Sorry, I wasn't done being as shocked as Joffrey Lupul finding out Randy Carlyle was his new coach. Ryan 'effing Getzlaf ends his 17-game scoring drought in quite the dramatic fashion. After the Flames were able to tie the game early in the third period, I thought we were for sure going into overtime, giving the Flames a point we needed so badly. Then the man who couldn't hit a wide open to save his life scores a nasty rocket over the shoulder of Leland Irving (who?!) with 46-seconds to go. Wowweewowwow.
This has been one crazy night.
-- The Ducks are now tied with Minnesota in points (66) and in exact record (28-27-10) for 12th place in the West. The Ducks are now 3-points behind Calgary and 4-points behind the tied Avalanche and Kings. I don't think I need to tell you how important tomorrow night's game is.
-- Ryan Getzlaf finally scores. Hopefully this helps his confidence and his accuracy
-- I've been saying for a long time that this team is better when they are physical. Calgary forced the Ducks play a nasty, physical game. Luca Sbisa and Francois Beauchemin dropping the gloves in the first set the tone for the rest of the game. The team that won the physical battles and really, got away with the most cheap shots, was likely going to win the game. It's all about wearing down your opponent. How weird is this, Andrew Cogliano tied Sheldon Brookbank with 4-hits each on the night. Cogliano is 4'11!!
-- Devante Smith-Pelly was a beast tonight. I love this kid. He's all out every shift. He came pretty close to scoring a couple of times and did what he could to always get the puck out in front of the Flames' net. Needs to work on his shot, but damn is it gonna be fun to watch him get better through the years.
-- Jonas Hiller once again kept the Ducks in the game. The first goal was a fluke and the second goal wasn't his fault. Can't say I disagree with Boudreau's decision to keep starting him.
-- Teemu Selanne was way faster tonight than he's been in a couple games. He was charging straight at the Flames, challenging them to make the first move, and then rocketing past them. He's the one I worry about the most with this frenetic pace to the end of the season; however, Bruce watches him closely and seems to know when (and how) to give Teemu a little more rest during the game without frustrating him.
-- Where the hell is the power play? The Ducks play better short handed than they do with the man advantage. Sad.
-- Marginal penalties by my favorite Finn, Saku Koivu. It's a disturbing trend I'm seeing more frequently.
-- I wish the Ducks put half as much promotion power into selling their game than crap like Calgary Stampede Night. I guess Travel Aberta sponsored the whole thing, but the hype was bordering on annoying.
-- I guess I'll go with leaving Alex Tanguay so far open to score the game tying goal. He should have been cleared out of the crease.
I love having nights where it's difficult to think of 'bad' and 'ugly' things to write!