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March 17, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Rong-Gong Lin II
Los Angeles' top earthquake expert is praising two TV anchors who have become the butt of some jokes for diving under their desk when Monday's 4.4 earthquake hit.  The quake occurred while the KTLA-TV Channel 5 morning news was broadcasting live in Hollywood. The anchors ducked for cover. “Earthquake, we're having an earthquake,” anchor Chris Schauble said before he and co-anchor Megan Henderson ducked underneath the desk. Twitter erupted with Schauble memes, showing his face frozen in shock.
March 17, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The seeds of the San Jose Sharks' six-game winning streak, their 8-1-1 record since the Olympic break and ascent to a tie with the Ducks atop the Pacific Division were planted at last season's trading deadline, when Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson and his staff realized their plodding team needed a new identity and a major infusion of youth. "We did the reset/refresh, where we clarified how we wanted to play. We wanted to be a much faster team," Wilson said. He had a head start with strength down the middle in Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau, so Wilson mostly reconfigured the wingers and defense.
March 17, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Usually, it's Dustin Penner seeking to provide the creative response to a question. But when the former Ducks forward was pulled off the Honda Center ice March 4 and told by General Manager Bob Murray he'd been traded to the Washington Capitals, Penner did the asking: Why? "Cap room," Murray replied. Penner's reunion season with the Ducks ended in a deal for a fourth-round draft pick the Ducks then dealt to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Stephane Robidas . Penner and the Caps visit Anaheim on Tuesday night.
March 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The stretch run has such a way of magnifying the good and the bad. For instance, a puck banks off the skate of Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin past his goalie Martin Jones and a segment of Kings fans want Muzzin put on the next plane back to the minors. The Ducks beat the Kings, 2-1, Saturday night at Staples Center, putting together consecutive victories after Wednesday's loss at Calgary. That 7-2 pratfall against the Flames now appears more like a wake-up call at a key time rather than a precursor of doom.
March 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and winger Dustin Brown, both stricken by flu, will be game-time decisions Saturday night for the encounter with the Ducks at Staples Center. Neither player participated in the Kings' morning skate at El Segundo, an optional session that most veterans skipped. Quick and Brown both missed Friday's practice because they were ill. “We'll see tonight,” Coach Darryl Sutter said Saturday morning when asked if one or both will be available to face the Ducks.
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
There were distinct flickers of playoff-like hate, here and there Saturday night at Staples Center. You had Kings forward Jeff Carter and Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin snapping and taking jabs at each other behind the play in the first period with Carter later clearing out the defenseman along the boards. Then there was the game-within-a-game battle between Ducks star forward Corey Perry and Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, flaring again at the end of the second period. BOX SCORE: Ducks 2, Kings 1 This may have been short of a true preview of what could possibly be a first-ever playoff matchup between the Ducks and the Kings.
March 14, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DENVER -- Teemu Selanne will join the Ducks' first line as left wing alongside stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Friday night in one of the team's most telling games of the season against the Colorado Avalanche. After getting drubbed 7-2 by the lowly Calgary Flames, the Ducks return to Colorado for the first time since the Oct. 2 season opener, when Avalanche Coach Patrick Roy went ballistic and nearly broke through a glass partition to fight Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau as Colorado won by a 6-1 rout.
March 14, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
DUCKS AT KINGS AT STAPLES CENTER When: 7:30. On the air: TV: FS West, Prime Ticket; Radio: 830, 1150. Update: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and team captain Dustin Brown missed practice Friday. Coach Darryl Sutter said both were ill and he will have to see how they feel Saturday morning before making lineup decisions. If Quick can't start, Martin Jones will take his place. This will be the teams' first meeting at Staples Center this season; the Kings' first designated home game was the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25. The Kings won the teams' first game this season in a shootout, but the Ducks won the next two in regulation.
March 13, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DENVER - The worst game the Ducks played this season before Wednesday was here in their opener, a 6-1 loss capped by Colorado Avalanche rookie Coach Patrick Roy threatening to break through a glass partition to fight Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau. That image has lasted longer than what happened afterward: the Ducks embarking on a seven-game win streak and a 15-2-1 roll. Back in Pepsi Center on Thursday, the Ducks (43-16-7) went through perhaps their most spirited, contact-filled practice of the season, a night removed from their horrific showing in a 7-2 loss at woeful Calgary.
March 13, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS -- The good UCLA basketball team showed up Thursday night. There were smiles. There were dunks. There was even Kyle Anderson hugging Travis Wear after a fastbreak layup. This was the Bruins' rolling thunder review. The 82-63 victory over Oregon in the MGM Grand Garden Arena left Coach Steve Alford with a lucky 7-0 record for Las Vegas postseason games - six with New Mexico in the Mountain West tournament. Yet, the Bruins have stood on this precipice before this season.
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