Well, that was fun. This game just proves once again that no lead is safe. Doesn’t help when your goalie starts to crack under the pressure, either. Still, a win is a win in the playoffs and home ice is now ours. Win all home games and advance.
More after the jump:
Howard was making those saves all year, but tonight he struggled. In fairness, watch a replay of any Duck goal and you’ll find a Duck standing in his crease. Not just a foot in the crease either. I’m talking whole body in the blue and making no effort to leave. Still, for 5.3 a year, he has to be able to win with a 3 goal cushion late in the game.
Looking forward to Teemu’s retirement, whenever it ends up being. He’s not classy, he’s a piece of crap. Kronwall needs to end him. Legally, of course. Wouldn’t want to sink to their level.
I think Souray should be given an assist on the GWG. All that momentum and he slashes Abby for no reason. Not to mention he about killed Abdelkader at the end of the second. Hockey players are tough, though (Well, not Selanne. He’s a wimp.), and Abby is amongst the toughest. Right after getting slashed by Souray and knowing he had just given his team another power play, a single camera caught his knowing smile:
Pavel Datsyuk has had it with Anaheim’s BS. Their strategy so far has been to hook, hold, slash and cross-check him and I don’t think a single one of those infractions has been called. It’s awesome seeing him throw his weight around like he’s a 4th liner, but I hope our fans can influence the refs in the future so they start calling the obvious penalties.
Speaking of that crowd, I feel bad for them. How sad to have had that franchise for 20 years or so and still have no clue what they’re watching. Morons.
NOHS Three Stars of the Game:
First Star: Johan Franzen. Mule made them pay on the power play and he survived a shot to the crotch. Playoff Mule is my favorite Mule.
Second Star: Gustav Nyquist. GWG and another solid game from a future/current star.
Third Star: Danny DeKeyser. No points, but I liked his game yet again. And that altercation with Selanne was great. There’s 42 year old Selanne losing his cool and going after a young rookie while the rookie skates away smiling. I’m going to miss his.
Honorable Mention: Valtteri Filppula for dangling Perry just before dishing it to Goose for the winner.
Next game is Saturday. Every game from here on out is the most important game of the series. Dominate. Protect home ice. Make Teemu cry.
Word on Twitter is that Lashoff plays tomorrow. I'm cool with this decision. At his best he's at least been as good as White and Colaiacovo and this year is a great chance to give young guys some playoff experience.
I love watching hate boil up in Dats during the Ducks games. It's like watching Anakin sliding over to the Dark Side!!!!
I'd have to go with Ian White as the replacement for DeKeyser. Experience and being on the + end of things, puts him above Lashoff in my book. Besides so much of the play has been on special teams that having a righty on the blue line would be a benefit too. What White gives up in size, he makes up with instincts and puck movement. Lashoff needs to ripen a bit more.
OK, I'm going to be a pie-eyed optimist for a second and say it occurred to me last night that the OT goal might be a standard part of Nyquist career retrospective videos 15 or 20 years from now. You might see it as often as you see Yzerman blast that slap shot past Jon Casey. I think this guy is going to be a big deal.
And what everybody else said about Saint Teemu of Helsinki. It was nice to see the referees cut him less slack about his "frustration" than the announcers did, and always do.
Ditto on everything said above about Selanne. Worst part was the punch to the back of DeKeyser's head after he laid a clean check on him. Wow, talk about a spoiled little brat. He apparently thinks that because he's an old man with impressive career stats that young kids like DeKeyser have no right to play him physical, but his whiny, arrogant 'can't let go of that Jofa helmet' ass is dead wrong. Hope to see continued physicality in general, but especially a big hit on Temmu.
As far as slashing cross checking and hooking go your right on the refs suck but they did that the first game too im just happy that our team came to play its gonna be a tough decision for who replaces dekeyser im glad bert got in a game could be things to come he needs another two games then he will be playing good as far as the crease why are our players standing there when the ducks are right next to them and not fighting for position i dont get why they arent poke checking the puck off their sticks instead of standing watching them play i hope they understand what they need to do after that come back
Haha love the bit about the crowd. I think the way Selanne acts has a lot to do with the company he keeps because that whole team are whiny, cheap-shotting bitches. I can't picture Getzlaf's face unless it's a whiny expression like he's taking an uncomfortable dump. If Perry wasn't playing hockey he'd be mugging people in a tracksuit.
I know I've said it before, but its SO cool to me, that I OWN that jersey Pav is fighting Perry in!!! And I was THERE, and still have the video on phone!! AND, he signed it for me!! Yes sirrrrr!!
Perry (in the above picture) looks as if he's looking for a place to hide. The kids bent over backwards but didn't break. Thank you boys! LGRW
@Twig Agreed, and agreed. I think his best this year was better than either of the other two. Also take into account our opponent: the Ducks. Would you rather have a nasty, large-ish defenseman with an edge, an undersized guy who shys away from contact, or a man made of glass? Lashoff is just what we need to make Selanne cry from pain as well as the scoreboard.
^Picture of Selanne and Getzlaf at the 2012 Olympics.
@WingNut83 wish he'd find that hiding place and never leave it.