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Updated: 2014-10-02T21:37:25.365-07:00


Moving on....


Well as many of you visitors can tell, I have not posted in some time. A promotion at work, the complete meltdown of the real estate industry, layoffs, family and more have sucked up my time. I will still post randomly at my but nothing additional will be posted here. I hope you all enjoyed the ride and GO DUCKS!

Game Day Preview and a few other things....


Just a reminder, today's game starts at 12:30 not 10:30 as originally scheduled.

Game Day Preview via Fox Sports and the AP

The Anaheim Ducks have come away with losses in each of their last five visits to Dallas. They have reason to believe this one might be different.

Anaheim (27-17-6) looks to earn at least a point in its 10th straight contest on Sunday when it visits the Stars at the American Airlines Center.

The Ducks are 0-4-1 in their last five games in Dallas since Feb. 10, and have scored a total of four goals in that span.

But since ringing in the new year, Anaheim has played its best hockey this season. The Ducks have won six straight and are 8-0-1 in their past nine games, which has moved them atop the Pacific, one point ahead of the Stars (27-18-5).

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Game preview via LA Times

Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle can be a taskmaster who wants things done his way, but don't accuse him of not being able to listen.
Before a game against Calgary in late November, a struggling Todd Bertuzzi went to Carlyle to discuss the possibility of moving to the left wing instead of the right-side spot that he has played for most of his career.

With his effort to mesh Bertuzzi with Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz failing, Carlyle took the suggestion and put it into action.

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The Dad's

If the Ducks manage to cap a perfect three-game trip by beating the Dallas Stars today at American Airlines Center, they might want to consider putting fathers of the team's players on their payroll.

Including games against the Phoenix Coyotes and Kings last season, the Ducks are 4-0 when the club has played host to players' fathers on what has become something of a trend with teams around the NHL. The Ducks posted a 2-1 victory Thursday at Nashville and a 4-2 triumph Friday at Minnesota.

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Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks win 4-2


The streak continues and now we are second place in the conference! Photo of the Game AP Photo by Jim Mone Game Reports Scoresheet Super Stats Boxscore Faceoffs Play-by-Play Shots Rosters TOI - ANA|MIN Photos and Video Official Photos - Link NHL Highlights - Link Sean O'Donnell Pre-game Interview George Parros with his Dad and Parros Cam   Post game show and Todd Bertuzzi Interview AP Coverage via ESPN Todd Bertuzzi has rediscovered his scoring touch and his passion. He has linemates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to thank for that. Bertuzzi scored twice, Ryan Getzlaf had three assists, and Anaheim's streaking top line lifted the Ducks to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday. "I'm having a blast," Bertuzzi said. "I think it's kind of like being 33 and playing 23, when you're playing with those two. They keep you young. Not only on the ice, but in the room." Read the rest here - Link MVN Coverage Jonas Hiller made several key saves, but after Bertuzzi’s second goal, the Wild’s fate seemed to be sealed. Coach Jacques Lemaire did not even pull his goalie for the extra attacker at the end. The Ducks dads, who continue with the team on their road trip, were ecstatic from their suite at the Xcel Energy Center. Last year the dads were 3-0 and this year they are 2-0. Can they make it a perfect trip on Sunday against the Stars? Read the rest here - Link [...]

Anaheim Ducks News - Non Game news


Here is today's non game news.

The Stadium Loft has posted an extended version of their commercial featuring J.S. Giguere

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An Article on the Dad's trip

The Ducks' normal traveling party grew significantly on this three-game trip and the players couldn't be any happier.
For the second consecutive year, the Ducks brought along the fathers of their players on an all-expense paid hockey vacation that will continue through Minnesota and end in Dallas on Sunday.

Most of the dads made the trip as they will room with their sons and dine with them in the ultimate bonding experience. On Thursday, they watched the Ducks' 2-1 victory from a suite in Sommet Center.

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Anaheim Duck News - Ducks win 2-1


And now the streak is 5 and take the lead in the Pacific Division! But they unfortunately lost as well. In spite of the score Chris Pronger injured his knee in the game - Link Hopefully this will heal quickly and he will be back shortly. Photo of the Game Frederick Breedon / AP) Game Reports Scoresheet Super Stats Boxscore Faceoffs Play-by-Play Shots Rosters TOI - ANA|NSH Video and Photos NHL Highlights - Link Photos - Link Doug Weight and Ryan Getzlaf Interview with Dads MVN Coverage For the first time this season the Ducks have put together a five game winning streak. Their fifth in a row came on the road with a 2-1 defeat over the Nashville Predators. The Predators had earned points in seven of their past eight games, the eighth being their January 7th 5-2 loss to the Ducks. The win put the Ducks one point ahead of San Jose, who were scheduled to play Dallas later on in the evening. A Stars win over the Sharks would leave the Ducks in first place in the Pacific Division. A Sharks win would bounce them back over the Ducks into first place. Read the rest here - Link Predators Coverage The Predators out shot the Anaheim Ducks 34-16, but were limited to just one goal by Anaheim netminder JS Giguere as the Ducks edged the Predators 2-1 at the Sommet Center on Thursday night. Anaheim opened the scoring at the 15:12 mark of the first period when it converted its second power-play opportunity of the night. The Predators caught an unfortunate break when Jarred Smithson broke his stick while killing the penalty. The Ducks maintained possession of the puck in the Predators zone, preventing Nashville from making a line change or handing Smithson a new stick from the bench. Anaheim patiently worked the puck around the perimeter, setting up Mathieu Schneider for a slapshot from the left point. With Todd Bertuzzi setting a screen at the top of the goal crease, Brandon Bochenski skated through the slot and redirected Schneider’s shot for his second goal of the season. Read the rest here - Link OC Register Coverage Goals by Brandon Bochenski and Corey Perry, and 33 saves from goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere were the key ingredients Thursday night in a 2-1 Ducks victory over the Nashville Predators at Sommet Center. Read the rest here - Link[...]

