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Heartbreak Before the Break

Wednesday, 01.25.2012 / 11:57 AM
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
Heartbreak Before the Break

"Moneyball? Are you kidding me?? You obviously haven't seen The Descendants."
There are no moral victories when you're a team that's already won eight of nine, and there certainly aren't when you didn't even come away with a point. But if the Ducks had to lose a game to end this nine-game points streak, if they had to lose in their last game before the All-Star break, they at least did it while fighting to the bitter end.

A somewhat fluky goal by the Stars and an incredibly stingy goalie overtook sixty minutes of dilligence by the Ducks in a gut-wrenching 1-0 loss to Dallas that snapped a five-game winning streak for Anaheim. Jonas Hiller only had to make 15 stops as the Ducks left little space on the ice in front of him, but one Dallas shot got by him in ugh fashion. Late in the first, Alex Goligoski's one-timer was headed way wide of the net, but it deflected off Cam Fowler's hip and skipped past Hiller. 

"What are you going to do?" Fowler told the OC Register. "Blocked a shot right off my pants and over Hillsy's shoulder. You just shake you head and ask why sometimes. Why do those things happen? It's a part of the game."

That was the only puck that found the net all night, as Kari Lehtonen was a wall with 27 saves and his first shutout of the season. But not all the credit goes to the one Finn Ducks fans weren't rooting for last night. The Stars did their best Ducks impression by blocking 27 shots, and a number of Anaheim chances were launched wide of the cage. But the Ducks went down scratching a clawing for a goal until the final horn, including the final moments when they sent Hiller to the bench for a sixth dude in the Dallas zone.

"You don't like to end something like we've got going on a situation like that," Bruce Boudreau said. "You could tell early on that Lehtonen was really on his game and it was going to take something special. Again, we had open nets and we missed the net. We get those chances and we put them in, no matter how good the goalie is, we're going to probably win the game. Didn't happen that way."

It didn't, and it's a rough way to go into the break, when any momentum Anaheim might have had will be hopefully not be slowed by the week between now and their next game -- Tuesday night in Phoenix. That game, followed by a rematch with Dallas the next day at Honda Center are going to prove vital for the Ducks, who fell back to 12 points out of a playoff spot last night.

For now, the only Ducks hockey we'll be seeing over the next several days is Corey Perry in the All-Star Game on Sunday. Tomorrow night at 5 p.m. Pacific, we can see who Perry will be playing with as the NHL is bringing back the popular Fantasy Draft format for the game.

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Add this to the You've Got to Love Bruce Boudreau file:

Boudreau was talking to reporters yesterday morning about the surprise bowling outing he set up for the team after the Ducks arrived in Dallas on Monday. Apparently, the bowling took a lot out of the Ducks coach.

“I’m out of shape,” he said. ”When you’re sore after bowling, something’s wrong. I was in the high 200s of course." (He later admitted that he rolled a 138 and 110 and that Francois Beauchemin had the high score with 202. The Finns won the team competition.)

"I woke up at midnight and I thought I needed a hip replacement and I couldn’t understand what was going on. [Assistant coach] Bob [Woods] says, ‘You bowl left-handed. It’s your right hip, right” I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Well, you idiot, it’s sore because you’re doing lunges every time you come down.”



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In case you haven't gotten enough Casino Night coverage, below is a video feature from KDOC, which I'm including partly because the host is rather striking (and British, no less).

Also, just when you think the Ducks have run out of things to autograph and offer the fans, you can now bid on the Vans the players wore with their all-white suits during the night by clicking here.



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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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