By Adam Bess
The Anaheim Ducks played a fantastic game on Tuesday…for about 20 minutes. While the first period saw a scoring frenzy the likes of which Ducks fans haven’t seen yet, the rest of the game fell flat as the Ducks allowed the Dallas Stars to come back and win 4-3 in regulation. As we reported Ryan Getzlaf flew back to Orange County yesterday and will have surgery today for an appendicitis.
Chris Stewart drew back into the lineup and immediately got into a fight with Jamie Oleksiak. The got an early powerplay and Mike Santorelli scored to make it 1-0 Ducks. This was only the second Duck goal scored on the powerplay this year. Later, with only a minute or so left, the Ducks scored twice more, from Shawn Horcoff and Carl Hagelin. 3-0 Ducks and it looked like it was all turning around.
When the familiar Ducks attack came back in the first, I suppose the 2nd period nap came along with it. The Ducks started to play too defensively and allowed Patrick Sharp, Cody Eakin, and John Klingberg to score to tie the game. I say “allowed” because the Ducks had the game where they wanted, but decided to protect the lead rather than attack for two-thirds of the game. Going into the third now tied at three, you had to hope the Ducks third period woes would not continue.
The woes continues, unfortunately, as the Ducks mustered 2 shots on goal as opposed to the Stars 17. Two shots in the last 20 minutes. This, to me, was the most insulting moment of the game, and it just felt fitting that Dallas scored in the waning minutes to win in regulation. It was irritating to see that last third of the game. The boys absolutely fell apart and need to avoid that kind of play. If they play like every period was that first period, then they will be good moving forward.
The best play in the third was Chris Wagner helping Dallas’ Oleksiak with a line change.
I suppose it’s time to bring back my 3 Duck Stars of the Game. Tuesdays are Andrew Cogliano, Mike Santorelli, and Frederik Andersen. Cogs had an assist on the Horcoff goal and was playing in his 631st consecutive game, continuing an iron-man streak for the ages. Santo scored the first goal and has looked pretty good, definitely one of the harder working new guys on the team. And Andersen…poor Andersen, he has not given up in a single game this year, but cannot win. His numbers are great, but he is still winless. At least goaltending with Freddie in net is not a concern (as if the Ducks need another.)
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