Ducks Lose to Freeway Foes – Kings win 4-3
This was a better game than the Thrasher game – by far – but the result is still a loss. The Kings played a hard game, the Ducks kept it interesting. Well, if you were in the arena anyway. I’m not sure how it came across on television, but the crowd energy was up, as it usually is when the Kings and Ducks play. It seemed to translate somewhat on the ice; as I said, it was a better game than the Thrashers. I’m not sure how this team is going to do on the upcoming road trip. The Ducks have the Red Wings, Blue Jackets, Sabres, Bruins, Stars and Blackhawks. WHEW! I can only hope this team is more prepared. The Ducks started the usual Duck Conga line into the box, but were able to put a lid on it fairly quick. Getzlaf and Selanne played well, but it was tough to see the Niedermayer brothers in the box at the same time. I will have to say that the refs didn’t seem to want these guys to really play and bad calls were made as well as missed. Expected, I know. At this time of the season, the Ducks need to tighten up their game, not give away the first goal and forecheck. Remember when the Ducks consistently forechecked? Ahhhh….the good old days.