Anaheim Ducks News - Non Game News


Not too much news today, but I've got a few videos gems for you.  Enjoy!

Burke has sympathy (?)

As the front office watch with the Toronto Maple Leafs continued Wednesday, the parties involved got some much-needed sympathy from fellow NHL executive Brian Burke.

The Anaheim Ducks' general manager, who recently denied media speculation that he would one day join the struggling hockey team, did not hide his disappointment at the overall treatment of John Ferguson Jr.

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I call it the Niedermayer Effect

Numbers have never truly defined Scott Niedermayer's impact on a team, but there is one set that is the clearest gauge of what he has meant to the Ducks since he ended his dance with retirement.

Before the defenseman's return, the Ducks were an inconsistent bunch stumbling along with a 15-15-4 record that had them sitting outside the Western Conference playoff picture. Since the return of Niedermayer, the Ducks sit one point out of the Pacific Division lead.

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Ducks shopping Edmonton's first round pick

Some might argue that unless another NHL GM loses his sanity and overwhelms Anaheim’s Brian Burke with a trade offer nobody in their right mind would reject, there’s not a hope in hell Burke trades the first round pick he received from Edmonton in exchange for Dustin Penner.

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J.S. Giguere's Commercial

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Doug Weight Interview

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Anaheim Ducks News for Wednesday


Well I've got another Teemu Selanne retirement update and a few other news items featuring Chris Pronger, Jonas Hiller and more! Teemu Selanne Retirement Update and a little on Drew Miller Teemu Selanne doesn't have a decision yet, but at least he has a timetable. "I'll take this week, and next week and we'll see how it goes," Selanne said after a 90-minute workout Tuesday morning at Anaheim Ice. It's the most specific time frame Selanne has offered for a decision on ending his unofficial retirement. The Ducks' all-time leading scorer began a skating program earlier this month and said he would have a decision sometime in January. The team has not pressed him to make a decision. Read the rest here - Link Varius has some reasons for Teemu to play It can be said that Teemu Selanne, also known to many fans as “The Finnish Flash”, was on his way downhill after landing with the San Jose Sharks and then Colorado Avalanche. He failed to win a Cup in Denver with best-buddy Paul Kariya. He seemed to be done for. However, Ducks’GM Brian Burke decided to take a chance on him. Selanne did have knee surgery and a lot of time to rest during the lockout. Selanne also had some of his best years in Anaheim, so Burke took a gamble that paid off greatly. For just 1 million, he bought himself a 40-goal scorer as Teemu found himself a new man. Read the rest here - Link Pronger is going to savor the all-stars ”As a defenseman, you really just have to enjoy yourself at the All-Star Game since it’s obviously a show for the offensive stars in the League,’’ Pronger told “The games played over the past few seasons have been pretty high-scoring affairs and we defensemen get hit in waves. I still feel there comes a point in the game when the competitive juices start to flow for us (defensemen), and we begin to play at a higher level. You certainly want to put on a good show, but at the same time you don’t want to get hurt.’’ Read the rest here- Link A nice profile/interview of Hiller "For people who aren't close to the team," he says, "they probably think I sit on the bench all the time and do nothing." Hiller is the Ducks' backup goalie, No. 2 at a position that accommodates only one. His team played 60 minutes Tuesday against Dallas and Hiller, predictably, played none of them. He did skate in warmups, faced some shots from his teammates and even extensively stretched his groin muscles. Then he retreated to the locker room, put on a baseball cap and later assumed his usual spot, near a collection of water bottles and the wooden bin that holds the rest of the Ducks' sticks. Read the rest here - Link Ducks vs. Predators Preview The Anaheim Ducks have been a much improved team with Scott Niedermayer in their lineup. Most of that success, however, has come at home. The surging Ducks play 12 of their next 13 games on the road, a difficult stretch that begins Thursday night against the Nashville Predators. A career high-tying three points from Niedermayer and another strong performance by goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere helped the Ducks (25-17-6) to their fourth straight win, 4-2 over visiting Dallas on Tuesday. Read the rest here - Link MVN Update on a lot of things The Ducks headed out of town this morning with a four game winning streak, second place in the Pacific Division (one point behind San Jose) and fourth place in the Western Conference.  The Ducks have put together two previous four game winning streaks this season - November 9 - 17 and December 18 - 27. The Ducks will try to put together their first five game winning streak in Nashville on Thursday.  They also visit Minnesota on Friday and Dallas on Sunday before heading home. Read the rest here - Link Casino Night is coming..... [...]

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks Win 4-2 (Yeah this is late, Sorry!)


