Post Game PostUp: Sharks 4 Ducks 3

Posted: 02/03/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

Despite out hitting the Sharks 26-17 our Ducks began the game in passive mode. Dany Heatley was allowed to chase down his own rebound behind our net bring it back into the low slot and tuck it between Hiller’s pads. Three Ducks had responsibility, Lydman, Koivu and Visnovsky and nobody tied Heater up. Jeez, I understand The Dany Man is 6″19″ weighs about a ton but he beat 4 Ducks on that play! We just can’t let that happen.

Our Ducks appeared stricken by Rectal-Cranial Inversion* as the Sharks would score twice more taking a commanding 3-zip lead in the first period of play.It would prove to be a hill too steep as our guys made it more difficult on themselves than is necessary. Our Ducks were minus-5 in the under reported Giveaway/Takeaway stat and a horrible 19 for 51 on face offs.

During the first half of the game our Ducks were virtually doing the chasing right off the face offs.

The teams traded goals when Joffrey Lupul got our Ducks on the board at 5:44 of the second. Ryan Clowe, enjoying a career year, scored a PP goal at 15:39 restoring the Sharks three goal lead.

Cam Fowler got that one back for his third goal in three straight games. Bobby Ryan then pulled our Ducks within one at 5:36 of the third.

While our Ducks virtually owned the puck in the third period, we really didn’t dominate where it matters most, down low and on the scoreboard. The Sharks collapsed 5 skaters low and forced our Ducks outside.

A few times, notably Dan Sexton, Brendon McMillan, Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne were able to slip behind the Sharks box but each time goaltender Antii Niemi had the answer.

It was obvious the Sharks were gassed but they rose to the occasion while killing Ben Eager’s (((DOH))) for delay of game. First Philip Marleau ragged valuable seconds away as he drove our Ducks back deep into our own end. Then Joe Pavelski, Doug Murray & Nik Wallin prevented our Ducks from getting so much as a legitimate scoring chance.

The regulation time loss is expensive. It dropped our Ducks into sixth place in the Western Conference and third in the Pacific Division. The game was the Sharks first win in three attempts this season. The opportunity lost is that a win a regulation time win would ensure our Ducks no less than a tie in the season series.

Over the All Star weekend I cautioned my fellow Ducks fans to expect a fight at practice this week. Even if Coach Carlyle had to manufacture one. No fight happened.

At Tuesday’s practice, the OCR’s Eric Stephens captured this quote:

“Guys are upbeat,” winger Corey Perry said. ”Practices were uptempo. It was all about execution and being as sharp as we could today. It’s expected that you may not be as sharp as you’d like to be but it was a crisp practice.

“Guys are refreshed, guys are motivated and guys want to be on the ice.”

Notice anything missing from Pears’ description? If you’re thinking physicality give yourself a treat.

Obviously Randy Carlyle could have and should have done more to help this team be ready.

*Rectal-Cranial Inversion is a medical term. The primary symptom is a  hockey player attempts to play with his head up his arse.

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