Postgame: Anaheim 5 Detroit 2

Posted: 02/15/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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One marker in a successful season is when a team begins to do things it hasn’t done of late. In other words, successful teams begin exorcise their demons. Until tonight our Ducks hadn’t won a game in Detroit since February 10, 2008. Our Ducks teams have been a woeful 2-25-1 in our last 28 games at the Joe.

As has begun to define these Ducks in this special season it was a come from behind win. Jimmy Howard stood on his ear while stopping 14 Ducks shots in the first twenty minutes of play. The Red Wings responded with six shots. The difference, eight shots, is indicative of the wide territorial advantage our Ducks earned throughout the game. Howard was particularly sharp while robbing Ryan Getzlaf point-blank with a stunning glove save.

Detroit scored first at 3:01 of the second when Joakim Anderson wristed one over Viktor Fasth’s elbow. Our Ducks responded 26 ticks later when Matt Beleskey took a no look behind the back feed from Ryan Getzlaf and blew one past Howard.

Ducks continued to press but Howard stood tall. With Peter Holland in the sin bin for delay of game, Tomas Tatar swung into a juicy rebound that rested six feet out center slot.  Detroit’s second lead would last for 1:05 when a Matt Beleskey rebound deflected off a Detroit player’s broken stick that Corey Perry snagged and tucked in around a sprawling Jimmy Howard. It was Perry’s first goal in regulation or overtime in twelve games.

The second would end locked at 2 all.

The no quit Ducks continued to press in the third and got rewarded for the efforts.  At 1:02 Andrew Cogliano tipped in a slick Saku Koivu for his third goal in three straight games. Forty-eight seconds later Bobby Ryan went to his to paste his own rebound through the Detroit netminder.

Ducks then went to work on the clock. They frustrated Detroit by getting to and controlling loose pucks, intercepting first pass after first pass forcing the Red Wings to play deep in its own end.

Andrew Cogliano put the game out of reach when Ryan Getzlaf forced a neutral zone turnover and Corey Perry pushed the puck to Cogs who turned on the jets creating space between himself and Wings defender Niklas Kronwall before scoring into the open net.

The game might have been a laffer if not for the heroic play of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

Our Ducks take their 4-1 road trip record into Nashville for the final game of Anaheim’s longest away stretch of the season.

  1. bbdux93 says:

    This team is a very different from the one we had last year. We have small speedy guys, Getz is finally a part of the effort and we have a good “D” group. Mayber most important, as was posted by BigDucksFan on the previous article, these guys don’t loose their composure and start stupid taking penalties when they get behind.
    Something I watched for last night that bc has noted in the past, I can’t quote it verbatim – but it goes something like this “if you don’t notice the defense they’re doing their job. I tried to watch them, in part because I was critical of them earlier this season. IMO they have settled in and except for Souray, become almost unnoticeable. Souray is a big body – big presence guy and that puts the opposition on notice – he’s doing his job.
    This team has a nice balance of speed, composure and snarl.

    • bbdux93 says:

      Obviously – I wrote this before I had my morning cup of coffee. Please excuse typo & misplaced words – etc.

  2. czhokej says:

    Do you all remember that under RC coaching, both of our Ds were quite often behind our goal. Or three our players in the corner and nobody in the front of the goal except the opposing team forwards. And our one – man forecheck was basically useless.

    • bbdux93 says:

      Yes cz I do remember – what a great change BB has made.

      The Nashville game is over and I am amazed. How these guys won it can best be described in one word – determination.
      It was clear to everyone and Nashville tried to exploit – how tired the Ducks were – but Fasth kept us in the game. I thought they’d left everything they had in the games against the Wings & Hawks but somehow they found just enough to win again. 🙂

  3. czhokej says:

    I enjoy reading your comments bb. And of course I like this blog. Always insightful. Last night, I did not see Getz too much in front of the goal. And even Perry is often in the wrong position. The old saying: ” Good things happen when you go to the net ” applies well to Maroon, Beleskey, Palmieri and others. Unfortunately Getzlaf doesn’t get it. I like his passing, but I would rather lose the puck in an ugly battle in front of the goal than after some pretty passing below the goal line or after cycling it nicely in the corner. It almost looks like they would be more useful playing PK (which they sometimes do). However, I must say, that Getzy improved his defensive and backchecking skills a lot. Vik is a treasure. I still trust Hiller, and their goaltending will give us a chance in every game. The last game did not start well and we were lucky to rally twice. And there is something about Bonino and his SO skills. Amazing. He looked calm, confident.

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