Postgame PostUp: Canucks 3 Ducks 4

Posted: 11/12/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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Nucks & Ducks? Sounds more like something you sprinkle over a Mandarin salad than hockey teams. Or maybe Peking Duck in Nuck sauce.

From about the five-minute mark of the first period through to the end of the second our Ducks dominated and imposed their will upon the Vancouver Canucks. (Aside: It was good to hear Randy Carlyle address “will” in the post game press scrum as well. We been talking about it here for a couple of weeks. It should be kind of reassuring to participants in this blog when the pros use the same terms we use after we use those terms.)

The Nucks dominated the first five minutes and the entire third period. Our guys committed two turnovers in the first minute. It was good the fighting the puck syndrome only lasted five minutes. It is spooky weird how the puck just doesn’t seem to settle for our guys at the start of games. Jonas Hiller was perfect though. Cody Hodgson skated away shaking his head after Jonsey read him like a book and effortlessly turned aside Hodgson’s backhand attempt on a breakaway.

Saku Koivu got the party started 25 ticks into the second period. Andrew Cogliano intercepted a Dan Hamhuis clear found Saku all alone in the primary shooting area just below the inside hash mark. Koivu’s snap shot beat Loungo clean.  The secondary scoring parade continued when Cogliano took a feed from Bobby Ryan and used his speed to waltz around the sprawled Vancouver goalie with former Duck Aaron Rome off for a major.

Rome’s hit on Devante Smith-Pelley will be reviewed but I don’t think it warrants additional sanction. While Rome did hit DSP in the head, it was shoulder and Rome did seem to recognize DSP was in a vulnerable position and pulled up just before contact was made. Specifically, Rome dropped his arm to avoid elbowing Devante.

Corey Perry put our ducks up 3-0 when he forced a Ryan Getzlaf pass into the Vancouver net. It was one of those now classic Ugly Betty goals that Perry scores so often.

Peter Holland who had his first NHL point called back buried a twisted wrister top shelf in what proved to be the winner. Holland’s puck handling skills were on full display as he took the biscuit on his backhand, flipped it up to his forehand and let it zoom in one fluid motion. As the women say, that guy’s a keeper.

The rest of the night belonged to the clock and Jonas Hiller. The Nucks fought back and made it close but Jonsey stoned ’em enough times to allow our Ducks to skate off the ice with two huge points.

With four games to go before we hand out the quarter season report here’s few things we do know:

1. Our Ducks are incredibly inconsistent. We go 3-2-1 against San Jose, Chicago, Vancouver, Washington and Detroit, arguably the NHL elite. We’ve stunk out the barn going  3-5-1 against teams like the Rangers, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus, Dallas and Phoenix. Taken another way, against teams with a winning percentage of .500 or less on the day we played them, our Ducks are a dismal 2-7!!!

2. Our Ducks cannot maintain their will sufficient to sustain dominance over any team in the NHL for a full 60 minutes. A dominant performance results in a 3-4 goal win. We had a chance to do that tonight but couldn’t.

3. Lubomir Visnovsky is just not right. OCR reporter Mark Whicker noted it on his Twitter account. Shadow of the Bat tweeted tonight that Lubo isn’t shooting the puck.

4. Randy Carlyle, Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno really do think that Sheldon Brookbank has more to contribute than a proven 40+ point puck moving PP QB. Especially on a team that is scoring at the less than scintillating rate of about 2 goals per game.

5. While we’re on the topic of asset management does anybody really believe Dan Ellis can stay sharp if he plays about 13 games?

6. Why is it that our Ducks slump while executing Randy Carlyle’s full system and playbook and come out of slumps when they keep it simple?

  1. czhokej says:

    We scored 3 of our four goals because of speed and good skating into the open positions. Perry’s goal was from the scramble. However, we usually do not put enough bodies in front of the net. We do not screen, and we stay too much on the periphery. Our young guys are still not performing at the level we hoped for.

    • BackCheck says:

      Totally agree on the young guys cz. These are the growing pangs when you play rookies and sophomores.

      Speaking of perimeter players, what would you think of moving Ryan Getzlaf for a genuine #1 D-man? I’m quickly coming to the conclusion that Getzlaf is just (1) too inconsistent, (2) unwilling to pay the price necessary to win and (3) is too much of a whiner to be a leader. He has the talent to make me eat this plate of crow but I doubt he has the heart.

  2. czhokej says:

    bc, for a long time I wanted to comment on Getz. I already mentioned before that I do not like his positioning. First, he is not a true leader. Second, he is a very talented player, but I do not believe he is using his skills properly. Often the situation on the ice calls for him to go to the low slot or in front of the net to receive a pass to shoot, but almost every time he skates somewhere else to safely receive.a pass, to become passer himself. He is a good passer, but that’s not enough for the top line. He is also usually one step slower in one-on-one battles. To answer your question about his defensive talent, I do not think that he can play D, but I would use him as a point man on PP.
    RC said again, that we do not position ourselves around the net (this is an old problem). So why doesn’t he tell his players to do it.

    • BackCheck says:

      Hey cz, you know what follows but we also blog in a way that casual fans can get the ideas. So forgive me if this reads a bit preachy or instructive. It’s definitely not intended.

      With the change in captains from Scott Niedermayer to Ryan Getzlaf more than the leadership changed. We were no longer a team built from the blue line. Bob Murray built his Ducks down the middle. This change from Brian Burke’s build from the blue line to Bob Murray’s build down the middle represents the two primary schools of thought on how you build a hockey team.
      Examples of teams that have built down the middle are the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche. Teams built from the blue line out include the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
      The main difference between the two is that teams built down the middle dominate from the center lane from slot to slot. Teams built from the blue line out dominate the zone of play, or that 15 foot circumference around the puck and rely on D to spark the transition from defense to offense.
      The problem with Ryan Getzlaf, and his idol/mentor Joe Thornton, is that neither dominates the center lane slot to slot. In the offensive zone Ryan Getzlaf becomes a perimeter player. Getzy’s perimeter positioning also shows up in his results. When he attacks the opponent’s net his stats go up as we recently witnessed during his short hot streak. When he hangs back and relies on his teammates to do the heavy lifting, Getzlaf goes cold. cz has pointed this out for years now. Maybe it’s time Bob Murray & Randy Carlyle invited Getz in for a “Come to Jesus” moment.
      It’s time for Ryan Getzlaf to man up and do his own heavy lifting or we should trade him. Do you really want to go through what Boston and San Jose have gone through with Joe Thornton?

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