March 7, 2000 |
Say what you will about the 10th-place Ducks, but they know full well how they got into this predicament. "We had a terrible January," goalie Guy Hebert said. "We were off to our best start by the end of December. [What happened in January] is all sort of a blur right now. I didn't play well enough and we were 4-7-2 in January. That will really put you out of a playoff spot, whether it's early, middle or late in the year." The Ducks haven't given up hope of rallying for a playoff berth, however.
March 17, 2000 |
The Ducks' goal tonight is simple: Defeat the San Jose Sharks and move within four points of a playoff spot. If the Ducks should lose . . . well, that's something they didn't want to consider Thursday. "We have to get it done," defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky said. "Absolutely." Said right wing Teemu Selanne, "I think everybody here believes we're going to make the playoffs." Added Coach Craig Hartsburg, "We've been saying it for a while, but it's like a playoff game. . . .
March 3, 2000 |
There were two Kariyas on the ice when the Ducks and Canucks played Dec. 8 at Anaheim, the first NHL meeting between Anaheim's Paul and Vancouver's Steve. When the teams played Feb. 23 at the Arrowhead Pond, only Steve was in the lineup. There were no Kariyas in action Thursday in Vancouver. Paul was at home in Orange County, making progress in his recovery from a bruised right foot. He is expected to participate in a light skate Saturday or Sunday, Coach Craig Hartsburg said.
March 3, 2000 | ,
The Mighty Ducks handled the puck as if it were toxic Thursday night at General Motors Place. Their goaltending wasn't all it could have been. And their power play failed them. A dysfunctional 3-1 loss against the Vancouver Canucks represented a significant step backward for the Ducks, who can ill afford many more clunkers in the remaining 17 games.
March 22, 2000 | ,
It all could change tonight. Fortunes do shift in a day--sometimes in minutes--in the NHL this time of year. But the Mighty Ducks left for Edmonton late Tuesday with a 5-2 grind-it-out victory over the Kings in the overhead compartment. The Ducks are tied with San Jose for the eighth and final playoff spot. They also have eight games left, starting tonight against the seventh-place Oilers. "The battle is still on," right wing Teemu Selanne said.
March 22, 2000 |
Another day, another suspension. And NHL players' names are appearing in police reports as often as game reports. So it goes in the NHL, the meanest game on ice. Where once there were snarls, there are taunts and an occasional epithet or throat-slitting gesture.
March 15, 2000 |
The Mighty Ducks tinkered with their roster with three minor deals as the trade deadline came and went Tuesday. More important, though, was the absence of goalie Guy Hebert, who has been under wraps the last three days. The Ducks acquired Ed Ward, a 30-year-old right wing, from Atlanta for a conditional draft pick in 2001. They also picked up goalie Corey Hirsch for future considerations. And the Ducks traded defenseman Dan Trebil to Pittsburgh for a fifth-round pick in the June draft.