November 24, 2009 |
There are easier ways to win, but at this point they all feel good to the Ducks. And it must have felt like a sweet flood of relief for goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who won for the first time this season. The Ducks were less than a minute from a victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night at the Honda Center before Jarome Iginla's game-tying goal with 18 seconds left in regulation went into the net off the skate of the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf. But they came back to take the two points with a 3-2 shootout victory when Teemu Selanne slowed to a near stop and roofed the puck past Mikka Kiprusoff for the only goal of the shootout.
November 23, 2009
VS. CALGARY When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Channel 56; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 7-11-3, Flames 13-6-2. Record vs. Flames (2008-09): 3-1-0. Update: The Ducks' effort to build momentum after they opened a seven-game homestand with a victory against Tampa Bay on Thursday sputtered with a 3-2 loss to San Jose on Saturday. The team's injury list got shorter as several players returned, including center Saku Koivu. But the Ducks said center Ryan Carter (foot)
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 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.