The Ducks beat Edmonton last Wednesday to continue onto the Western Conference Finals; The Ducks had less than 48 hours to savor the victory before having to face their next rival, the Nashville Predators.
For this round, all fans in attendance received a Blinky bracelet instead of the t-shirts they handed out the prior rounds. I didn’t get to check out the Lucky Ducky sale because I got caught up in the excitement outside, with the sand castle and bumping into Ducks Power Player, Ally.
The game was scheduled for 6:00 pm on Friday, and most of the fans were not in their seats at puck drop. Many non Californians fail to realize that traffic, especially Friday night traffic, can create havoc for Southern California commuters. To have the game start an hour earlier than normal didn’t help, nor did the Angels game literally across the boulevard didn’t help with traffic. It was an overall “bad night” for the Ducks and a their fans. The first period was a fiasco and the Ducks looked slow. They were outplayed and out shot. The Ducks did manage to score a goal in the 2nd period, and tied in the 3rd, forcing overtime. They failed to pull off a victory, and lost game 1. Click here for the NHL recap of the first game.
Game 2 was held on Mother’s Day at 4:30 pm, and the Ducks really needed to win this game before heading into Nashville. Just like Friday’s game, the fans were tardy and weren’t not in their seats at puck drop. It’s unlikely it was traffic, but perhaps fans spending time with their mothers?
The Ducks started off poorly, and the Predators outshot and outscored the Ducks 2-1 at the end of the 1st period. The Ducks would rally back in the 2nd period, with the Predators briefly tying it 3-3. The Ducks would end up scoring the go-ahead goal with 1:00 left of the 2nd, and then scoring an insurance, empty net goal in the 3rd period to seal the win. For a recap of the 2nd game, click here.
Game 3 continues in Nashville on Tuesday, with the series tied 1-1.