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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
The goaltending question has reared its uneasy head once again. It also has the looks of one that will be revisited throughout the year, one the Ducks will need to get straightened out before the playoffs – assuming the current NHL points leader stays in its lofty position.
This is the team that used three netminders in their eventual seven-game loss to the Kings in the 2014 second round. Frederik Andersen’s wobbly effort against the Maple Leafs and the sheer presence of Ilya Bryzgalov doesn’t give the impression that everything is set in their net.
Did Andersen struggle because he’s simply need a rest? Maybe. He’s been in for 19 straight games and had just come off three starts of allowing just four goals total to Edmonton (twice) and Winnipeg.
6.5 out of 10 for me.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
...Ryan Getzlaf's goal should have been disallowed once Tim Jackman initiated contact with Jets goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson inside his crease area. Even though Jackman's skates were outside the goal crease, his right elbow intruded significantly inside the blue paint and made solid contact with Hutchinson's head...
Most fans will probably agree that video review is badly needed to make accurate decisions on this very difficult call. For three seasons now I have lobbied that a monitor be placed in the penalty box for the referees to implement video review in an effort to make the correct decision. Through the use of video, the on-ice officials would then have the same advantage as the rest of the hockey world to review a potentially controversial goal.
Watch the goal below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Who knew Tuesday night's Ducks-Leafs game would bring together the two hottest teams in the NHL? Well, that the NHL-leading Ducks have won seven straight is no surprise at all, given that they were a popular preseason pick to contend after winning the Pacific Division in the regular season last year. But the Maple Leafs? They've gone 9-1-1 since being crushed 9-2 at home by Nashville back on Nov. 18.
They've had terrific special teams and solid goaltending, but what's really caught everyone's attention here is the depth of their balanced attack. That Joffrey Lupul is playing on the third line right now underscores that depth. The second line led by center Nazem Kadri, playing between Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli, has been sensational.
The Leafs are now right there with Tampa Bay, Detroit and Montreal in the fight for the Atlantic Division lead. Putting away points in the standings during this stretch might have saved their season, given that the Leafs depart for a seven-game road trip starting Sunday in Chicago as the world junior championships take over the Air Canada Centre.
read on for Burnside on the Lightning, Custance on the Oilers and Strang on Slava Voynov...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash, Steven Stamkos, Vladimir Tarasenko, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Joe Pavelski, Alex Ovechkin, Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey. Those are your top 10 NHL goal-scoring leaders. One name doesn't quite fit with the others, right?
Beleskey scored his 14th goal of the season Wednesday night in Anaheim's 2-1 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. His previous career high was 11 goals back in 2009-2010, his first NHL season. Belesky scored nine goals last year, but he's on pace for 38 goals this season.
The 26-year-old has played on all four forward lines this season, although over the past month mostly in a top-six role. With Corey Perry out four weeks with a knee injury, the NHL-leading Ducks need Beleskey's surprising goal-scoring binge to continue.
read on for Burnside, Custance and Strang on Leafs/Wings...
You will see Beleskey's stick touch the left leg/toe of the goalie, not sure if there was enough call a two minute penalty for goalie interference or even waive off the goal.
added 9:36pm, My mistake, the call was actually on Beleskey for interference on the dman.
19:49 ANA Clayton Stoner served by Rene Bourque Roughing - 2 min against Evander Kane
19:49 WPG Evander Kane served by Chris Thorburn Checking from behind (maj) - 5 min against Clayton Stoner
19:49 WPG Evander Kane Game misconduct - 10 min
added 5:19pm, below is the Ducks broadcast view of the hit...
via the Anaheim Ducks,
Ducks forward Corey Perry has a knee injury and will be further evaluated when the team returns to Anaheim. The Ducks play at Winnipeg tomorrow (Sunday) at noon PT.
Perry was injured on a hip check delivered by Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard at the 9:40 mark of the first period in Anaheim’s 5-4 victory at Xcel Energy Center on Friday night. Perry needed assistance off the ice and did not return to the game.
Perry skated in 2:20 TOI, going scoreless. The Peterborough, Ontario native leads the Ducks with 14 goals and ranks second on the team with 22 points.
Watch the hit below if you missed it earlier...
No penalty on the play...
Perry could barely put any weight on his left leg and needed help getting off the ice.
added 8:54pm, Video of the hit is below...
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