Ducks Lose a Heartbreaker in Motown

That was one hell of a game, and the Ducks far exceeded my expectations. Truthfully, I thought we were going to get crushed. The only teams on a better run than the Ducks right now are Nashville and Detroit. Couple that with Detroit having a now 19-game win streak at home, and you can see why I wasn't so confident.

While it hurts to have played so well only to fall in the shootout, the Ducks shouldn't feel down when it comes to the game as a whole. They played their butts off and secured a much needed point against the top team in the Western Conference. Sure one point isn't as good as two, but it is better than zero.

The only thing the Ducks need to be concerned about now is not letting the intense emotions from this game drain them before taking on Columbus. They're going from facing the very best team to facing the very worst team. The team has to bring the same effort each night this entire road trip, regardless of who they're facing.

[Note: As I publish this, no highlight video of the game is available on the Ducks website and NHL.com. I'll post the video when it is eventually uploaded.]

GOOD

-- George Parros scored the Ducks only goal?! Kind of crazy that George would score his first goal of the season against Detroit, in Detroit. We keep preaching depth scoring and your 4th line enforcer is as deep as you can get.

-- 3-on-3 hockey is AWESOME! Forget 4-on-4 OT or shootouts, go straight to 3-on-3. The Ducks trio owned the ice (including a Cam Fowler break away) against Detroit until Corey Perry killed the fun by getting a penalty.

-- Jonas Hiller is playing the best hockey of his career and it's at the most crucial time. It doesn't matter if you're lucky or you're good, just as long as you stop the puck.

-- Penalty Kill seems to have found it's footing again going 6 for 6 on the PK. A lot of that success can be attributed to Francois Beauchemin and Sheldon Brookbank (whaaa?). Brookbank was the goat many times last season, but he's turned it around. Perhaps paring him with Toni Lydman helped solidify his game.

-- The Ducks controlled Pavel Datsyuk in the offensive zone leaving him with only one shot on goal. That's not an easy task by any means. He has the ability to make people look downright ridiculous.

BAD

-- Saku Koivu, Ryan Getzlaf, and Nick Bonino were spanked in the faceoff circle. None of the guys were more than 40% successful on the dot. Ouch.

-- Penalties. No matter how good the penalty kill is, you can't continue to have six odd-man advantages during the game and expect to win.

-- Someone find me a stat on how many goals the Ducks have had disallowed this season. Nicklas Hagman scored a goal only to have it disallowed due to goalie interference by Parros. We could have won.

UGLY

-- Dude, where's my power play? The Ducks - in Detroit - had seven chances at the man advantage and failed to connect on all of them. Getting a penalty called on any Red Wing while in Detroit is damn near impossible and the Ducks managed to get seven (7!!!) opportunities. Not good at all. What the heck changed between this season and last?

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