One game down, two to go. Clearly the Ducks will need to do better than their first effort that ended up in a 5-4 loss in shootout to the Phoenix Coyotes.
You would think a hat trick from Andrew Cogliano would have propelled the team forward to another win, but no such luck. Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith had a lot to do with the Phoenix win, as well. Smith stopped 31 shots including all three Anaheim shots in the shootout.
Cogliano caught Smith just :21 seconds into the game to make it 1-0. A power play saw Anaheim spend the entire two minutes in the Coyotes zone. They garnered eight shots on goal, but Smith refused to yield.
The momentum from that penalty kill carried over and Phoenix tied up the game at 10:30. Matthew Lombardi was the beneficiary of a weird bounce off the boards. The puck went straight to his stick and then he put it behind Viktor Fasth.
For a long time neither side looked like they were going to budge or give up any goals. Then that c...