Game 18 Recap: Duck Hunt

Okay things were better. Outside of giving up double digit goals I think that would have been true tonight. I didn't think we played that great, we still have a long way to go. A win feels good even thought it needed to be in a shootout. Tonight the Jackets down the Ducks 3-2.

To be honest I'm surprised by the Ducks struggles early this year. Last year down the stretch after the deadline they rebuilt, reloaded and played great hockey. I think the thinning d and the loss of Beauchemin hurts, but I was expecting much better things from Anaheim. Bottom in the Western Conference, I'm shocked honestly.

To open us up tonight it looked like our guys were nervous. No doubt laying another egg in front of the home crowd would rack the nerves. Anaheim knew this, they likely made a point of coming out of the gates on fire. After killing a couple early key penalties we definitely played a better game. The end of the first was very good, everything else was decent.

Welcome back Kristian Huselius the hockey player. He looked very good tonight, back to what we need from him. Easily his best game this season. He holds the puck on a string and creates space for his teammates with the puck. Cashing in on the powerplay and connecting in the shootout was all icing on the cake. A great game from the Juice tonight.

Big props to Mathieu Garon. After your starting goalie gives up 8, you want to stop the bleeding. Considering Mason's somewhat erratic play this year, it is a great feeling to have a capable backup that can play. Garon might be playing for the

I want a Cannon reader to get a nice video capture of the Rick Nash leg lift shootout  winning decoy/near whipeout. A big night from 61 tonight. He quietly is putting together 100 point type of numbers. With good health he will shatter all team records this year.

If anyone has Klesla's injury statistics this year I'd also be interested in looking at those. That has to be at least the 5th trainer visit. He's missed 0 games. 0 periods I think. Rusty needs to take care of himself.

Mancrush of the Night: Mathieu Garon. Outside of one game, he's been stellar this year. It certainly takes the pressure off of Mase.

Whipping Boy tonight needs to be Derick Brassard. We need more out of him, it is that simple. He's the type of player that if he isn't contributing offensively then he isn't contributing. His turnover on the second goal was terrible.  Hitch is pulling his ice time back and it is the right call. We need old Derick back.

We bounce back tonight. We absolutely need this win. The theatrics are good tonight too. It builds some positive, fun.

Jackets fans, we played a decent 60 minutes. Happy? Thoughts? Dissatisfied? Fire Away!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Cannon

You must be a member of The Cannon to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Cannon. You should read them.

Join The Cannon

You must be a member of The Cannon to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Cannon. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker