The fact that the Canucks lost to the lousy Ducks isn't of much concern to me. It's how they lost. I'll keep this in point form, post some video freeze frames and use the magic MS Paint pen to illustrate this atrocity.
- The Canucks outshot the Ducks 27-18 after 2 periods but the score remained 2-2. It was the same case of the Canucks not being able to capitalize on their chances, even though it was a relief to watch a player not named Sedin or Samuelsson finally get on the scoresheet (Raffi Torres from Dan Hamhuis and Manny Malhotra-love it).
- The Ducks' first 2 goals both came on 5 on 3 power plays. On those 2 occasions, Kesler gave them a 2 man advantage after clearing the puck over the glass and taking a delay of game penalty and Kevin Bieksa took a slashing penalty after breaking the stick out of the Ducks player's hands. On both 5 on 3's the Ducks were given prime scoring opportunities from prime scoring areas.
- 5 on 3 Power Play #1:
Ryan to Getzlaf to end their pointless drought. Only Alex Edler in front of Luongo here. Getzlaf can pick any corner on Lou that he wants.
- 5 on 3 Power Play #2:
Well look at this...another 3 on 1 in close, with the only defender back getting knocked over. I suppose the Canucks wanted to pressure the points but why? It's not like Niedermayer and Pronger are back there. The pass came to Selanne from the point. Now you've got one of the best goal scorers of all time in a prime scoring spot to pick a corner on Luongo....again. Roberto is pretty deep in his net there...
- Ducks Goal #3:
The Canucks were being outplayed in the 3rd but smelled blood at this point, being up 3-2. After Vancouver's missed attempt The Ducks stormed up the ice and Kevin Bieksa (circled on the left) was sprawling to get back to play defence. Hamhuis had his man, Corey Perry right up until the point where Getzlaf received the pass on the right side. Hamhuis plays the shot (fully committed to the point of laying down to block it) and lets Perry go allowing the Ducks captain to slide the puck over to the agitator for an easy goal. Amazing isn't it. That's 5 on 5, and it's almost another 3 on 1 in close.
- Ducks Goal #4 about 1:08 later:
The guy circled on the far left is Henrik Sedin. He's calling for a line change right after he tries to dipsey-doodle around a Duck player rather than dump it into the Ducks' zone. Now you have all these Canucks players (circled) getting off the ice on a change and meanwhile the Ducks are in transition 3 on 1 with only Edler back to try and save the day. Well.....
Oh hey look! Another fail. Getzlaf to Ryan and bingo bango there's your winning goal. The Ducks' top line just got onto the ice, by the way. Sloppy and stupid, and it all started with Hank not dumping the puck into the Ducks' zone for the change and obviously a lack of communication all-round.
In the end:
- a 4-point night for Ryan Getzlaf, who suddenly goes from zero points in 3 games to 4 points in 4. That's what superstars can do.
- The Sedin brothers had 3 points total, but finished a -4. That won't happen very often.
- Christian Ehrhoff and Alexander Edler played more than any other Canuck and had 3 points combined.
- The Ducks' big 3: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan finished with 7 combined points and a +6. Talk about breaking out in style! Poolies rejoice!
- It gets chalked up as a learning curve for Vancouver, even though it makes me sick seeing how it transpired. This team will learn from this. This isn't pond hockey. They have to take less penalties, re-structure the PK, get line 2 going, and play better defensively. End to end rushes are great to watch, but some composure is needed for long term success.