I was out of the state for a little less than a week and managed to somehow miss six Ducks’ games! I love Hawai’i, but I must confess, it’s a bit frustrating that wi-fi is such a rarity and hockey is non-existent on tv. It made it a bit difficult to follow the Ducks, let alone post any blogs about them. The long and short of those 6 games, however, is that the Ducks lost three and won three (two of them in shoot outs). The Pens’ in the meantime, have continued on their 18 game winning streak, Sidney Crosby had a natural hat trick against the Thrashers, and he also extended his scoring streak to 12 games and still leads the League in scoring.
But back to the Ducks…In two of their three losses, the Ducks suffered back to back shut outs to both the Red Wings (12/3) and the Coyotes (12/5). The following game at Rexall Place against the Oilers (12/7), the Ducks saw the return of right winger, Joffrey Lupul, for only the second game of this season, returning after two back operations and a severe blood infection. Lupul scored his first goal a night later, after exactly a year since his last goal, in the Ducks’ 5-4 shoot out win against the Canucks on 12/8. In that game, the Ducks blew a two-goal lead for the second night in a row and came up with the loss. Testing fate one more time, the Ducks gave up another two-goal lead against Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames on 12/10 but gained the W with Corey Perry’s shootout winning goal.
Perry continued in his goal scoring spree with his first career hat trick performance versus the Minnesota Wild tonight at the Honda Center. In a game that was without Teemu Selanne (groin injury), the better of the Koivu brothers (flu), and Aaron Voros (IR with fractured orbital bone), the Ducks did not lack in goals with 11 combined points coming from the Ducks’ All-Star line of Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks beat the Wild 5-2 and outshot them 36-22. Beyond Perry’s exciting Hat Trick, the most bizarre part of the game came on Bobby Ryan’s goal in the second period. Mikko Koivu’s stick was knocked out of his hands, he in turn, took Ryan’s stick, Ryan later picked up Koivu’s stick, and wristed in a rebound from Toni Lydman’s shot off netminder, Niklas Backstrom.
With the Ducks’ send off win, they’re now tied for first in the Pacific Division with the Dallas Stars. The birds now head out for a seven game road trip and won’t be back at the Honda Center until New Year’s Eve. Their next game is Wednesday versus Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, which is also the date of the debut of HBO’s “24/7” starring the Penguins and the Capitals in the reality series leading up to the January 1st Winter Classic game at Heinz Field.
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA