Obviously this isn't a glorified game or anything, but it's definitely closer to what we'd expect or hope to see from this Anaheim team.
I was beyond thrilled to see them on their best behavior right out of the gate. The first period seemed to propel the team forward almost as if they'd just heard Bob Murray give his famous, "the players go before the coach goes" speech. Speaking of which, shouldn't we be hearing that sometime soon?
Regardless of the outcome, I felt like Anaheim was the better team for much of the game. As much as I hate small victories and wimpy morale boosts of confidence, this is one that I think we need to take and run with. I hope that the Ducks are able to build on this game and look to it as a stepping stone. In no way were they perfect, and I realize that much of the inspiration came from wanting to beat big rivals, but it was thankfully a step in the right direction.
- Niklas Hagman came out and impressed everyone right away. Made a strong play and then found himself on the top line by the end of the night. Well worth the pick-up? I sure hope so.
[Ed. Note: What did you guys think of Carlyle pulling the goalie while on the power play? I tweeted I didn't like it and was blasted by people that disagreed.]