Post Game: Ducks 7 Canucks 3

Posted: 01/19/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Ducks & Nucks played an even first period. Ducks took the first lead as newcomer Daniel Winnick opened the scoring. About seven or so minutes into the first period the Nucks started sending two players to the Ducks net. It paid off a couple of minutes later when Dan Hamhuis sent a blast from the point that Jonas Hiller never saw. Daniel Sedin took the lead at 11:23 when Daniel Sedin picked up some loose change in the low slot and went far side against a diving Hiller. That was the high point for Vancouver.

Ducks tied it up at 15:23 of the first when Teemu Selanne beat one of hockey’s best, Manny Malhotra on a face off and pushed the biscuit to Sheldon Souray who sent a blast through Schneider. Ducks had a 14-10 lead on face offs in the first.

Dan Winnick again opened the scoring in the second frame. It was beautiful tic tac toe play from Cogliano to Koivu to Winnick.

Two of our Ducks four new guys, Winnick and Souray had accounted for all of the scoring. Ducks best players stepped up and took over from there on out.

Corey Perry put our Ducks up by two when he picked up some loose change in front of Schneider. Kyle Palmieri put our Ducks up by 3 just 11 seconds later when he one-timed a Ryan Getzlaf setup for his 1st of the year. Getzlaf then setup Teemu Selanne on a cross ice pass after the lane opened when Nucks D Kevin Bieksa lost his stick.

Alexander Edler replied for Vancouver. Flash closed out the scoring with a wrist shot from about 20 feet that beat Roberto Loungo cleanly. Loung had replaced Schneider after the Ducks fifth goal.

Selanne’s four point night put on pace to rack up 192 points on the season.

Both teams played sloppily in their own end at times. The difference in this game was Jonas Hiller made some key saves at key times. Toni Lydman was brilliant breaking up 3 different Vancouver opportunities, one of which looked like a 3 on 1. he also led our Ducks D with 3 blocked shots on the night.

Ducks special teams were successful going 3 for 3 on the PP and 50% on the PK. The checking line of Koivu-Cogliano-Winnick outscored the Sedins 3-1. Our guys dominated the face off circle as Teemu took 4 of 6, Koivu 16 of 27 for 59% and Ryan Getzlaf won 54% of his face offs.

In post game interviews two goal scorer Dan Winnick gave credit to Coach Boudreau’s plan to roll four lines. Winnick said that everybody seemed fresher when they were called upon. Teemu Selanne said he felt good after his first game in nine months.

Notes: Ducks played without Cam Fowler who picked up that flu bug making its way  throughout the Southland. Ducks pressed 7th D-man Jordan Hendry into service. Vancouver is without two-thirds of its second line as Ryan Kesler and David Booth were unable to go.
Ricard Rakell centered the 4th line with Devante Smith-Pelly and Matt Beleskey on the wings. Ducks can keep Rakell up for five games before they have to decide whether to keep on the roster for the season. In a full NHL season Rickard could have been given a 10 game look. Overall he played well though the 4th line did get hemmed up in their own zone and got caught out there against the Sedin line a couple of times.
Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were healthy scratches.

Ducks are off to Calgary for game against the Flames Monday.

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Comments
  1. rainmaker97 says:

    Got selanne on my fantasy team and i couldn’t be happier. Glad Winnik is working out for you guys, he was useless when he was on Colorado.

    • bc says:

      Don’t want to read too much into one game. Ducks and Nucks tend to be high scoring games that Ducks somehow win.Let’s see where are in 20-25 games.

  2. czhokej says:

    We played an even first period, but only when you consider the score. In terms of scoring chances, the Nucks looked like a stronger team. We gave them too much space on the wings and they outnumbered us in front of the goal. Our guys looked quite often slow. When Vancouver got the lead, I frankly thought that we were done. The Canucks were moving faster but Hiller kept us in the game. Then BB made a tactical adjustment and we started playing much better. Koivu was probably the best player on the ice. Teemu played very well, but had several giveaways and bad passes. The big bodies in front of Hiller helped tremendously, and Winnick went to the goal at the other end and did what Getzlaf should be doing more often – attacking the net. Getzlaf showed some nice passing, improved his skating and positioning, but I still expect more from him. Even our fourth line had some good moments and did not disappoint. There were several positives: Winnik is a good fit with Koivu, Hendry is fast, Lydman seems to be healthy and solid again, Souray will score for us, Bruce B. is able to change the strategy when necessary, FOs are better (can we keep it above 50%?). BB created an energy line, and that will help us a lot in the future.
    It was a better hockey than expected from the first game of the season.
    Last year we had only 1 game, when we scored red 7 goals (against the Blue Jackets in January 7-4).
    It’s a good game when we win and Teemu scores.

    • bc says:

      Good eye cz. What adjustments did you see BB make that made a difference? I know you’ve got a good eye for structure and positioning. Can you share that with us?
      I saw our D make better first passes which put some jump in the transition game. That goes to execution, not necessarily an adjustment though.

  3. czhokej says:

    I wrote a long post and I lost it. So at least briefly, even though I am just an average fan: “I think that BB in the second period started to play something like modified trap in the neutral zone, and zone-defense in front of Hiller, with one forward always helping in the back. (During the first period we played an aggressive defense with one D always chasing the puck carrier. But we were often outnumbered around the crease, especially because their Ds were jumping into attack and our forwards did not cover the slot.)

    With those long outlet passes from our Ds to our wingers on the Vancouver blue line, you are right, even though at first I thought it was BB’s adjustment. You probably read my mind, bc. We did not have too many successful transition passes in the first, but when the Canucks were forced to put more emphasis on the offensive game, they left some openings defensively. However, our coach put together a nice mixture of long and short passes and give-and-go plays to produce 7 goals against Vancouver, one of the best defensive teams in the league during the last season. Or was it just luck?
    I should not make any far reaching conclusions from the first game, we will know more after a few more matches.

    • bc says:

      Welcome to my world, cz.. Hate when a post gets lost. On Sedin’s goal I muttered an, “Oh my” when Beauchemin left the slot to pressure a puck carrier. Good eye on bringing the forward back and playing zone than man to man. Honestly, I missed it. It was more like relief when we survived to get the go ahead goal in the second. That one seemed to give the guys a real lift. Falling behind and coming back always does though.
      i’ll wait until about 15 games before trying make any conclusions and judgments about the team.

  4. czhokej says:

    Frankly, I do not feel competent enough to present a comprehensive strategical review to anybody. When watching a live game, I usually notice only huge mistakes or repeated flaky plays (and of course scoring, when it is shown on replay several times from different angles).

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