Photo of the Game AP Photo by Mark Avery Game Reports Scoresheet Super Stats Boxscore Faceoffs Play-by-Play Shots Rosters TOI - DAL|ANA Photos and Video Official Photo Link - Link Game Video - Link Ducks TV - Link Corey Perry Pre-game Interview Scott Niedermayer Interview     Anaheim Ducks Game Coverage If you wanted any more indication the resurgent Ducks may be the class of the Pacific Division, you got it tonight. Two nights after beating division frontrunner San Jose, the Ducks used a dominating second period to dispatch previously second-place Dallas 4-2 at Honda Center. Scott Niedermayer, Todd Marchant,, Ryan Getzlaf and Todd Bertuzzi each had goals, as Niedermayer added two assists to tie his career best with three points. It was the seventh straight victory at home for the Ducks, and their first win against the Stars after three straight losses. The Ducks are 10-2-2 since Niedermayer rejoined the team on Dec. 16. Read the rest here - Link  MVN Coverage Coach Randy Carlyle observed, “Our power play got us some big goals tonight   We were able to shut down their power play  The were 0 for 3.  In the games that we previously lost to them, we lost the specialty teams battles.  It’s amazing how much of a factor that can be in your success.”   That success translated into two points that really mattered.  The Ducks moved one point ahead of Dallas to take second place in the Pacific Division.  They are now one point away from first place San Jose, who lost this evening to Phoenix, something that was cheered lustily by the fans when it was announced. Read the rest here - Link Dallas News Coverage What a difference a Conn Smythe Trophy winner makes. The Stars had ravaged Anaheim this season, winning the first three games against the Ducks by a combined scored of 10-2. But that was while Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer was contemplating retirement. On Tuesday, Niedermayer had a hand in just about everything good the Ducks did as Anaheim took a 4-2 win over the Stars and moved to 10-2-2 since his return. Read the rest here - Link LA Times Coverage Two nights after a dramatic comeback victory over the Sharks, the Ducks pulled even closer to the division leaders with a thorough 4-2 victory over Dallas to finish off a four-game homestand without a defeat Tuesday night at the Honda Center. Scott Niedermayer had a goal and two assists in his best game since he ended his hockey sabbatical on Dec. 5 and returned to the defending Stanley Cup champions. Todd Marchant, Ryan Getzlaf and Todd Bertuzzi also scored as the Ducks (25-17-6) jumped past the Stars into second place, one point behind the Pacific-leading Sharks. Read the rest here - Link OC Register Coverage Sure, the Dallas Stars seemed to have something of a whammy on the Ducks, winning the first three games between the teams this season. But that was before. Now that standout defenseman Scott Niedermayer is back in the Ducks lineup, things were dramatically different Tuesday night at Honda Center. Niedermayer matched a career high with three points, including a goal, in a virtuoso performance that highlighted a sparkling 4-2 Ducks victory. Read the rest here - Link [...]

Anaheim Ducks News for Tuesday


Hello all, one more player to add to the IR list.  Rob Niedermayer is out with a leg issue. Other than that, it was a slow news day.

Here is a pick of Sammy and Giggy with the cup - See the original here - Link

Picks from the State of the Team - Link

Ducks Injury update via MVN

The Ducks held a light optional practice yesterday and this morning they were back to the usual pre-game routine. Missing from action was George Parros, who was put on the IR yesterday after news that he would be out longer than a week with a bruised knee. Rob Niedermayer was also missing due to a leg injury suffered “either last game or in the practice before,” per coach Randy Carlyle.

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Another update on injuries

The Ducks will be without two-thirds of their vaunted checking line Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center, with right wing Rob Niedermayer joining center Samuel Pahlsson on the sidelines.

Niedermayer suffered a groin injury early in Sunday’s 4-3, overtime victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks, and though he made it through the game, the results weren’t good when Niedermayer tried to skate Tuesday morning.

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The Kits for Kids drive update

The Ducks announced today the overwhelming success of the second annual Kits for Kids Donation Drive. Ducks fans and supporters donated over 1,600 Wild Wingers Kids Club kits to patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) during the holiday season.  A majority of the kits were personally delivered by the entire Ducks roster during the team’s holiday visit to CHOC on Dec. 20, 2007.

“We’re so pleased with the response from the community to our donation drive,” said Ducks Director of Fan Development Matt Savant.  “Seeing the faces of CHOC patients light up when they received their kits was priceless and we hope to build on this success for next year’s drive.”

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A profile on Beauchemin

It isn't often that Francois Beauchemin has scored a game-winning goal in overtime.
In fact, the Ducks' third-year defenseman couldn't recall Monday if he had scored an overtime goal in junior hockey or the minor leagues.
"That's not something you really think about," said Beauchemin, a day after his second goal of the season beat San Jose, 4-3. "But I'm glad that it happened."

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Game Day Preview Via the OC Register


Hello darkness, er, Dallas, my old friend. …

If there is a way to gauge how much they have changed, or not changed, over a near two-month period, the Ducks could not have landed at a better point in their schedule than tonight.

The Dallas Stars come to Honda Center having beaten the Ducks by a combined score of 10-2 in three meetings. The teams play each other eight times this season but last met before Thanksgiving, a 2-1 Dallas victory on Nov. 21.

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Anaheim Ducks News for Monday


I am finally getting back into the swing of things after a week off.  There is a lot to report on as the Ducks have recalled Miller and a few other articles were posted today. Build your on life size Rob Niedermayer Poster - Find out how - Link Ryan Miller is recalled, a status update on the injuries and a few other misc. notes via MVN Miller’s return is primarily due to the fact that George Parros is now on IR with his bruised knee, retroactive to last Wednesday. Although Parros skated lightly today, he is still not progressing fast enough to be reinserted into the line up. Sami Pahlsson experienced a set back at practice on Saturday with new soreness in the abdominal area. As a result, he was not taken off IR and will not play against Dallas tomorrow evening. Even though he is on IR, he is still considered day to day. It will depend on how soon he recovers and if he does not have further soreness and inflammation. Read the rest of this great post here - Link Francois Beauchemin gets a little coverage in the OC Register “Sometimes the minus is a stat you don’t look at specifically,” Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. “His was minus-12 at one point. We talked to him about trying to do less, be safer, get your confidence from a defensive aspect first before you start to stray out on the other side of it. He’s been more conservative and he’s picked his times to jump into the play. That’s what we ask of all our defensemen.” Read the rest here - Link Official Ducks interview of Beauchemin Having to deal with the absence of his defensive partner from the past two seasons, and as a result an increase in minutes and pressure, Beauchemin had some difficult adjustments to make in the early part of this season. That’s part of the reason the third-year defenseman saw his plus/minus rating this season reach a team low -12 at one point. Read the rest here - Link Ducks Weekly Notes has been updated WINNING AT HONDA CENTER: Including a 14-6-4 record this year (excluding Sept. 30 "home" game in London, England), the Anaheim Ducks are 60-17-16 in their last 93 regular season games at Honda Center dating back to Nov. 25, 2006...the Ducks have a .673 winning percentage (103-39-37, 241 pts.) over the last 179 home games, earning at least one point in 140 of those 179 contests (19-6-8 in the last 33 home games of 2002-03 season and 19-11-11 in 2003-04)...Anaheim finished the 2006-07 regular season with a home record of 26-6-9, tying the club record for home wins in a season (26-10-5 in 2005-2006)...the Ducks also went 10-2 at home in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, clinching all four series wins at Honda Center. Read this and much more here - Link Bid to get your own game worn jersey Beckett Media is proud to offer these authentic, game worn road white jerseys, from the 2007-08 Anaheim Ducks. These were worn in regular and pre-season games September through November 2007. This includes the September 29-30 NHL opening dates played in London, England! These are the first Ducks game jerseys in the new RBK EDGE style ever worn and offered. Five of these jerseys are the first ever worn by these players. Read the rest here - Link Beckett Select Auction Preview: 2007-08 Anaheim Ducks Jerseys from Beckett Media LP on Vimeo. [...]

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks win 4-3 OT


That was an awesome game! If you missed you can watch Hazy and Ahlers give you a review of the victory.Photo of the Game Getty ImagesGame ReportsScoresheetSuper StatsBoxscoreFaceoffsPlay-by-Play ShotsRostersTOI - SJSANAPhotos and VideosOfficial Photos - LinkNHL Highlights - LinkESPN Coverage - LinkThree Stars and Beauchemin InterviewPost Game Review - By Hazy and John AhlersAnaheim Ducks official CoverageOne streak was snapped and another rolled on, as the Ducks virtually stole one from the Sharks 4-3 in overtime on a Francois Beauchemin goal just 33 seconds into the extra session. Something had to give when the Sharks took their 10-game road winning streak into Honda Center, a place Anaheim had won five in a row. It looked late in the game like the Sharks would continue that streak, which ranked second all-time in the NHL, when they led 3-2 with less than a minute left in regulation. But after sending goalie J.S. Giguere to the bench for an extra attacker, the Ducks got a great bounce to tie the game 3-3 with just 27.7 seconds left. Read the rest here - LinkMVN CoverageThe weather could not have been nicer for the sixth meeting of these two California teams. Last week it was raining and cold. This week it was back to shorts and flip flops. The Sharks played last night against Toronto, coming back to defeat them 3-2 after trailing 2-0 going into the third period. If Toronto had held onto their lead, the Ducks would only be 2 points behind them in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have been resting since Wednesday’s shut out against the same Maple Leafs.Robo-goalie, Evgeni Nabokov, finally earned a rest, in spite of having started every single game for the Sharks this season. Thomas Greiss got the nod, making his NHL debut against the Ducks. Jean-Sebastien Giguere was the goalie of choice for the Ducks. The points couldn’t matter more. Ducks win, they pull within 2 points of first place in the Pacific Division. Ducks lose, the Sharks pull 6 points away, and they still have three games in hand. Would the Ducks realize this and play like they meant it?Read the rest here - LinkESPN CoverageThe difference in the series between the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks and the Pacific Division-leading Sharks has been razor-thin this season, but with Anaheim holding a definite edge. With the Ducks trailing by a goal, Doug Weight scored with 28 seconds left in regulation, then defenceman Francois Beauchemin scored 33 seconds into overtime Sunday night to rally Anaheim to a 4-3 victory over San Jose. Read the rest here - LinkOC Register Ducks Blog reportFIRST-PERIOD SUMMARYRookie center Torrey Mitchell gave San Jose a 2-1 lead when he scored for the fourth time this season against the Ducks, short-handed, at 15:23. Mitchell converted a three-on-one pass from Mike Grier. The Sharks took the early lead on a power-play strike by Jeremy Roenick at 2:11, but the Ducks got even when Bertuzzi scored his eighth goal of the season, and second in two games, at 8:58. The teams combined for only 12 shots, eight by the Ducks, in the opening 20 minutes.Read the rest here - Link[...]

Anaheim Ducks News - Game Day and other Analysis


BoC Gameday

I'm way too fascinated by the mechanics of the Ducks' post-Niedermayer, post-Weight improvement (first 34 games: 15-15-4, 2.38 GF, 2.82 GA; last 12 games: 8-2-2, 2.67 GF, 1.50 GA). It's not just that the Ducks have improved, but really, what is happening behind the scene in order to generate better results?
The table below only covers even-strength play (5-on-5, or 4-on-4, or with a goalie pulled, or whatever), and here's what it contains. In the columns to the left are the even-strength results for the 34 games before Scott Niedermayer joined the team; the columns to the right are the same results for the 12 games since. In each set, you can see the even-strength minutes, the goals-for per 60 minutes, the goals-against per 60, and the goal-differential per 60. The very last column shows the improvement, and everything is sorted by the second-to-last column (goal differential since Scott's return).

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The LA Times analyzes the Ducks

Having pulled themselves into the thick of the Pacific Division race, the Ducks can take direct aim at the two teams ahead of them in the standings.
The Ducks play host to San Jose tonight and Dallas on Tuesday night in two games that could propel them into first place. But the results against each this season couldn't be any different.

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AP Preview

The Anaheim Ducks have put together their longest home win streak of the season. They'll put it on the line against the San Jose Sharks, whose last road loss came in Anaheim - more than two months ago.

The Sharks go for their 11th straight road victory on Sunday when they visit the Pacific Division rival Ducks, who have won five straight at the Honda Center.

