Well, so much for an Ultimate Freeway Faceoff.
So much for the ultimate all-SoCal showdown.
And so much for the historic occasion of two Los Angeles area teams meeting each other in the post-season for the first time ever as despite 30 wins, 66 points, and a number two seed in the Western Conference, it all means nothing as the 7th seeded Detroit Red Wings ended the Anaheim Ducks’ season with their 3-2 win at the Honda Center on Sunday night.
It wasn’t as if the Ducks blew it or completely tanked either, as the Red Wings were simply a little bit better.
The numerous Red Wings fans among the 17, 412 patrons at Honda Center were undoubtedly ecstatic as Detroit built a 3-1 lead by the 3rd period, then hung on to clinch the first round series four games to three.
To add to the frustration, three of those losses were in overtime.
“Its a pretty low-morale group now, that’s for sure,” Ducks winger Bobby Ryan commented afterward, stating the obvious as their team-record .688 winning percentage, a winning streak of 13 consecutive home games, and Pacific Division title went for naught.
The two phrases that best describes all of this: Disappointment and Missed Opportunity.
The disappointment comes from the fact that these Ducks from Orange County, though they had a very good season by any standard, fell short of their expected goal and ultimately underachieved.
The missed opportunity comes from the fact that with the Lakers and Clippers failing in their championship ambitions as they are both currently sitting at home and watching the NBA playoffs on TV, and with the Dodgers and Angels both having losing records and either being in last place (Dodgers) or fighting to stay out of last place (Angels), the Ducks – along with the Los Angeles Kings – could have captured the fancies of L.A. sports fans once and for all, as had the Ducks won on Sunday night the two teams would have met in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
It would have been the first time in the history of sports in Los Angeles that two teams from America’s second largest metropolitan area would have met in the post-season.
It may have well approached the intensity of a UCLA vs. USC football game with the Rose Bowl on the line.
But thanks to the Detroit Red Wings, we’ll never know.
And instead of an all-SoCal showdown, we’ll merely have an all-state showdown as instead of the Ducks, the Kings will face the San Jose Sharks in the NHL’s Western Conference semi-finals.