Anaheim Ducks Go Up in Flames in Calgary
Wednesday night’s post game interview with the Anaheim Ducks‘ Andrew Cogliano on FOX Sports West was conveniently without the omnipresent three second live TV delay. A timing error? Perhaps not.
After all only a few vocabulary options adequately express feelings regarding yours and your teammates’ play in an embarrassing 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. And to Cogliano’s credit — he could not have expressed himself better in the interview heard ’round Orange County and re-typed ’round the Twitterverse.
By the end of the first period in Calgary, the Flames had tallied a power play goal, a shorthanded goal and two even strength goals against the Ducks. A four-goal deficit is always tough to crawl out of, but never impossible as hockey history has proved time and time again. The possible, however, gets a bit murky when those four goals are on only eight shots.
Four goals in eight shots; stats like those don’t come as the result of lucky bounces and bad line changes. Instead those numbers come as the result of the game Anaheim started and ended with last night: sloppy defense, two goalies (Jonas Hiller was pulled from net after three goals on five shots) left completely out to dry, a turnover productive offense and zero results on the power play.
Oh the power play!
The man advantage began as the Ducks’ Achilles’ heel this season and has come back for more in recent days. Anaheim failed to capitalize on two power play opportunities against the Flames, leaving them 0 for 21 since the Olympic break. Not surprisingly they have lost all four of those power play less games.
After a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night, coach Bruce Boudreau told media the Ducks certainly work on these woes every day in practice, the set up is there in the games, but the timing is not. And for anyone who has ever watched a power play build over two minutes — timing is everything.
The Ducks have another opportunity to get back to their once league leading game tomorrow against the Colorado Avalanche, who bested the defending Stanley Cup Chicago Blackhawks last night 3-2. The only problem may be that with less than 15 games left in the season, much like the fate of last night’s Cogliano interview — timing is no longer on their side.