Sorry about the delay between posts, it took me a while to find a flight back down to Earth from Cloud Nine.
Before the season even started, all the Anti-Anaheimers were predicting that the Ducks would finish at the bottom of their Division due to the loss of Scott Niedermayer, the age of Teemu Selanne, the little kids on the team and the weak defense.
So to all of you Negative-Nancys out there, I have three semi-words for you “SIDDOWN AND SHADDUP!”
Of course, I know they won’t. I’m already seeing a plethora of predictions that the Ducks won’t last the first round, they’re going to collapse like the Sharks usually do and a whole bunch of other mindless gumflapping.
Not only did we bounce back from 11th place, but we secured home ice advantage against the Predators. Our final three games were – maybe not mind-blowing – but thrilling nonetheless. Especially the final few minutes against the Kings where Teemu Selanne got fed up with the fact that the official standing 10 feet away failed to call cross checking and/or boarding against Jack Johnson and took matters into his own hands, getting into only the second fight of his career (the first was when he was a Squirt with the Winnipeg Jets).
Meanwhile, we’ve got a little firecracker named Cam Fowler who appears to have mind control over the puck and simply wills it to his teammates’ tape. Plus he’s getting his wish and being given more scoring opportunities.
Our RPG line has truly come together and not only do they have the skills to score, but they’re also big boys who can hit hard and bring some intimidation.
One writer over at NHL.com called Teemu Selanne “the Peter Pan of hockey”, which couldn’t be more true. His joy is palpable and is obviously rubbing off on his teammates and energizing them even more.
We used to have Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, this year we have Lubomir Visnovsky and Toni Lydman – overachievers, the both.
Obviously we’re worried about unnecessary penalties and the goaltender situation, but Dan Ellis has been floptastic and has been pushing himself to make those all-important saves. In the Ducks’ final game against the Kings, Ellis made a jaw-dropping 43 stops and tomorrow he will face his old team, which should give us even more of an advantage.