PostGame PostUp: Dallas 3 Anaheim 4 (OT)

Posted: 03/05/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

Our Ducks are undefeated this season when the When Girls Love Hockey bloggers Suz Broughton and Jenelyn Russo are in the house. They are now our official Lucky Charms.

This was a huge two points. Our Ducks were in serious danger of falling 3 pts behind the 8th seed. Instead our guys take a points tie for 8th seed. Dallas gets 8th for the moment because they have a game in hand on our Ducks. BUT, if the Stars lose in RT tomorrow night against the Sharks, our Ducks move ahead of the Stars by virtue of most non-shoot out wins. How close is this race? Consider our Ducks started the game in 11th place.

And we have 5 more weeks of this BEFORE the playoffs? Oh man life is good!!!Ducks played perhaps their smartest period of hockey of the season. You know how I and others are always chatting about keeping the play in front of you, support the puck, first man plays the man second man plays the puck, maintain inside position. Our Ducks did all of that in the first and stepped off the ice with a well-earned 1-0 lead. The goal coming off a wicked slapshot from the stick of Lubomir Visnovsky.

Jeez you’d think somebody spiked the Gatorade with stupid pills the way our Ducks played the second. It was all Stars and it showed with 3 unanswered goals on the scoreboard.

The juice wasn’t really juiced. It just looked that way. What happened is Dallas Coach Crawford adjusted and threw something different on attack. As you know the visiting has the short to the bench during the middle frame. Crawford used his bench masterfully bringing a guy off through the defensive door and shooting a guy over the offensive side gaining 20′ on the play. Stars also did the same going back the other way. Good becnh management gets you an extra 20′ feet on every play through the neutral zone.

A good chewing out between periods also had the Stars pick up the pace in the second. Whenever a Duck got near a puck he quickly found himself inside a Stars triangle with no outlet guy in sight. Can you say turnover.

Toward the end of the second Ryan Getzlaf was called for holding with the score 2-1 Dallas. It could have been tripping too. Getz was all over the guy and sloppy about it. As our Ducks killed that goof fans get to feeling good thinking the team will respond.

It wasn’t to be. With one second to go in Getzlaf’s penalty Brandon McMillan took another two for hooking. Our ducks battled and came within 19 seconds of killing off back to back minors when Robidas one-timed a Ribiero feed into his wheelhouse that Louie Eriksson deflected under Dan Ellis. That thud was the hearts of 12,883 Ducks fans falling into their stomachs.

Maybe it was a good thing our Ducks only had to keep it even for 1:23 until skating off the ice and into the room to regroup. Between periods Carlyle adapted his lines by putting speed onto each set. Newcomer Brad Winchester joined the Twins. Bobby Ryan skated alongside McMillan and Selanne and it worked.

Crawford had done a great job matching his top D pairing against the Twins & Ryan all game. Robidas & Goligoski simply moved the puck before any of the Twins with Ryan could get in on the forecheck. Winchester’s wheels changed that as he did get on them. All 6’5″ 235#’s of him.

With Robidas off for holding, Lubomir Visnovsky blasted a Teemu Selanne feed into the top corner making it 3-2. The Lucky Charms were working their magic.

Following Lubo’s second goal of the night, Winchester started roughing up the Stars and nearly knocked Jamie Langenbrunner into next week with a clean and solid open ice hit. Later he baited power forward Jamie Benn into taking a coincidental minor penalty. I don’t read lips so I don’t know what Brad was saying to the Stars bench but he was grinning so I guess he was sweet talking or teasing them 😉

The score stayed 3-2 through most of the third period as Dan Ellis made a couple-3 OMG  saves to keep it that way. With a buck twenty to go Ellis hits the bench for an extra attacker. As the final seconds ticked away Corey Perry battled a Star player behind the net and sprung the biscuit to Bobby Ryan who began to circle around back to the net but spotted an open Visnovsky at the pint. Lubo with the puck looked off Lehtonen before moving the puck to Getzlaf waiting in the far side faceoff circle. Captain New Dad froze Lehtonen and wheeled it over to the Finnish Flash waiting between the hash marks. Teemu flicks it past the Stars goaltender and we have a sister kisser with 1:03 to go in RT.

We got a point and no matter what happened next our Ducks would only be two points behind the 8th seed. That breeze you felt began as 12,883 people exhaled in unison.

As the final minute of OT ticked away it looked the game would be decided by a shootout. With just 24.6 seconds to go Getzlaf picked up a loose puck at the Dallas blueline and was held by Tom Waddell as he attempted to flip it to Corey Perry.

A Ducks PP in the waning seconds of OT with the playoffs on the line. Oh man, Getzlaf wins the ensuing face off but the play is called and honestly I forget why. Sorry.

On the next faceoff  Getz puts the same move on Ribiero, a knee inside freezes him as he shields the puck in the face off dot with his body. Ribiero can’t reach around the big guy and Getz pushes the puck back to Visnovsky. Lubo drifts to his right as Robidas gets caught between Perry and Lehtonen setting up a perfect screen. Visnovsky wasted nothing in fluid motion ripped sending a high hard one into the back of the net. Lubo’s rocket darn near tore the twine as it bounced around in the netting.

Visnovky’s hat trick was the first ever by a Ducks D-man. That’s quite a feat considering the greats who have worn the black, teal and orange.

BTW, these past few games have been a real treat for tweeting with a guy who calls himself Shadow of the Bat, Dark Knight and GoDucksGM. Joins us if you’d like.

Next up are those pesky Vancouver Canucks on Sunday at 5:00p.m. Our Ducks will win again. When Girls Love Hockey bloggers will be in the house for CHOC Day.

And oh BTW, if you want to buy a round for those wonderful folks at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) you can do so here.

As always, here’s your post game interviews from ADHN.


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