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Ducks dominated period and took a 2 goal lead off a tap in by Ryan Getzlaf and a backhander from about 15 out by Teemu Selanne. The goal was T’s 669 moving him past Luc Robitaille for 11th all time.
Matt Beleskey played perhaps the best game of his career. He toughed out a fight, scored what proved to be the winning goal,  the winner, toughed out a fight with Stoner, blocked 2 hots and recorded 3 hits.

It’s hard to say how or why but after building a 3-zip lead our Ducks rolled up into a shell and played D. It’s something that happens to teams on occasion. There’s no rhyme or reason for it. Coaches hate it and rail against it. It’s unspoken but it’s like a veil comes over the team and they play inside it.

Thank goodness Jonas Hiller was brilliant. If not for Hilly we would have paid a high price for playing half a game. By half a game, we quit forcing the play. We quit forechecking. We sat back and let the Wild attack. We played the defensive half of the game.

Tonight our guys got away with it. Most nights they won’t.

 

Cue up the haters. You’ll soon be hearing how our Ducks are bullies and goons. We’re bad for hockey. We slash and get away with it. Blame the refs, as Denver Post beat writer Adrian Datar does here.

Never mind the Avs slew foot artistry that didn’t get called. The slash on Corey Perry. And my fave ref_u_suck moment calling Palmeri for delay of game when the game video clearly showed it was Bonino who shot the puck over the glass. Ah well, they knew it was a Duck right? Close enough, eh? The Boxscore is reporting the refs were Kevin Pollock and Rob Martell.

If you saw the game you don’t need me to tell that our Ducks started slow, ran into penalty trouble and fell behind 2-zip. It was by far the worst period of the season.

Hiller was solid.

Assume Gabby delivered an F-bomb laced motivational speech between the first and second period. It was also probably a good thing Coach practiced special teams drills at practice the day before.  The Avs converted on just one of six PP opportunities.

At the open of the second stanza Ducks used their forechecking game to pound the Avs and take control. J.S. Giguere was at times brilliant using a kick save to thwart Corey Perry on one attempt. Perry wouldn’t be deterred and kept hanging around the low slot. He got our Ducks on the scoreboard at 6:59 on a brilliant pass from Getzlaf who was himself setup from the point by Francois Beauchemin. At 9:24 Teemu Selanne scored his 250th PP goal to tie the game. The score moved Selanne ahead of Phil Esposito for 3rd all time. The goal also tied Luc Robitaille for 11th all time. T remains two goals behind Jaromir Jagr for tenth.

The Avs would respond 40 seconds later when John Mitchell sent a soft wrist shot past Hiller. The puck seemed to go between the arm and body of the Ducks goalie. Definitely one he’d like back.

Ducks tied it up again when Getzlaf spotted a loose puck behind Giguere and pounced on it for an easy tap in. The third ended 3-3. Our Ducks would take two points when Corey Perry redirected a Ryan Getzlaf feed past Giguere with 56 seconds to go in OT.

Franclois Beauchemin enjoyed a career night assisting on all four Ducks goals. Frankie’s TOI was 25:59. He also blocked two shots and was credited for a hit.

NHL.com labeled it and Ducks.com promotes it so now its official, “Anaheim’s Viktor Fasth has made a seamless transition to the NHL and is causing perhaps the League’s best goaltender controversy outside of Vancouver.”

One thing about shameless promoters is they never let facts get in the way of a juicy story. There is no goalie controversy on the Anaheim Ducks. There won’t be a goalie controversy unless and until there’s a problem between Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth. Thus far, all the evidence indicates each goalie is a team first guy. Unless and until that changes, there is no goalie controversy involving the Anaheim Ducks. You are well served to ignore unfounded sensationalism. Even when yellow journalism is practiced by our Ducks front office.

OC Register beat reporter Eric Stephens has the straight skinny.

Viktor Fasth is the hot hand. He earned the start tonight by shutting out the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

The real story on this tilt is that our Ducks are facing a team on a winning streak. Stars have won two straight on the road and three of their last four games.

Our Ducks have won four straight. More importantly, Sheldon Souray summed it up recently saying our Ducks were looking to earn respect around the league.

Tonight our guys face a team that beat them in five of six head to head contests last season. And the Stars, though very different this year, are on a bit of a roll. With the favored to win the Western Conference St. Louis Blues on the docket tomorrow, our Ducks could be looking past the Stars.

Get out your measuring sticks as our Ducks get ready to focus on the game immediately in front of them and dispatch a nemesis of recent seasons.

A subplot is the all time goal scoring race between Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne. Currently, Jagr is tied with Luc Robitaille in tenth spot. T is 12th just five goals behind. Barring injury, both JJ and T should enter the top ten all time this season.

Sheldon Souray visits his former team for the first time this season.

Ducks fans looking for something to cheer about this season need look no further than No. 8. Even more incredible Teemu believes these Ducks can make the playoffs. Flash told Globe & Mail reporter Eric Duhatschek, “The thing is, I still feel we can make it. This is a great league when we play well.” Selanne went on to note that past the all-star break, “there are still 30 games left. That’s a lot of hockey if you can stay hot and healthy for a while.

Okay, so what our Ducks have to win at a .721 P% rate just to reach 92 points. We’re talking going 24-9-1 the rest of the way. Actually, that’s not out of line with Ducks previous second half rushes in 2008-09 and 2010-11. Most importantly, Teemu Selanne believes these Ducks can do it. (more…)