December 21, 2005 |
The Mighty Ducks still envision themselves as a playoff team, but their breakdown Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks wasn't befitting a team with such aspirations. The mistakes the Ducks made proved costly and San Jose's Jonathan Cheechoo made them pay with his first three-goal game to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 victory at HP Pavilion.
April 9, 2001 |
Here's why Teemu Selanne was the most popular person at the Pond Sunday. Selanne played hockey. He didn't have to. Selanne's team, the San Jose Sharks, had already qualified for the playoffs. They will be seeded fifth in the Western Conference. The Sharks had nothing on the line against the Mighty Ducks. Selanne has a tricky knee. He didn't need the aggravation. But Selanne played. Selanne played because he is classy. Because he found out the Ducks were planning a video tribute.
April 13, 1996 |
Paul Kariya has given so much to the Mighty Ducks in two seasons. Let's see, there's skill, goals and assists, respectability, goals and assists, an identity, oh yeah, and goals and assists. He gave them something new Friday. Three teeth. It was a big sacrifice, but it wasn't as if he had a say in the matter. At game's end, he couldn't speak because of the injury. Kariya and Joe Nieuwendyk of the Dallas Stars got tangled up in the neutral zone early in the second period at the Pond.
November 7, 2000 |
The Mighty Ducks' locker room is filled with people from Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Belarus. And the United States. But mostly these hockey players are from somewhere else and they will not be voting today in the U.S. election. So as a public service, and to take their minds off a certain dispiriting trip against two bad teams that resulted in one lousy point, the question was posed to some Mighty Ducks Monday: What do you think about our presidential candidates?
January 12, 2003 |
High on the priority list for first-year Coach Mike Babcock was to turn the Arrowhead Pond into a true home-ice advantage again for the Mighty Ducks. Midway into the season, Babcock has reached his goal with the Ducks owning a 9-6-5 record heading into tonight's game against St. Louis. The key to the Ducks' positive home record has been their ability to take advantage of 5 p.m. games on Sundays.
October 14, 2004 |
The NHL season was supposed to open Wednesday, yet there's no Kings, no Mighty Ducks. No pucks? Hockey-hungry fans in Southern California will have other ways to satisfy their cravings during the lockout besides watching FSN's telecasts of the 10 most memorable games in Ducks history or rummaging through the garage for a tape of the "Miracle on Manchester."
April 7, 1995 |
Denny Lambert was getting ready to play his 278th game as a San Diego Gull when Coach Walt Kyle asked to see him Tuesday morning. The Mighty Ducks were calling him up to the NHL. "I didn't actually believe it," Lambert said. "Walt jokes a lot. I thought he was pulling my leg. He called me in and I thought we were going to watch video. He said, 'They're calling you up,' and I said, 'OK, right, ' and he said, 'No, I'm serious.' I said, 'Holy jeez. Wow.' I've been waiting a long time."
May 5, 2006 |
Scott Niedermayer leaned over the boards while sitting on the Mighty Ducks' bench Wednesday night. Jeff Friesen had scored an empty-net goal seconds before to cap a 3-0 victory over Calgary that pushed the Ducks into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. On the bench, players were celebrating. Not Niedermayer, who had a look of an adult trying to remember how to do algebra. "I was happy," Niedermayer said Thursday, smiling. "That's just my makeup. I don't get too excited either way.
February 15, 1994 |
From the last row near the rafters in Anaheim Arena down to the seats on the glass at ice level, thousands of voices join together to shout at the Mighty Ducks' goaltender in a roaring chorus. "G-e-e-e-e-e-k!" At least that's the way his name used to sound to Guy Hebert's Little League baseball teammates growing up in Troy, N.Y. The boys who knew Hebert from hockey put the Lafleur touch on the name of a kid whose mom had named him Guy, as in Lombardo.
March 8, 2001 |
There would be no final cheers for Guy Hebert from thousands of fans Wednesday at the Arrowhead Pond. No final salute to the crowd with his stick raised high in thanks. Certainly no parade at Disneyland. Hebert arrived at the Pond about noon as the newest member of the New York Rangers. He had only a few minutes to collect his gear, shake a few hands and say a bittersweet goodbye to the franchise he helped start.