Ducks do well to get a point

Posted: 03/03/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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If you saw the game, especially the last ten minutes of the third period you know our Ducks were gassed. Yes they had chances throughout the night. Bobby Ryan could be haunted until he scores his next goal after Smith robbed him by raising a leg, which was all Smith had left. Ryan planted on the left post one-timed a cross ice pass from Getzlaf. Smith torso to the ice could only his back legs and caught just enough of the puck to keep it a one goal game.

Ducks also had PP in OT but were unable to put the Coyotes away. Some will point to the unbelievably soft goal Fasth gave up to Korpikoski. At the other end Smith flubbed an equally soft wrist shot from Cogliano just 27 seconds later. Fasth also gave up a fat rebound that Steve Sullivan buried to send the game into OT.

You could call it a game when our exhausted Ducks just didn’t get the bounce.

“When you’re tired, you need puck management,” Ryan said. “They just found a way. They kept coming in waves and they kept going to the net.” Very true. On nights when you don’t have your legs, you have to let the puck do the work for you. We did some of that but came up short.

Our Ducks and fans alike will feel as though we let a point get away. On the other hand, our guys earned a point on a night when they definitely didn’t have it.

Still, that one point is seemingly haunting Gabby.

“You want to be greedy and you want two points every chance you can get,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think the last 10 minutes, they were the better team. So we get one point.

“But then again you have the power play for two minutes in the overtime. You want to get two points. I’ll always go back to thinking I want the two points and never be satisfied.”

Andrew Cogliano potted the second natural hat trick of his career. Ironically both came against Phoenix at the Jobing Arena.

Ducks will take a hydration day Sunday. The series resumes Monday in Phoenix with both teams traveling back to Anaheim for the rubber game Wednesday.

Note: In his last 3 games Viktor Fasth has allowed 9 goals for a GAA of 3.00 and a SP of .830. This blog noted that Fasth appeared suspect upstairs, particularly stick side and 5-hole.  A review of the video of all nine goals shows 6 went in high. Sullivan’s SO winner last night went 5-hole. Now the challenge is squarely on Fasth to tighten the 5-hole and start making some “chicken-wing” saves top shelf.

Worth noting that after posting similar numbers in fewer starts beat writers and bloggers were calling on Coach to declare Fasth the No. 1. It’ll be interesting to see if they’re as quick to start promoting Hiller again.

  1. bbdux93 says:

    Yes it was a game we wanted to win and yes we couldn’t match the Coyotes a various times during the game, but it was thrilling – maybe better described as a real nail biter.
    What was most troubling for me were the long periods of time when we couldn’t clear our D zone. The Xs and Os guys can explain why that happens, I just note the territorial advantage one team has over the other – which usually shows up on the scoreboard.
    Let’s hope our guys do better tomorrow night

    • bc says:

      Nail-biter works. The lead changed hands and was settled by shootout. Emotionally I kept hoping to go up by two or more goals to put those guys away.
      The fatigue factor worked for us the other night versus Nashville. Last night it worked against.

  2. czhokej says:

    I also believe that the major factor was the fatigue. And because of that we were slower to get to the loose pucks, and we were losing too many one-on-one battles. FO% was not good, passing was off. Fasth was not that sharp this time, and his puck-handling was questionable.

    • bc says:

      Getzlaf was something like 4-16 on draws. Brutal. Fasth has not been sharp while losing 2 of his last 3 starts. I’m not convinced it’s the fatigue factor with Viktor.
      Corporate media isn’t talking about it but injuries, though our Ducks have avoided it, look up this season. You can attribute that, at least in not insignificant part, to fatigue as well.

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