Ducks Win Ducks Win
To Ducks fans the game seemed more like a Game 7 of a playoff series than the home opener and Game 4 of the regular season. But when your team stinks up the joint during the first 3 games and is outscored 13-2, it doesn’t give much hope. But never say never and opening the season on the road isn’t easy for any team. The Ducks returned to Honda Center, or as the natives call it Ponda, to seek their first win of the season against their pacific coast rivals the Vancouver Canucks and reigning Hart and Art Ross trophy winner and new team captain Henrik Sedin.
The Ducks started out the game in a strange position, they were actually the first to go on a power play. Not only that they actually found themselves with a two man advantage. Maligned captain Ryan Getzlaf got his first point of the season with a power play goal. Pennywise was blaring and the Ponda was jumping. But nothing comes easy for the Ducks as their two man advantage became a few minutes later a power play for the Canucks who tied the game at 1-1 with a goal by Daniel Sedin. The Canucks took the lead 2-1 about 20 seconds later on a redirect past Jonas Hiller who cut his moppy hair. The crowd fell silent and it seemed like the Ducks would get routed again.
In the second the Ducks got another two man advantage courtesy of a lucky puck out of play penalty call and old Mr. Reliable Teemu Selanne notched another power play goal, also his first of the season. In the 3rd period Erhoff tied it for the Canucks on a power play of their own. A few minutes later Corey Perry notched his first goal of the season and his jubilant triumphant pose after the goal was akin to winning the Stanley Cup almost. Bobby Ryan netted the game winner, also his first, on a 3 on 1 advantage and the Ducks were able to run out the final ten minutes of the game to get their first win.
There were many positives in this game such as the Ducks actually looked they came to play. New captain Getzlaf actually played like one, contributing a point on each one of Anaheim’s goals. The whole top line with Getlzaf, Ryan and Perry actually looked like a top line and it’s always nice to see Selanne setting up on his favorite spot on the power play and delivering. Still much worked needs to be done. Hiller almost faced 40 shots again. Paul Mara is not the kind of defenseman you want logging 20 minutes a game. He even made a horrible pass near the blue line that forced the Ducks out of their offensive zone. Andy Sutton and Toni Lydman should be back soon which will help the Ducks D out somewhat. Still this game was a very encouraging sign for a team that looked lifeless, except for their fists, the past few games.