Anaheim Ducks – This is Getting Old…
Three games played since my last blog – on the road versus the Penguins, and at home versus the Lightning and Sharks.
The Pens game, I believe Pittpen and I already dissected; the Ducks were horrible and lost 5-2. So, basically, the last road trip saw the Ducks earn a whole point. Wow.
The home stand started out with a win against the Lightning, 3-2. However, the Ducks barely squeaked by and still managed to win.
Last nights game against the Sharks was much better in terms of Ducks play. However, Anaheim lost 3-2.
Now, here is where I get on my soapbox, not about the teams, but about the fans. The Sharks fans last night were very inappropriate in their chanting; at least the group nearest to me was. I don’t mind the general chanting (chanting ‘Hiller’ does not affect him, but go ahead if you like. He’s not Turco. Doesn’t faze him) but some of the crude things yelled weren’t cool. Yelling out that “(fill in the blank) is a loser who blows (fill in the blank)” or that “(fill in the blank)’s mother is a whore” So not cool. Yeah, it’s hockey, but there are kids that go to the games and look up to the players and the sport in general. So far, all the Sharks fans I’ve met are not like that and I will continue to believe that these were drunk fools who shouldn’t be representing the Sharks fans. (What was most interesting is that they didn’t want to hear about the Stanley Cup the Ducks have won and that there were more brand new jerseys in that group than I’ve ever seen among fans. Obviously band waggoners, but they were still representing and not giving the regular Sharks fan a good name.) Rivalry is all in good fun, but know when to stop. Be loud. Cheer on your team. Hell – bring your Shark teeth and get the group to use them in unison! But leave the extremely personal stuff at home. The team doesn’t hear it, but the kids do. Some people just should not be allowed to drink and this group was a perfect example. Oh, and to the Sharks fans in my area last night: chanting “Beat LA” showed a lot of ignorance on your part…… justsayin’ Sorry…now, back to the game.
There has been improvement in the way the Ducks are playing. We didn’t get blown out last night; that’s a positive. As it was said on the radio last night: to say that the Sharks aren’t the best team in the NHL right now is wrong. Anaheim showed up (for the most part) and played against the best team in the league. And only lost by a point. Yeah. That’s a good thing.
Where the problems lie, I still can’t say outright. I won’t keep hashing it out over and over. I will keep saying though, that the Anaheim goalies are getting a bad rap and I feel it’s starting from the coaching staff. More on that in a different post, sometime down the road.
Next up: continuing the home stand with the Flames, Hurricanes, the ‘Hawks, Coyotes and closing it out: the Kings. Yes – the LA Kings. (Maybe the fans last night were pumping us up to beat the Kings…..)
LET’S GO DUCKS