Cluster-Duck: Anaheim Screwed By Refs, Blanked By Vancouver, 5-0

Honda Center crowd during the team introductions - Jen Neale

"Get off your knees ref! You're blowing this game" - Random Ducks fan sitting near me


Final Score: Canucks 5, Ducks 0

First Period Recap: The Ducks started the period strong keeping the puck in Vancouver's end. Less than two minutes in, Matt Beleskey dropped the gloves with Aaron Volpatti. I'd give Bels the decision on that bout. When he skated to the box, he did the arm wave thing meant to pump the crowd up. Kinda awesome. Things were going well until about midway through the first when the penalty train rolled into town.

First Daniel Winnik goes off for charging, followed shortly thereafter by Getzlaf. This lead to a power play goal by creepy-twin #1, Daniel Sedin. Late in the period, Bryan Allen took an iffy interference penalty. It lead to a Mason Raymond power play goal. End of the period, Canucks 2, Ducks 0.

Second Period Recap: After serving a minor penalty, Alexandre Burrows stepped right out of the box and accepted a pass on a breakaway. Luca Sbisa (who skated phenomenally tonight; same with Cam Fowler) caught up to Burrows a hook but not one that caused him to lose contact with the puck. Instead of a power play, Burrows received a penalty shot. He never had control of the puck and Jonas Hiller stopped it easily. (A note on Hiller: don't let the score be a reflection on how he played. His teammates gave him little-to-no support in front of the net.)

Nick Bonino was called for a penalty and guess what happened? Another power play goal for Vancouver. This time it was Aaron Volpatti with the tally.

Prior to the final whistle of the period, Alexander Edler sent Corey Perry head first into the boards. Naturally, Perry took exception and had a stern conversation in the face of Edler. Perry received two minutes for charging and two minutes for roughing. Nothing for Edler. Reputation call right there.The period ended Canucks 3, Ducks 0.

Third Period Recap: The third period was more of the same. With Perry's carry over penalty, Vancouver made the Ducks pay - again - with Zack Kassian getting the power play goal.

The Ducks couldn't get anything going. Vancouver iced the game on Raymond's second goal, the only one scored at even strength. To be honest, I left after this goal and the penalty on the Ducks that followed. I never, ever, leave games early but this was a joke.

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The Good: I'll hand it to the Ducks' game night crew, they put on a pretty good show tonight. We all got free Teemu Selanne t-shirts (and they weren't XXL!!) and orange glowsticks. It was a pretty cool beginning to what would be a shitty night. Another cool move was having Ryan Getzlaf address the crowd prior to the puck being dropped. He did the 'thanks for coming back, sorry about that whole lockout thing' speech and called both teams up to him to salute the fans. I think this is happening at most home openers.

The Bad: Peter Holland looked completely lost on the ice. He was added to the lineup in the spot where Rickard Rakell was playing, in between Devante Smith-Pelly and Matt Beleskey. He was frequently out of position and turned the puck over right in front of his own net. Hopefully he'll be able to shake the nerves and play better whenever Boudreau has him in the lineup again.

The Ugly: Have you seen the penalty kill? Good Lord is it horrendous. The score could have been much worse had the third line of Andrew Cogliano,

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1st Icehole - The Referees. Normally, I am a somewhat reasonable fan and realize that a lot of penalties the Ducks receive are deserved. Tonight was a joke. Anaheim was called for 11 penalties (a total of 31 minutes plus one penalty shot) to Vancouver's five penalties for 16 minutes.

2nd Icehole - Bryan Allen. He has still not shown me anything impressive. Tonight he was slow, out of place and a liability. I saw him lie down to block a shot when the puck handler wasn't even going to shoot! The Canuck proceeded to skate around him and fire on Hiller. I fear he'll be another Kurtis Foster, or worse, Andy Sutton.

3rd Icehole - Corey Perry. I hate to do this to one of my favorite players ever. He is starting slow, again, which is making him frustrated. When he gets frustrated he either tries too hard or makes poor decisions. Pears was on the end of some BS calls but others he had every opportunity to control himself. The Canucks could sense how frustrated Perry was and they pounced. When he was on the ice, Vancouver went out of their way to bump him or try to goad him into a fight. It worked towards the end when Keith Ballard finally pissed Perry off enough to get him to drop the gloves. Granted, the game was out of hand by that time but it was a situation Corey could have skated away from. He didn't. Maybe the former MVP is feeling the weight of the contract year.

Next Game: vs. Nashville, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 pm PT

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