Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What Super Bowl?

Yes, I watched it. I thought it was a great game. But, now it's time to move on.

Hockey is back at the top of my list now. And Ducks vs Kings resembles a kind of Super Bowl:
Corey Perry and the Anaheim Ducks saw little reason to celebrate after ending the Los Angeles Kings ' franchise-record winning streak while maintaining a remarkable home streak of their own.

After all, this win was only redemption for all those mistakes in last week's loss to the Kings - and it ended with Ryan Getzlaf hobbling home on crutches.

Perry had a goal and two assists, and the Ducks snapped the Kings' nine-game streak with a 4-2 victory in the latest Freeway Faceoff on Monday night.

The last-place Ducks tied their franchise record with their 10th straight home win, but Getzlaf's sprained left ankle sapped any joy from the dressing room. Moments after scoring during Anaheim's three-goal second period, the Canadian Olympian skated sluggishly to the bench and didn't return.

''When you have everyone going and then lose a guy, it's tough,'' said Perry, a fellow Olympian. ''I mean, you can't really replace a guy like that because he's got tremendous skill and he's a big body and he's a great player. So it's hard to replace him, but there's guys who can step up and fill his role.''

Jonas Hiller made 35 saves, while Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu had a goal and an assist apiece for the Ducks, who have won 12 of 17 overall despite last Thursday's 6-4 loss at Staples Center - but any extended absence by their top playmaking center could be brutal. Though X-rays revealed no broken bones, Getzlaf will be re-evaluated with an MRI on Tuesday.

I don't know what happened to the Ducks, but the resurgence of the Los Angeles Kings is making the Western Conference an interesting place to play these days. Will the Kings make the playoffs? They have a much better chance than the Ducks, that's for sure.

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