Ladies and Gentlemen, the Anaheim Ducks have won a hockey game. This is not a typo, you read that correctly, the Anaheim Ducks have scored more goals than an opposing hockey team and walked away with 2 points.
It was bound to happen, and Sunday night against Columbus the Ducks were able to snap the losing streak on the back of defensemen Cam Fowler. It was Cam’s night, from being the one to take the ceremonial puck drop, to being in the right place at the right time. After going down 1-0 in the second period (shocker) Cam was able to get us on the board after Ricky Rakell was able to walk his way to the front of the net and have the puck slide conveniently over to Cam for an easy tap in. Later in the 2nd, Cam from the high slot snapped an absolute laser top shelf (where Mama never dusts) to put the Ducks ahead 2-1.
Now it wouldn’t be the Ducks if there was not some potential heartbreak involved, where Columbus ties the game with 30 seconds left in the 3rd after a scramble in front of John Gibson. It was looking like we were doomed yet again. We head to OT where quickly Gibby comes up with a huge stop, has the presence of mind not to cover the puck but keep the play moving and Adam Henrique gets to the front of the net, puck slides out to none other than Cam America and he buries it to snap this god forsaken losing streak. Let’s hope this was the start of a new streak in Anaheim, a winning one.
Now we move forward to our next match up this Tuesday against the LA Kings (Queens). We will head up the 5 in bumper to bumper traffic to Staples Center to face-off vs our foes to the north. I have said this before, but I really think that this game could have not come at a better time. Ducks vs Kings is always different, it doesn’t really matter how the teams are doing in the standings because the fans will always bring the intensity which the players certainly feed off of. I think this game comes at a good time because the Ducks have gotten the monkey off their back and won a game, they are looking to get things moving in a different direction and when we play the Kings it will have that big game feel. They need to go out there and play physical hard hockey and if there is one team to bring that out in them would be the Kings.
Now the Kings will have a new look behind the bench as they have fired head coach John Stevens and have brought in former Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins on an interim bases. They look to turn around their slow start with a new voice for the team, and build off their win vs Columbus on Saturday. (Columbus Slump Busters?) We know there is always bad blood between the Kings and Ducks, but I am interested to see if we will have that same old school type hockey game that we are used too. The Ducks don’t really have that enforcer type guy right now who is willing to mix it up at the drop of the hat, and with how things have been going for both teams they may want to stay away from the fighting and focus on hockey.
In addition, if Getzlaf is still out on Tuesday along with Ritchie and Manson, those right there are 3 guys who would not be afraid of getting into some extra circular activities on the ice versus these guys ( Note: Per Elliott Teaford – Getzlaf was practicing Monday morning which means he may be in for the game Tuesday). Of course we know we will be without known King pest Corey Perry who again would be someone to mix it up. It should be noted that on the Kings side, they will be without Jonathon Quick who had knee surgery and will be out for a while, he has been known to be the pot stirrer in these games as well. Yet, like I said these games are just different… I mean we saw Rickard Rakell drop the gloves and literally break ribs in a past Freeway Face-off, you just never know what may happen!
So it will be interesting to see how things play out, will there be big hits and line brawls, or will it be more of a focus on hockey itself as both teams need points? I will be at the game on Tuesday night and as much as I would like to see gloves dropping, I mainly want to walk out of there with 2 more points than we came with.