Anaheim Ducks – It’s Our House!! What The heck Is Going On?
Since the last blog, the Anaheim Ducks have played only 3 games and won only one! All over Duckland, fans are trying to figure out what in the world is wrong exactly and what the remedy would be. In reading interviews with the team, they are thinking the same things.
Monday the 26th saw the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Honda Center. It was the return of Brian Burke (GM), François Allaire (goaltending consultant) and D François Beauchemin. The Leafs came into Anaheim without a win and I thought for sure Anaheim would step up. Wow. Was I ever wrong; Toronto won 6-3. It was Jonas vs. Jonas in the net that night; Gustavsson did not disappoint. The Ducks Conga line into the sin bin was alive and well – they had 14 minors total! A hat trick from Hagman!! 5 power play goals! Hiller showing emotion! He was as disgusted as the fans were,
“It’s terrible,” said Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who gave up all six Toronto scores. “We wish we knew what the problem is. Right now, we’re struggling and we can’t find a way to get out. I don’t know what it is. We have to go back to the basics. Everybody can play better, me included. I know I can play better. I hope everybody does. That is the only way we can go from here.” (source: Anaheim Ducks website)
It was a long game. Scott Niedermayer of all people had two penalties. Anyone who follows the Ducks knows this is a huge sign of frustration. The best part of the game was when the ref was shoved to the ground by Orr during his fight with George Parros. Gotta love it when that happens to a ref…..
It was a long, long week waiting for Friday’s game at the Honda Center against the Vancouver Canucks. I read more interviews, more ‘quick hits’ from practices, etc. Finally, the game was played and within a few minutes, the Canucks scored the only two goals they would get. It looked like more of the same for the Ducks: losing in their own barn. However, the Ducks didn’t panic; Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry each had two goals that night and the final score was 7-2. George Parros’ goal was one of the funky ones that remind me why I love this sport; as he was tripped up, he still managed to make the shot from his side. If anyone should have a goal like that, it should be the enforcer! Hiller was in net again and damn near stood on his head that night. (Somewhere in this vast internet, someone commented he was shaky the whole game. Don’t know what game that person was watching…) Lupul’s goal towards the end of the game was one of those for the highlight reel; it took an odd bounce right into the net. Schneider couldn’t have done a thing with that one. It was just one of those goals. (http://ducks.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20092010,2,178&event=ANA679)
Halloween night saw the Ducks in Phoenix to play a back to back. If anyone knows about Anaheim, they know this team isn’t the best in back to backs. I turned on the game and hoped for the best. The Yotes have been playing like maniacs and to expect my Ducks to show up was stretching it. I have to say, I will apologize to the Anaheim Ducks right now. It took a while to get the two goals they did; they were hard won goals. However, the team showed up and played 60 minutes of hockey!! Hiller, who to this point didn’t do well in back to backs, really showed that he could do it. Maybe the extra conditioning done in Switzerland helped. Regardless of the fact the Yotes won in SO 3-2, I was extremely impressed with the Ducks last night. Yeah, it was a loss. But, it showed that the Ducks are finally coming together. The lines seem to be settling in - the 4th line of Carter, Parros and Brown! WOW! They are HOT right now. This game was extremely physical; just ask Wisniewski. He had a massive hit on Doan that made Doan loopy for a minute and had 2 fights because of it. (I’m waiting for the NHL to suspend Wisniewski cuz hey – he’s a Duck after all.) The Ducks showed up, sent it to a SO and made it entertaining as well. Phoenix will be here next Saturday – I expect Doan and Wisniewski to go at it again. If you can find that hit on YouTube, you’ll see why I say that. None of the Coyotes were happy with that and tried to take it out on the whole team. Payback is a bitch….Saturday’s game should be as physical as last nights.
The next three games are again at home; I’m hoping the ‘Nuks changed the mojo for the Honda Center and the Ducks will win these as well. The Ducks haven’t done well this season as home and to me that is just embarrassing. Let’s hope the Ducks play their game and remember that this is their home ice; enough is enough.
Until next Sunday…….
LET’S GO DUCKS!