The Sharks (25-12-6) led 2-1 after two periods in Anaheim on Nov. 9, but couldn't close out the Ducks, who got a game-tying goal and the game-winning shootout tally from Andy McDonald for a 3-2 victory.

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Anaheim Ducks News - Vacation Catchup 2 - Misc. news


The Ducks have cool little tool - Link

Chris Pronger and the Ducks help fight cancer

Captain Chris Pronger Will Wear a Hockey Fights Cancer Commemorative Patch on his Game Jersey Which Will be Autographed and Donated to an Online Auction

The Ducks announced today that in support of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, Ducks captain Chris Pronger will wear a commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer patch on his game jersey this Sunday, Jan. 13 when the club takes on the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center (5:05 p.m.).  As part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of Hockey Fights Cancer, the Ducks join the NHL in a weekend of raising funds and awareness for the cause during games throughout the league from Friday, Jan. 11 to Sunday, Jan. 13.

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Ducks help at the Aces got skills competitions

Aces Got Skills is taking place over a three day period. Events were held at Anaheim Ice (January 10), Glacial Garden Skating Arena in Lakewood (January 11)and Aliso Viejo Ice Palace (January 12). Corey Perry and Kent Huskins were scheduled to be present at the events.

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Friday Practice news

Missing from practice was George Parros. Parros was the victim of a knee to knee hit in Wednesday’s game against Toronto. Wade Belak was the player who administered the hit and it prompted their second period fight. After the fight, Parros skated off to the dressing room and did not return. His knee was evaluated and it was determined to be bruised. Parros acknowledged being sore, but that he would likely try to skate at tomorrow’s practice and see how he feels.

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Anaheim Ducks News - Vacation Catchup Part 1


Chris Kunitz is interviewed on the latest  Duckcast - Link Brian Bochenski profile and an upated on Pahlsson/May Brandon Bochenski first had Orange County on his mind about two weeks ago. His wife, Jennifer, bought a DVD box set of "The OC," the teen soap opera set in Newport Beach. A week later, on Jan. 2, Bochenski was traded from Boston to the Ducks. The other, more important twist of fate is that Bochenski has gone from a peripheral player in Boston to a second-line wing for the surging Ducks. Read the rest here - Link May is ready Brad May has been in the NHL long enough that he doesn’t need to be told that there’s always someone ready to fill your shoes. Nothing is a certainty, even for a 17-year pro like May. The veteran moved closer to returning to the lineup Friday when he skated with the club. But he knows the Ducks have changed dramatically since he went down with a broken bone in his right foot in practice on Dec.15. They’ve gone 8-2-1 with first place San Jose in their sights. Young players like Ryan Carter and Brandon Bochenski have capably filled roles held by injured Samuel Pahlsson and re-assigned winger Bobby Ryan. The fourth line of Todd Marchant, George Parros and Brian Sutherby had been intact for some time until Parros injured a knee. Read the rest here - Link Pahlsson is waiting..... Samuel Pahlsson wants back in the Ducks' lineup but his sore abdomen isn't allowing it. Pahlsson missed his eighth consecutive game Wednesday as additional rest has not helped alleviate inflammation in the area. The veteran center has been able to participate in practice but he isn't ready to go back up against the game's top forwards. "It's frustrating," Pahlsson said. "I felt good for a while and it's frustrating when it comes back. And it doesn't get better. It's no fun to play when you don't feel good." Read the rest here - Link But he and May seem to be ready Back at practice after a day off following their decisive victory over Toronto on Wednesday, the Ducks got some more good news Friday as forwards Samuel Pahlsson and Brad May went through a grinding session without a hitch. Both appear set to return from injury for the Ducks' home game Sunday against San Jose, leaving Coach Randy Carlyle with this question: Whom does he sit? Pahlsson figures to jump back into his customary spot centering the checking line after sitting out eight games because of abdominal inflammation. If that's the case, the Ducks will have to find a new place for rookie Ryan Carter, who has shined in place of the veteran. Read the rest here - Link Pronger and Getzlaf are all stars Back in his early days of junior hockey, Ryan Getzlaf was like many youngsters who dreamed of being a star in the NHL but also worried if they would ever be drafted. Getzlaf's only worry now is dealing with impending stardom, after the Ducks' center earned his first All-Star game selection Thursday as the Western Conference reserves were announced for the Jan. 27 event in Atlanta. A participant in the NHL's YoungStars game last year in Dallas, Getzlaf earned a spot in the showcase game as he leads the Ducks with 48 points. The 22-year-old center is on a career-best nine-game point streak and has 17 goals and 31 assists. Read the rest here - Link Ryan Getzlaf is an All Star Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf admits he’s still a kid at heart. He enjoys playing with his three dogs, enjoys watching football or Seinfeld re-runs and will watch plenty of hockey highlights on his off nights. But don’t let that youthful exuber[...]

Anaheim Ducks News -Vacation Post


I am on vacation this week, but I thought I would post some links from today's news

