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Ducks, Yas Yas!

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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6 Comments

Reply vapor5
10:16 AM on May 19, 2017 
NHL playoffs have been more competitive than the NBA
Reply the immortal scurds
2:24 PM on May 19, 2017 
man, the lesson of these playoffs is a resounding dont try and sit on a lead. getzlaf is having a great playoff. i think either team pummels pittsburgh into submission quickly. and ottawa better hope this one goes 7.
Reply the immortal scurds
2:27 PM on May 19, 2017 
big big test for the penns tonite.going with matt murray in net. i think its a bad move but they win anyway and tie the series.
Reply Ark_Razor
2:26 PM on May 20, 2017 
I fear the Preds are toast now that Johanson is out for the rest of the season. Easily the biggest loss of the post-season for any club- including PIT's MASH unit.
Reply Radatz
7:03 PM on May 20, 2017 
Maybe so, we'll find out. Depends on how much the Ducks decide to rest on that laurel.

BTW how about the Bruins losing Krejci and 2/3 of their defense? I'd say that ranks higher. This guy's good but it's not like losing Orr or Howe or Richard. I get the impression that the Preds are a faceless spread-talent team.
Reply Ark_Razor
12:42 PM on May 21, 2017 
Radatz says...
Maybe so, we'll find out. Depends on how much the Ducks decide to rest on that laurel.

BTW how about the Bruins losing Krejci and 2/3 of their defense? I'd say that ranks higher. This guy's good but it's not like losing Orr or Howe or Richard. I get the impression that the Preds are a faceless spread-talent team.


Collectively, the Pens have easily had the most losses, but they are so deep, it's relatively small. I'm talking about one guy, not the compendium of injuries. They did good yesterday though. I cringe at the Finals, "Only on NBC, it's the MASH Cup!"