November 18, 2009 |
The Ducks have had their meeting of the minds. There were individual meetings Sunday with Coach Randy Carlyle. And then a team meeting immediately after the Ducks' 5-2 loss Monday at Pittsburgh, a discussion that Carlyle said included his sharing "an overall view" of the team's 0-3-1 trip. Though players after Tuesday's practice welcomed discussion of the meetings, a few wondered aloud whether that would ultimately help turn around the team's fortunes beginning Thursday when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Honda Center.
November 15, 2009
Ducks tonight AT PITTSBURGH When: 4:30 PST. Where: Mellon Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 6-9-3, Penguins 13-7-0. Record vs. Penguins: 0-1-0. Update: The Ducks have dealt with injuries for the last two games to Saku Koivu (groin strain) and Ryan Carter (bruised foot). The Ducks recalled left wing Kyle Calder from Bakersfield of the ECHL on Saturday, but a team spokesman said his availability is uncertain.
November 12, 2009 |
Jamie Langenbrunner and the New Jersey Devils keep finding ways to win despite an injury list that grows longer every day. Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 31 saves as the Devils extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-1 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night. Brian Rolston was the latest casualty, sitting out the game because of an undisclosed injury or illness. He joined Rob Niedermayer (upper body), Johnny Oduya (lower body)
October 24, 2009 |
VS. COLUMBUS When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Ch. 56; Radio: 1090. Records: Ducks 3-4-1, Blue Jackets 5-3-0. Record vs. Blue Jackets (2008-09): 3-1-0. Update: The Ducks are trying to avoid losing three in a row for the first time this season, as are the Blue Jackets. A foot injury after being hit by a puck put fourth-line center Ryan Carter on injured reserve to make room for minor league forward Matt Beleskey, particularly with Evgeny Artyukhin suspended by the NHL for three games for a "slew foot" trip of Dallas defenseman Matt Niskanen in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.
October 22, 2009 |
It is getting late to say it's early. Eight games into the season, the Ducks haven't found themselves, and their spurt of focused effort in the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday at the Honda Center wasn't enough. "We didn't start playing until the third period. That's not acceptable in this league," center Ryan Getzlaf said. "We tried to put a game together in 20 minutes. It's 60." Shut out in two of their previous three games, the Ducks fell behind, 3-0, before rallying to cut the lead to one goal when Joffrey Lupul scored at 8:35 of the third.
October 15, 2009 |
The slow-starting Ducks wanted a jump-start, and they got one. Corey Perry was two-thirds of the way to a hat trick only 8 1/2 minutes into the Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in front of 15,111 Wednesday at the Honda Center. Perry didn't get a third goal for what would have been the first hat trick of his career -- Ryan Carter scored the Ducks' other goal -- but Perry only shrugged. "If it ever happens, it happens," he said. "I'm not pushing it." Coach Randy Carlyle didn't even have him on the ice with an empty net at the end. "There was an old guy who didn't want to get off," he said in a teasing jab at Teemu Selanne.
October 14, 2009 |
DUCKS TONIGHT VS. MINNESOTA Where: Honda Center. When: 7. On the air: TV: Prime; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 2-2-1, Wild 1-3-0. Record vs. Wild: 0-1. Update: Minnesota is off to a poor start, but the Wild's single victory came against the Ducks. The Ducks went 2-1-1 on a four-game trip, ending with a 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back. The mixed results left Coach Randy Carlyle confident the team is capable but searching for consistency.