For most of Tuesday night, Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller looked like he would be able to complete a two-point heist at Verizon Center agains the Capitals. His team was getting dominated and the Caps were controlling the action, yet Hiller was there to make 35 saves.
But of the five he didn’t make, at least a couple did not make Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle happy.
“He’s paid to stop the puck,” Carlyle said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Carlyle said Hiller should have played the puck on a long shot down the ice from Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun. Instead, Hiller misplayed it with Joel Ward coming in quick on the forecheck. Seconds later, despite the best efforts of defenseman Sheldon Brookbank getting in the way, Dennis Wideman took a rebound and deposited it into an almost empty net.
“At the end it’s a game of inches and they’re not on my side right now,” said Hiller, who was not too pleased with his defensemen on that goal. “I thought one of our guys was coming back. I was a little surprised nobody was coming.”
Teemu Selanne was almost a one-man offense for the Ducks against the Caps, scoring twice and assisting on his team’s other two goals.
“He’s done his part,” Carlyle said.
Now, the Ducks need others to contribute as they finish off their seven-game road trip at the Rangers and then the Red Wings.
Selanne has 21 goals and 18 assists in 24 games against the Caps.