LAst Night's Action: Ducks Come Out Black and Blue
St. Louis Blues defeat Anaheim Ducks 5-1. Wow. Just wow. Ducks were outshot by the Blues 53-14. Goalie Jonas Hiller was pulled in the final five minutes of the second period after facing 34 shots. There were a total of 37 penalties for 147 penalty minutes. Two game misconducts, four 10-minute misconducts, countless fighting and roughing penalties. But let’s point out the positive: the Ducks surrendered only one goal in 11 power-play opportunities by the Blues. The bad: everything else. Eight shots after two periods, forcing their goalies to have to stand on their heads to give the team a chance to win.
The Blues broke an almost-43 year record with David Backes (3:53) and Andy McDonald (3:59) scoring six seconds apart in the first period. The previous record of seven seconds was held by Don McKenney and Frank St. Marseille on January 24, 1968 in a game against the Minnesota North Stars (now Dallas Stars.)
The lone goal for the Ducks was scored by Saku Koivu on a power-play 6:08 in the second period after a horrible turnover by Backes in the Blues’ zone. That got the score 3-1 momentarily neutralizing a short-handed goal by BJ Crombeen (5:10) earlier in that power-play following a bad turnover by the Ducks in their zone.
But the fighting. Oh the fighting! Here’s a nice compilation of the scuffles:
Kings Home Opener. The Kings celebrate their “Opening Week” starting with Tuesday night’s home opener against the Atlanta Thrashers. Things kick off when the players arrive at STAPLES Center walking down the purple carpet and greeting fans from 4 - 5 p.m. at the southwest VIP entrance. Then Opening Night FanFest takes place from 5 - 7:30 p.m. in the front plaza where members of the Kings Alumni Association and the Kings Ice Crew will be featured along with music and a beer garden.
After the players warm up on the ice at 7 p.m. the player introductions begin at 7:20 p.m. complete with a new laser show and Slash playing the National Anthem.
Wisniewski’s Low Blow. Former Duck and current New York Islander alternate captain James Wisniewski got into a disagreement with New York Ranger and former King Sean Avery. Here it is.
I’ve been watching this all day long and it still hasn’t gotten any less funny.
Atlanta Thrashers (2 pts., 1-1-0) at LA Kings (2 pts., 1-1-0). 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.