Bobby Ryan sent to Portland - Link

MVN Coverage of today's Ducks Practice and the State of the Franchise - Link

Ducks blog has coverage of the state of t franchise - Link

Ducks trade Darryl Bootland(AHL) - Link

Burke and David Shoalts talk - Link

Anaheim Ducks News for Tuesday


Inside Ducks TV, Nashville vs Ducks - Link The New Element has been posted A cool set of highlights - Link Kids Club Party Report - Link Parros getting a cut - Link Game Day Preview An unfamiliar foe makes its way to Anaheim Wednesday night, as Toronto comes to Honda Center for the first time since 2003. And the new opposing faces are a welcomed sight for the Ducks. “It’s just nice to see a different team,” Todd Bertuzzi said. “I think after awhile you get tired of the meetings when you know the opponent each and every time. It refreshes things.” Rated by Forbes magazine as the most valuable NHL franchise, the Maples Leafs, also an Original Six member of the league, are not your average Ducks opponent. With them comes a large fan base. “I’m sure you’re going to see more than your ample share of blue and white in the stands because there are lots of transplanted Canadians in California,” Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. “It’s easily the most recognizable hockey franchise. Having played there a number of years ago and with the branding that’s taking place in the game, Toronto is front and center.” Read the rest here - Link Ducks looking forward to the Leafs Ducks coach Randy Carlyle hails from Sudbury, Ontario, the home province of Toronto, so it is safe to assume he was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan growing up rather than a Montreal Canadiens follower. "Those were the days when it was French vs. English in northern Ontario," Carlyle said. "It made for a natural rivalry." Carlyle also spent his first two NHL seasons with Toronto. Several of his current players are from the area, and it is with a bit of nostalgia and adrenaline that they will host Toronto on Wednesday in a rare Southern California appearance by the Maple Leafs. Read the rest here - Link Getzy and Perry in the All Star game? Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have carried the Ducks offensively through the first half of the season and rank among the top Western Conference forwards. On Thursday they will learn if it is enough to make their first All-Star game. Perry is third in the Western Conference with 22 goals, behind Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Henrik Zetterberg of Detroit. Getzlaf is sixth among Western Conference forwards in scoring with 17 goals and 29 assists. Iginla and Zetterberg were named starters on Tuesday. Western Conference reserves, selected by the NHL’s operations department in conjunction with league general managers, will be announced on Thursday. The All-Star game is Jan.27 in Atlanta. Read the rest here - Link One more look at Getzlaf and Perry The hockey world took notice of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring but the true recognition of whether they've arrived as stars might come Thursday. It is when the NHL will announce the rest of the lineup that will represent the Western Conference in the league's all-star game, which is Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The starters were announced Tuesday. Both Getzlaf and Perry have credentials that could earn the 22-year-olds a first-time nod in the midseason showcase. Read the rest here - Link [...]

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks Win 5-2


Photo of the Game (Parros was break dance fighting) Gary Friedman / LAT Offiical Game Reports Scoresheet Super Stats Boxscore Faceoffs Play-by-Play Shots Rosters TOI - NSH|ANA Photos and Video Official Game Photos - Link LA Times Photos - Link NHL Video - Link TSN - Link Doug Weight Pre-game Interview Todd Bertuzzi 1st Intermission Interview Chris Kunitz Second Intermission Interview Ryan Carter Interview Three Stars and Chris Kunitz Interview Travis Moen Post-game Interview Corey Perry Post-game Interview Official Ducks Game Coverage Desperately looking for more goal-scoring, the Ducks found the net more times in an 8:07 stretch in the second period than they have in each of the last six games. Travis Moen, Chris Kunitz, Chris Pronger and Corey Perry each tallied in that window, propelling the Ducks to a 4-1 advantage that would eventually develop into a 5-2 rout over Nashville at Honda Center. It was the fourth straight home win for the Ducks, who extended their win streak versus Nashville at Honda Center to seven games, dating back to March 23, 2004. The win also snapped a three-game winning streak for the Predators. "It’s nice and hopefully it continues," said Perry of Anaheim's sudden rash of offense. "It was one of those games where the puck bounced and went in for us. We needed a game like that to take the monkey off our back. It’s just those fractions of an inch either way. Finally tonight, we started getting the bounces." Read the rest here - Link Nashville Predators coverage Four goals in a span of 8:07 in the second period proved to be the difference as the Anaheim Ducks ended the Nashville Predators three-game winning streak with a 5-2 decision on Monday night at the Honda Center. Marek Zidlicky posted a multi-point (1g-1a) effort in defeat, while J.P. Dumont scored in his fifth straight game to build on a personal best and match a franchise record for longest goal-scoring streak. The Predators possessed the game’s early momentum, and used it to draw a penalty to Travis Moen just four minutes and change into the game. On the ensuing power play, Nashville’s leading point producer from the blue line, Zidlicky, made the Ducks pay, belting a howitzer from the left point to give the Preds the lead at 4:59. Ville Koistinen set up Zidlicky for the one-time slap shot to pick up the lone assist. Read the rest here - Link LA Times Coverage "Hopefully it continues," Ducks forward Corey Perry said. "It was one of those games where the puck bounced and went in for us. We needed a game like that to take the monkey off our back a little bit." Travis Moen started the outburst with his second goal of the season and Perry closed it with his team-leading 22nd. In between were scores by Chris Kunitz and Chris Pronger as the Ducks easily erased a 1-0 deficit after the first period. Perry, Kunitz and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist. Getzlaf, who has four goals in his last five games, extended his point scoring streak to eight games, tying a career high set earlier this season. Read the rest here - Link MVN Coverage The Predators got the scoring started with a power play goal by Marek Zidlicky at 4:59. Travis Moen was in the box for holding. The Ducks were unable to clear the puck from the zone and Nashville took advantage with a quick pass by Ville Koistinen to Zidlicky, who took the shot from the top of the circle. The Ducks seemed flat and uninspired until the final fi[...]

Teemu Selanne Retirement Update


Via the OC Register

Teemu Selanne has begun a skating program on his own at Anaheim Ice, but that does not necessarily mean the longtime fan favorite is set for a return to the Ducks.

Selanne, who was on the ice three times last week and plans to resume skating this week, is still trying to gauge whether he has the desire to return to the rigors of NHL play, he said Saturday.

"So far, I don't know yet," Selanne said. "I'm going to skate for a couple of weeks now, start pushing more and more, and then I will feel for sure if I feel good enough. The good thing is I have done everything I have to do if I want to come back.

