Western Conference Final
Ducks 6, Oilers 3
Edmonton leads series 3-1
While some in Oilerdom are convinced the hockey gods are angry over a few too many displays of hubris, I have an easier explanation: The Ducks are the angry ones.
I've got a train to catch in the morning, but here are as many quick-hit points from the game as I can make in five minutes or less:
- I'm surprised we haven't yet seen Ryan Getzlaf use his shot from the point like he did on the Ducks' third goal. This kid may only have seven points so far in the playoffs, but he's capable of much, much more.
- Speaking of Getzlaf, he was only one of Anaheim's 'kid parade' that finally showed up here, highlighted by two goals apiece from Western Canadian boys Dustin Penner and Joffrey Lupul. I also thought this was Francois Beauchemin's best game of the series.
- Jason Smith played just 18 minutes last night, the fewest of the series, meaning he's still struggling with the flu-like illness that knocked him out a few days ago. Jaroslav Spacek was -3 and played nearly as many minutes as Chris Pronger, which seems excessive.
- I have no clue what the point of inserting Radek Dvorak into the lineup was.
- Randy Carlyle made a ton of adjustments, and one that worked was giving less icetime to Chris Kunitz. Andy McDonald, who really hasn't been good since the Calgary series, also played sparringly.
- J-S Giguere may really change things around here if he can play anywhere near his peak level. Dwayne Roloson, on the other hand, is looking tired — which is understandable given the 45-shot workload he had. I'm not so sure being outshot every game in a series is a solid gameplan in the playoffs.