Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Game 1: Ducks at Sharks 10.9.08

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Ducks Lose 4 - 1

Period 1: 0 - 0
Period 2: 0 - 2
Period 3: 1 - 4

Let's get this season started on the right foot!
Scott Niedermayer was named Captain. Pronger and Getzlaf will sport the "A"s.


Looks like we started off the season on the left foot...that isn't the way the Ducks wanted to start the season is it? Good thing it was only the first game of eighty-two! They HAVE to stay out of that damn penalty box, they have to show up for the full 60 not the last 10. It's only the first game so I wont be too hard on them. For the record, the Ducks usually seem to have a hard time opening the season with a win, they're just holding up that stat.

"I don't know if there's anything close to a perfect game, but it was a nice feeling when the buzzer went," McLellan said. "Throughout camp, we never had a chance to play our full team (because of injuries), but some of the principles we stressed during camp were showing up out there on the ice, and that's great to see."

"You look how talented and fast our forwards are, and our job is to get the puck in their hands and then follow the play," said Blake, who's in his 19th NHL season. "(Anaheim) got a little behind by taking some penalties, and it throws you off your rhythm when that happens."

"They came at us and worked the power play after the first goal," Scott Niedermayer said. "Both teams were playing tight until then. You're not going to win many hockey games when you give the puck away. We should be able to deal with a bad play and stay with our game plan, but we got away from that."

"We like to play on the edge, and I love that we play that way," Giguere said. "At the same time, we need to keep our mouths shut and stop yapping at the officials. They're not all bad calls. We have to take it upon ourselves to be more disciplined."

“I felt the way we started the game was great,” Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. “We had a good first period. When they stepped it up a notch, it almost surprised us. We should have known better, being a veteran team. That’s not something that should have surprised us.”

“It takes three periods to complete a hockey game,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We weren’t very good after the first period, for whatever reason. We started turning the puck over. We must have turned the puck over close to 10 times in the first five minutes of the second period. It seemed like they got another gear going, and we stood around and watched. Then they came at us in waves, and we started to take penalties.”

“It was a giveaway,” [Scott] Niedermayer said. “It wasn’t a strong play. You know, a couple of those – they took advantage of that one. After that, we seemed to revert to a lot of our bad habits.”

“It’s the first game of the year – what are you going to do?” Carlyle said. “We’re going to go back to work. We’re going to analyze what we did, accept the responsibility for it and prepare for the next one.”

“I’ve only been here a week, but we had a lot of (exhibition) games,” Klee said. “There was a lot of learning for me. I feel good. It’s the start of another NHL season. I’m real excited about that. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s your 14th year, your first year, your fifth year – it’s just cool.”

“I’ve been excited since we started, since I got here, since I even got to Orange County a month and a half ago,” Montador said.

“We look at it that we have interchangeable parts,” Carlyle said.

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