The second game on a back-to-back didn’t bode well for the Anaheim Ducks. They crumbled under the pressure and gave us a show we’d like to forget.
The doctor is in, and just in time for the crippling 5-1 loss against the Vegas Golden Knights. After a supreme victory over the Colorado Avalanche, the Anaheim Ducks crumbled under the pressure from their Pacific Division foes and left a lot to be desired. The staff at Pucks of a Feather engaged in another group “therapy session” to get all of our mixed emotions off our chests.
The Ducks were out-coached and outplayed. The second night of a back-to-back justifies outplayed. Is it too early to sack the coach though? Anyways, I don’t think tonight was as bad as people are making it out to be. Vegas is a far better team with all things being equal. Ducks are playing a young team on a back-to-back. The old guys played pretty well, the young guys didn’t. It’s the nature of youth. My response would be that we all need to chill out. 7-6-0 is way better than anyone thought the Ducks would be.
As much as I want to react negatively, my biggest issue is that Seattle shouldn’t have it this easy when they have their expansion draft. Nevertheless, the fact that we’re 3rd in the Pacific with this young squad at the end of October is great. Sign me up! They’ll be back on their home ice for a while and then they’ll be back in their comfort zone.
I just finished a 1,285-word article in under an hour that is quite possibly the meanest article I’ve ever written about Bob Murray. It basically explains my reaction in a nutshell! However, I’m just mad over the fact that this team gets so self-defeating and then they just lay back and get destroyed when they could all play better. I can’t even blame the players though. I’d be hesitant to play under GMBM. But, more about that in my article when it comes out tomorrow.
Granted, I missed the first two periods of tonight’s game, so I may not be the best person to talk about this game. However, after catching up on some of the “highlights” I have to say that the Vegas Golden Knights did a great job exposing the Anaheim Ducks weaknesses. Normally, I’d be a little upset, but I’m kind of grateful because this gives the Dallas Eakins a better idea of what his team really needs to work on.
The panic button shouldn’t be pressed just yet. Nevertheless, tonight was proof of how valuable Lindholm is to the lineup. Without him, the Ducks blueline floundered. There is no reason Gibson should be hung out to dry like that, granted, as Jon mentioned, he did let in a few soft goals. However, rolling out a blueline with four bottom-pairing defensemen made for a rough game. The offense didn’t contribute much either. They’ve got to find a way to play more games as they did in Colorado and against the Hurricanes.
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