November 20, 2009 |
It appeared the Ducks' losing habits caught up to them. They stormed out to a three-goal lead over Tampa Bay seven minutes into the second period, but then allowed the Lightning to force overtime. Defenseman Scott Niedermayer made sure this game wouldn't end in a losing effort, though. He scored 52 seconds into overtime, giving the Ducks a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday before an announced crowd of 14,555 at the Honda Center. "We stuck with it and kept working and we got our reward," Niedermayer said.
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)
November 4, 2009 |
The difference between the Ducks and the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins did not look as vast on the ice Tuesday as the gulf between the teams in the NHL standings. That gap grew a little wider after a 4-3 victory gave the Penguins their NHL-best 12th victory of the season and a 7-0 start on the road that ties a league record. Still, the intensity and effort the Ducks played with was strikingly better than in some games they have played at the Honda Center, where a crowd of 16,128 saw the liveliest home game of the season by the unexpectedly struggling team.
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.