The Ducks went for six straight tonight, only two days after a shutout win by young, back-up netminder, Curtis McElhinney. Not only was it the first NHL shutout for McElhinney, it was the first for Anaheim this season. McElhinney was phenomenal versus the Islanders, stopping 27 shots in a zen-like performance in which the Ducks only had 14 shots the entire game. The humble keeper also sparked the Ducks’ only goal after two great stops that resulted in a fast-break play by none other than Teemu Selanne, who passed off to Cam Fowler feeding Saku Koivu for the goal.
Wednesday’s game was also “Military Appreciation Night” in which New Jersey native, Bobby Ryan, pledged to donate $100 for every point earned by him during the remainder of the season. All proceeds will go to Operation Homefront, an admirable organization that assists military families in times of need with various programs and services.
Equally admirable are the efforts of the Dallas Stars to raise awareness for prostate cancer and men’s diseases by growing mustaches starting November. Headed by defenseman, Mark Fistric, he’s gained the support of the entire defense in his attempt to rally the rest of the team. For more information, go to www.movember.com.
Ducks hosted the struggling mustached Dallas Stars tonight, who came into the last of their three game road trip, with two losses already. Saku Koivu lit the lamp to start the scoring for the Ducks, netting his 5th goal in as many games. Not one minute later, though, the Stars’, Brandon Segal, tied the game up at one a piece. Despite 18 shots on goal for the Ducks in both the first and second periods, the nets remained empty until the beginning of the third. Ryan Getzlaf took a blind pass from Corey Perry for the goal and was followed up shortly thereafter by Bobby Ryan with a pass from the helpful defensemen, Lubomir Visnovsky. Young Cam Fowler, who apparently, is not going back to his junior team, had two assists on the night. The Stars cut it close with 3:38 remaining in the game when the unattended, Brad Richards, put one top shelf to cut the lead to one with a power play to follow soon afterward. The Ducks’ penalty killers managed to kill off the power play and score an empty net goal for the Ducks’ 6th win in a row.
After an embarrassing loss by the Penguins to the Boston Bruins at home on Wednesday, in which they gave up 5 goals in the third, the Pens came back today to route the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1.
The Ducks leave for a three game road trip starting Sunday versus Chicago, heading to Dallas for a re-match, and ending in Minnesota on Wednesday.
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA