December 16, 2009
Ducks tonight AT VANCOUVER When: 7 PST. Where: GM Place. On the air: TV: Ch. 56; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 12-13-7, Canucks 19-14-0. Record vs. Canucks: 1-0-0. Update: These teams last met Oct. 30 in a 7-2 rout by the Ducks. But Vancouver's second line, led by center Ryan Kesler, has begun to produce, as was evident Monday night against the Kings. On Saturday, the Ducks ended a road losing streak at nine games as Corey Perry got his team-leading 16th goal while Dan Sexton, called up Dec. 4, scored his fourth goal in his fifth NHL game.
December 11, 2009
Ducks tonight AT DETROIT When: 4:30 PST. Where: Joe Louis Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 11-13-6; Red Wings 14-11-5. Record vs. Red Wings: 0-1-0. Update: The Ducks have back-to-back games, and tonight's is the first of four consecutive on the road. The Ducks ended a five-game losing streak Tuesday with a 4-3 overtime victory against Dallas, but the Ducks remain in 15th place in the Western Conference.
December 9, 2009 |
A slight rookie who had never scored an NHL goal brought the Ducks back by scoring two in the third period Tuesday, propelling them to a 4-3 overtime victory over Dallas that ended a dogged five-game losing streak. Dan Sexton, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound winger, forced overtime after he tied the score with 1:02 left in regulation in only his third NHL game, earning a curtain call as the game's No. 1 star after Saku Koivu scored the game-winner with 47 seconds left in overtime. "I'd say it was probably the coolest feeling -- take my previous coolest feeling and multiply it by 10, if not more.
December 8, 2009 |
The NHL announced surprisingly good attendance figures last week, saying teams had played to 91.3% of capacity through November. That's despite sub-10,000 crowds in Phoenix and numbers in the low teens in Nashville, Atlanta, Colorado, Long Island and Carolina. The local teams brought the number down, though the Kings' average of 16,274 through their first 14 home games -- 89.9% of capacity at Staples Center -- was up about 1,200 from the same point last season. The Ducks have averaged 14,889 fans through a league-high 18 home games.
December 7, 2009 |
Another point slipped away from the Ducks in a shootout Sunday. The struggle is to keep their confidence and determination from slipping away too. The 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators at the Honda Center was their second shootout defeat in three days and the fourth one-goal loss in five games. All it amounts to is close, but still sitting in last place in the Western Conference. "It's desperation for us right now," said Corey Perry, who had a goal and an assist but missed the net in the shootout.
December 2, 2009 |
Delayed until December by an insensitive schedule maker, the renewal of the rivalry between the Ducks and Kings on Tuesday was a welcome occasion in a season crammed with games against opponents that are almost interchangeable. Their performances in a 4-3 victory by the Kings at the Honda Center were snapshots of the reasons Kings fans are infusing more optimism into their natural caution and Ducks fans continue to shake their heads at a team that can alternate world-class skill with moments of singular stupidity.
December 1, 2009
Kings vs. Ducks tonight When: 7:30. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 1150, 830. Records: Kings 15-10-2, Ducks 10-11-4. Season series (2008-09): Kings 3-2-1. Update: Since the lockout, the Ducks are 18-8-4 against the Kings, including 9-3-2 at home. The Kings are expected to have the same lineup as in their 2-1 shootout victory over Chicago on Saturday, which means defenseman Rob Scuderi (ankle)
December 1, 2009 |
Kings Coach Terry Murray looks at the Ducks and sees a team that still has the heart of a champion and is capable of world-class efforts when the moment demands them. "With us, looking at our team, we need to develop that attitude," he said. Ducks General Manager Bob Murray (no relation) looks at the Kings and sees a mobile and talented defense that could be a force for years to come. "You've got to build from the defense," the former NHL defenseman said. "Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, Matt Greene -- what a move that was to get Greene.