PostGame PostUp: Dallas 2 Anaheim 5

Posted: 01/11/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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As a member of my generation once intoned, KICK OUT THE JAMS BROTHERS & SISTERS. As this team’s real leader said, “I don’t see any reason why we can’t stay hot and make a run,” Teemu Selanne said. “Anything is possible.”
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In the first period our guys made enough mistakes to fill an episode of Fred Rogan’s Sports Bloopers. Indeed were it not for the heroics of goaltender Jeff Deslauriers and a couple saves by the Post Sisters, Dallas was well on their way to another laugher at the Honda Center.
Some roster moves occur by nothing more than dumb luck. Deslauriers got his first NHL start this season following injuries to backup Dan Ellis, starter Jonas Hiller, a shaky relief performance by Iiro Tarkki and a break in the Syracuse Crunch schedule. JD arrived ready to show the world that our Ducks underestimated him by listing him behind “break in minor league affiliate schedule” on the depth chart. Deslauriers setup between our Ducks pipes with 3 main tools in his belt, swivel hips, glove and a body big enough to block out the sun. He accomplished exactly what every hockey team playing at every level asks of their goaltender, he gave them a chance to win.Ducks took the lead at 1:30 into the first when Saku Koivu redirected a Toni Lydman missile past Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen. It would also standup as our Ducks only SOG until about midway through the first.
Luca Sbisa, in an amazing display of upper body strength and wrists ejected a seeing-eye shot from a bad angle that caught the upper left corner and left Lehtonen stunned. Our Ducks sure as heck didn’t deserve it but they skated off the ice leading 2-0 after two periods of play.

There was a sense among the 12,152 in attendance and tens of thousands more watching on KDOC-TV that this game was far from over. Sure enough a banged up Dallas squad responded with two quick goals just 63 seconds apart to knot it up at 2 with over 17 minutes of clock to go. True, the heads went down but they stay down. Our Ducks showed the resiliency they had displayed in the back2back wins against the Islanders and the Blue Jackets. Deslauriers kept his cool. The skaters earned some scoring chances until Saku Koivu put our guys ahead midway through the third. Matt Belesky added an insurance (1 down 8 more to go zseller 😉 and Koivu completed his hatter with just 54 ticks remaining.
Tweet of the Game goes to nhl.com’s Curtis Zupke for catching this quote:

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Selanne couldn’t help but rib Koivu: “He’s a living example – the shot doesn’t have to be hard. He shoots muffins. Just find a way …
For more on our Ducks feel good night check out the post game at ADHN.
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Comments
  1. The Ducks might be turning it around…

  2. czhokej says:

    “He shoots muffins” – that’s so funny, and coming from Teemu, there is good friendship behind it, like that pass for a hat-trick.

    bc, good post!

    We are improving, but this performance wouldn’t be enough for the Nucks, Our first line has to score at least once a game. Compare the stats of Vancouver’s top line with our top trio, and tears will start flowing. The most disappointing thing is that I believe that our players have more talent, more skills. Our second line quite often outshines Getzy’s, in spite of the age and size disparity.
    A player in the wrong position on the ice is useless, it basically becomes a PK situation, and Perry’s (+-) -11, Getzy’s -17, and BR’s -6 prove that.

  3. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    As the #1 Star of the game, Koivu said it best at the on-ice interview. French asks, paraphrased, “Why do you feel the team was able to make it three games in a row”? Koivu’s response…We were able to win because our defense was able to limit the goals against. Let’s translate: goalie, good job keeping us in the game and making the saves that needed to be made…defense, solid effort tonight, you shot more, pressured the blue-line more, and you blocking few more shots (more than average…still need to work on that)…we continue to improve…Well said Koivu and everyone was listening!

    As for Getz, another one shot night…Everyone else seems to be rebounding.

    Good way to start the roundtrip!

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