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Ducks slam Sens on Throwback Night

Oct 13, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks’ 4-1 Throwback Night win against the Ottawa Senators was so close to perfect, that it’s actually worth noting the things that didn’t happen:

Overall, though, it was a great night for fans of a team that (eventually/maybe) transcended jokes involving a movie featuring one of the eventual stars of “Dawson’s Creek.”*

The Ducks fired a ridiculous 24 shots on net in the first period, an almost-as-absurd 21 in the second and 11 more in the third. Corey Perry scored two goals while Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist. Jonas Hiller was sharp by making 30 out of 31 saves, but really impressed by wearing the mask featured in the video below:

The game also featured the inaugural team taking part in the ceremonial puck drop, which may or may not represent the largest gathering of people to do so:

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So, full marks to the Ducks. Although, if you ask Hiller, they should at least look like this every night, as he told Kyle Shohara of the team’s Web site.

“If it’s up to me, we could play the whole season like that,” Hiller said.

There are probably at least a few fans who would agree.

* – Should we pretend this wasn’t widely known?

  1. earpaniac - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    It seems like Kariya would be in his mid 40’s by now. That makes it sadder when you realize just how young he was.

  2. Windmiller4 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Hillers mask sucks, he could’ve done so much more with it. They should bring back those retro mighty ducks jerseys as the thirds, they’re way too cool to only wear once this season

    • esracerx46 - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Wouldn’t say it sucks. But his throwback style mask from a few years ago was better. Hope they do bring these jerseys back in some capacity

  3. km9000 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    The team may have been able to move beyond jokes about the Disney moves, but apparently this article wasn’t able to do the same.

  4. esracerx46 - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    In O’briens earlier article on the jerseys he called them “disney inspired duds.” Is it just Hillers mask that he likes? Or did he make a complete 180 when he saw all the comments liking the throwbacks so much more than the current ones

  5. tcclark - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I still don’t understand why people would joke about the Mighty Ducks movies. They helped hockey gain popularity in the United States and was really a brilliant marketing play by Disney. I know when I was younger, when I wasn’t rooting for my team, I rooted for the Ducks BECAUSE of those movies… well 70% the movie, 30% because the Selanne-Kariya combo was insanely good. The team gained a number of fans because of those films and hockey in Aneheim may not have worked without them.

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