By Adam Brady (email@example.com)
Bobby Ryan Postgame Comments
LOS ANGELES – Bobby Ryan did everything he could on his own for the Ducks, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough.
Ryan’s natural hat trick, a Ducks rookie record for goals in a game, was wasted in a 4-3 loss to the Kings in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center. Ryan scored three times in a span of 2:21 (fastest in team history) from the end of the second period to the beginning of the third to bring the Ducks all the way back from a 3-0 deficit. But a power play goal by Alexander Frolov with 12:17 left in the game gave the Kings a lead they held the rest of the way.
"It's a tough defeat when you have a good night when everybody's not going as well as they'd like to," Ryan said. "We got behind the eight ball early and gave them too many opportunities. We didn't deserve the two points tonight."
|Ryan's three goals in 2:21 were the fastest in team history and set a Ducks rookie record for goals in the game.
Ryan’s third goal of the game, 1:35 into the third, was one that will be played on highlight reels for a very long time. Skating down the left wing with pressure from defenseman Peter Harrold, Ryan made a spin move that left Harrold in his wake before deking around goalie Jonathan Quick and depositing the puck into the wide open net. Ryan jumped into the glass before hats rained down to the ice from Ducks fans in the building.
Before that, Ryan punched in a rebound goal just 16 seconds into the period, after Ryan Carter’s shot got underneath and behind Quick, and Ryan skated around him to poke it home.
Ryan came through with Anaheim’s first goal of the game on the power play with 46 seconds left in the second period, after the Ducks had looked mostly lethargic up to that point. He took a pass from Ryan Getzlaf low in the left wing faceoff circle and sent it under Quick’s skate.
"Until we got back to back power plays at the end of the second period, we didn’t have a very good game," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We didn’t do much to warrant being in the hockey game."
Frolov’s game-winner also came on the power play, set up by a too many men on the ice minor that proved costly for the Ducks. Teddy Purcell’s initial point shot bounced hard off the leg pad of mid-game replacement Jonas Hiller and bounced to Frolov, who chipped it into the open left half of the net.
The Kings took their first lead at the end of the first period, as newly crowned All-Star Dustin Brown scored with 5.4 seconds left on the clock. Brown headed into the zone with light pressure from rookie defenseman Brendan Mikkelson and sent a wrist shot past starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere on the far side.
The way Staples Center rocked after that goal was nothing compared to the 5.0 earthquake based out of San Bernardino that lightly shook the building for a few seconds midway through the first. Fans felt it in the arena, but the game was not delayed.
The Kings went up 2-0 just 37 seconds into the middle session, when Wayne Simmonds fired a wrister from the left wing that slipped through Giguere on the stick side, a puck he probably should have stopped.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle apparently thought so too, as he pulled Giguere for Hiller, who had had major success against L.A. this year, including a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.
“I didn’t think he was square to the puck on the first goal and I didn’t think he was square to the puck on the second," Carlyle said. "The puck, in my mind, should not go in from those angles on the stick side on both goals, so I made the decision.”
|Giguere was pulled for Hiller after giving up the Kings' second of the game.
But Hiller gave up the Kings’ third unanswered goal 8:50 into the period on a nice play by Anze Kopitar that left Hiller helpless. Right in front of the net, Kopitar put a spin move on Scott Niedermayer that gave him room to take a shot that Hiller nicely kick-saved. But the puck bounced right back to Kopitar, who gathered it and sent it through.
Late in regulation, the Ducks sent Hiller to the bench for an extra attacker, but couldn’t manage to get anything past Quick, who made a couple of pretty saves down the stretch. Quick, who sat out the Anaheim victory two nights ago with the flu, has a 1.16 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in his last six appearances (4-2-0).
“You don’t win if you don’t work," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. "It’s a pretty simple ingredient in the game of hockey and we didn’t do it for the full game and they did for the most part. We expect good things to happen after playing a few games of playing our brand of hockey. It doesn’t just happen. It takes the hard work and the commitment that maybe we weren’t quite ready to bring today.”
The Ducks will look to bounce back tomorrow night when they host Tampa Bay at Honda Center.
20:00 - END OF GAME - Ryan's heroics aren't enough, as the Ducks lose it, 4-3.
19:53 - A desperation slap shot by Getzlaf is blocked by Handzus and it skips away as time winds down.
19:27 - Ryan, Ebbet, Pronger, Getzlaf, Niedermayer and Pahlsson.
19:21 - Draw in the Kings zone with 38.3 left.
19:21 - Kings take a timeout.
19:21 - Pahlsson calls for the puck in the slot and gets it, slinging a shot that Quick reaches out to glove.
1:30 - The Ducks net is emtpty. Extra attacker for Anaheim.
1:41 - Ducks take a timeout.
A Kings fan is shown on the video board holding up a sign that says "Celebrity Lookalikes" and it's a picture of Parros next to the comedian Gallagher. Not bad.
18:29 - Ryan tries to do it again, weaving into the Kings zone, but he has too much pressure on him to get off a good shot, as he goes spilling to the ice and into Quick, who had frozen the puck.
