Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Kings/Ducks: Anaheim takes another two-goal lead
By Dan Arritt
After the 1st period:
Ducks 2, Kings 0
The good: Some nice stretches of non-stop action in the opening period as both sides keep a brisk back-and-forth pace. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau juggled his top two lines and got results from both. Anaheim claimed a 1-0 lead on a mistake by Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who went behind the net to retrieve the puck then inexplicably passed it to Ducks forward Teemu Selanne. He didn’t waste any time getting it over to Bobby Ryan who had a better angle to beat the scrambling Quick and he did. Later in the period, Ryan Getzlaf won a battle along the boards with Kings forward Colin Fraser, skated out of the corner and spotted Corey Perry down low. Getzlaf put the pass right on Perry’s stick and he potted his team-high 12th goal of the season with 2:23 left in the period. Matt Beleskey, who replaced Ryan on the top line, had an assist on the play, the third straight game he has produced a helper.
The bad: Quick’s biggest weaknesses reared his head against. He made a number of similar mistakes behind the net last season but none were as glaring as his first-period turnover. Mistakes like those tend to stick in his mind and, sure enough, he gave up another goal about 10 minutes later. He has five saves on seven shots on goal. Not a good start. While on the subject of bad starts, the Kings highest-paid player, defenseman Drew Doughty, had three giveaways in the period and stands at a minus-1.
The in between: Back in the lineup for the Ducks is forward George Parros. He missed 13 games after undergoing surgery for a torn retina in his eye. It will be interesting to see if he drops the gloves with fellow heavyweight Kevin Westgarth of the Kings. They aren’t afraid to throw their bodies around so far, registering three hits each … The Ducks have blown two-goal leads in the first two games since Boudreau replaced Randy Carlyle as coach last week. Will the Ducks finally cloe the deal?