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In fact, were you looking for a positive spin, one could promote it as a superb display of playing the game standing still, which is what many of the Vancouver forwards did most of the night.
-Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province on the 2-1 OT loss by Vancouver to Anaheim last night. More from Gallagher on the game.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Captain Shane Doan had converted nearly 31 percent of his shootout attempts over the span of his career, but he hadn't been able to earn a spot in the Coyotes rotation this season until Saturday.
And apparently the wait meant plenty of time to tap into his creativity.
Doan made a memorable debut as he used a stick-shattering shot to finally solve the Ducks' Frederik Andersen in the fourth round of the shootout, which dealt the Coyotes a 2-1 win in front of 13,656 at Gila River Arena in their return from the three-day Christmas break.
"He didn't show me that move in practice," coach Dave Tippett said. "He shows me that move in practice, maybe I'd use him a little more."
continue for more on the goal..
Watch the shootout goal below...
The Duck went on to beat the Sharks in OT.
Watch the goal and 'half barrel roll' below...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Some notes, quotes and other musings from the Ducks’ 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night …
Let’s look at Bryzgalov. The Ducks are paying him some real good money to be a No. 3 option who has to be the No. 2 for now as they opted to have John Gibson get well in Norfolk. General Manager Bob Murray was watching his investment ($2.88-million salary cap hit, $1.9-million actual money) blow up in his first start from high up in Canadian Tire Centre.
Every shot began to look like an adventure after a while but this was the wild ride Murray signed up for in the mercurial Bryzgalov when his goaltending beyond Frederik Andersen was either on the training table (Gibson) or wrapped up in a bandage (Jason LaBarbera).
Suddenly LaBarbera didn’t look so much like a feared option if or when things get desperate. And Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, when asked if it was a tough spot to put Bryzgalov in at the end of a nine-day road trip, didn’t jump in defend the dismal outing even when the rest of his tired team disintegrated around the netminder.
“It’s a tough spot but Freddie played 20 games in a row and it’s not like Bryz is a first-year player,” Boudreau said. “He knows what he’s done. He’s been practicing for two weeks. He’s played two games in the minors. Played the third period or more than a period and a bit in Toronto.
“He’s practiced. He should have been ready. And he should be ready.”
"Not a great effort, all the way around. I'm not going to say we were content and [were thinking], 'Let's just get home.'
"I know we've been on the road 13 of the last 15 days — that doesn't hold anything. That bar's pretty high on our team and when you don't get what you reach for, you get pretty upset."
-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after a 6-2 loss to Ottawa. More on the game from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
After an internal review of Clayton Stoner’s hit on Max Pacioretty, the Player Safety Committee announced this morning that no subsequent action will be taken against the Ducks player. Even though there appeared to be no malice on the part of Stoner, it is my opinion that a formal hearing should have been convened based on the illegal cross-check which caused Pacioretty to launch face-first into the glass and resulted in injury. At the very least, Stoner should have been be fined for the careless act that warranted a cross-checking major and game misconduct in the game.
continued and watch the hit below if you missed it...
Also, Pacioretty did not practice today and is listed as day-to-day.
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...
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