For the third time tonight, the "Adams FamilY" theme is played with the fans filling in "Ducks suck!" in the appropriate parts. Seriously, guys, try something new. The fact is, YOU suck.
13:10 - Bobby Ryan
looks very winded right now. He's not moving all that well.
13:00 - Ryan's looking for his fourth, but his shot is just kicked away by Quick.
11:50 - Getzlaf gets deep with only Quick to beat, but instead his drops the puck to Kunitz in the slot, and his shot goes wide. Tough break.
Kings fans start an "Anaheim sucks!" chant. Do they mean the city or the Ducks?
First rookie hat trick in Ducks history, by the way.
7:43 - LOS ANGELES GOAL (POWER PLAY) - ALEXANDER FROLOV - Teddy Purcell takes a shot from the point that travels through a Handzus screen and bounces hard off Hiller's lake pad. It comes right to Frolov, who chips it into the open left half of the net. Kings retake the lead, 4-3.
6:57 - Hiller lays out to make a huge glove save off a Brown shot.
6:28 - ANA Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. Please don't spoil this feeling.
I just got two texts from co-workers, one that said "That was [bleeping] awesome" and one that said "[Bleeping] ridiculous." And that one friend also texted, "Did you know we took Ryan instead of Kopitar because we knew he was better?"
That's three goals in 2:21 for Ryan. If that's not the quickest hat trick in Ducks history, I don't know what is.
1:35 - ANAHEIM GOAL - BOBBY RYAN - I honestly have chills as I'm watching replays of what might be the best goal of the year in the entire league. Ryan skates with Peter Harrold down the left wing and puts a ridiculous spin move on Harrold that leaves him in his dust. Then he dekes around Quick, sending the goalie to the ice before dumping it into the wide open net. Just a ridiculous goal by the kid, for his first career hat trick. Even Corey Perry, sitting up here in the press box, fell back in his chair with his mouth wide open and laughing. Hats rain onto the ice from the Ducks fans in attendance and we're tied 3-3.
0:41 - ANA Penalty - George Parros
, 2 min. diving and LAK Penalty - Matt Greene, 2 min. interference. Greene runs into Parros in front of the bench and the official believes Parros overreacted. It's not every day you can accuse a fighter of diving, but so be it.
0:16 - ANAHEIM GOAL - BOBBY RYAN - Ryan Carter takes a shot from the right wing that gets under and behind Quick and he can't locate it as it sits behind him. Ryan skates around him and pokes it through, the second of the game for the kid. Folks, we've got ourselves a hockey game.
0:00 - Here we go in the thrid, the Ducks needing two to tie.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Simmonds and Kopitar connect in the period to give the Kings a 3-0 lead, but Anaheim claws back with Ryan's power play goal in the final minute. Anaheim has some work to do in the third.
Several times tonight, the organist has played a melody that encourages fans to chant "Hiiiiiiii-ler ... Hiiiiiii-ler." Interesting.
19:35 - Brown takes a shot from the wing that slips between Hiller's legs and dances in the crease, and he has to quickly reach back to smother it. Break for the Ducks.
I just got this text from the same friend: "Did you know we got Ryan instead of Kopitar?"
19:14 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - BOBBY RYAN - Ryan gets the puck from Getzlaf at the bottom of the circle and slings it under Quick's skate. Ninth of the year for Ryan and third in the last three games. Absolutely huge goal if the Ducks hope to get back in this thing. It's 3-1 as we near the end of the period.
18:40 - Ryan takes a shot while falling to the ice and it gets past Quick, but goes wide.
18:15 - LAK Penalty - Jarret Stoll, 2 min. delay of game. The Ducks get a short 5-on-3.
They announce the attendance at 18,118, a sellout. That doesn't happen too often around here.
16:40 - LAK Penalty - Raitis Ivanans, 2 min. roughing. Another chance for the Ducks to claw back. Although, the way the PP has looked so far, not a good chance.
15:10 - Another poor power play performance by the Ducks, as they spend half of it in their own end. It's just not happening tonight for Anaheim.
13:10 - LAK Penalty - Teddy Purcell, 2 min. hooking. Purcell gets the minor when Ryan Carter
trips over the blue line. I'm not sure that was exactly a good call, and the fact that Ryan and Parros are laughing on the bench really makes me wonder. We'll take it.
The "Did you know we could have had Kopitar instead of Ryan?" arrives like clockwork from my co-worker friend. Of course it comes after that last goal.
10:28 - Kunitz makes a nice feed over the top of the crease to Morrison, but he somehow misses wide. That's been happening a lot to him this season.
9:10 - Pahlsson again on the first unit with Ryan and Getzlaf.
8:58 - LAK Penalty - Wayne Simmonds, 2 min. hooking. The Ducks badly need something here.
8:50 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - ANZE KOPITAR - Kopitar gets the puck in front of the Anaheim net and makes a spin move to alude Scott Niedermayer. His quick shot is nicely kick-saved by Hiller, but the rebound pops right back to Kopitar, who punches it through. It's 3-0 Kings. Not good.
5:58 - The Ducks desperately need to squash this penalty.
5:43 - Dustin Brown gets some space at the bottom of the circle and delivers a heavy shot that Hiller deftly stops.
They're still doing that thing where they put up a fake shot on the video board of a Ducks player in the penalty box cozying up with a pink blanket and a pillow. Funny thing is, the guy playing the Duck actually looks like Corey Perry.
4:20 - ANA Penalty - Samuel Pahlsson, 2 min. interference.
3:34 - Montador's shot from the point is easily deflected away by Quick, just the fourth shot of the game for Anaheim.
0:37 - Giguere out. Hiller in.
0:37 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - WAYNE SIMMONDS - Simmonds heads up the left wing on a rush and throws a wrist shot from the top of the circle that slips by Giguere on the stick side. Definitely a bad goal given up by Giguere and it's 2-0. And that damn "I Love L.A." song is played after the horn.
0:00 - Off and running in the second.
During the intermission, FSN West airs a segment showing Corey Perry hitting sand shots on the beach near his home in Newport. It was kind of bizarre watching Perry watch himself on TV up here in the press box. By the way, that wasn't shot during his suspension. It was shot about a month ago, according to him.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - For the first 19:54 it was a relatively uneventful first, unless you count the FREAKIN' EARTHQUAKE. But Brown scores the game's first goal in the waning seconds to give the enemy the lead. Just three shots for Anaheim the entire period, as the Kings continue their league-leading ways in that category.
19:54 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - DUSTIN BROWN - With 5.4 seconds left on the clock, newly named All-Star Brown sprints out of his own zone into the Anaheim end with very little pressure from a chasing Brendan Mikkelson. Finally, he let's go of a wrist shot that eludes Giguere and tucks inside the far post. It's 1-0 Kings.
17:50 - John Zeiler drills Bret Hedican in front of the L.A. bench. A few seconds later, Hedican tries to give it back, but misses the hit.
15:22 - Festerling fires one from the point that Quick knocks into the protective netting, just the third shot of the game for Anaheim.
14:01 - Miller gets pasted into the wall by Harrold, but pops right back up.
The earthquake wouldn't have been so bad if I wasn't 200 feet off the freakin' ground in this press box. Yes, that's why I nearly wet myself.
11:49 - ANA Penalty - Steve Montador, 2 min. hooking.
Officially a 4.9 out of San Bernardino, I'm hearing.
10:10 - Giguere hangs tough on a couple of shots, including a rebound try by master thespian Wayne Simmonds.
The DJ plays the song with the lyrics, "I felt the earth move under my feet" during the stoppage in play. Yeah, we did.
I could be wrong, but I think I just felt an earthquake up here. I am now officially scared out of my wits. No, seriously.
Video board shows a woman holding a very cute baby wearing a tiny Kings third jersey. That's child abuse raising a kid on this team.
First timeout, first appearance for the Ice Girls. God bless them. God bless their plastic surgeons.
5:39 - Horrible power play for the Ducks, as they get nothing near the Kings net.
4:45 - The Kings put pressure on the Anaheim net, despite having too few
on the ice right now.
3:39 - LAK Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min. too many men on the ice. Just as they kill the penalty, they earn another one. Although, the PA guy, David Courtney, announced it as "Too many players
" instead of men.
Way to be politically correct
3:39 - At the tail end of the power play, Pronger rips a one-timer that Quick takes into the gut. He's had the flu lately, and it would have been priceless if he threw up.
3:15 - No shots on goal yet for either team, though Montador just rocketed one that flew wide.
1:39 - LAK Penalty - Kyle Calder, 2 min. tripping. Calder takes down Bobby Ryan
as they both go for the puck near the Anaheim net.
Some fan in the back row just yelled "Fornicator!" at, I believe, Chris Pronger. Not sure why. What is this guy, a church elder? He also just yelled "L.A. Ducks of Anaheim!" It's not often the fans are drunk in the first period, but here we are.
I take it back. The Kings' third jerseys are actually kind of cool. Although, I'm not crazy about those thick white rings on the sleeves around the elbow area.
0:00 - And we're underway at the purple palace.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; LAK Jonathan Quick
Starting Skaters - ANA Chris Pronger, Brendan Mikkelson
, Chris Kunitz, Ryan Getzlaf
, Bobby Ryan
; LAK Sean O'Donnell, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Wayne Simmonds, Alexander Frolov
Scratches - ANA Nathan McIver, Corey Perry
(suspended); LAK Derek Armstrong, Oscar Moller, Tom Preissing
A couple comments on the lineups: First, very surprising to see Giguere in goal considering Hiller's success of late, and his success against the Kings. That guarantees Hiller gets the start tomorrow night at home against Tampa Bay. Also, when it was announced that Corey Perry was among the scratches, a fan below us here yelled, "Haaaaaa Haaaaa!" Little did he know that Perry was sitting right behind him in the front of the press box. That same fan also yelled, "Where's Brad May?" Not cool, dude.