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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Bruins had their closers on the ice with Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg playing in the final minute, but Corey Perry managed to tip a Ryan Getzlaf shot past Tuukka Rask for the game-tying score with 38.5 seconds remaining.
That led to the Getzlaf overtime game-winner in the 3-2 loss for the Black and Gold at TD Garden and a closer look at Perry’s third-period score for the game-tying goal. Both Perry and Matt Beleskey made “incidental contact” with Rask in the crease just before the game-tying redirection, and either player could have been called out on it.
Julien wanted a call at that crucial point in the game, but that isn't meant to be for this year's team.
“[It’s] really disappointing that the goal was allowed. There was, no doubt, goalie interference there and that’s why they talk about reviewing those kinds of goals and coaches’ challenges,” said Julien. “You can’t allow those kinds of goals. This was a big point we lost tonight on a missed call. Those are the things that are hard to swallow right now.”
Watch the goal below...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
-- It is time to get boring.
The Ducks’ penchant for one-goal games and comebacks might make them the entertaining bunch but the capacity for great theater doesn’t bring home a Stanley Cup. Strict, unyielding play (here’s looking at you, defending champion Kings), strong goaltending and timely scoring is the recipe that usually makes for a long playoff run.
In other words, they’ve got to win 2-1 or 3-2 games. Or 1-0. The Ducks have to get serious about playing a disciplined brand of hockey, not in the sense of staying completely away from the penalty box but sticking to their system, supporting each other on the ice and playing a simple, if unglamorous game.
They’re not doing that right now. An undermanned lottery-bound Columbus team repeatedly got prime scoring chances in the second period and cashed them in, turning around a 2-1 deficit after the first 20 minutes. And this came after the 7-2 shellacking by the Rangers on Sunday.
“I think that’s when it comes to the playoffs, when you play against good teams, it’s really who makes more mistakes and who’s going to win from that,” winger Andrew Cogliano said. “We’re beating ourselves. It’s pretty obvious what we’re doing.”
Corey Perry appeared to get hit in the face, but upon further review he snapped his neck because of nothing, leading to the embarrassment of an embellishment penalty.
"With the luxury that we have with eight premium NHL defensemen, sometimes something like this is going to happen. It’s on the individual. It's on myself. It's because of my play recently. As hard as it is to say, it’s just the honest truth.
"So when you have guys that can step in any given night, you have to make sure that you bring your ‘A’ game or else something like this can happen. It’s a bit of a wake-up call for sure."
-Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks on being a healthy scratch tonight. More from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register,
In trying to put a tourniquet on the bleeding that a rout by the New York Rangers was producing, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau called his team over and read it the riot act.
The team that is pushing for 50 wins for a second straight season and the regular-season points title for the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history. The team that was absorbing a 7-2 loss Sunday night from one that’s right behind in the chase for the NHL’s top spot.
All of it while being captured in front of a national television audience. A few other choice words in the rant probably wouldn’t be suited for a child’s ears but a feeling of embarrassment emerged out of the visitors’ locker room at Madison Square Garden.
“We looked more like No. 30 than we did No. 1 tonight,” Boudreau said. “But it’s over. It’s a good, old-fashioned butt-kicking. We couldn’t look at anybody that was really good. We were all in the same boat.”
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On whether he had an issue with Anaheim’s second goal:
I’m not sure who the player was, but he shoved Muzzin, so basically that’s Muzz losing a battle of inches. He’s who ran into Jonathan. Not – im not sure who it was for them. [Reporter: Thompson, I think.] Thompson, yeah. I was trying to think – it was a four.
more from Sutter post-game in which the Ducks defeated the Kings 3-2 in OT
Here is the goal in question....
The Ducks host the Kings tonight, puck drops just after 10:30pm ET.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Whether or not the San Jose Sharks ever find their way to a Stanley Cup, the changes have begun there. Round 1 never panned out in Northern California, and now we’ll see if the Sharks can have success after a retool (More on San Jose later).
The next team at risk of San Jose-type failure is the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks have more points than any other NHL club over the past three seasons, and were on top of the National Hockey League’s overall standings heading into play Saturday.
They did win a Cup in 2007, but that was eight years ago. Talk to people around hockey, and the Ducks don’t scare Western playoff foes as much as the other team in the Greater Los Angeles area — even though the Kings barely had a playoff spot nailed down heading into the weekend.
Word is, head coach Bruce Boudreau is well aware that he needs to get at least to a Conference Final, or he’ll be replaced. That’s what happens when you lose back-to-back Game 7s at home the past two springs, to Detroit and L.A., as Anaheim has done.
To that end, the major addition to the mix this season has been Ryan Kesler, who knows why Anaheim went after him.
“It’s what I play for,” he said of the playoffs.
"When you get three hits after two periods when you're a team like we have, that's the troubling part. I'm pretty disappointed right now."
"Everybody thinks that oh yeah, we're in first place and that but it's within 10 points of the wild card and we've played more games than everybody else. So we've got to get our act in gear right now."
-Bruce Bourdreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after losing 6-3 to the Calgary Flames. More on the game from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
Kerry Frase of TSN answers an email...
In the Ducks-Canucks game, Patrick Maroon was going to take a tripping call. He turned to Kassian and said "let's go" as Kassian had been encouraging him to fight for 3 games. Maroon then quickly threw his stick down with a 'fake" gloves drop and then he put his hands over his ears and turned his back until he felt a punch, then he dropped the gloves and "drew" the even up call. Yes a good play on his part.....if you think all diving/embellishing is an acceptable play.
But my question is why do the refs fall for that? And do they like being shown up when they see it on replay? Should he get fined by the NHL for embellishment?
Turning to engage and invite an opponent to fight and then 'turtle' is definitely a form of embellishment that, in my opinion, is definitely worthy of a fine. A player that resorts to this in this type of unmanly behavior is doing so purely for the purpose of attempting to draw a penalty. A minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and/or misconduct penalty for "inciting" can also be imposed to a player that is guilty of this form of conduct (Rule 75.4 iii & v).
We shouldn't just focus our attention on Patrick Maroon here for his successful attempt to draw Zack Kassian into incurring a penalty. The game footage shows that Maroon turned and said something to Kassian, faced the Vancouver player and did drop his stick prior to using his gloves as ear-muffs. This was an absolute 'dumb' penalty for Zach Kassian to incur and negate a Canuck power play when Maroon was being whistled for tripping Henrik Sedin.
read on and watch the incident below...
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