The Ducks are back in toasty Orange County to host the San Jose Sharks in their home opener tonight at the Honda Center and for whatever reason, completely unrelated to the events of the game, the Ducks’ logo on the tv looked like the wrapper of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and made me want to go out and buy one the entire game. I don’t even really like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Ahhh the power of the subliminal.
Anyway, tonight was definitely a night of firsts. It was the first home game of the season for the Ducks, the first game back for Toni Lydman this season, and the first career NHL goal for youngster, Maxime Macenauer, in the first period.
Despite having to defend against the power play twice in the beginning of the first period, the Ducks’ fourth line lit the lamp first with six minutes remaining. Thanks to a dump in by Brandon McMillan, George Parros beat his defender and dropped the puck into the goal crease where youngster, Macenauer snuck the puck in top shelf against third string net minder, Thomas Greiss. Macenauer, a third round, 2008 draft pick of the Ducks, who made the team this season out of training camp, is giving the token puck to his father, “who will know what to do with it.” Meanwhile, Greiss is between the pipes while Anti Niemi recovers from cyst removal on his knee and back-up, Antero Nittymaki recovers from abdominal surgery.
After only four shots in the first period, the Ducks made sure Greiss worked for his money in the second period, peppering him with 13 shots to no avail, including two post shots by Getzlaf, before the Ducks gave up a power play with 1:25 remaining in the first.
The Sharks carried the power play over into the third period and did nothing with it. The Ducks, in turn, picked up their second power play of the game about five minutes in to the third, but also were not successful in their two minutes advantage. The Ducks PP has suffered, to say the least, having gone 0-13 so far this season.
Thankfully for the Ducks, however, the one and only goal that mattered was the one that Macenauer put in, in the first period. Ducks win, 1-0.
NEXT UP: The Ducks stay home again to host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday at 5:05. The Blues are 1-2-0 so far this season.
Also, in case you didn’t read my previous blog, the Ducks were sporting the “24” on the front of their jerseys in support of Ruslan Salei, a 1996 Duck draft pick tragically lost to the 9/7/11 plane crash which killed the entire KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. Make sure to check out: www.loveforlokomotiv.com to donate or purchase a Memory/Remembrance bracelet in which the proceeds go to the foundation set up to honor the lost team.
Lastly, a special thanks to the stellar fact-checking skills of Hipchek and R. Bartow. Appreciate it, guys!
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA