September 29, 2006 |
Decision time is nearing for the Ducks' last roster spots, which means there will soon be a strong sense of agony in the air. With one exhibition game left, Saturday in Phoenix against the Coyotes, the Ducks have 27 players still in training camp and will have to pare at least four from the roster before next week's regular-season opener against the Kings. It could mean some hard choices for a well-stocked team.
December 2, 2009 |
The Ducks' crucial seven-game homestand -- their longest of the season -- ended with a 4-2-1 record on the heels of a winless four-game trip. But after winning three games in a row, the Ducks have come up short at the end of the last two. They lost to Phoenix in overtime Sunday, then fell to the Kings on Tuesday after giving up the game-winning goal with 2:20 left. "It's right there," captain Scott Niedermayer said. "We let up just enough. The last two teams we've played had solid games.
April 8, 2008 |
Leave it to gruff Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle to not be satisfied with a 102-point season, which earned the team a No. 4 seeding and Game 1 at home Thursday for the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against Dallas. "If we had a perfect season, how many would we have had, 184 or something?" mused Carlyle after a 3-2 shootout win over Phoenix in the season finale. "As coaches, you're always asking for perfection." Often a curmudgeon, Carlyle said that with a chuckle.
April 11, 2011 |
Kings right wing Justin Williams practiced with his teammates Monday, three weeks after he dislocated his right shoulder and exited the lineup, but he wasn't on a regular line during the session at El Segundo. Afterward, he said the shoulder felt good but he hadn't faced much contact and is ready for a full test in hopes he will be able to play in the Kings' playoff opener at San Jose on Thursday. "I'm happy we have another day. I thought we'd start Wednesday," Williams said.
April 19, 2011 |
Reporting from Nashville — Now it's a playoff series. Ducks General Manager Bob Murray seemed to read right from "Playoff Posturing 101," claiming the Nashville Predators were guilty of taking dives during games. Nashville Coach Barry Trotz said, "I'm not going to say anything about that," then added, "but it's disrespectful. " Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle told reporters, "I'll just say the video doesn't lie. " All this traditional playoff yada-yada-yada was the lead-in to Game 4 on Wednesday, with the Predators leading the first-round series, 2-1. Everyone wanted to get a sound bite in, though not everyone was allowed to quip and run. Carlyle, asked by a Nashville television reporter about what was on the video, replied, "You should look at the video.
July 12, 2012 |
Teemu Selanne's most-excellent, age-defying adventure was officially renewed for another installment. By Selanne. The forward who led the Ducks in scoring last season with 66 points, the man who turned 42 on July 3, let Anaheim know Thursday that he had decided to come back. Selanne, who is poised for his 20th NHL season, will make $4.5 million with the one-year extension, slipping neatly into the pay structure for the 40-something crowd. Selanne said there was some unfinished business from last season.
February 25, 2012 |
Hockey amnesia, indeed, can be a good thing. For the Anaheim Ducks. "I think we're thinking about forgetting everything," Ducks forward Bobby Ryan said Saturday after practice. "Pre —" He thought for a second. "Pre-Jan. 1, I guess," Ryan said. "That's where things kind of turned for us and we found our stride. So I think every other game, previously, we'll just take as a write-off right now. " The Ducks were finally home after a 15-day trip in which they were 5-1-2, punctuated by a shootout win against Carolina on Thursday.
December 9, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS — T.J. Oshie scored twice, defenseman Ian Cole had his first goal of the season and Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory against the Ducks on Thursday night. St. Louis won for the sixth time in eight games. The Blues have at least one point in 13 of their last 15 games and improved to 10-2-3 under Coach Ken Hitchcock, who took over for Davis Payne on Nov. 6. The Ducks have won three times in their last 19 games. Chris Porter also scored for the Blues, who have won their last four home games against the Ducks by a combined 24-9 score.
January 15, 2010 |
The timetable for Ducks forward Teemu Selanne's return after surgery to repair two broken bones in his jaw is two to six weeks, the Ducks announced Thursday. That leaves his fifth Olympics appearance for Finland in question, but still a possibility. Finland's first game in Vancouver is Feb. 17 against Belarus -- five weeks from the date of Selanne's injury. The Ducks have 14 games remaining before the Olympic break, and won't play after that until March 3, seven weeks after Selanne's injury.
February 9, 2010 |
The Ducks ended the Kings' streak, but the two points in the playoff race might have come at a high price. Ryan Getzlaf , the team's leading scorer, sprained his left ankle during the second period and left the arena wearing a boot and on crutches. X-rays were negative, but an MRI exam is scheduled for Tuesday. "That will give us a better indication of the severity of the sprain," Coach Randy Carlyle said. The Ducks have three games remaining before the Olympic break, when Getzlaf is scheduled to play for Canada in Vancouver.