Lubo, Lubo, Lubo! – & – Other Fish To Fry

Well, it looks like Teemu Selanne’s recommendation to have Lubomir Visnovsky shooting, shooting, shooting paid off against the Stars as he collected his second career hat trick, potting the game winning goal and had the Ducks announcers sounding as excited as the little kids in those Disney commercials.

With the score at 3-2 and only 1:03 left in regulation (and the bandwagoners beginning to file out), Getzlaf set up Selanne for a sweet shot from the slot to send the game into overtime and for those of you keeping tabs, that’s Selanne’s 400th goal as a quack and 627th of his career.

Then, as OT wound down and groans of “not another shoot out” began, with nano-seconds remaining, Lubo took a pass from Getzlaf and shot a screamer past Lehtonen who was screened by his own defenseman.

The Ducks’ bench erupted. The crowd went berserk-o and I think the Ponda vibrated a few inches to the left.

As to how Anaheim accomplished the win, Teemu said that in the third period, the guys finally got really angry. In other words – “We’re Not Gonna Take It!

Today we face the Canuckleheads and the dreaded Sedins.

The Los Angeles Kings were SUPPOSED to tenderize the fish for us, but the ‘Nucks stripped the Kings of their crowns with surgical efficiency. Vancouver is not allowing themselves to coast, even though they’re guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. They’re playing as hard ever. How big is the gap? We have 75 points and they have a jaw-dropping 91. Unfortunately, no, that’s not a typo. If we win today, we will be one point up on the Kings and tied with the Stars.

Random Notes and Observations: Emery has been reassigned to the Crunch because they don’t want him sitting on his butt, they want him getting ice time and staying sharp. Chemistry between Sexton and Fowler is getting better every day and the two contributed mightily to the win against Dallas. Speaking of Big Sexy, he’s one of our fastest guys, but also the smallest, which is beginning to turn him into a target. Fortunately, I was able to obtain some DNA samples (don’t ask me how, it’s kinduv embarrassing) and his body is made up almost entirely of the same material as Superballs. The Red Wings recently played the Coyotes – why couldn’t they both lose? And finally, where can I find a black hole to throw Steve Ott into?

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