|Posted by Radatz on May 18, 2017 at 11:45 PM|
Pardon the Robert Crumb-esque title. I read it 5 decades ago and I still don't know what he meant. There're only so many clever hockey headlines you can think up that involve ducks.
The Ducks came out flying and ran up a 14-2 shot ad in the 1st stanza but left the ice with just a 1-0 lead. Nashville stormed back in the first half of the 2nd but didn't score and Anaheim recovered to nearly make it 3-0. Getzlaf, who never seems to do anything wrong, clanged the left post on one almost sure-thing but then Ritchie, who seems to have the most effective snap shot in the league, winged one past Rinne and they had to settle for 2-0 going to the 3rd.
It looked like it would hold up, but with 6 1/2 to go Subban, who had just sat out a penalty for a dirty elbow to Rakell, scored and made it 2-1. Rakell was a flash after the elbow but couldn't beat Rinne, hitting the right post on his own rebound. Then with an empty net, the officials missed a clear cross check behind the Duck net that resulted in the puck being centered and put home by Forsberg. It wasn't the only cross check on Nashville they passed on, and it would have been a lousy way to decide a game. With Gibson suddenly having allowed 2 goals in 3 shots some assumptions of disaster swept the booth, but Gibson stopped 3 shots in OT and was heavily shielded by his defense. Finally the unlikeliest shot of them all, a shallow-angle wrister from the boards by Perry, eluded Rinne and the series was tied.
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