There’s a possibility that my last blog jinxed Cam Fowler. Since his run in with the boards on the 17th versus the Coyotes wherein he broke his nose and strained his neck, Fowler has not been back in the line-up. Oddly enough, this has brought on some criticism by Coach Randy Carlysle, who said recently, “He’s kind of been in a flat period. We were thinking he would be available to us in the first game of the trip. We’re kind of surprised by it.”
Nevertheless, without the kid, the Ducks recalled defensemen, Danny Syvret, from the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim’s development affiliate in the American Hockey League) and migrated East to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, and Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks didn’t fare so well, losing two of the three games, however, they did manage to log their first road win versus the struggling Flyers (3-2) with back-up netminder, Curtis McElhinney, between the pipes stopping 40 shots. Granted, the Flyers power play has been abysmal this season, only scoring on 2 for 27 opportunities. Additionally, a couple of games earlier, the Flyers were demolished by the Pittsburgh Penguins in which Sid the Kid had two goals and one assist and rookie goalkeeper, Sergei Bobrovsky, gave up 5 goals. Due in part to the Flyers poor play, the Ducks were able to take advantage of this and doubled their offensive productivity of their road game goals, having only scored 3 in the last 4 road games, including a thrilling last minute goal by Ryan Getzlaf to give the Ducks the lead and the win.
From Philadelphia, the Ducks headed to Detroit where they lost again, 5-4. Perhaps having used up too much of their luck in the game prior, the Ducks reverted back to their normal swiss cheese defense, allowing the Red Wings to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to tie the game, and then gave up a goal to Pavel Datsyuk in the last 12 seconds. Also, no one seemed to want to guard Henrik Zetterberg, who had a four point game with two goals and two assists, or teammate Nicklas Lidstrom, who had three assists.
There were no penalties in the second or third periods. Dan Sexton took a puck to the face and now has a nose that matches Fowler’s, and Teemu Selanne scored his 610th goal and is now tied for 15th with Bobby Hull on the all time NHL goals list.
The Ducks will end their four game road trip on Tuesday, October 26th versus the Dallas Stars at 6:00 pm.
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA