The announced attendance was just over 9,000, and you know they don't all show up. Then again, even if it weren't Phoenix, there would not be much reason to show up to watch the Anaheim Ducks play hockey. Unless you are the opposing team.
With a 4-2 defeat to add to the growing list of losses, you can bet that every single team has Anaheim circled on their calendar. Who wouldn't?
At least in Wednesday's game the Ducks scored first, something they have not been able to accomplish in quite a while. But it still meant nothing in the overall scheme of things.
Saku Koivu's goal at 5:44 of the first period almost gave Ducks fans a glimmer of hope and something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.
No such luck.
The Coyotes tied up the game thanks to a goal from Keith Yandle at 13:13, his second of the year, both of them coming against the Ducks. Radim Vrbata gave the Coyotes the lead at 16:50 with a power play goal, thanks to a dumb penalty from Luca Sbisa.
Vrbata's second goal came late in the second period, a breakaway at 17:31. 3-1 Coyotes. Well. You knew where this one was headed after that.
Phoenix made it 4-1 with a goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson at 4:27 of the third period. The puck ping ponged just about every single player in front of the net before going in behind Jonas Hiller.
Corey Perry made good on his second breakaway of the game at 13:03, but that was as close as the Ducks came.
What more can be said that has not already been said?
Teemu Selanne, after a morning practice back at the Honda Center, was his usual glass is half full self.
“You know, nobody died,” said Selanne. “We still have to realize how lucky we are. We have to use the passion and fun to (fix) this problem right now. There’s no other way. You can’t just cry and cry and cry. You just have to find a way to do this together.”
Would that it were that easy!The only teams worse than the Ducks in the NHL are the New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets. If they can piece together a couple of wins, they'll also put Anaheim behind them and having the first overall draft pick in June looks better and better.
How appropriate that on this Thanksgiving, the Anaheim Ducks are one big turkey.