The Dallas Stars lost badly to the Los Angeles Kings, and then had to play down in Orange County against the Anaheim Ducks the next night.
Jack Campbell made his NHL debut against the Ducks, and the defense allowed him face 47 shots on goal, including 23 in the second period alone. The poor guy surrendered six goals in his NHL debut. I never thought I would utter the sentence, “Our goalie gave up six goals and played well” until that game happened.
I made a Twitter bet with one of my friends, a Ducks fan, over this game. The bet was if the Stars won, she would have to make Vernon Fiddler her avatar and tweet the score of the game in every tweet she sends for an entire week. If I lost, I would have to make Corey Perry my avatar and tweet the score of the game in every tweet I send for a week.
Let’s find out why I had to make Corey Perry my avatar and write “#ANA6DAL3” for the week of October 20-27.
Teemu Selanne’s Power Play Goal
Talk about hanging a goaltender out to dry. If there’s anything Jack Campbell can tell his kids in the future, it’s that the first goal he surrendered in the NHL was to a Hall-of-Famer in Teemu Selanne.
SELANNE IS WIDE OPEN.
PAGING JAMIE BENN AND TREVOR DALEY. WHY IS NOBODY COVERING SELANNE? HELLO?
THE PASSING LANE BETWEEN RYAN GETZLAF AND SELANNE IS CLEAR.
WHY IS NOBODY COVERING SELANNE?
Neither Rich Peverley nor Jordie Benn cut off Getzlaf’s no-look pass.
Getzlaf’s pass makes it all the way to a WIDE-OPEN SELANNE IN THE SLOT.
Instead of immediately shooting the puck, he waits for Campbell to give him room to shoot. Campbell is deep in his net and gets down in the butterfly, so Selanne has a ton of space to shoot in.
Campbell is 6’3″. He should not be making himself this small in his net. While most of the blame goes to the penalty killers for hanging Campbell out to dry, Campbell’s not free from blame, either. 1-0 Ducks.
Ryan Garbutt’s 2-on-1 Goal
Antoine Roussel starts this play, and Ryan Garbutt takes care of the rest. What a shot by Garbutt to tie the game.
Roussel starts the play by knocking Teemu Selanne off the puck in the high slot.
Garbutt picks up the loose puck and carries it to the point.
Garbutt then chips it off the boards past Sami Vatanen, and begins the 2-on-1.
Mathieu Perreault is the closest Duck backchecker to try and stop the rush, but even then, Garbutt is ahead of him by two steps.
Bryan Allen dives to take away the pass, forcing Garbutt to shoot.
Garbutt does not have much room to shoot in on the short side, but a ton on the far side.
Jonas Hiller expects a low glove-side shot, but Garbutt surprises him and paints the corner above the glove, tying the game 1-1.
Brenden Dillon’s Point Shot
Congratulations, Valeri Nichushkin, on your first NHL point. This is definitely a goal that Hiller would like to have back.
Here, Nick Bonino pursues Nichushkin in the corner. Four Ducks are converged toward the corner, and Brenden Dillon is all alone at the point.
Nichushkin sends Dillon the puck, and Dillon winds up for a one-timer.
Kyle Palmieri attempts to block the shot from above the left faceoff circle, but fails.
Dillon shoots around Palmieri, and the puck deflects into the net off Francois Beauchemin‘s left skate. 2-1 Stars.
Shawn Horcoff’s Crazy Goal
So far, this is the craziest goal the Stars have scored this season. Shawn Horcoff will get credit for being in the right place at the right time.
(Sidenote, holy crap they scored a power play goal!)
Tyler Seguin feeds to Sergei Gonchar at the left point right before Nick Bonino gets his stick in the way to deflect the pass.
Gonchar one-times a pass over to Jamie Benn at the right circle, and Saku Koivu barely misses cutting it off.
Here, Koivu has his stick in the passing lane between Gonchar and Benn. Bonino and Cam Fowler have the passing lane between Benn and Seguin covered, although a really nice saucer pass to Seguin would set him up perfectly for a one-timer. Too risky, though.
What is available is a lane between Benn and Erik Cole in the slot.
Benn sends the puck Cole’s direction, and this begins a really fluky sequence.
Cole deflects the puck, and actually sends it wide of the net. However, Horcoff is in the puck’s path, and scores a goal similar to how I scored my only hockey goal.
The puck bounces in off Horcoff’s left knee. 3-1 Stars.
(Sidenote, I scored my only goal after the defenseman threw the puck at the net and it bounced off my skate over the goalie’s pad. It was the game-winner in a 9-2 game.)
Given how the first period went, it seemed like this game was going to be in Dallas’ favor, since they were getting all the bounces.
Hockey is a 60-minute game, and the Stars found out the hard way.
SECOND PERIOD…OF DEATH
Bruce Boudreau pulled Jonas Hiller in favor of Frederik Andersen to start the second period. This was Andersen’s NHL debut, and the Ducks got Boudreau’s message and rampaged the Stars, especially Jack Campbell.
Corey Perry’s First Goal
Fifty-four seconds into the second period, the Ducks cut the lead to 3-2 on a nifty deflection by Corey Perry, everybody’s favorite player. Hate him all you want, and Stars fans emphatically do, but Perry’s also a great hockey player.
