A for Effort, L for Loss
The hot Ducks have suddenly cooled, having lost four straight games since they won six in a row. Of course it's not all bad news, as the Ducks picked up points in two of those games with overtime losses. But last night's loss to the Blue Jackets just hurts.
The Ducks produced a whopping 50 shots on Steve Mason in a 4-3 loss at the Honda Center, including a 3rd period where they out-shot the Jackets a mind-boggling 25 to 3. Let's face it, you've got to win those games. They had plenty of good chances though. There was a questionable no call by the official on a Bobby Ryan breakaway where the Blue Jackets' defender took his hand off his stick and held Bobby Ryan's but it was not called. Getzlaf had many chances that the Olympic Captain should have converted on. He had a mini break away that hit the post in the 2nd through Mason's five hole. In the 3rd he had a nice pass from Corey Perry, I believe, that he shot wide of the net which was frustrating because the net was wide open and he was like two feet in front of it. The rest of the Ducks also had good chances but were thwarted repeatedly by Mason.
Rick Nash scored the first goal and continued his mastery against the Ducks. Saku Koivu tied it with a nifty pass from Selanne on the power play. Bobby Ryan had his first career short handed goal on a nice break away but unfortunately that momentum was wasted when the Blue Jackets scored on the same power play a mere 25 seconds later. Voracek and Commodore scored later for the Jackets. The only goal in the 3rd was from Corey Perry off of a turnover behind the Jackets' net.
Despite giving up four goals, Jonas Hiller had another really great night in net making a lot of spectacular saves. Perry extended his point scoring streak to five games, with points in 10 of his last 11 games. Luca Sbisa has played better since being recalled and he has been more physical. Despite his best efforts, Sbisa has yet to produce a point or a + in any game. Toni Lydman is having his best season ever in his long career. He is the polar opposite of Sbisa, having not produced a - in any of his games this season. With his assist Selanne moved into 32nd place in the NHL's all time scoring list.
Though they aren't producing wins lately, the Ducks are still playing well. The next two games are against the slumping Oilers and Blackhawks at home. The chance of another winning streak forming looks good.
BTW Do you miss Koivu yet, George? ;)