Even the New York Times writer Jeff Z. Klein wrote “…It was probably their worst game of the season, a witches’ brew of errors, turnovers and missed assignments — this from a team that had impressed with their hard work every game since October.”
Klein continued with, “Anaheim’s top line — Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry — ran roughshod over the Rangers. Perry had two goals and an assist and went plus-3. Ryan had a goal and three assists and went plus-4. Getzlaf had an assist and a plus-3 mark.
“Time and space,” Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist kept repeating afterward. “Their first line is so good, if you give away the puck and give them time and space in front of the net, you’re in trouble.”
Just 3:30 into the game, the Rangers scored when the Ducks flubbed a change and nearly got called for too many men. Fortunately, before the groaning could begin, Corey Perry and Lubo both scored minutes later with shots that I’m almost positive caromed off Rangers players…so wouldn’t that make those technically ‘own’ goals? **snigger**
At the end of the first, Lubo rips his second goal of the game and everyone’s salivating for another hat trick.
Nothing much happens in the second except the Rangers seem to have finally found a groove and there’s no scoring. No chirping from Sean Avery either. Weird.
A couple minutes into the third, Dan Ellis makes an amazing ‘snow angle’ diving save on a Dubinsky rebound which is reviewed briefly to determine whether or not it went over the line. Feh. Wasn’t even close.
The rest of the game was we score, then they score, then we score again and win in decisive fashion.
Credit for the win definitely was due in large part to Ellis, who’s familiar with the Rangers’ style of play and knows how to take the bottom of the net away from them.
Ducks official blogger Adam Brady was obviously having a good time and got off some zingers on his game post:
“Koivu back in the lineup after sitting six straight with a sore groin. Two of the three Rangers scratches are former Ducks. Shouldn’t New York’s backup goalie be named Dos Nueve?”
“Our social media guy, Neil, went to Yale…I went to Fresno State, the Yale of the San Joaquin Valley.”
“Johnny Ahlers‘ suit makes him look like he’s heading to a speakeasy after this game.”
Standings: We sit at 10th in the Western Conference, with 77 points. The Kings have 79. Tomorrow we face the Avs who are sitting in the basement with a miserable 60 points.