After their longest win streak since March of 2008, the Ducks faltered on their four day road trip, losing all three of their games against the Blackhawks, Stars, and Wild. Up until 11/13, the Ducks were tied with the Washington Capitals for the longest win streak currently in the NHL until the Caps were put in their place by the hot and cold Buffalo Sabres.
Sunday, the Ducks visited the United Center to take on the dismantled defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. Coming into the game, the Hawks had only won once in their last six games, however, less than four minutes in, Patrick Kane netted a power play goal on Lubomir Visnovsky’s penalty, thus allowing the Hawks to play their annoying goal celebration song. Less than one minute later, Corey Perry answered thanks to Jason Blake’s backside pressure on Duncan Keith. After the first period, Perry proclaimed that the Ducks might have their “swagger back,” but couldn’t have been more wrong. The second period was dramatically slower, but still saw goals from fickle, Marion Hossa, and once again from Corey Perry. Tied at the end of three, the game went to overtime and was heading toward what looked to be a shoot-out as well, but with 28 second remaining, Viktor Stalberg scored on a re-direct pass that ended the Ducks’ win streak.
Not to fear, however, because the next stop for the Ducks was at the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars, whom the Ducks had just beaten 4 days earlier. Perry score once again in the second to tie up the game with a wrist shot assisted by Selanne and Visnovsky (both their 13th). George Parros was also busy this game, putting his deuces up against Nicklas Grossman mid-way through the first period, and Krystofer Barch in the second. Parros spent 5:20 on the ice and 10 minutes in the sin bin. The Ducks lost the game by inches, (literally) after Brad Richards scored on a goal reviewed for several minutes by the striped skaters with whistles.
After getting in at 2 in the morning today, the Ducks woke up and readied themselves for their last game of this road trip versus the Minnesota Wild, in the battle of the Koivu brothers – Mikko and Saku. Pretty much nothing happened until Teemu scored about 4 minutes into the second period on a power play goal assisted by Perry and Getzlaf. Unfortunately, the Wild’s, Martin Havlat, tied the game up with a backhand shot not more than two minutes later. George Parros had his obligatory fight mid-way through the second and in overtime, the Ducks lost for the third time in a row on an anti-climactic shot that deflected off the body of Antti Miettinen past backup netminder, Curtis McElhinney.
The Ducks go home for three games over eight days versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Additionally, the All Star Ballot will see plenty of birds on it this year with the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, and Teemu Selanne, along with the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin (who just had his 6th career hat trick on 11/13), and Paul Martin. You can vote for these birds to fly high at the All-Star Game through the Ducks’ or Pens’ websites among other social media.
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA