The nightmare season continues for the Anaheim Ducks
This Sunday will be one week until the Anaheim Ducks raise Scott Niedermayer's jersey to the Honda Center rafters. That night is sure to be filled with emotion and fond memories of the team's one and only Stanley Cup championship.
Unfortunately, the Ducks' current struggles will cast a dark cloud over the event, because that night will also mark exactly two months since the free-fall began.
With great pain, I type these words one more time.... the Anaheim Ducks lost...again.
Anaheim, playing without John Gibson, dropped the final game of the road trip in Philadelphia by a scored of 6-2. They've lost 12 of 13 games away from Anaheim.
The Flyers, who are the exact opposite of the Ducks right now, won for the ninth time in ten games (9-0-1).
Chad Johnson started in place of the injured Gibson, but failed to survive beyond the first period. He was replaced by Kevin Boyle after aloowing four goals on 14 shots in the first period.
Sean Couturier (1g 2a), Nolan Patrick, Phil Varone (1g 1a), Michael Raffl (1g 1a) and Travis Konecny (1g 1a) all scored for the streaking Flyers.
Nick Ritchie and Adam Herique scored consolation goals and Boyle, making his NHL debut, made 24 saves to help slow the bleeding.
Anaheim's lost seven straight overall and have a mere two wins in its past 21 games (2-15-4).
Never have I been witness to such acts of futility. This is the most boring and lifeless hockey I've every had the displeasure of suffering through. With each blog I write, I think it can't get any worse, until the Ducks take the ice and its even more pathetic than before.
Throughout this latest 7-game skid, the Ducks have been horrific. They've been outscored 34 to 8! They've allowed four or more goals in six of the seven games and their starting goalie has been pulled in five of seven. And I'm pretty sure a defenseman hasn't scored a goal in more than 20 games.
R.I.P. 2018-19 Anaheim Ducks.
Ryan Getzlaf just became the franchise leader in games played (967), and even he looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on the ice with that group - despite his two-point game (2a).
My kids use the term "cringy" for everything embarrassing or uncomfortable to watch - that word perfectly sums up Ducks hockey over these last two months.
At least Silver Week is coming up to distract us from the train wreck on the ice. Amirite?
Thanks for reading,