I don’t know about you, but I’m mixed on how I feel about this recent trend for Anaheim. You can bet that coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t pleased with his team digging themselves in holes early on. There will be a team that will write them a different fate if they continue with their sluggish starts.
Here is my categorized recap of the game:
Historical highlight: Teemu Selanne notched his 250th power play goal in the second period, passing Phil Esposito for the No. 3 spot for all-time in power play goals. Selanne continuously showcases he still is young at heart as he is chipping away at breaking records.
Contributing captain: Ryan Getzlaf had a monumental night with a goal and two assists; one assist was the result of a threaded pass to Corey Perry for the overtime game-winner. The captain was once again a force on the ice, as he laid on the body and made key decisions on the penalty kill.
Weakest goal: Jonas Hiller allowed the weakest goal I’ve seen him give up this season. It was from the top of the circle from John Mitchell. Mitchell had three Ducks breathing down his neck, but it was an innocent shot and Hiller was in plain view.
Old observations: Anaheim fans were reacquainted with a major piece of the 2007 Cup Championship. Jean-Sebastien Giguere was in net for Colorado, and it was the first time I truly watched him play since parting ways with the Ducks. I had a good chuckle every time that man skated out of his crease. It reminded myself, as well as others, on how bad Giggy’s puck handling skills really are. Some things, I guess, never change.
Horrible habit: Anaheim was guilty of, once again, having a slow start. Granted this time around they had five days off, which could’ve resulted in some rust. Thankfully, they came back with a strong second period, registering 22 shots on goal and not committing any penalties. Despite this horrible habit, I’m not sure if these sixth consecutive comeback wins is a sign that this team has a problem being able to start and finish, or a sign of confidence knowing they can come back from behind. They’re getting the wins regardless, so I’m hoping that it’s the latter of the two.
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