Classic road hockey turned into pond hockey in the third period, and the
Two, two teams in one
The duality of the Ducks was never more on display than Tuesday night at the
You could envision those highlights being shown at a coaching seminar.
Then there was that bothersome matter of the third period.
Perfect hockey turned into flawed hockey. Captain Ryan Getzlaf’s line was on for all three Flames goals and the defensive pair of
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau afterward said he could not understand how a team could be so good and so bad in the same game.
Bruce, you have plenty of company.
They must really love the dry scrape
Enjoy it while it lasts.
The dry scrape is being put into dry dock. On Tuesday, the
The Ducks must be seeing zambonis in their dreams.
They are on a startling run of not finishing games in regulation.
Three of their last four games have gone to either overtime or a shootout, the exception being Sunday's 6-2 loss to Florida. They beat the Kings in a shootout on Wednesday and lost to the Kings in overtime on Saturday afternoon, and then there was Tuesday's defeat in the shootout against the Flames.
An even longer sample study: The Ducks have gone to overtime or a shootout in seven of their last nine games.
As of Saturday, the dry scrape is history. The general managers called it a "buzz kill."
You just might see it one more time with the Ducks on Thursday. In fact, the way the Ducks are going, it would be a far bigger surprise if the game did not go to overtime or a shootout.
Speed bump gets bigger for
Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen was reflective, even philosophical, earlier on Tuesday as he talked about his required mental approach now that he's the Ducks' No. 1 goalie.
He didn't have much work for the first 40 minutes, facing a mere seven shots. The 10th shot got past him and so did the 13th and 14th shots by the Flames.
Now Anaheim is hardly the first team to falter against the Flames in the third period. Calgary has outscored its opponents, 27-12, in the third period.
Andersen acknowledged earlier that he has been focusing more on getting the win, rather than the save at hand.
"I've got to be in 'the now' right away," he said on Tuesday after the morning skate.
Call him Zen Freddie.