The first two periods were brilliant including my homeristic and undying love for that man known as Teemu Selanne (a.k.a Finnish Flash). Why am I telling you this? You know. Even the manliest of men have self proclaimed guy crushes on the guy. The 2nd goal of the night came from him. A beautiful backhander right past Darcy Kuemper, and it was career goal #669 that put him passed Luc Robataille on the all-time scoring list. Okay, so obviously the game should have been as beautiful as it was for the first two periods because backup goalie’s should always make life easy for you. HOWEVER, the 3rd period was something we’re not used to seeing (this year) from the Ducks. I don’t know who told them it was only a 40 minute game, but evidently they thought it was, & let Minnesota back in the game allowing 2 unanswered goals ALMOST allowing Minnesota tie things up. Once again though, they battled it out long enough to secure the victory. And I’m going to admit, they’re spoiling me as a result. (I am sure you’re feeling a little spoiled as well). Since it is officially March, hell month has begun, so I’m sure the Ducks will bring us back down to earth at some point in time. Like I said, just looking at their upcoming schedule makes ME tired.
- Ryan Getzlaf; Assists: Corey Perry & Kyle Palmieri at 4:45 of the 1st period.
- Teemu Selanne; Assists: Luca Sbisa & Bobby Ryan at 11:21 of the 1st period.
- Matt Beleskey; Assists: Daniel Winnik & Andrew Cogliano at 11:26 of the 2nd period.
- Kyle Brodziak; Unassisted at 0:29 of the 3rd period.
- Devin Steoguchi; Assists: Mike Rupp & Ryan Suter at 10:37 of the 3rd period.
3 Stars of the Game
- Ryan Getzlaf – ANA
- Jonas Hiller – ANA
- Matt Beleskey – ANA
- Teemu Selanne passed Luc Robataille with goal number 669 of his career, he was previously tied with him at 668.
- The Ducks 15-3-1 start for 31 points is the best in club history. It passes the 2006-07 team that went 13-2-4 for 30 points.
- Perry extended his point streak to 7 games & Getzlaf has points in 5 straight games. (Contract year, anybody?)
- With Granlund scratched, enforcer Zenon Kenopka was in the lineup and fought Anaheim’s Patrick Maroon in the 2nd period.
- Sheldon Souray was a healthy scratch to give him a maintenance day before a heavy schedule of games coming up.
Source For Quotes: ducks.nhl.com
“You have to learn how to play when the other team is outplaying you and you’re just hanging on,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. “Those are the games that when you can win games, it’s on character. It’s not on anything you’re doing because we were being vastly outplayed in the last period and the second period, quite frankly. But we just hung on and did enough to win.”
“You kind of get a false sense of security going there. Those things hurt you,” Getzlaf said. “But we held it out. It’s part of what our goaltending does here, keeps us in hockey games and sometimes win them for us.”
“I felt pretty good,” [Hiller] said. “I definitely feel more and more comfortable out there. And I was definitely happy the way it went. I am trying to do my best every night and it always gives you confidence. I still think I can still play better but I’m going in the right direction.”
The Ducks are in Glendale TONIGHT to take on the Phoenix Coyotes. Get used to hearing that one because they’re about to play them 3 times in a row.