Everybody is focused on Ryan Getzlaf bringing the puck into the zone. Nobody is paying attention to Perry standing on the blue line.
As Getzlaf carries it all the way to the corner, Perry heads to the net. Cam Fowler is in the slot, but the Stars have the passing lane between Fowler and Getzlaf covered.
Getzlaf stops on a dime and pivots away from Alex Goligoski.
The Stars are still focused on Getzlaf, and have no idea Perry is charging hard to the net.
Getzlaf sends the puck toward the slot, knowing exactly where Perry is going.
Benn does not cut off the pass, and Perry redirects the puck past Campbell’s glove.
Campbell is too deep in his net. It’s a beautiful deflection by Perry, but Campbell once again made himself really small in his net.
Corey Perry’s Second Goal…That Probably Should be Cam Fowler’s
Well, there’s not much to break down here. A point shot by Cam Fowler, the Stars passed on to draft Jack Campbell, beats Campbell glove side and ties the game.
The only question is, did Perry deflect it?
Fowler’s shot may have gone in off Perry’s back. It’s hard to definitely determine that from this angle, though. The arena gave Perry the goal, and it’s hard to overturn that and give it to Fowler.
So, officially, Fowler has not scored on Campbell.
Emerson Etem’s Shorthanded Goal
WHY DO THE DUCKS HAVE A 2-ON-1 SHORTHANDED? THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN.
Sergei Gonchar forces Emerson Etem‘s shot, which goes wide, and the puck goes around the net to the other side of the rink.
Bryan Allen pinches to keep the puck in the Stars’ zone, and rings it around the boards.
All five Stars are on one side of the ice. Gonchar does not realize this, and does not completely stop the puck going around the boards with his stick. He is expecting a teammate behind him to pick up the puck and carry it out of the zone.
This is a massive breakdown in communication. The puck is loose behind the net and nobody is there to pick it up, Andrew Cogliano charges right for it.
Cogliano gets to the puck way before Gonchar realizes his mistake. Etem heads toward the slot.
Etem hits the brakes as Cogliano picks up the puck.
Then the Stars completely blow the coverage. Three Stars go toward Cogliano, and nobody realizes Etem is heading to the net. While Tyler Seguin is close enough to possibly break up the play, he gets caught watching the puck like the rest of his teammates.
Cogliano’s pass gets through to Etem, and Seguin does not get there in time to break up the play.
Jack Campbell, once again, makes the mistake of making himself really small in his net. There is a ton of space above him.
For the fourth time in the game, the Ducks beat Campbell high on his glove side.
Oh, and this was a shorthanded goal, to add insult to injury. 4-3 Ducks late in the second period.
The Stars allowed the Ducks to shoot at Campbell 23 times, which is completely inexcusable. The poor guy is making his NHL debut, and the defense lets him down.
Also, Ryan Garbutt caught Dustin Penner with a high hit. Penner left the game with a concussion, and Garbutt received a five-game suspension.
Ryan Getzlaf’s 3-on-2 Dagger
The Stars had generated great chances against Frederik Anderson in the beginning of the third period, and then this happened. Valeri Nichushkin’s frustration at the end said it all.
The Ducks’ rush starts when Alex Goligoski fails to keep the zone. Trevor Daley is the only defenseman back for the Stars, and Nichushkin is the forward backchecking on the play.
Kyle Palmieri races Daley to the puck near the red line.
Near the blue line, Daley gets turned around, and Palmieri fights him off the puck as he carries it into the Stars’ zone.
Nichushkin does not have great positioning on this play, which is what happens when there is a rookie winger trying to cover up for another defenseman’s mistake.
Perry comes into the zone, and Palmieri feeds him the puck.
Meanwhile, NOBODY IS COVERING GETZLAF AT THE POINT.
Nichushkin goes for the pokecheck on Perry, but Perry gets rid of the puck before that happens.
Look who’s still wide open: GETZLAF.
Campbell is a sitting duck. Getzlaf is an elite player in this league, and he will not miss too frequently from that spot.
The Stars had horrible defensive coverage all night. This play is no exception. Campbell got a piece of Getzlaf’s shot, but it beat him blocker-side. 5-3 Ducks.
Mathieu Perreault’s Insult-to-Injury DeflectionMan, I’m so done with this game.
From the right wing half wall, Ben Lovejoy throws the puck around the boards.
Cam Fowler immediately one-times a pass to Emerson Etem covering the point for Lovejoy.
Hey look, the Stars have bad defensive positioning again.
Ray Whitney attempts to block Etem’s shot. He does not succeed.
Surely, one of the two Stars near Perreault will prevent him from redirecting the puck on net, right?
Nope! Perreault redirects the puck past Campbell’s blocker side. 6-3 game.
Jack Campbell faced 47 shots on goal. Forty-seven. Jack deserved much better than that.
When all was said and done, the Stars lost to the Ducks. I lost a bet with my friend, and had to make Corey Perry my avatar and write “#ANA6DAL3” in every tweet I composed. I tweet a lot. People who follow me know this very well. This was a royal pain, but I honored the bet.
This game sucked.