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.