Posts Tagged ‘Bonino’

Ducks dominated the first and faded in the second and third. You can credit Quick for stealing one. You can also blame our Ducks for failing to finish on numerous scoring opportunities. As usual the truth is a little bit of both but I lean toward the latter. One goal is just not enough to win most games.

Both goalies appear well adapted to the smaller nets.

Getzlaf went 12-8 on FO’s. Rakell finished 7-7 after starting the game 2-6. Bonino went a woeful 6-17; Winnick 3-5. Getz did benefit by having Flash on RW, who is quick to the puck on draws.

Penner had a couple-few good moments but was otherwise invisible out there. He might be miscast at LW. He had two great years stat wise in Edmonton, playing mostly center.

Ben Lovejoy earned a 3-year contract based on his performance in the shortened season. Tonight he looked like the guy the Penguins gave up on and with good reason. Kings isolated on him and took full advantage.

Cam Fowler had a couple of chances but seemed to shooting into Quick. He did this last season as well. Cam just isn’t finding the twine yet. Most natural goal scorers see net and hit the spot.

After building a 3-1 preseason record, our Ducks have lost 2 in a row and can only limp into the season with a mediocre 4-3 or 3-4 record. To paraphrase the Righteous Bros., our Ducks have lost that winning feeling, now it’s gone, gone, gone. They can earn it back but it’s uphill now.

 

Twitter was rockin’ last night after this blog reciprocated follows with  Ducks Fan Zone. Alex Adrian has a good eye for the game. Here’s a sample:

Beauchemin gets a penalty for not quitting on the play. Good times.

Is Bonino the Ducks heat & soul? is a good read as well. i challengethe notion that Bones is comparable to Pahlsson because it’s an apples and oranges deal in skills sets and roles. Otherwise, Adrian makes good points.

Also, getting Bones back improves our Ducks any time he’s on the ice. On the 1st unit PP he competes physically and distributes the puck; alongside Palmieri and Flash at ES he’s driving another scoring line and he’s helped the PK achieve a 89% efficiency rating of late.

Heart & Soul though? That’s high praise on a team with hardworking character guys, among them Flash, Cogs, Perry, Koivu, Winnick, Beauchemin, Souray, Steckel and Hiller.
Etem is showing heart & soul in the tradition of Todd Marchant. He’s learning it from the guys around him.
Getz has been making it look too easy to be included in a grouping of heart & soul guys ;)

Another great effort by a team that keeps its feet moving. Good things happen when you keep the legs moving. This is three solid games in a row. Skating is the basis for our Ducks success to date.

When you’re skating, you’re advancing the play. You’re moving forward and less likely to stop, retaliate and take a stupid penalty. It goes hand in hand.

Following effort, the trust Coach is showing in his players as well as what he’s asking of them is paying dividends. Fowler and Vatanen manning the points on the PP in the waning minutes of a 1 goal game? Sheldon Souray logging more time on the PK (1:15) than on the PP (0.57) Really? The Twins killing the waning seconds of penalties? Bobby Ryan moves back to center and his line produces all 3 goals. Ryan Getzlaf is team leader in FO%. Our checking line is one part smooth, one part speed and one part grit. Not the usual grind it out checking line.

By trusting his players and expecting them to perform in all situations is what leads to the effort and result we witnessed tonight, and in recent games. Coach Boudreau is asking our guys to be complete players. Obviously, they are responding.  Our Ducks were so dominant hockey’s hottest line was held without a shot on goal until a PP late in the third.

As Gabby has said, 3 consecutively consistent games is too soon to make conclusions. Let’s see if they can do it through a very demanding stretch in the schedule, which is upcoming. Three consistent games is a start. It’s also three games in seven days with little travel.

The defense is consistent. The offense right now is a different line every week or game. Tonight it was Ryan-Palmieri-Selanne who lit the lamp. Jeez though, if not for miracles performed by Saint Backstrom between the Wild pipes, Beleskey, Etem, Bonino and Fowler would have scored goals too.

As with each of our Ducks recent games the score was closer than the scoring chances and territorial play indicate. IF they can keep it up, we’re in for an exciting and successful season.