Anaheim Ducks lose to the Thrashers 8-4
Well, I don’t save much to say other than the Ducks have been doing this all season: losing to teams that they shouldn’t be losing to. The 14th place Atlanta Thrashers?? Where was the forechecking?? Wait – where were the Ducks? The Ducks were way too timid through most of the game. Maybe all the time off the Ducks had this week wasn’t a good idea. (Is there such a thing as too much time spent with community work and not enough time “working” at hockey?? I’m just saying….) The team overall looked slow and had way too many penalties at the end of the first!! This has been the recurring theme this season: the Anaheim conga line to the penalty box. I didn’t see the hard hitting Ducks tonight that I saw last Wednesday, which worries me as the team has a hard road trip coming up. JS Giguere was taken out of the net for Anaheim and I can’t help but think that – while it was needed – couldn’t be good for him mentally. Teemu Selanne recorded two of the goals for Anaheim and Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk had a hat trick. I have to give the other team props when necessary. The Ducks finally realized that – gasp! shock! – they were playing an actual game and stepped it up in the 3rd. Sadly, it was a little too late. This is the most goals the Ducks have given up all season. If the Ducks aren’t careful, their season will end in Phoenix on April 11.