LAst Night's Action: Duck, Duck, Coyote
#1 Oregon Ducks defeat UCLA Bruins 60-13. Oregon made sure they didn’t repeat Alabama’s and Ohio State’s mistakes being felled as the top-ranked team of the country. Granted they racked up “only” 582 yards of offense, but they held the Bruins to 290 yards of total offense in their rout of UCLA.
Bruin quarterback Richard Brehaut, starting in place of Kevin Prince who is scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery on Saturday, went 16-for-23 with 159 yards for a team that has averaged 95.5 yards passing. Despite beating the Ducks in time of possession - 38:31 vs. 21:29 - the Ducks fast paced offense helped make that stat irrelevant.
Anaheim Ducks defeat Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. For the first time this season, the Ducks scored the first goal of the game. Off of a shot by Jeff Carter deflected by Ducks’ goalie Curtis McElhinney to the boards, Corey Perry advanced it to the Flyers’ blue line leaving it behind for a trailing Lubomir Visnovsky that froze all of the defenders. Visnovsky only had Kimmo Timonen and the goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to beat and beat he did as he blasted a cannon from right behind the face-off circles 35 seconds into the game.
McIlhenney had a couple of problems killing the puck which allowed the Flyers to tie the game twice: Scott Hartnell’s goal 4:16 in the first period to tie the game 1-1; Claude Giroux’s goal 13:50 in the second period to tie the game 2-2.
Jason Blake scored his first goal of the season 10:52 in the first period, but Ryan Getzlaf scored the winning goal 18:14 in the third period thanks to Andreas Lilja’s jarring hit on Giroux as he was driving into the Ducks’ zone which allowed Corey Perry to lead the charge.
McIlhenney made 40 shots for the Ducks while Bobrovsky saved 19.