DUCKS WIN!!!! 4-1 over Phoenix Coyotes

Posted: 12/15/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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Oh man there is so much to share tonight. Maybe the best place to start is how our guys overcame adversity. Last night our Ducks found themselves in the cellar. Of course they were also last in the Pacific Division, last in the Western Conference and last in the entire NHL. A last place trifecta. for the first time in what seems like forever and then some, our Anaheim ducks responded with a win. If you’re looking for a turning point on this season, December 14 against the Coyotes might just be it.

The team had to wait a full 10 days to get a couple-3 consecutive practice days under new coach Bruce Boudreau. It showed.  first it was our structure without the puck. The guys stuffed the center lane forcing the Coyotes to the perimeter. Our Ducks maintained that clogged center lane even down low the team consistently collapsed the box to protect Jonas Hiller. Only Hanzel succeeded in getting behind our wall of support in front of Jonas Hiller. What the team did was allow Jonas to see the puck, clear the rebounds that Jonas didn’t smother.

It also didn’t hurt one bit to get Lubo Visnovsky back on the blue line. Toni Lydman looked like the guy who just realized that life with the first wife was pretty good. For 60 minutes Lydman kept the play in front of him. Made the safe play with the puck. And maybe most of all didn’t try to do too much out there. Cam Fowler was more effective playing 17 minutes than he was logging 25+ per game while Lubo was waiting on his fingers to mend.

It was a scary night as our Ducks took a 2-0 lead on goals by newcomers Rod Pelley and Niklas Hagman. Hanzel brought Phoenix within one and as we’ve all seen of late, Phoenix began to dominate the second period. It was amazing just how the Coyotes did dominate. The ‘Yotes to a man maintained puck possession when each puck carrier or handler used his body to shield the biscuit. Our Ducks were unable to outnumber the ‘Yotes at the puck. It was the only time during the game we didn’t support the puck. Call it Dave Tippet simple. You could almost hear a dollar bill land on carpet as the home crowd feared the worst.

Jeez though, Hagman’s second goal restoring the two goal lead was just a thing of beauty. Getzlaf picked up a loose puck along the left-wing boards and backhanded one around the back of the ‘Yotes net to Perry. Hagman curled around the left post into the low slot catching Perry’s feed on his skate, kicked the puck up to his back hand and sliced one through Mike Smith.

Another newcomer Kyle Palmieri deflected a Bobby Ryan slapper in behind Smith for his first goal of the season.

This game was the single most complete game our guys have played this season.

The Ducks now head out on the road with the wind at their backs. The challenge in front of them is to produce a winning over the next five games. The schedule isn’t all that  difficult with stops in Chicago, Winnipeg, Dallas, San Jose and Los Angeles.

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