Last night the Ducks lost in heart-breaking fashion, as they allowed a game-tying goal with less than 40 seconds to go in regulation on a Shea Weber snapshot. This was followed by a Jerred Smithson goal less than two minutes into overtime.
It is safe to say it was a heart-breaking loss for the Ducks, but they can’t afford to sit and think about it. They have to move on and focus on game-six in Nashville.
Predators – 4 / Ducks – 3
- The Ducks need Jonas Hiller back….bad. Ray Emery is obviously not a bad goalie, but his awareness is not where it needs to be, and his rebound control is not very good. I think that has become very clear to everybody.
- Bobby Ryan’s goal was just outstanding. If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch it.
- I loved the refs only calling a combined four penalties last night. That’s how playoff hockey should be.
- I must give props to the Predators for what they did. On the road and down in the 3rd period, they could have easily packed it in.
- Teemu Selanne’s pass to Jason Blake while lying down on the ice is only further proof that he shouldn’t retire after the season.
- For some reason the Ducks are having a lot of problems with the Predators fourth line. Randy Carlyle and the Ducks must address this before game-six.
- JP Dumont played under seven minutes last night, but for some reason was used as an extra-attacker when the Predators were trying to tie the game. Why put him out then, and not use him at all on the powerplay?
- Shea Weber is a beast. He played 29 minutes, had a + rating, and the game-tying goal. Not bad.
- Joel Ward is a darn good player, glad I picked him as a player to watch in my game preview.
- The Ducks need to fire more shots at Pekka Rinne. Taking 26 shots after 62 minutes of hockey likely won’t be enough.
- Lastly, the Ducks better bring it Sunday night because if they get off to a slow start and trail early, they will be in deep trouble.
My 3 stars
1. NSH – Jerred Smithson – He tallied the game-winning-goal and was a fire ball all night long.
2. NSH – Shea Weber – 29 minutes of ice, + rating and the game-tying-goal. Enough said.
3. ANA – Jason Blake – Two goals in just 12 minutes of play. Not bad.