January 23, 2012 |
The halfway point of the season was approaching and the Ducks had won only 10 games. Goaltender Jonas Hiller wasn't tracking the puck. Winger Bobby Ryan couldn't find the net with a GPS. The slightest adversity sent everyone into a panic. Firing coach Randy Carlyle and replacing him with Bruce Boudreau hadn't made a difference. General Manager Bob Murray , responding to interview requests from two reporters, said he was prepared to trade anyone except esteemed veterans Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne , who have no-trade clauses.
December 26, 2011 |
When: 7:30. Where: HP Pavilion. On the air: TV: KDOC; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 9-19-6, San Jose 19-10-3. Update: After three days off because of the Christmas break, the Ducks are back in action, attempting to halt a daunting losing streak on the road. They have lost 13 straight games on the road (0-9-4) and have not won away from Honda Center since Oct. 27 at Minnesota, back when Randy Carlyle was still their coach. Overall, the Ducks have lost four straight games and it's only a matter of time before trade rumors pick up momentum again.
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.
December 4, 2011 |
The toughest, bluntest postgame words did not come from the captain (Ryan Getzlaf) or the revered veteran (Teemu Selanne). Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller … unplugged. Hiller unloaded — or should that be unburdened? — after the Ducks squandered a two-goal lead, drifted through an aimless second period and showed up for the third. It added up to a 5-3 win by the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night at Honda Center. Scoring for the Ducks were Getzlaf, Saku Koivu and defenseman Cam Fowler.
December 3, 2011 |
Randy Carlyle, who coached the Ducks to the Stanley Cup title in 2007 but was fired Wednesday because of the team's prolonged struggles, said Saturday he has been traveling "an emotional road" since his dismissal and will take a brief fishing trip to Northern California before considering his hockey future. "We'll see," he said when asked whether he expects to coach in the NHL again. "I'm working on putting one foot in front of another for the next couple of days. " Carlyle's last game was a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, which ended the Ducks' losing streak at seven games.
December 2, 2011 |
The coach was different, but the Ducks' deficiencies were the same Friday, with a lack of discipline costing them the chance to give Bruce Boudreau a win in his first game behind their bench. Ryan Getzlaf's inexcusably petulant reaction to being called for tripping early in overtime earned him an extra two minutes in the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the onrushing Flyers didn't waste that chance to complete their comeback from a three-goal deficit. Claude Giroux ripped a one-timer from the right circle off a brilliant pass from Daniel Briere at 3:29 of the sudden-death period, lifting Philadelphia to a 4-3 victory and spoiling Boudreau's Ducks debut.
December 1, 2011 |
The Ducks had gone through many slumps under Coach Randy Carlyle but he had always steered them through a screeching U-turn and back into playoff position. So when they slipped into a funk after a 4-1 start, General Manager Bob Murray wasn't initially alarmed. But when Murray saw players lose hope as often as they lost games, when slumped shoulders and bowed heads became their natural posture, he knew Carlyle could no longer lead them. "It was just the way we were losing, the body language and how we were losing," Murray said.
November 30, 2011 |
Change swept through Anaheim shortly after its 4-1 victory over Montreal on Wednesday night with the Ducks firing Coach Randy Carlyle and replacing him with Bruce Boudreau. Carlyle, who led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup in 2007, had received a three-year contract extension in August. Boudreau, who had been coaching the Capitals, was replaced in Washington on Monday. The coaching change was made despite the team's first win in 19 days. The Ducks beat the Canadiens using a rare combination of two power-play goals, flawless penalty killing and a reawakened Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.