Anaheim Ducks’ Big Guns Pull Through In Win Over the Phoenix Coyotes
The fact: The Ducks have played the Desert Dogs for three consecutive games–dating back to last Saturday–and managed to get four points out of a possible six. I don’t know about you, but I’m about done watching the ‘Yotes bench. Thankfully, Anaheim doesn’t cross paths with Phoenix until their last home game on Apr 27.
The stat: In the second period, Andrew Cogliano was awarded a penalty shot on a play that I didn’t see was justified. Nonetheless, Cogliano was denied of his five-hole attempt by Jason Labarbera and is now 0-for-2 in career penalty shots; both against Phoenix.
The good: It’s the little things Francois Beauchemin does every night that usually goes unnoticed. An aspect of his game that goes underrated is his ability to read plays and his patience. In the third, there was a shift that the youngins–Emerson Etem and Peter Holland–got caught on the ice. Beauchemin read the play and bought some time for a line change without any forecheck from the Coyotes and eliminated any possibility of a scoring chance as his teammates had no more gas left in the tank.
The bad: Also in the second, the refs called a “too many men” penalty on Anaheim’s bench. When you look at the replays it was blatantly obvious that as one Duck had his foot in the bench, the other was hopping over the boards. Regardless, when the refs congregate for a small side panel meeting on the ice that’s a pretty good indication that there shouldn’t be a call and it showed when moments later Shane Doan got nabbed for a weak tripping call. Neither team capitalized on their opportunities, so I’ll erase those bad calls from my memory bank.
The ugly: It’s pretty sad when you can count on less then one hand the number of shots a team has in a period. In the opening period, the Coyotes were held to a meager three shots on goal. The Ducks’ defense was on top of it last night as they rarely allowed the ‘Yotes to get off more than one shot per possession.
Hot: I’ve yet to really feel the urge to type out any other players name besides Ryan Getzlaf. Despite his disappointing efforts last season, the captain has been the most consistent and smartest player on the ice. In the first period, it was Getzlaf who forced the turnover in the neutral zone, carried it in the blue line and patiently waited to pass it to Bobby Ryan which lead to the Ducks’ lone goal for the next 52 minutes.
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