Surviving a Duck Attack

Surviving a duck attack shouldn't be too hard, especially because they have no teeth. But like Gordon Bombay said, it's because they lost them in a fight and they're tough.

The Anaheim Ducks sure showed some grit last night, going toe to toe with the Detroit Red Wings, the number one team in the league. Although they lost 2-1 in a shootout, they showed some spark for a team out of the playoff picture.

The Red Wings extended their home winning streak to 19 straight games on shootout goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi, offsetting Teemu Selanne's marker for the win.

Anaheim outshot the Wings throughout the game and had a goal disallowed because of goaltender interference, in a game which was ironically Tomas Holmstrom's 1000th. Nicklas Lidstrom also tied Alex Delvecchio's franchise mark of games played for second all time. Delvecchio was in the building to take in the game.

Of all people, George Parros opened the scoring with about three minutes to go in the first. Justin Abdelkader would respond by tipping in Jakub Kindl's point shot only a minute later to tie the game at 1-1.

Here's a new thing I'm trying for all my recaps. It's called "Ways Ericsson Sucked"


1. Amazing giveaway on Parros goal - Ian White got stuck on the ice with big Ericsson and for some reason gave the puck to him. Ericsson then decided he was going to rim the puck around to nobody. Johan Franzen was close, but would have had to contort his body into a pretzel to get the puck. Rod Pelley fired it on net and Parros scored. Good on you, Johnny.

2. Should have been minus two - Ericsson had a beautiful cough up to the Ducks and the puck ended up in the net when Niklas Hagman found the cage wide open. Only because George Parros took a goaltender interference penalty on the play. You got lucky, Johnny.

3. Everyone in the building fidgets nervously when he's on - People at the game were actually nervous when 52 was on the ice. The fingers crossed, hands in the praying position, the fidgety feet/ants in your pants moment.

4. Made his Fathead Giveaway seem like a joke - I asked the people handing out the fatheads if anyone actually wanted them. When they replied, "I don't see why they would," that's not a good thing.

The greatest thing that happened from the game was Ericsson being shown on the big screen sitting at the end of the bench by himself. I almost stood up and clapped.

All in all, the Wings probably didn't deserve to win that game. Sure, Lidstrom hit the crossbar twice, but the Ducks disallowed goal was a weak call and they also had another close call on the goal line. 

Joey MacDonald, however, was spectacular. He outdueled Jonas Hiller for his second win of the year. His goals against average is 1.57 - way better than Ty Conklin's four goals plus average. With Detroit stating they won't trade for a goalie, it looks like Mac will be in the cage until Howard gets better and will back him up in the playoffs. And Ty Conklin will sit in the stands where he belongs.

He made some huge stops in the shootout, and also in overtime, especially on a Cam Fowler breakaway on a powerplay.

The Wings take on the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow night at the Joe, looking to tie the record for most consecutive home victories, which is ironically held by the Flyers (also the Boston Bruins).

The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition


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Kyle Busch