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March 28, 2009 | Billy Witz
The way Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle protected Jean-Sebastien Giguere, maybe he should have been in net Friday night. Even though the Ducks managed a regular-season record 54 shots and an effort that was just as relentless, it wasn't enough to prevent a 5-3 loss to Edmonton that ended a five-game win streak and made their playoff prospects precarious again.
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March 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Earlier this month, as the Ducks unpacked in a Calgary dressing room, some players began chiding rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm about shirking his "duties" as equipment bag unloader. The good-natured Swede smiled and tried in vain to explain he'd done his best to assist equipment manager Doug "Sluggo" Shearer, but had to get skating. The instant defined Lindholm, who two months after turning 20 has made himself one of the NHL's top rookies by simply knowing his place. "He's fortunate to have that mental makeup, because bad things happen out there on the ice," said Scott Niedermayer, the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and Ducks assistant coach who counsels Lindholm.
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September 22, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
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.
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March 10, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Shots aren't going in. There's great frustration with the power-play failures. The Western Conference lead has slipped away. And their old coach beat them. The Ducks are sitting squarely in what Coach Bruce Boudreau classified Monday as a funk after their 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Coach Randy Carlyle at Honda Center. BOX SCORE: Maple Leafs 3, Ducks 1 After two shootout losses to Montreal and Pittsburgh, the Ducks were done in by the very enemies they'd practiced for. Toronto forward Phil Kessel, who torched them for a hat trick in October, returned to score a goal and contribute two assists.
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November 8, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 5-6-3, Predators 7-4-2. Update: The slumping Ducks return home after their long trip, in which they won once in seven games. Flu-riddled Saku Koivu and Francois Beauchemin resumed practicing after missing Monday's session. Goalie Jonas Hiller, on what the Ducks need to do to turn things around: "I think we have to work hard and work smarter out there. Everyone is trying, but we're not pulling in the same direction.
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March 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Sheldon Souray was persona non grata as an Edmonton Oiler. With the Ducks, the veteran defenseman has been exactly what the team needed to help resurrect it from playoff onlooker to Stanley Cup contender. His 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame boosts his ability to shut down the opposition while facilitating the offense alongside another reborn veteran, Francois Beauchemin. They are the top plus/minus defensive duo in the NHL through Wednesday, Souray ranking first among defensemen and sixth overall at plus-22 and Beauchemin ranking second among defensemen at plus-20.
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March 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Earlier this month, as the Ducks unpacked in a Calgary dressing room, some players began chiding rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm about shirking his "duties" as equipment bag unloader. The good-natured Swede smiled and tried in vain to explain he'd done his best to assist equipment manager Doug "Sluggo" Shearer, but had to get skating. The instant defined Lindholm, who two months after turning 20 has made himself one of the NHL's top rookies by simply knowing his place. "He's fortunate to have that mental makeup, because bad things happen out there on the ice," said Scott Niedermayer, the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and Ducks assistant coach who counsels Lindholm.
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June 7, 2007 | LONNIE WHITE
A fine line * It just seemed right that the Ducks' checking line of Samuel Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen carried them to a Cup-ending victory Wednesday. Moen scored two goals, Niedermayer added another and Pahlsson finished with a plus-three rating for the game, all while the three players shut down whatever scoring combination they faced from the Senators.
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January 20, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
When: 1 p.m. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 16-22-7. Senators 27-16-6. Record vs. Senators: First meeting of season. Update: One name can be removed from the conversation when it comes to ever-present trade rumors: Francois Beauchemin. The Ducks signed the veteran defenseman to a three-year contract extension worth $10.5 million. The breakdown is $3.5 million in each of the next three years.
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April 28, 2009 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The Ducks proved Monday that the NHL's regular season means nothing and that indomitable will means everything in the playoffs. Teemu Selanne and Francois Beauchemin scored second-period goals, Ryan Getzlaf added an insurance goal in the third and goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped 36 shots as the eighth-seeded Ducks eliminated the top-seeded San Jose Sharks with a 4-1 victory in the sixth game of their first-round playoff series.
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January 17, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
CHICAGO -- Without veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray, the Ducks have still surged to the NHL's best record, winning a record-tying 18 of 19 games with goalie Jonas Hiller winning 14 straight. Yet, news Thursday that Souray, 37, was to undergo surgery Friday on the torn right wrist tendon he suffered in preseason conditioning and miss the remainder of the season deprives the Ducks of an experienced on-ice leader as the games increase in intensity and significance. “It's a big blow as far as we were expecting him back,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday at United Center, where the Ducks (36-8-5)
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January 12, 2014 | Lance Pugmire
Jonas Hiller needed 28 saves to win his 13th consecutive game Saturday, but his night was decided by watching his team strike for three goals in a 5-minute 10-second span during the second period. "When the guys score four, five goals every night, it's not too tough to win as a goalie," Hiller said. By beating the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3, at Jobing.com Arena to sweep the five-game season series against their division rival, the Ducks extended their team record of scoring four or more goals to six consecutive games, and improved their NHL-leading record to 34-8-5.
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January 12, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jonas Hiller needed 28 saves to win his 13th consecutive game Saturday, but his night was decided by watching his team strike for three goals in a 5-minute 10-second span during the second period. "When the guys score four, five goals every night, it's not too tough to win as a goalie," Hiller said. By beating the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3, at Jobing.com Arena to sweep the five-game season series against their division rival, the Ducks extended their team record of scoring four or more goals to six consecutive games, and improved their NHL-leading record to 34-8-5.
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December 31, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
  What the Ducks want out of 2014 they produced Tuesday night. In a high-energy blitz of talent and toughness that answered a road loss to the San Jose Sharks two days earlier, the Ducks scored five goals in an 11-minute 25-second stretch to win, 6-3, at Honda Center. "Huge for us, because it shows when we play our game, we win," said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, who capped the scoring with a short-handed goal early in the third period. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf already had two assists when he outraced the Sharks on an earlier third-period breakaway, closing it with a muscled shot that beat San Jose goalie Antti Niemi and forced his removal from the game.
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December 14, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Cam Fowler lost the security blanket of veteran defensemen around him. It hasn't mattered. He found himself. The 22-year-old fourth-year defender is a primary reason the Ducks lead the Pacific Division with a 22-7-5 record. Fowler has played in all 34 games, leads the team in minutes per game (24:03) and is regularly assigned against the opponents' first line, including defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago's duo of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who were kept goal-less by Fowler and teammate Ben Lovejoy this month.
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December 12, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks don't have any more room to move atop the Pacific Division standings and now their health is returning. Wednesday, the 22-7-5 team riding a 13-game home unbeaten-in-regulation start and seven-game unbeaten-in-regulation streak moved defensemen Alex Grant and Nolan Yonkman along with center David Steckel back to minor league Norfolk in anticipation of Sunday's return  of defenseman Francois Beauchemin, center Mathieu Perreault and defenseman...
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November 21, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Sixty two seconds from a 9-0 start at home, the Ducks made a stunning dark turn into misfortune and now find themselves winless in five consecutive games. First, with his goalie off the ice, New Jersey Devils veteran Jaromir Jagr delivered career goal No. 689 by beating Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, tying the score with 1:01 left in regulation. Then, in overtime, Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy tried to clear a puck in front of Hiller, only to see it accidentally strike teammate Corey Perry and careen back inside the goal to give the Devils a 4-3 victory Wednesday at Honda Center.
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