The Ducks loss to San Jose on Sunday was their fourth in five games, and it looked like the season might have been over. As if the loss wasn't hard enough to handle, the only goal of the game came from former teammate Travis Moen. They could have easily called it quits for the year, and nobody would have blamed them. After being one of the leagues major sellers at the deadline, nobody expected them to stay in the playoff race for long.
After the loss Teemu Selanne was impressed by the way they handled one of the leagues elite teams. “Those guys [San Jose] have one of the best records in the league and he had no problem playing against them, so that is a good sign. We just have to stay confident. Wednesday [against Nashville] is another chance. We have to just keep pushing
like this and we're going to score a couple of goals.”
The Ducks did just that, scoring just four minutes in the game. It was a tight checking game, but Anaheim took advantage of Nashville's penalty troubles. They scored three power play goals, including Teemu Selanne's OT winner and 1,200 career point.
The Ducks jumped on a plane that night for Phoenix to face the Coyotes. Anaheim opened up the scoring early again with a goal from Drew Miller three minutes in the game. After a late third period goal from Lombardi, the game had to be decided in a shootout. Goals from Getzlaf and Ryan gave the Ducks that much needed extra point. This was a game that Anaheim deserved to lose, but sometimes you need to steal one. The rematch will take place Sunday night, and Anaheim needs to play better to win again.
So the Ducks now sit three points behind 8th place Nashville, who they visit Tuesday night. They have a chance to leap the Preds Tuesday and see themselves in the elite eight again.
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Written by Dan Caristo