April 17, 2011 |
Reporting from Nashville Teemu Selanne, the Ducks' Mr. Happy and a guy who savors putting the puck in the net as if he invented the technique, has never seemed so disgusted with a two-goal game. "It was wasted," Selanne said. Mincing words was not in Selanne's repertoire Sunday. Choosing them with harshness was after the Nashville Predators' 4-3 victory at Bridgestone Arena that left the Ducks down, 2-1, in the Stanley Cup playoff series. The abridged version: The Ducks stunk, and almost won. The Predators thoroughly dominated, and left wiping their brows.
April 14, 2011 |
You don't have a little goaltender chat with Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle — not this time of year. It's like trying to pry loose his deepest, darkest secret which is, of course, who he will start in goal Friday night against Nashville in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at Honda Center. So who will it be? "The guy who gives us the best chance to win," Carlyle said. "The guy who is the healthiest. … Ultimately, the decision is mine. " Here is where the gyrations begin.
April 8, 2011 |
Teemu Selanne looked at his surroundings a little more intently Friday at Honda Center, as if he were committing everything to memory in case it turned out to be his last home game as a Duck. But Selanne, who will be 41 this summer a few days after his contract expires, wasn't ready for the team's season — or his stellar career — to end just yet. The Finnish right wing scored twice against the Kings on Friday to give the Ducks a 2-1 victory that locked up a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs, beating goaltender Jonathan Quick for the decisive goal thanks to a spectacular, off-balance pass from compatriot Saku Koivu 5:54 into the third period.
April 3, 2011 |
It was an evening for the strange, the unusual, and even the unheard of. Ducks forward Teemu Selanne refused to talk to reporters after a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday at Honda Center. That alone would be enough to send the team's media relations staff scurrying off to determine whether that was a first. But there was more … so much more. The Ducks were on their way to a defeat because of their woeful play, and they lost a chance at redemption when two potential tying goals were waved off in the final minutes of the third period.
March 30, 2011 |
Reporting from Calgary, Canada — Six months ago, goaltender Ray Emery was a man without a team and seemingly without a hockey future after undergoing drastic bone-graft surgery last April to repair the deterioration of the ball joint in his right hip. Now, the Ducks are putting their season in his hands. That's partly because All-Star goaltender Jonas Hiller is again experiencing vertigo-related problems that he said have left him feeling "up and down," and partly because Emery has earned that trust with his stellar play.
March 29, 2011 |
The buzz around the Ducks' locker room Monday morning was about forward Corey Perry, who leads the NHL in goals. The buzz around the net Monday night was by someone who has been through all that before, and chasing something else — fun. Teemu Selanne's three goals and two assists helped the Ducks rally for a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center. The Ducks labored against a team that holds NHL chum status, having lost 23 of its last 26 games. But the Ducks needed Selanne to kick-start things after falling behind, 2-0. "When I won the Stanley Cup, I thought I was through," said Selanne, part of the Ducks' championship team.
March 6, 2011 |
Their ability to capitalize on scoring chances is one of the reasons the Vancouver Canucks are sitting on top of the NHL. And it's a characteristic the Ducks will have to work on if they are going to be playing in the postseason next month. The Ducks on Sunday night failed to replicate the energy that carried them during their three-game winning streak, falling to the Canucks, 3-0, in front of 16,356 at Honda Center. Manny Malhotra scored goals for Vancouver in the opening minute of the first and second periods, and goaltender Cory Schneider, who started to give Roberto Luongo the night off, made 26 saves for his first career shutout.
March 2, 2011 |
The unnatural curve on goaltender Dan Ellis' mask, with the bar protecting his nose bent back ? "It was up against my nose" ? was as symbolic as it can get. Battered, not beaten. The Ducks found all kinds of ways to twist and bend Thursday night, while giving the Detroit Red Wings far more opportunities than an elite team should be allowed. But the final chance was on Bobby Ryan's stick and his goal on a penalty shot in overtime gave the Ducks a 2-1 victory at Honda Center.
February 2, 2011 |
The Ducks' All-Star break is over, but they slept through their alarm. They gave up a goal 14 seconds into the game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, then fell behind by three in the first 12 minutes. That sent their All-Star goaltender, Jonas Hiller, to the bench before a comeback that was too little, too late in a 4-3 loss at the Honda Center. "I don't know what the problem was. We weren't ready," Hiller said. "And it seemed like instead of waking up, we just kept trying to play the same way. " Hiller held some of the NHL's best players to two goals in a 20-minute appearance in the All-Star game Sunday.
January 9, 2011 |
This was Jonas Hiller's weekend in the net: two games, 64 shots, two goose eggs. With 37 saves in a 1-0 win over San Jose on Sunday night at the Honda Center, Hiller became the first Ducks goaltender to record consecutive shutouts since 2002, when Jean-Sebastien Giguere had three in a row. Guy Hebert is the only other goaltender in Ducks history to record at least two in a row. "I think words can fail, what he's done for us, and how well...