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February 9, 2010 | Helene Elliott
The Kings' winning streak ended Monday at a club-record nine games, halted not by lack of effort but by a more desperate effort by the playoff long shot Ducks. It took every bit of determination the Ducks had to subdue the Kings, 4-2, at the Honda Center and set a record of their own with a 10-game home winning streak. It took Scott Niedermayer frantically batting the puck away from Dustin Brown while on his knees near the net midway through the third period. It took Corey Perry contributing a goal and two assists despite losing his center, Ryan Getzlaf, to a sprained ankle in the second period.
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February 9, 2010 | Helene Elliott
There's a lot of Ilya Kovalchuk gear on sale at the Thrashers' team store, so Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello won't be the only one getting a bargain after the left wing was traded from Atlanta to New Jersey last week. The Devils had the depth to give away promising kids like Niclas Bergfors and Patrice Cormier and a first-round draft pick for Kovalchuk, who can walk away as a free agent July 1. The Kings wouldn't surrender any two of Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson and Wayne Simmonds, so Thrashers GM Don Waddell took the best deal available.
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February 9, 2010 | By Robyn Norwood
The Ducks ended the Kings' streak, but the two points in the playoff race might have come at a high price. Ryan Getzlaf , the team's leading scorer, sprained his left ankle during the second period and left the arena wearing a boot and on crutches. X-rays were negative, but an MRI exam is scheduled for Tuesday. "That will give us a better indication of the severity of the sprain," Coach Randy Carlyle said. The Ducks have three games remaining before the Olympic break, when Getzlaf is scheduled to play for Canada in Vancouver.
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February 9, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry met at a selection camp for an under-18 team -- or so Perry recalls. Getzlaf thought it wasn't until after the 2003 draft, in which the Ducks chose him 19th and Perry 28th, that they began forming the bond that led to having their names engraved on the Stanley Cup in 2007 and on Team Canada's roster for the Vancouver Olympics. After a moment's thought, Getzlaf decided Perry was right. "He made that team and I didn't," the rangy center said, "so that's why he remembers it."
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February 8, 2010
Kings-Ducks tonight When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 1150, 830. Records: Kings 36-19-3, Ducks 27-24-7. Season series: Kings 3-0-0. Update: Something has to give. The Kings have won a franchise-record nine consecutive games. The Ducks have won their last nine at home. Goaltending has been a key for both teams. The Kings' Jonathan Quick leads the NHL in wins with 34. The Ducks' Jonas Hiller was 12th with 23. But Hiller has 11 fewer starts after sharing the job with Jean-Sebastien Giguere before Giguere was traded to Toronto.
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February 8, 2010 | By Robyn Norwood
The Kings' record nine-game winning streak is hardly news to the Ducks -- after all, they were victim No. 8. "They're a good hockey club that is rolling along, obviously, and yesterday was an example again, coming back from a 3-0 deficit," Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said Sunday, the day after the Kings rallied to beat Detroit, 4-3. "For them to come back and beat the Detroit Red Wings, that's no easy feat." The Kings -- who play the Ducks on Monday night in Anaheim -- have won six of their franchise-record nine in a row by comebacks, and six by a one-goal margin.
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February 5, 2010 | Helene Elliott
The Kings were in the hunt for high-scoring winger Ilya Kovalchuk until almost the last minute, intrigued by what he could do for their power play but adamant that they wouldn't give up Dustin Brown, Wayne Simmonds and Jack Johnson -- or any two of that trio -- for a player who could walk away July 1. General Manager Dean Lombardi decided he would do better to look for a support player later and not tear his team apart to get Kovalchuk, and it...
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February 5, 2010 | By Robyn Norwood
Ducks defenseman Ryan Whitney was added to the U.S. Olympic team Thursday, giving the Ducks nine players on various Olympic teams -- more than any other NHL organization. One of the Ducks' representatives, Swiss defenseman Luca Sbisa , 20, is playing with a junior team this season, leaving the Ducks with eight NHL Olympians, a number matched by San Jose. Whitney and Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes were added to replace injured defensemen Paul Martin of the New Jersey Devils and Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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February 4, 2010 | Robyn Norwood
The Ducks' Jonas Hiller is playing like a million bucks. Make that $18 million. Four days after receiving a rich four-year contract extension, Hiller made 46 saves in a 3-1 victory over Detroit on Wednesday at the Honda Center. The win pulled the Ducks to three points out of a tie for the final Western Conference playoff spot as they prepare to play the Kings on Thursday night at Staples Center. "I think he has the confidence that he can play, and he's proven it to us," Coach Randy Carlyle said.
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February 4, 2010
Kings vs. Ducks tonight When : 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150, 830. Records: Kings 34-19-3, Ducks 27-23-7. Season series: Kings 2-0-0. Update: The Kings have won seven consecutive games, one short of the club record set in 1972-73 and equaled in 1991-92. They have reached 34 wins faster than any previous Kings team. Goaltender Jonathan Quick has won these seven in a row, tying a club record for a goalie set in 1991-92 by Kelly Hrudey and matched a season later by Robb Stauber.
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