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Anaheim Ducks Game Day Preview


Via the AP

The Nashville Predators look to continue capitalizing on fast starts in order to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games Monday night when they visit the reigning Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

The Predators (20-18-2) have totaled six first-period goals their last two games, doubling their output from the previous 11 contests in which they went 4-7-0.

They used two first-period goals to get a 4-2 win over the Ducks (21-17-6) on Dec. 8 after failing to get on the scoreboard until the third period in a 3-1 loss at Anaheim on Oct. 17 - their fifth consecutive defeat at the Honda Center.

Nashville scored three times in the opening period Saturday to beat Minnesota 4-1. The quick outburst has Nashville in position to win four consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 24-March 3.

"We have to come out strong," Predators right wing J.P. Dumont said. "We are playing with confidence and that is huge for us. I don't know why it is happening, but I'm glad it is. We are a different team, a tougher team, when we have the early lead.

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Anaheim Ducks News for Sunday


So much for Sunday being a slow news day...... Pahlsson will be out again Ducks center Samuel Pahlsson said he likely will miss his seventh consecutive game Monday night. Pahlsson has an abdominal strain and is trying to strengthen the area. He does not have a target date for his return. "I don't know when I'm playing," Pahlsson said. "It's gotten a lot better. It's just a matter of when." Read the rest here - Link 2008 All Star Balloting Results The fan balloting for the NHL All Star Game has concluded and the results were released today. The Ducks had four players on the ballot, but none of them made the starting line up. Chris Pronger came closest, finishing 3rd in balloting for defensemen. Fellow d-man, Francois Beauchemin, finished a respectable 5th place. Jean-Sebastien Giguere finished in 4th place for goaltenders. Ryan Getzlaf came in 8th place among forwards. Read the rest here - Link Varius has a look at Ducks forward situation With ever-growing rumors that Teemu Selanne is on his way back to the Ducks this season, I figured we should take a look at the potential logjam at forward this presents Anaheim. Scoring Line 1 Without a doubt, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have cemented their statuses this season as first-liners. The problem is, their coveted left-wing spot has seen a revolving door of guys who just haven’t been the perfect match. In my opinion, I would leave Chris Kunitz there. He brings energy and grit to an already feisty line and complements the others well. While Perry is agitating and dangling his way off the boards or out of the corners to the front of the net, Kunitz can install himself in perfect deflection position in front of the net. This frees Getzlaf to roam behind the net or to the high slot, where his rocket shot is best used. Read the rest here - Link Bobby Ryan is profiled on the Ducks official site From the moment his name was called as the second overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, right wing Bobby Ryan has had immense expectations to live up to. Along with being the highest draft pick in Ducks history, Ryan was Brian Burke’s first selection as Anaheim’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. One pick prior to Ryan’s selection, Pittsburgh drafted Sidney Crosby, who was already being dubbed “The Next One” and has since won the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP during the 2006-07 season. “Oh yeah, there are expectations,” Ryan said. “I’m sure there always will be. You hear what people say and what people think.” Read the rest here - Link Playoffs will be a close race like last year Warning: Objects might be closer than they appear. The Ducks, rejuvenated and stabilized by the return of Conn Smyth Award-winning defenseman Scott Niedermayer, are now looking ahead as they drive toward the playoffs. But this season there are no guarantees of reaching the postseason, not even for the defending Stanley Cup champions. A 6-2-1 surge in their first nine games after Niedermayer ended his flirtation with retirement thrust the Ducks back into playoff contention and boosted their confidence, but it would behoove them to check the traffic in their side-view mirror, too. After holding on for a 2-1, good-to-the-last-stop victory against Chicago on Friday night at Honda Center, the Ducks were just three points behind Pacific Division co-leaders Dallas and San Jose as they headed to Phoenix for Saturd[...]

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks lose 3-2 (SO)


Photo of the GameOfficial Coyotes Photo Game Reports Scoresheet Super Stats Boxscore Faceoffs Play-by-Play Shots Rosters TOI - ANA|PHX Shootout Details Photos and Video NHL Highlights - 700K Game Photos - Link TSN - Link Brandon Bochenski 1st intermission interview LA Times Coverage Much like their spirited challenge for the net as teammates the last two seasons, the Ducks' Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov brought the best out of each other Saturday night. Perhaps this game should have been played four years ago when the NHL was content with allowing games to end in a tie. Both were that sharp from the first puck drop. Mixing it up But the league saw fit to make sure there was a winner and a loser by putting in the shootout after the lockout, which is just what it took to decide a 3-2 victory by the Coyotes at Arena. The difference was that Peter Mueller scored on Giguere and the Ducks couldn't put one by Bryzgalov in their three attempts. Not surprisingly, the Ducks weren't all that disappointed with this defeat after winning 24 hours earlier at home. Read the rest here - Link OC Register Coverage Given that both of them stopped pretty much everything they had a realistic shot at, it was only fitting that Saturday night's goaltending duel between Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Ducks and former protégé Ilya Bryzgalov would come down to a shootout. For the second time since being obtained by Phoenix on waivers Nov. 17, Bryzgalov beat the Ducks in the NHL's regular-season tie-breaking format. He foiled all three Ducks shootout attempts, while rookie Peter Mueller slipped a shot past Giguere to give the Coyotes a 3-2 triumph at Arena. Read the rest here - Link MVN Coverage Once again, the Ducks could not score more than two goals in a game, a problem that needs to be resolved. The Ducks were playing the second of back to back games in Phoenix, having played Chicago the night before. Jean-Sebastien Giguere was back in net after sitting out last night’s contest. In spite of having had some “flu-like” symptoms the day before, Giguere stopped 32 of 34 shots. At the other end was former Ducks goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov, looking happily competitive and stopping 29 of 31 shots. It was the second time the goalies had faced off against each other, the first time also ending in a shut out. Read the rest here - Link[...]

