Forgive me if some of these game recaps sound like they have been copied and pasted, but it would be much nicer if the Ducks could provide some new material. Instead, they continue to provide more of the same.
A 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday was frustrating in that the Ducks managed to erase a three goal deficit, but still could not do enough to take a lead and get that elusive 10th win.
A Thursday game against the Los Angeles Kings, who had new coach Darryl Sutter behind the bench for the first time, did not end up significantly better, although it did yield a point in the 3-2 shootout loss. A win? On the road? You would have to go back to October 27 if you want one of those.
Neither team produced any goals in the first period. It appeared to be headed that way in the second period as well until Niklas Hagman tipped in Lubomir Visnovsky’s shot from the blue line at 13:55. Seeing as the Ducks have not had a lead in a while, it was a positive sign.
That joy did not last long. The Kings tied up the game at 16:17 with a goal from Mike Richards. Richards had been sidelined for eight games with a concussion suffered on December 1.
The Kings took the lead for the first time in the third period with a goal from Dustin Brown at 8:02 and did not appear to be in any hurry to hand it back again.
The Ducks did persevere and Visnovsky brought the teams even once more with 3:11 remaining to play. Perhaps they could have taken the lead back if they had managed more than five shots on goal in the period.
Jonas Hiller did his best to preserve the tie and prevent the Kings from walking away with both the points in regulation. As a result of his efforts, the Ducks earned a point going to the extra period.
Both teams failed to convert on power play opportunities in the five minute overtime, although the Kings only had :29 seconds before time ran out. A shootout it must be then.
Jonathan Quick could not stop Corey Perry’s shot, but was able to get a piece of Teemu Selanne’s and Kyle Palmieri’s and keep them out of the net.
Hiller could not stop Jarret Stoll’s rocket, but did prevent Anze Kopitar from putting the puck in the net. Brown ended up with the game winner by putting the puck past Hiller. Palmieri, who was denied by Quick, would have sent the game to further shootout rounds.
Still no 10th win on the season and it just feels like a bit old piece of coal in Ducks fans stockings. That is assuming the Ducks still have fans at this point.
Selanne did not get a point in the game after having points in the previous nine. That is a record for old guys 41 or over. Still creating records. Still scoring. Still playing with 100% effort. Too bad that cannot be said for the rest of his teammates.