With two early goals conceded Wednesday against Nashville and several less-than-stellar starts defining their early season inconsistencies, Anaheim Head Coach Randy Carlyle's message was loud and clear.
"The starts that we've had, and particularly the last game, the first two shots on goal went in the net. That's not a way to start a hockey game. So we don't want to duplicate that, that's for sure," Carlyle said after Friday's morning skate.
So, of course, less than two minutes into Friday's game against Vancouver, there was Canucks forward Cody Hodgson, streaking through the Anaheim zone on a breakaway, going forehand, then backhand, then jamming the puck right into the outstretched pad of Jonas Hiller for perhaps the most important of his 38 saves in Friday's 4-3 Ducks win.
"I thought it was important to get off the right way," Hiller said. "We got scored on way too often first. I thought it was a bobbled puck, and I saw ...