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Anaheim Ducks Winning Streak

Anaheim DucksThe Anaheim Ducks have won the last 5 games they have played – now that I’ve said it, I hope I didn’t jinx it. So, I’m knocking on wood as I type…..

Since I’ve been lagging behind in my blogging on the Ducks (my apologies – life sometimes happens), I’ll just briefly go through the games and mention the highlights as seen by moi, Duxrox.

Ducks vs Sharks (Mar 15): now, I didn’t blog on this one as I feel sharksfan probably has a better handle on this game than I did. Suffice to say that the Ducks lost (0-1) which wasn’t all that shocking. What was shocking to me was that we lost by only one goal….or were shut out by only one goal, whichever way you want to say it. During the game at the Ponda, there was a really nice Travis Moen montage shown on the jumbo screen; everyone (including the Ducks) applauded Moen as a way to say thank you. How did that Moen return the thanks? You got it – by scoring the only goal of the game!!!! How is that for irony? But seriously, he’s a good player and business is business. Parros and Shelley fought (who’s surprised?) and I have to say The ‘Stache did well…..

Ducks vs Predators (Mar 18): Giguere was in the net for this 4-3 win in OT. Some highlights: Selanne had his 1200th career NHL point in this game; Pronger had his 600th. (This is the game where the power play FINALLY realized that, in fact, these are real games.) The scoring happened quite simply: the Ducks would score, the Preds would score. It was pretty even-matched the whole game; each team scored in each period, coming down to overtime. Selanne, with assists by Pronger and Getzlaf, won the game with a beautiful goal (aren’t they all beautiful??) within the first 34 seconds of OT.

Ducks vs Coyotes (Mar 19): this game was a real stressful, crazy one that reminded me (again!) why I love hockey. The Ducks won in a shootout, 3-2. Hiller was in the net and has a pretty good record for shootouts, which he proved again in a real nail biter. It also helps when the opposing team puts one into their own goal for you, too. (Which had The Great One standing on his bench, screaming at the refs and – I’ll just say it – foul language was seen!!! I can read lips and it wasn’t “fudge” he was saying! Shocking! And in hockey, nonetheless……) Not only did the Coyote player give us the goal, he also put Ducks player Nokelainen in the net, too. Still cracks me up, still don’t know why. Players in the net amuse me. Getzlaf kept the Ducks in it during the shootout, Bobby Ryan scored the winner. Rob Niedermayer played his 1000th NHL game, making him and his brother the 4th pair of brothers in NHL history to play 1000 games.

Ducks vs Coyotes (Mar 22): This game was at the Ponda, where the Ducks won 6-2. After the last game I was happy to see the Ducks play a definitive game and they didn’t even need the Coyotes to give them a goal. ;) Hiller was once again in the net and the Ducks fans weren’t surprised; his record against the Coyotes shows Hiller is the one who should be between the pipes. Georgie Parros had a spectacular night, getting his 5th goal of the season. Considering he had 4 goals total in the past 4 seasons, this is shaping up to be a great season for #16. As always, the fans and team went nuts when he scored; the announcer went so far as to ask Parros why did he think everyone celebrates like it’s New Year’s Eve when he scores? This is about the time the fans started wondering if maybe, just maybe, the Ducks planned to play in the playoffs this year.

Ducks vs Predators (Mar 24): Once again, Giguere shows his mettle as he withstands a shootout win for the Ducks, 2-1. Selanne scored the only shootout goal in the game to win it, after the first 3 shooters for each team were denied. To see Giggy raise his arm after saving that last goal was amazing; overall, he is a pretty disciplined player and you usually don’t see much emotion. (Playoff and Stanley Cup play exempted, of course!) It looks like it’s becoming a trend for the Ducks to end these very important games in nail biter fashion; I don’t think I’ll last much longer if they keep playing it so close. While I understand conservative play, there comes a point where too conservative can (and will) rise up and bite a team on their collective backsides.

Ducks vs Avalanche (Mar 25): The Ducks destroyed the Avs, 7-2. Hiller was in the net and it was my hope he’d see a shutout. This game finally showed me the Ducks I know and love. It almost (almost, I said) got boring, but after the season the Ducks have had, it was a good game. You know the game is essentially over when the coach sends out his 4th line (Brown/Christensen/Parros) for more ice time, including two back to back power plays. No, I didn’t mis-type; the 4th line played on the power plays as well. I have to say, it was nice they got more ice time, but I have to wonder how the other team felt. LOL! At least Carlyle used this to give players more ice time as opposed to running up the score.

All this brings you, kind reader, up-to-date on the Anaheim Ducks. The ‘new kids’ are working very, very well and this team is finally jelling. (knocking on wood again!) Whitney, Christensen, Nokelainen, Wisniewski…they are all working extremely well with the usual suspects on the Ducks. Whitney really seems to be fitting in defensively with Pronger and Niedermayer; this is very good news indeed considering the end of the season brings with it trepidation for the organization (and the fans!). Who is staying, who is going?? I have to give props to Marchant and Brown; Marchant is on fire and is really helping the team’s effort a great deal. Brown is becoming my Moen replacement – I really look forward to his shifts and love seeing the results. He hits hard, has good hands and the speed is amazing. Another good acquisition.

Tonight is another “big game” for Anaheim; they are playing the Oilers at home. The fans I hang with have all of our usual superstitious things ready to go and we are rooting for the Ducks to continue this winning streak. (Fanatics, all of us!) As it stands, Anaheim is in the #7 position, with the Oilers one point behind. Let’s face it – all these games from here on out are “big games” for Anaheim. So, everything is ready to go, the team has their confidence back and the playoffs are in sight.

LETS GO DUCKS!

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3 comments for “Anaheim Ducks Winning Streak”

  1. I haven’t been keeping up with Anaheim lately, but I was curious how Whitney is working out? I believe I remember him scoring a goal in one of the previous games. Not sure though.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | March 28, 2009, 3:52 pm
  2. Hi pittpen! Glad to see you are back safe and sound. Whitney is really working out well - he works out whether he is partnered with Pronger or Neidermayer. (Which is good considering who knows what the Brett Favre of the Ducks intends to do after this season) I like him and, for the reason mentioned, am glad the Ducks got him. In place of Kunitz? Weeeelllll…….that’s another question altogether! :)

    Posted by duxroxNo Gravatar | March 29, 2009, 10:13 am
  3. That is good that he is working out for Anaheim. He always seemed to be someone who could work with any new defensive pairing with no problem. I loved your comment about the “Brett Favre of the Ducks”. I can see why you are unsure of the trade of Kunitz for Whitney, but I know that we Pens’ fans are happy. I still think that it was a fairly even trade and hope Whitney works out well for Anaheim…as long as they aren’t playing Pittsburgh. Haha.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | March 29, 2009, 12:35 pm

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