Ducks Drop Superlatives - Lay Egg in St. Paul
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim dropped all superlatives from their game against the Wild on Sunday with a 4-1 loss that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. By dropping superlatives, I mean that instead of the Mighty Ducks they were the Ducks. Instead of the power play, they went on the play. Their special teams could better be described as crap. Yep, the team completely laid an egg in this one, and thus the picture you see below - which is actually Randy Carlyle dropping said egg sometime during the first period.
There was very, very little to be happy with in this game if you are a Fowl Fan. The only Mighty Ducks player that played well was Ilya Bryzgalov, but unfortunately he didn't start and was only brought in once the game was already 4-0.
In the first two periods the Ducks had nothing going. They looked like crap and made the Wild look like the greatest defensive team to ever put on skates. Anaheim had no speed, created no offense and did nothing on defense except pass to no-one and take bad penalties.
The Ducks, who entered the game with one of the worst penalty killing units in the league, promptly gave the Wild two power plays. Minnesota, who has one of the best power plays in the league, took advantage and scored on both of them. The Ducks got a power play and used the infamous "dump-and-don't-chase" style that Anaheim fans know and love from the Pierre Page days. Through the first two periods the Ducks had a whopping 12 shots on goal, none of which were remotely good. An ECHL goalie would have had a shutout going into the third, much less Manny Fernandez.
Usually the Ducks start out great and then fade. Tonight, it was the exact opposite. They started out horrible and then, once the Wild had a 4-0 lead in the third, they played pretty well. Bruno St. Jacques got a goal in his first game with the Ducks to keep them from getting a shutout, but for the most part this game was a horrible, horrible effort from the Mighty Ducks.
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