Ducks Still Can’t Solve Predators

Have the Ducks hit bottom yet?  If that were the case, there would be nowhere to go but up.  The Columbus Blue Jackets are the only team beneath Anaheim in the Western Conference, as well as the NHL.  And even the Blue Jackets, who have a whopping two wins, were able to defeat the Ducks.  Ouch.

It gets a little old to have the same excuses and discussions rehashed over and over again.  The media and the team could save themselves a lot of time and effort if they could just agree to use the same quotes. 

This is beginning to feel a lot like Groundhog’s Day, the movie.  How many times will we have to see the same errors and the same result? 

Nashville scored early, getting on the board at 1:20 of the first period on the first of two goals from Craig Smith.  Smith, who played on a line with Patric Hornqvist and Colin Wilson, was hot against the Ducks all evening long.  So was Martin Erat, who was a one man wrecking crew.

Wilson made it 2-0 at 4:54 and Anaheim found themselves behind the eight ball again.  Stop me if you’ve heard this before. 

“We definitely dug ourselves a hole,” coach Randy Carlyle stated. “They had two shots on net and it was 2-0. That is a mountain you have to climb.”

Devante Smith-Pelly got his first goal of the year at 19:21 by virtue of standing in front of the net.  Cam Fowler was initially given the goal, but after the game it was handed over to Smith-Pelly, as the puck deflected off his knee and into the net behind Pekke Rinne. 

The Ducks certainly played better in the second period and would have had a good chance to get back in the game except for one little detail. 

The Predators scored on a penalty shot while short handed at 12:48.  Thank you Martin Erat. 

As in games past, the Ducks could not recover.   Francois Beauchemin’s goal at 14:12 brought the Ducks back within one.  Smith’s second goal at 1:36 of the third period, however, sealed the deal for the Predators.

Were it not for a lot of things, the Ducks might have had a chance in the game.  Instead, they were fighting an uphill and losing battle once more. 

“It’s hard. We’re letting each other down out there,” said Ryan Getzlaf, who must have drawn the short straw as captain to address the media after the game. “These little mistakes that we are making, it’s costing us. The margin for error is so small in this game.”

Thank you Captain Obvious.

Six losses in a row?  Really?  In January 2008 they had six losses, one of them in overtime, and came back to regroup for the rest of the season.  Before that you have to go back to the 2002-2003 season with the annual post Christmas slump.

This season?  Started off pretty well at 4-1-0 and it has tanked ever since.

“It’s really tough,” said Fowler. “There is not much to be said. We’re in a funk right now. It’s up to us to battle and try to get out of it.”

New battle begins on Friday against the Vancouver Canucks.  Battle is the operative word as the Ducks have their annual salute to the military that evening. 

If the Ducks lose a seventh game straight…..well, one shudders to think about how low can they go.  Teemu Selanne decided to play one more year for this?!

About Karen Francis

Just a diehard Ducks fan since 1995, when the team filled the hockey shaped vacuum in my heart.