed you the right way to do it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Anaheim vs Detroit

Anaheim vs Detroit


Throw as many molluscs on the ice as you want, Detroit. None of them saved you from a loss tonight.

Despite 9 penalties, 2 of them resulting in goals for Detroit, the Ducks were victorious over the Redwings, winning in overtime with a score of 5-4.

The ice maintenance crew had their work cut out for them, with octopus and hats raining down on the ice all night.

Yes, there was a hat trick.

The victory is largely attributed to Teemu Selanne, who had the the first hat trick of the season. He scored the first three goals for the Ducks tonight, which turned out to be paramount for the Ducks to win. Another major contributer tonight was Ryan Getzlaf, who chalked up 5 assists for all 5 goals. Jiggy, the third "Star of the Game" saved 34 of 38 shots tonight against the Redwings.

The first period ended with a tie after a goal for the Ducks was retracted for goalie interference. Chris Pronger shot one in just as Selanne crashed into the goalie, a questionable call, but thank goodness the Ducks didnt need it. The second period ended with a score of 3-2 in favor of the Redwings. The Ducks scored twice in the third period, the third of Selanne's hat trick and a goal by Brian Sutherby, and kept the lead till the last 1:30 of the game when the Redwings tied it. They were put out of suspense in the last two minutes of overtime when Francois Beauchemin knocked the puck in over the Redwing's sprawled goalie.

Previous to tonight, the Redwings boasted a 7-1 record, while the Ducks had 5-5.

The Ducks next compete against the Vancouver Canucks on Halloween. Yours Truely will be in attendance, dressed as (what else) a crazed Ducks fan. Here's hoping you all have a safe and fun Halloween.

Last but not least....LETS GO DUCKS!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Anaheim vs Columbus

Anaheim vs Columbus

The Ducks now have a .500 average after winning at Columbus tonight, thanks to some great efforts by Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and a slew of fantastic saves by Jiggy.

Ryan Getzlaf also scored a goal tonight, his third this season. Its about time that he's gotten out of his funk. As one of the top goal scorers last season, he hadn't been able to put the puck in the net until last Friday's game against Ottowa. With three goals in as many games, everyone's hoping he's showing promise of the talent he's been the past few seasons.

Starting out with a quick goal by Getzlaf, the energy on the Duck's lines were noticeable, until the Blue Jackets scored two goals in a row, the second one while shorthanded. The defense slipped up while on a power play, and the Blue Jackets took advantage of it. Corey Perry managed to tie the score till the last four minutes in the game when Teemu shot the puck in from Francois Beauchemin's rebound on the left side.

Jiggy then had a miracle save late in the third, catching the puck out of midair on the opposite side of the net with his left pad. Incredible to watch, really.

On a totally unrelated note, I spent over $70 at Barnes and Noble. In giftcards, of course. I came home with 7 new books, and settled down with a cup of tomato soup to enjoy. I love my new books, but my mouth is now scorched due to distraction.Who needs a layer of skin inside their mouth, anyway?