Ducks hand the Capitals their 7th straight loss
The Ducks came into Washington having attained points in their previous four games but also blowing three 3rd period leads. The Capitals came in having lost six in a row but at the same time out shooting their opponents.
Despite lacking goals, this game was entertaining to watch. Both teams had a ton of quality scoring chances. Nicklas Backstrom stating off the scoring with a nice feed to Brooks Laich from behind the net. About a minute later Laich almost had his second goal off of a defensive turnover but Ryan Getzlaf was able to save the puck right before it crossed the goal line after it got through Jonas Hiller. Alex Ovechkin had a breakaway later in the period but hit the pipe. Hiller had some monstrous saves including a save on an odd man rush featuring Mike Green, Backstrom and Mike Knuble in the 2nd. Joffrey Lupul recorded his second goal since coming back from his year long injury absence off of a rebound on the power play to tie the game. Ovechkin drew a tripping call on Andreas Lija even though Ovechkin just fell from losing his balance. When you are a superstar you will get those calls. Nobody scored in the 3rd period though both teams had their chances. Hiller and Semyon Varlamov both came up huge. With a minute left in the overtime, Ryan Getzlaf produced some nifty stickhandling on John Carlson and then fired off the game winning slapshot from the right face-off circle. Even thought he Capitals lost again, they looked pretty good. I have a feeling they will start winning real soon. As for the Ducks, is was nice to see them pick up a blue collar win especially when the top line didn’t necessarily dominate.
Teemu Selanne sat out again with his groin injury but he did make the road trip and participate in the morning skate so he should be returning soon. Bobby Ryan was the only Duck who didn't have a zero for +/-. He ended up with a -1. Alexander Semin did not play for the Capitals. Washington out shot the Ducks 32 to 24 and won the face off battle 29 to 23. Ovechkin was held without a point for only the 11th time this season.
In other Ducks' news, Coach Randy Carlyle was given a one year contract extension. This news does not sit well with me as I was looking forward to him leaving. I find the timing of the extension odd, as waiting a little further into the season would make more sense because it is still early. Plus just giving him a year extension doesn't exactly exude that much confidence in him. If they were really happy with him, I'm pretty sure they would have given him a long term deal.