PostGamePostUp: Ducks 3 Sharks 2

Posted: 10/17/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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They fought the fatigue of 3 games in 4 nights. They overcame injuries to Visnovsky and Beauchemin. Even the calls went against them as they had to kill 3 consecutive minor penalties, including a 5 on 3 in which they gave up a goal. They did it with their backup goaltender.

And at the end of a night wherein our Ducks left pieces of heart and chunks of lung on the ice, they skated off with a win to build upon. This was a game when everything and everybody was tested. Including and maybe especially the trainers. After Beauchemin had his sewn back into its socket he went blocked a Pavelski shot that would have been the tying goal. Lord knows where Toni Lydman found the strength to compete against Big Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau in only his second game of the season.

It was game that could have been lost off giveaways from the usual suspects but somehow, someway, somebody picked up their check and/or Ellis stoned ’em. Tonight was all about finding a way.

Our Ducks are off to a 4-1 start. Not enough to qualify as a fast start yet. This blog will save such ideas for the quarter season report. I’ll be back later tonight or first thing in the morning with a look at how our Ducks did it where we can go from here.

  1. ffe155 says:

    Lots to like about the Duck’s start. Looks like the foundation for a solid season is there. Have to wonder how much RC’s change of training camp philosophy is responsible for the better start? Like you BC, I’ll reserve calling it a fast start until after the upcoming road trip results are in – especially after our visits to Nashville and Detroit. In particular, I’m looking forward to seeing how our revamped 3rd and 4th lines do against the Preds. Should be a good indication of how far the team has progressed since April.

    I am impressed with the organizational depth that is showing this year. The scouting dept. deserves kudo’s for some of the recent draft picks and free agent signings. Lots of talent gaining experience and getting significant playing time “down on the farm.”

    • BackCheck says:

      Popped in to finish that blog and whoa, ffe155 provided a great transition. Anytime you hold the opposition to two or fewer goals per game you’re going to win a lot of hockey games. Our Ducks have done exactly that in four of the five games played.

      That organizational depth is allowing RC to reduce the ATOI of Getzlaf 22:00 and Perry 22:11. So far this season they aren’t asked to play in all situations. We have some kids who can PK and protect leads late in a game.

      ffe115 posts about the near and the intermediate future. Seven games in eleven nights is a huge test of our conditioning and processing. Following the regimen of hydration and staying loose and able to compete at optimum level. It’s in those stretches when bodies break down and you get those nagging type injuries.

      The other day Coach Carlyle credited strength and conditioning coach Sean Skahan with helping Toni Lydman recover as quickly as he did. Last season, when coming back from injury Ryan Getzlaf spoke of in the plural saying, “We’ll go for a skate and test it.” I didn’t get it at the time, but I do now.

      No doubt we have organizational depth, both on and off the ice. Nashville and Detroit will test this team as will the currently 5-0 Washington Capitals.

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