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: