* The Ducks have like, 1,000 good goaltenders, which hardly seems fair. Frederik Anderson stopped 32 of 33 Rangers shots last night for a .970 save percentage. He’s now 4-0 for the Ducks on the season.
* Michael Frolik had a goal and an assist for the Jets.
* Kyle Palmieri is a New Yorker, and was said to have over 30 friends and family members at the game at Madison Square Garden yesterday. He scored the game winner for the Ducks, so that’s a nice little story.
* Zach Bogosian and Blake Wheeler both had six shot nights. Dustin Penner matched that total in the night’s other game
McDonagh two-timed Corey Perry
Maybe that phrasing is wrong.
Ryan McDonagh got the chance to put a lickin’ on Corey Perry and took it, launching the majority of Perry into the Rangers’ bench. Roughly eight seconds later, he did the exact same thing. I’m guess there were a lot of players around the league happy to see this happen.
If you’d prefer the full video, here ya go:
Bringing the heat
Danny Dekeyser scored his first NHL goal on an absolute bomb of a shot – short-handed marker too. You can check that out below, but first enjoy this amazing picture the Wings tweeted out:
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 5, 2013
Bryan Little scored a breakaway goal on Jimmy Howard for the Jets, and found himself just open enough in the slot to get a one-timer off. Jimmy says NO SOUP FOR YOU, to mix my Seinfeld-isms.
Your game winner
Matt Halischuk was parked in front for long enough for his teammates to finally get him the puck, and he buried what became the game winner. The Jets needed that win to stop the bleeding.
I realize this isn’t going to blow anyone’s doors off, but man, the Anaheim Ducks are beyond competitive – this is a team contending for the Stanley Cup. As Cory Pronman tweeted out earlier…
Ducks are very good, have had 9 players 24 or under play this year, key F’s locked up, and have several top-end prospects in pipeline.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) November 5, 2013
Their depth is pretty bonkers. Guys like Palmieri and Bonino have developed nicely for them. Mathieu Perrault (13 points in 15 games) and Dustin Penner (seven points in nine games) were nice add-ons. Jacob Silfverberg and Emerson Etem are good young players that have made strides. Selanne still gets points. Perry and Getzlaf are next-level guys. Their goaltending’s insane. Lindholm’s off to a good start as a rookie d-man, and Beachemin and Fowler are above average guys.
The Ducks now have more points than any other team in the NHL, and that’s at the end of an eight-game road trip that saw them finish 5-2-1. They’re 7-3-1 on the road overall after 11 games away from the pond, where they’re a perfect 5-0-0. This isn’t a case like last year where I looked at their roster and said “I dunno, I don’t get it.” They’re not that different a group, fine, there just seems to be more legitimate depth which comes largely from their success in using the AHL to develop their prospects.
Their division is an absolute war-zone with San Jose, Vancouver, Phoenix and Los Angeles (also the Alberta teams, but, meh), but this is a team with a legit chance at winning it.
* This is a thing that exists:
— Randy Hahn (@sharkvoice) November 5, 2013
Chainmail! Have to wonder if this guy heard the Sharks were getting new uni’s and was like…
* The Canes Ryan Murphy received a fine for “clipping” on this hit on Derek Dorsett. It’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it.
* Later today I’m weighing in on Ray Emery, Braden Holtby, and the idea of suspending goalies who leave the zone to fight. Actually, that’s the exact title of the post. STAY TUNED. Somewhat related to that was the rest of the Flyers/Capitals brawl, which prompted this screed from Krys Barch. It’s a man’s game, etc, etc. You get the idea.
* Wives and girlfriends of the Montreal Canadiens took Sharpies to pics of their hubs/boyfriends and drew on what they imagine their husbands picture as their perfect mustache (it’s Movember, ja know?). I think I have that right. Here are those pictures.
* “The Sports Pope” weighed in on with some in-depth analysis of the Ducks/Rangers game yesterday. Very insightful!