Last night the Anaheim Ducks competed against their freeway foe the Los Angeles Kings. It was the first time Anaheim visited the defending Stanley Cup Champions’ home turf — the Staples Center — where the atmosphere was playoff-esque. It was the first time in six games that Anaheim got the first goal, but instead of starting out sluggish they were flat footed in their finish and lost.
Here is my categorized recap of the game:
Phantom non-call: Dustin Penner was the goal scorer in the second who tied the game at one, but that was after the fact of a non-call. You see, Jarret Stoll tied up Saku Koivu at the line — mind you, Koivu didn’t have possession of the puck — and that should’ve been called for interference. Like every game, there are non-calls that don’t make a difference and then there are missed calls such as the one not made against Stoll that ends up costing a team a goal.
Costly call: Sheldon Souray got nabbed for a blatant slashing penalty that left a broken stick on the ice as the evidence. Souray was in the sin bin for merely 15 seconds before the Kings capitalized on the insurance marker making it a 4-2 game. One thing that really fires me up when the Ducks play the Kings is when Anaheim commits stupid penalties or lets their emotions get to them. Tonight they were guilty of the first.
Unlucky Duck: This is a continuation off of the category above, but Souray did not have any luck last night. He got in a fight in the second against Jordan Nolan where he was basically being dominated until Nolan fell to the ice and Souray get in some last minute jabs. Souray also took a foolish penalty that cost his team and he took a puck to the face, which he ended up leaving for in the third to get stitched up. Definitely a night he will want to sleep off and move forward.
Should’ve had it save: Flat out, the Kings’ second goal from Dustin Brown was the turning point of the game and a shot that Viktor Fasth should’ve saved. Though Cam Fowler was of no help on the play, as he set up a beautiful screen, Fasth should’ve saved Brown’s wrister that ended up ringing the crossbar and going in. It all went downhill from there.
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