The lesson of Sunday night was that 3-0 leads don't matter. Losing 3-0 leads doesn't matter. Bobby Ryan's penalty shot doesn't matter. Bobby Ryan getting a penalty shot stuffed doesn't matter. You measure this stuffed elevator of a Western Conference race in centimeters gained, seconds saved. Because Saku Koivu won three faceoffs for the Ducks, they had enough time to tie Calgary when he finally didn't win one. Because Ryan Getzlaf won a faceoff in overtime and kicked the puck over to the waiting Toni Lydman, the Ducks were able to beat Calgary, 5-4, in overtime. Four seconds after the penalty shot, Lydman shot and Corey Perry scored, unbeknownst to him, since he was being hauled down by the Flames' Robyn Regehr. "You fight for every inch of ice in a game like this," said Perry, author of both overtime winners this weekend and 39 goals overall, second in the NHL, as the Ducks thus earned the right to jump back into the jungle Wednesday at Dallas. Games like this, times like this, aren't beyond description. They're above description. They are better sensed than explained, especially when the comatose Flames replaced goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with Henrik Karlsson after six minutes and three goals, and methodically took over the game.
Koivu's faceoffs key to Ducks victory
Orange County Register | Mar 21