It has been over a week since I have written anything for a number of reasons, not the least of which included an earthquake that probably led to the power surge that killed our modem. Four days of internetless life later and a new modem finally arrived and was installed. That, coupled with a change of servers for Bloguin (and the usually hiccups associated with that), meant I was MIA for a wee bit.
The Anaheim Ducks have not been MIA.
The Canadian trip:
Wednesday – Calgary. After an embarrassing 7-2 loss in the previous visit, the Ducks redeemed themselves with 3-2 victory. It was a come from behind win, something the Ducks have been doing a lot of lately, with Andrew Cogliano getting the game winner. Seemed fitting after Cogliano honestly had assessed the prior game against the Flames as “s**t.” This one was not.
Friday – Edmonton. Winning in Edmonton is a no brainer. The Ducks had not lost there during the regular season since December 1999. Not this time. Goaltender Ben Scrivens had a magical force field around him, facing 51 shots on goal and yielding only three goals. He earned the Oilers their two points in the 4-3 overtime loss.
Saturday – Vancouver. The Ducks rebounded and dominated the Canucks 5-1 to regain the lead in the Pacific Division. It might have been the second of back to back games, but Anaheim looked better than they did against Edmonton the night before.
Monday – Winnipeg. The Ducks won 5-4 in overtime in a game also known as the Miracle on Katella. After being down 4-0, Nick Bonino scored one late in the second period. On the next shift, Frederik Andersen, getting his second start in a row, made a humongous save. How big? If Winnipeg had scored, they would have sucked what little life and hope had returned to the Ducks. Instead, the Ducks proceeded to make a miraculous come back, scoring three goals in the third period and Stephane Robidas getting his first goal as a Duck just :16 seconds into overtime. It was the largest deficit ever overcome by Anaheim. If you had said “we’ll spot you 4 goals and still win” I would have guessed that you were playing an early April Fools joke. No joking. Amazing win.
Wednesday – Edmonton (again). Deciding that comebacks make for so much more of a dramatic game, the Ducks did it again, although they only spotted the Oilers two goals before coming back to win 3-2. Former Duck, Viktor Fasth, was in net this time for Edmonton, but Anaheim knew how to solve him. Francois Beauchemin got the go-ahead goal with 1:21 left in the game. Corey Perry scored the other two goals, #40 and #41 on the season, that leaves him second in the NHL in scoring to only Alexander Ovechkin.
And so, that was the week that was. One filled with shaking, comebacks, and the ability to survive without being connected to the internet for longer than thought possible. Sort of…..
The Ducks now play the Nashville Predators on Friday night. Coach Bruce Boudreau would prefer that the Ducks simply take the lead and run with it. Any more of these comebacks are bad for his heart.