The first five minutes were all Boston. The Ducks were pinned in their own zone and it seemed only a matter of time before either the Bruins scored or the Ducks took a penalty. Luckily it was the latter, with Matt Beleskey going off for high sticking Dougie Hamilton. The power play was more of the same, as the Ducks could really only clear to the neutral zone before Boston turned it right back into the zone. The Bruins only ended up with two shots on the PP, but had nine attempts (per extraskater.com). The Ducks almost scored against the run of play as Beleskey came fresh out of the box, but he rang it off the crossbar. Slightly before the midway point of the period, the Ducks got their first shot on goal, which initiated a quick back and forth exchange of scoring chances, but only for a shift before the period settled down into more neutral zone play. The Ducks still couldn't get anything going however, as the Bruins' D was consistently forcing them to dump the puck in at the blueline and Tuuka Rask was able to act as the third defender, playing the puck a lot. Toward the end of the period the Ducks got a couple of good possession shifts first from the line of Patrick Maroon, Mathieu Perreault and Teemu Selanne with some seriously hard work from Maroon. Then it was the Twins' turn with Beleskey. Both shifts took some time and worked on the Boston D but neither really produced any quality offensive chances. Immediately after that, Brad Marchand found a soft spot on the ice and got a really nice feed from Patrice Bergeron with Hiller seemingly out of the net, but somehow the Swiss goalie got his glove on it. AMAZING SAVE! It was loud in the building, but I'm pretty sure I still heard John Ahlers screaming "RIGHT HANDED ROBBERY!" over the din. And thus the Ducks escaped another poor first period scoreless, despite being outshot 16-3.
Ducks Power (Play) Past Bruins 5-2
Anaheim Calling | Jan 8