September 18, 1996 |
Coach Ron Wilson will field a more representative lineup for tonight's exhibition against the New York Rangers at the Pond than Sunday's rookie-dominated squad. Jari Kurri will make his Duck exhibition debut, playing on a line with Finnish World Cup teammate Teemu Selanne. Neither played in a 2-0 loss to the Kings on Sunday. Rookie Mike Leclerc, who had 111 points for Brandon of the Western Hockey League last season, will be the third member of the Kurri-Selanne line.
January 10, 1988 |
The Kings, who have won only once in their last nine games here, meet the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at Chicago Stadium in a matchup of the two worst defensive teams in the National Hockey League. The Kings, who had a four-game unbeaten streak ended Friday night at Detroit, have allowed 199 goals in 43 games, an average of 4.6 a game. The Blackhawks, who have lost four of their last five games in Chicago Stadium, have given up 176 goals in 41 games, an average of 4.3.
November 24, 1996 |
Garry Valk had a pretty good idea what to expect from San Jose enforcer Todd Ewen, a teammate for three seasons in Anaheim before signing with the Sharks during the off-season. "You always want to make your old team think they made a mistake in not keeping you," Valk said. "Goal scorers try to get three goals. Enforcers try to run people. I'm sure Todd won't change his game against us." As if on cue, Ewen fought Duck tough guy Ken Baumgartner on his first shift and scored a clear victory 3:04 into the game.
March 9, 1997 |
The defense has survived the rash of injuries that hit last month, with Ken Baumgartner coming off injured reserve Saturday, the day after Dave Karpa returned to the lineup. As a result, rookie Nikolai Tsulygin, a regular scratch, was assigned to Baltimore in the American League, and first-round pick Ruslan Salei was sent to his former International League team, the Las Vegas Thunder. Rookie Dan Trebil remains in Anaheim, jumping over both higher-profile players to claim a regular spot.
December 10, 1996 |
Ted Drury had just sent the puck around the boards and behind the Boston net when Troy Mallette slammed him into the boards with a hard check. Drury bounced up, drove to the front of the net, accepted a pass from Ken Baumgartner and scored his first goal in 18 games. "I think I went down so hard I was able to bounce right back up," said Drury, whose last goal was Oct. 18 against San Jose.
January 17, 1998
As a longtime hockey fan, I wanted to commend The Times for running not one, but two superb hockey action photos in the Jan. 13 edition. Genaro Molina's cover shot brought to mind the best of Degas' ballet studies. The Kings' Zmolek, helmet gone, eyes ablaze, hair astorm and right fist drawn fully back behind his ear, is just about to unleash his awful fury against the Mighty Ducks' Stevenson, who is off-balance and bent forward, grimacing, eyes shut, his left arm locked against his opponent in a futile effort to evade the impending blow.
October 16, 1996 |
Opponent--Philadelphia Flyers. Site--Pond of Anaheim. Time--7:30. TV--Prime Sports. Radio--KEZY (95.9) Records--Ducks 1-2-2, Flyers 2-4. Record vs. Flyers--(1995-96) 0-1-1. Duck update--Faceoff will be delayed until about 8 because of the customary Disney festivities for the home opener. The Ducks finished last season with a nine-game unbeaten streak at the Pond, and haven't lost there since March 5.
January 3, 1997 |
Teemu Selanne, the sixth-leading scorer in the NHL, was left off the Western Conference All-Star team when the roster was announced, but he still could be added as a replacement for an injured player. "I think that's a gross injustice," Anaheim General Manager Jack Ferreira said. "A guy in the top 10 or 12 in scoring should be on the team." Also snubbed: Phoenix's Keith Tkachuk, who ranks 12th in scoring; the Coyotes' only All-Star spot went to defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, a former Duck.
October 11, 1996 |
Duck winger Warren Rychel got his Stanley Cup ring Thursday morning, but his Colorado homecoming wasn't all fun. Rychel got an instigating penalty after fighting Brent Severyn at the end of the second period. He later returned and scored his first goal of the season. The Ducks' other tough guy, Ken Baumgartner, left the game after a fight with Severyn earlier in the period. Team officials suspected he may have separated his left shoulder when he was taken down hard by Severyn.
December 19, 1996
A fight broke out; a jersey got ripped off, then thrown to the ice; a plexiglass screen protecting the fans got smashed by an errant puck. Ah, the pleasures of professional hockey. Maybe the recent game between the Mighty Ducks and Washington Capitals in Anaheim was a little rowdier than most, but not by much. Hockey is rowdy, with even the mascots getting into the act.