The Anaheim Ducks played the Dallas Stars last night, and if you missed the game, good on you! The Ducks tried to once again pretend like they were going to be competitive after responding twice to Dallas goals early, but eventually, the shot differential and defensive zone time caught up and the Stars buried the Ducks in a 5-2 victory.
If you would like a full game summary for Anaheim, please see below.
There’s really not a whole lot else to say about a game that has looked the same as all the rest of the recent games. The Ducks gave up 40+ shots on goal, did not get many quality looks of their own, and relied on John Gibson to make a few incredible saves to keep it from being an 8-2 or 9-2 defeat instead. But most of you know this narrative by now.
Best & Worst
Ryan Getzlaf - At least Captain Dad appears to be trying to get the offense rolling. He scored both of the goals for the Ducks last night and all in all looked good with the puck on his stick.
John Gibson - I’m so sorry that you have to go through this. If you’re reading this somewhere, just know that we’re all very sorry and that we’re here for you. We appreciate you.
The End of the Game - Ahhh the sweet sound of the final buzzer. It used to bring hope of the next game but now it just signals the end of the pain for now and relief. I’ll take it.
Everything - The team is just plain bad. I really don’t know what else to say at this point.
Randy Carlyle - Included in “Everything”, but worth a specific mention of his own. This “new system” the Ducks are running this year to be faster is really paying dividends.
Luke Schenn - Just....try I guess. I feel like what we saw in this game wasn’t really trying. And if it was, yeesh.
3 Stars of the Game
3. All of You - To the readers of this blog and fans of the Ducks all over the world, kudos to you if you watched this entire game without changing the channel.
2. That’s All I Have - I’m all out of ideas.
1. One More Game Down on Randy Carlyle’s Contract - You want positives? Here’s a positive! Assuming that Randy Carlyle survives the entirety of the regular season behind the bench for Anaheim, we’re now one step closer to the end of his contract.