Flukiest 5-goal game ever; playoff standings update.

In my second-half-of-the-season preview, I wrote that it’s easier to divide this season into three parts:

1. “Ducks 1.0”: pre-Scott Niedermayer, pre-Doug Weight.
2. “Ducks 2.0”: post-Niedermayer/Weight, pre-Teemu Selanne.
3. “Ducks 3.0”: post-Selanne.

The team that beat the Blues on Saturday with (somehow) five goals played like Ducks 1.0. It was ugly. The Blues are uglier.

Ryan Getzlaf missed about 3 empty nets when the game was close before finally, with the Ducks up 4-2 and the net “statistically empty” as Manny Legace headed to the bench, Getzlaf scored. I loved the irony, but it was subtle and easy to miss.

The WC playoff standings:

1. DETROIT: 47-17-6; 100 points; 120 possible points; 10 games left (5 at home)
2. SAN JOSE: 42-21-8; 92 points; 111 possible points; 11 games left (6 at home)
3. MINNESOTA: 38-26-8; 84 points; 104 possible points; 10 games left (5 at home)
4. DUCKS: 41-25-8; 90 points; 106 possible points; 8 games left (4 at home)
5. DALLAS: 42-27-5; 89 points; 105 possible points; 8 games left (4 at home)
6. COLORADO: 39-28-6; 84 points; 102 possible points; 9 games left (4 at home)

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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