PostGame PostUp: Phoenix 3 Ducks 0

Posted: 12/05/2010 by bc in Uncategorized

Not a whole heck of a lot to blog about after this one. So, will just give it a quick hit treatment:

Credit the Red Wings game for taking some of the spirit out of our guys. I was hoping the return of Joffrey Lupul would be a pick me up. Instead the guys came out flat-footed.  Coach Carlyle went ballistic between the first and second periods. Even Elmer’s rant only impacted the team for about 5-6 minutes.

Bob Murray certainly deserves some credit for the decision to send Dan Sexton to Syracuse. The Finnish Flash is out so why would you send our other fast forward to the Crunch? Especially when the team is lacking in the flash and dash department.

Just me or did anyone else notice how slow Koivu & Blake looked without Teemu or Big Sexy on the wing? The thing is, Koivu and Blake aren’t slow but Belesky then Lupul slowed them down.

Our guys have been shutout for six straight periods and the answers are obvious. Despite everybody talking the right game, nobody is really playing the right game. We’re not getting traffic in front. Breezy has a rep for giving up fat rebounds but we never shot into his shins to create those rebounds.

Again give our Ducks credit for making a good goalie look great.

The penalties interrupted our flow. Dennis LaRue called that game like he was Hugo Chavez umpiring a baseball game between the USA and Cuba. The fact that a very unprofessional Ref injected himself personally into the game is not why we lost.

LaRue got over his little snit by the end of the second. Plenty of time for our guys to make a comeback.

Make me point to just one thing though and it was the Detroit game. Not Detroit mind you, the game. Our Ducks are beating themselves. Worse they obviously indulged a pity party that carried over throughout the weekend.

Where’s the leadership Mr. Getzlaf? We know Carlyle hasn’t got the parts. Fairly or unfairly leadership falls to the captain. It was a nice couple of shifts to start the second. It wasn’t enough.

Nothing new or different in the ADHN post game interviews but it is always good to see them say it.

  1. czhokej says:

    I agree 100%. Just allow me to add that Tippett played it perfectly this time. It’s not easy to solve his suffocating defense, but even his offense was quite good, and he knows how to preserve the lead. Besides, we have to remember that they played yesterday.

  2. czhokej says:

    In the previous post you mentioned Bryzgalov deal, when the Ducks let him go.
    It looks like that when I like somebody on our team, they send him to the AHL or trade him (recently Sexton, Carter, Bodie).

    How do you explain that we were so slow against tired Phoenix?

    • BackCheck says:

      True cz, Tip also has some pretty good hockey people around him in Dave King, Ulf Samuelson and Doug Sulliman. Were any of those guys with him in Dallas? I don’t think so.

      I really thought the Detroit game crushed their spirit and they didn’t bounce back. I really expected our guys to come out and play a spirited game. It just wasn’t there.
      Maybe they all wrestled with the wives and significant others; then drove to the rink.

  3. buick22 says:

    RC Quote of the year……”They’re hockey players that are paid to work and do their job, and we have to find a different way to stimulate them — whether it’s a kick in the pants, a pat on the back or a day off.” Yes. yes, we do!!!

    Loops looked like he hadn’t played in a year….not surprising….Perry had a rough time going to the net alone all game, Ryan couldn’t handle any passes…Getz was Getz…on and off.

    I am still waiting for Bonino/MacMillan to impress…Bonino made a nice save though, I’ll give him that…we need to keep the lines that work-together, replacing Sexton w/ Loops was a big error, size matters, but it ain’t everything except to RC, when will he learn? We need a coach who can build lines that do work, not just fill out a roster with three good players that don’t mesh, and trade ones with the skills our team now lacks…what a mess.

  4. buick22 says:

    C Ryan Carter has been a valuable penalty killer in his early time with the Hurricanes since arriving in a trade. It was expected that he would fill this role, and those opportunities have given him additional ice time other than his limited shifts coming on the fourth line. But he picked up an assist against Nashville when most of his time was in even-strength situations because the Hurricanes needed to kill only one penalty. Carter has won 56.7 percent of his faceoffs in four games since Carolina acquired him from Anaheim, the Hurricanes’ official site reports.

    Good thing we didn’t need a guy like that!!!!!

  5. buick22 says:

    Ignore me. I am just bitter….

    • BackCheck says:

      Buick22, you remind me of one of my fave comics, Lewis Black. I mean that in a good way so rant, vent whatever you need to do Bud. And you don’t have to apologize for it here, lol.

  6. bbdux93 says:

    We had 4 lines – even with all of the mixing that RC did – we had 4 lines that all played like the 4th line.

    My comments come from some one who never played, but is a 17 year fan. CZ and BC break it down in their way, this is how I saw it

    • BackCheck says:

      Hey cz, we are maybe what; 5 minutes from bb pointing out stuff we missed and 10 minutes from bb pointing out we got something wrong? Uh-oh, LOL.

  7. bbdux93 says:

    Baschcheck – I can’t tell if you are joking or not, regardless I need you and cz to know I have the utmost respect for your understanding and descriptions of every game. I can only describe it from my limited understanding – that’s all

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