The Ducks had one more chance to redeem themselves on their road trip, but instead, continued their awful road ways that plagued them last season. A 5-1 loss to the Blues was just the latest self-implosion by Anaheim.
St. Louis came out of the gate with a vengeance and their early pressure paid off. David Backes scored at 3:53 of the first period. Six seconds later, former Duck Andy McDonald scored off the face-off. That was all they needed to do. The rest of the game could have been cancelled from there.
Even when the Ducks got their first power play, they turned the puck over and BJ Crombeen made it 3-0 shorthanded at 5:10. Anaheim recovered with Koivu scoring his second goal of the year (and second goal for the Ducks) at 6:08 on the power play.
Matt D’Agostini finished off the scoring for the Blues with two more goals, one even strength at 15:51 of the second and 17:18 of the third on a power play.
After the fourth goal, Jonas Hiller left the net. He’d already seen 34 shots at that point. Curtis McElhinney was not neglected and faced 19 shots of his own.
Jaroslav Halak, on the other hand, was able to rest and relax in net, facing just 14 shots the entire game. The Blues shot more than that each period!
The Ducks, who were frustrated from those first two St. Louis goals, never regained their composure, as shown in the 78 penalty minutes accumulated.
So much for getting off to a good start. In the first three games the Ducks have been outshot 145 – 72. They have allowed 12 goals while scoring only 2. The Ducks are not disciplined. The Ducks are trying to do too much and end up doing the wrong thing. The defense is lacking.
It is going to be a long season. Three games down, 79 to go. The road has not been good so far. Hopefully the team can turn things around when they come home for a three game home stand. It remains to be seen….
In other notes: The Ducks signed Swedish defenseman, Andreas Lilja, to a one year contract worth $600,000. The 35 year old d-man still has to obtain a current visa before joining the Ducks, but he is expected to fill a hole that Andy Sutton left after breaking his right thumb in the first game of the season.