After winning four of their first five games this season, the Ducks have only won two of their last fifteen games thereafter. Going into tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Jobing.com Arena, the Ducks are in last place in the Pacific Division, second to last place in the Western Conference, and third to last place in the League with a record of 6-10-4 and 16 points. It’s getting a little painful to watch them. Bobby Ryan notes that, “It’s been embarrassing.” BUT, I don’t want to just sit here and complain about them (because I sure as heck could never play in the NHL) so I’ll try to keep this short.
It just seems like nothing is working at the same time. The Ducks score, just not enough. Hiller makes great stops, he just can’t stop all of them. At this point, the Ducks are trying so hard not to lose that they’re making mistakes that normally they wouldn’t make. They blow leads, they wait until it’s too late to mount their come backs, and their first line doesn’t seem to regularly produce.
Tonight was no exception. Saku Koivu scored early – less than six minutes into the first period, assisted by the over-achieving, Andrew Cogliano, and youthful, Cam Fowler. Fowler scored the Ducks’ only two goals the other night in their 2-3 loss to the Wild in which Hiller was chased from the net in the first. Cogliano had a goal and a helper in the Ducks second loss to the Kings.
Coyotes’ Keith Yandle and Rabim Vrbata scored two more in the first period, Vrbata had another at the end of the third, and then the Ducks allowed an early goal in the fourth to Oliver Ekman Larsson. Seven minutes into the third period, the Ducks finally scored again when Perry had a wide open break away and went five hole on net minder, Mike Smith. By then, it was too late to rally any sort of momentum and frustration set in. With a little over three minutes left in the third period, Getzlaf took a slashing penalty and was given a 10 minutes misconduct. Selanne was sent to the Sin Bin for arguing and the Ducks played the end of the game short handed.
Ducks lose again.
Perhaps after a good Thanksgiving feast and knowing that they’re at home for six games straight, the Ducks will be able to turn this season around and rack up a couple wins here and there.
NEXT UP for the Ducks is a Black Friday game at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA