Another installment of The Royal Half's Pacific War Room, with contributions from across the Pacific division by bloggers way less retired than I am -- go check it out. Or, if your selfish, you can just read my entry below. :)
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The Ducks started this week with three straight W1Njuries (when you pick up two points in a one-goal win but lose a key player while doing so) before closing the week with a shockingly-healthy shootout loss. The week in bullets:
- Ducks 2, Senators 1. Frederik Andersen is excellent in net, but a Jared Cowan slash breaks Jakob Silfverberg’s hand, putting him out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks.
- Ducks 4, Blue Jackets 3. Corey Perry scores another gimme game-winner towards the end of regulation, but a Brandon Dubinsky check gives Saku Koivu a concussion, putting him out of the lineup indefinitely. (The Ducks do score their one power play goal of the week on the ensuing major, though.)
- Ducks 3, Flyers 2. Kyle Palmieri scores two 3rd period goals to win the game, but a Luke Schenn high stick smashes Teemu Selänne in the teeth. Teemu gets 40 stitches and some oral surgery and is out 2 weeks.
- Bruins 3, Ducks 2 (shootout). Ducks come really close to earning their fourth one-goal victory of the week, but since all of Anaheim’s players made it through the game healthy, by virtue of this week’s theme they fail to hold on to the late lead. Still, standings point!
And while the woeful power play is still a concern, and while the Ducks are the only team without a goal from their defensemen, there’s still lots of bright sides to choose from. Despite all the missing bodies from the lineup (haven’t really mentioned Souray, Sbisa, or Fasth), the team continues to play really well 5-on-5, getting contributions from all over their lineup. And in a twisted upside, these power play deficiencies have made Ducks games much more exciting. This past week featured four straight nail-biters that would have all had less interesting endings had the Ducks scored on ANY of their 2-minute man advantages throughout the week. :)
PANCAKE WATCH – Dustin Penner did return to the lineup yesterday after a 5-game absence, and naturally picked up an assist on his first shift back. It was the first time this season that the Ducks lost a game when Penner dressed (6-0-1 now), but Dustin had an excellent and lucky October. He was on the ice for 10 goals for, 0 goals against; his resulting +10 ranks 3rd in the league; his resulting 122.5 PDO is hilarious.
Sleektoon! This one not only features multiple panels, but since I drew it a day early, I even had two alternate endings to use, depending on how the Bruins game went. Here’s the "Ducks lose to the Bruins" version – W1Njury!