September 22, 2013 |
The banged-up Ducks defense was lifted Sunday by the return of veteran Francois Beauchemin, who played about 20 minutes in his first action since May knee surgery. Beauchemin had labored through the playoffs on a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "It's been a long summer … maybe play again Saturday and be ready for the opener," he said after the Ducks' 2-1 exhibition loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center. "It was important to get in a couple games … just to get the rhythm back, to get in game shape, get the feel of the game.
May 12, 2013 |
A great beginning turned into a sorry end for the Ducks, who burned up the NHL in the early weeks of this lockout-shortened season but were too burned out Sunday to put up much of a consistent challenge to the inspired Detroit Red Wings. What should have been a memory for the ages - a Game 7, a defining moment every NHL player craves - evolved into a dispirited 3-2 loss for the second-seeded Ducks, who were a step slower and a split-second behind the seventh-seeded Red Wings most of the night.
May 6, 2013 |
DETROIT - Suspended forward Justin Abdelkader will be out of Detroit's lineup for the next two games, but the Ducks could be missing injured defenseman Toni Lydman for an even longer period of time. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said as much after Monday's morning skate here. Game 4 is Monday night and the Ducks lead the playoff series, two games to one. “He plays a hard game," Boudreau said of Abdelkader. "But he made a mistake and he's paying for it. ... We're probably going to be without our guy for much longer than two games.” Lydman, who continues to suffer from headaches and a sore neck, was at Joe Louis Arena but declined to meet with reporters.
May 4, 2013 |
DETROIT -- The chess game of lineup changes continued with the Ducks making a significant move on the back end and the Red Wings opting for a small change up front before Saturday's Game 3 of their first-round NHL playoff series. Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa, who missed the final six regular-season games with a lower-body injury, will make his series debut, and veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray is the odd-man out. For Detroit, Mikael Samuelsson is in for the first time in the series, on the fourth line with Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton.
May 3, 2013 |
DETROIT - First, there was video review during a long plane ride here, of that zigzagging, random Game 2, a big third-period Ducks' comeback followed by an overtime loss to the Red Wings. With the first-round playoff series between the teams (tied 1-1) shifting to Michigan for Game 3 on Saturday night, there is also the psychological care and feeding of playoff newcomers. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau planned on turning his attention to that component. Boudreau addressed several topics in a media session here after the team arrived in Detroit: the slow starts in each period by the Ducks in Game 2 and allowing three power-play goals in the 5-4 overtime defeat.
April 30, 2013 |
This was the moment Teemu Selanne was waiting for - one of the reasons the 42-year-old decided to slog through another regular season, albeit a shortened one. The career of a future Hall of Famer isn't supposed to end at a nondescript regular-season game in western Canada. Or after a disappointing playoff loss against Nashville. Selanne and the Ducks were back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and the Finnish legend wasted little time in marking his fine imprint on this first-round series, lifting Anaheim to a 3-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at Honda Center in Game 1. BOX SCORE: Ducks 3, Detroit 1 Put Selanne on the power play and magic is bound to unfold.