Anaheim Ducks News for Saturday


Game Day Preview from the AP

Coming off a win last night at home over Chicago, the Ducks will look to keep the momentum going tonight when they face Phoenix at Arena.

Anaheim beat Chicago 2-1 at home on Friday for its second straight win and sixth in its last eight games. Corey Perry scored his team-leading 21st goal 16 seconds into the contest and added an assist for the Ducks.

"For whatever reason, not very often have we scored the first goal. But we build momentum as the game goes along," Anaheim's Sean O'Donnell said. "It's certainly not a habit we want to get into. Our goal has to be to play the way we want to play for 60 minutes."

Perry has three goals and an assist against the Coyotes this season, with two of the goals and the assist coming Nov. 3, in the Ducks' 5-2 win at Phoenix.

Giguere, who was battling the flu Friday, could be back in goal in Saturday after watching rookie Jonas Hiller make 20 saves against the Blackhawks.

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Doug Weight interview via the OC Register

Doug Weight was lucky. He was young when he got hit in the face, by the business end of hockey.

He was 21, in fact, playing for the New York Rangers and visiting Edmonton with his girlfriend Allison, who is now his wife. A couple of hours before the game, he was informed he would not be playing Edmonton, but would, in fact, be playing forEdmonton, in exchange for Esa Tikkanen.

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Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks Win 2-1


The Ducks eeked out a victory over the severely depleted Chicago Blackhawks. I am happy we won, but we really should have annihilated them. Oh well, here is tonight's game reports. Photo of the Game Kevin Sullivan, The Orange County Register Official Game Reports Scoresheet Super Stats Boxscore Faceoffs Play-by-Play Shots Rosters TOI - CHI|ANA Video and Photos Official Photos - Link NHL Highlight Video - Link ESPN Video Coverage - Link Ryan Getzlaf Pre-game interview Corey Perry 1st intermission interview J.S. Giguere answers the Hockey 101 Question Tonight's three stars and a Corey Perry interview Sean O'Donnell post-game interview Doug Weight post-game interview Anaheim Ducks official coverage The Ducks offense got off to a fast start and their defense did the work the rest of the way as two first-period goals gave way to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center. Corey Perry had a goal just 16 seconds into the game and Chris Kunitz had one at the end of the first to lead the Ducks to their second straight win and 11th in the last 12 contests with Chicago (including four in a row). In a game they looked like they should run away with, the Ducks had to rely on their defense to hold a one-goal lead over most of the last two periods in handing Chicago its fourth straight loss. Swiss rookie Jonas Hiller had 20 saves saves in earning his third win of the season. Hiller got the start since the Ducks were playing the first of back-to-back games, and No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected to start tomorrow night at Phoenix. Read the rest here - Link OC Register Coverage Ducks coach Randy Carlyle didn’t even try to pretend that watching his club hang on for a second consecutive 2-1 victory wasn’t nerve-wracking. “Just a little,” Carlyle said after Friday's decision over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center. “It’s not like I’m back there whistling.” With the offensively challenged Ducks managing only first-period goals from Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz, who struck on the power play, and Chicago’s Patrick Sharp scoring 1:56 into the second period, that left more than 38 minutes for the Ducks to nurse the most narrow of advantages. Read the rest here - Link LA Times Coverage Before they renew acquaintances tonight in Phoenix with their affable and eccentric former teammate Ilya Bryzgalov, the Ducks were happy to show the reason why they were willing to made the popular backup goalie expendable in November. Looking more comfortable as he gets used to the NHL game, Jonas Hiller stepped in for an ill Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks and led the Ducks to a 2-1 win at the Honda Center. Read the rest here - Link AP Coverage via ESPN Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a touch of the flu and didn't take part in the morning skate, so it was up to rookie Jonas Hiller to give the Anaheim Ducks a solid effort in net. He didn't disappoint. Hiller made 20 saves in his seventh NHL start and withstood a couple of shots off posts, making an early two-goal lead stand up and leading the defending Stanley Cup champions to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. "We're lucky that we have the caliber of goaltending that we have," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Jonas Hiller is a guy th[...]

Anaheim Ducks News for Friday


It was a dark and stormy night...... well it is but that is not what I am here fore. I've got a Bobby Ryan profile, some analysis of our Ducks and other important news.

Schedule Change!!!!!!!!

The start time for the Ducks' Jan. 20 game at Dallas has been changed from 10:30 a.m. Pacific time to 12:30 p.m. Pacific. The start time was changed to comply with the contracted flex scheduling related to the NBC coverage of the Boston/NY Rangers game.
The Ducks-Dallas game will be broadcast locally on KDOC.

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New Ducks Cast with Steve Carroll discussing Scott Niedermayer - Link

Bobby Ryan gets interviewed by the LA Times

There are times when he threads a perfect pass up ice or bulldozes a defender in the offensive zone. And there are times when he looks out of place or can't keep up with the speedsters who zoom by him.
It's all part of the education of the Ducks' Bobby Ryan.
With Sidney Crosby now a superstar and Jack Johnson learning the ropes with the Kings, the Ducks have patiently waited for 20-year-old Ryan to grasp the NHL learning curve and prove they were right to draft him second overall in 2005, behind Crosby and ahead of Johnson.

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The OC Register has a look at how the D is contributing

However far the Ducks go this season, it has become clear they will get there largely on the strength of their defensemen, a group that features the “big four” of Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Mathieu Schneider and Francois Beauchemin.

Since Niedermayer’s return to the lineup in mid-December, the Ducks have not only cut down dramatically on the number of goals and scoring chances they are giving up, but they have received a significant offensive boost from their blue-line corps. Entering Friday night’s matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center, the Ducks have received six goals and 16 points from defensemen in the past seven games.

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