January 30, 2014 |
Ryan Getzlaf's timing on when to tip a puck, when to dish a pass and when to throw a punch was impeccable Thursday night. Because of it, Getzlaf established a career-high goal total and set the tone for the Ducks' 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center that gives them 40 wins just 56 games into the season. After deflecting a Hampus Lindholm shot past Flyers goalie Steve Mason with 36 seconds left in the first period for his 26th goal and a 2-1 lead, Getzlaf fought Flyers forward Steve Downie 82 seconds into the second.
January 27, 2014 |
His team has the NHL's best record, just swept the rival Kings in consecutive games and is getting career seasons from stars and others alike. Yet, Ducks General Manager Bob Murray is taking nothing for granted, telling The Times in a telephone interview Monday that he and his staff spent an hour mulling ways to improve the roster earlier in the day. "This is no different than any year; you're always trying to get better, never satisfied," Murray...
January 25, 2014 |
What the Ducks noticed in their Friday practice at Dodger Stadium before the NHL Stadium Series game against the Kings on Saturday night was how their jerseys were especially drenched. “I'm still sweating, and practice has been over for a half hour,” said Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who's expected to start Saturday when the puck is scheduled to drop at 7:15 p.m. “You try to get enough fluid in you, get your mask off to let your head cool.” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday's 65% humidity in 64-degree conditions will ensure his team will bring plenty of drinks to its bench area, which is positioned behind where second base would usually be fixed.
January 24, 2014 |
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau played his outdoor hockey under the lights, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter under the stars. Growing up in Finland, Ducks center Saku Koivu played not on Golden Pond, but on frozen swamps. Kings center Mike Richards spent almost every winter day skating up and down the outdoor community center rink run by his parents in Kenora, Ontario. No matter if they were from Canada or Europe, in an urban center or a rural area, their shared childhood experience was outdoor hockey.
January 17, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The Ducks failed to protect numerous streaks Friday, all because the Chicago Blackhawks were hovering over something more treasured. In beating the Ducks 4-2 before a sellout United Center crowd, the Blackhawks put the greatest challengers to their Stanley Cup defense in their place. Gone is Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller's 14-game winning streak, as is the Ducks' run of eight consecutive wins. And they are now 18-2 since their last visit to Chicago on Dec. 6. "We knew how big it was," Chicago forward Marian Hossa said after scoring the game's opening goal short-handed, and its last on an empty net that stopped a furious Ducks' rally of two goals late in the third period.
January 16, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The Ducks won't dare say they've solved the Chicago Blackhawks, but their 5-0 run after a December 2011 road loss is nonetheless head-turning. The teams renew acquaintances Friday night at United Center. "We've won enough games against them that we have a level of confidence to know we can beat them," Ducks center Nick Bonino said of the defending Stanley Cup champions. "You can't go in thinking you have their number, but you can go in knowing you can win. " The Ducks - leading the NHL with a 36-8-5 mark that includes a record-tying 18 wins in 19 games - swept the Blackhawks (30-8-11)
January 9, 2014 |
NASHVILLE -- This is Ryan Getzlaf's fourth season as the Ducks' captain, and his best in terms of fulfilling the title's demands. Thursday night embodied the extra push Getzlaf, 28, brings. Trailing by two goals after the first period, he responded with two goals and a brilliant assist in a six-minute 27-second span to open the second period, carrying the Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau praised his center's assertiveness.
January 8, 2014
Maybe the Boston Bruins thought they had Jonas Hiller out of position and vulnerable Tuesday night. Actually, he had them right where he wanted them. Hiller, en route to his 12th consecutive win in the Ducks' 5-2 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins at Honda Center, opted to add the extra flair of a glove flip in snaring a first-period blast by Bruins forward Brad Marchand. Box score: Ducks 5, Bruins 2 Marchand was stunned he didn't score. "Those saves, you don't make every night," Hiller said of his extra theatrics.
January 8, 2014 |
NASHVILLE - Reward for a statement win over another first-place team? Hop on a plane for a four-hour flight to Music City, de-board and report to the ice. That was Wednesday for the Ducks, and for good reason. "The first four trips we made back East, there was the same kind of travel and we just had stretches and light workouts at the team hotel," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And lost all four games. " Those failings in Colorado, Toronto, Florida and Dallas led to this strategy, and victories over Chicago and Detroit in December followed.