So THAT happened . . . and was webcast for all to see. The Kings dropkicked the Ducks 8-3, though even that lopsided score belies the blowout that was last night's game. Anaheim would score 2 goals on its only three shots in the third period, all of which came in the last three minutes of the frame.
Goaltending was a problem, sure, as Curtis McElhinney was beat from close, beat from deep, beat with a fox, beat in a box, beat here or there, beat anywhere, beat Green Eggs and Ham, beat by Sam I Am (twice from the top of the circles, actually). But goaltending was not the cause for concern in last night's effort, because Curtis McElhinney is not penciled in as a starter come the season opener. Players like Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne are, however. And the goal scorers for the evening were not Top Sixers, but instead Todd Marchant, Dan Sexton and Todd Marchant (with some hefty assistance from George Parros).
For now, the Ryan experiment is failing, and the Ducks will have to address that moving forward. However, it is good to see two of the Ducks' veteran Bottom Sixers chipping in, especially with so many other forwards vying for playing time. It was also good to see Cam Fowler get solid ice time. It was only 18:04, but he played minute-for-minute of even strength time with Visnovsky and deferred his special teams time on the point to the Ducks' forwards.