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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
DALLAS -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from the Game 4 lineup Wednesday with an upper-body injury, the team announced minutes before the 5 p.m. game. Getzlaf, with 31 goals and 56 assists during the season, has two goals and two assists in the first-round Western Conference playoff series that Anaheim leads 2-1. The injury was sustained during Game 3, a hockey official close to the situation but unauthorized to speak about it publicly told The Times. [UPDATED, 5:35 p.m. PDT, April 23: Getzlaf boarded a flight back to Southern California at 4 p.m. Central time to get immediate treatment, with the hope of playing in Game 5 Friday, the Ducks said.
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April 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS -- Ducks forward Matt Beleskey, who has missed four playoff games with a lower body injury, returned to skate Sunday morning and is expected to play tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round series. The Ducks, leading 3-2, can eliminate the Dallas Stars with a victory in the game that begins at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Beleskey had nine goals and 15 assists during the regular season, and, with 64 penalty minutes in season, he gives the Ducks another rugged body in what's been a physical series marked by 27 penalties in Anaheim's 6-2 Game 5 victory.
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April 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS -- Ducks forward Matt Beleskey, who has missed four playoff games with a lower body injury, returned to skate Sunday morning and is expected to play tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round series. The Ducks, leading 3-2, can eliminate the Dallas Stars with a victory in the game that begins at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Beleskey had nine goals and 15 assists during the regular season, and, with 64 penalty minutes in season, he gives the Ducks another rugged body in what's been a physical series marked by 27 penalties in Anaheim's 6-2 Game 5 victory.
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April 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Sometimes, coaches make lineup decisions based on a gut feeling. When those decisions backfire, their gut feelings can become spasms of tension, anxiety, and early-playoff-exit regrets. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, fighting a reputation of being unable to lead talented teams in Washington and Anaheim deep into postseason play, made several decisions Friday that proved pivotal in the 6-2 victory that gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead over the Dallas Stars in the teams' opening-round playoff series.
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September 12, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
It's unfair to expect 22-year-old Jakob Silfverberg to immediately replace four-time 30-goal scorer Bobby Ryan on the Ducks' scoresheet or in the hearts of their fans. But Silfverberg, who had 10 goals and 19 points in 48 games with Ottawa last season, has enough talent to suggest he will carve out his own niche with the Ducks, who acquired him with winger Stefan Noesen and a 2014 first-round draft pick for Ryan in July. Switched from his natural right side to the left Thursday, Silfverberg meshed with right wing Teemu Selanne and center Nick Bonino during the first day of practice at Anaheim Ice. To Coach Bruce Boudreau , Silfverberg lived up to his billing.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - The captain is hurt, the goalie is shaken, old demons are at the door. The top-seeded Ducks are now in a three-game fight for survival against an energetic, upset-minded Dallas Stars team that roared back Wednesday for a 4-2 victory to tie the Western Conference first-round playoff series at two games apiece. “It's all about us and our execution,” Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. “We're lying if we tell ourselves we've played our best hockey in any one of these four games.
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April 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Sometimes, coaches make lineup decisions based on a gut feeling. When those decisions backfire, their gut feelings can become spasms of tension, anxiety, and early-playoff-exit regrets. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, fighting a reputation of being unable to lead talented teams in Washington and Anaheim deep into postseason play, made several decisions Friday that proved pivotal in the 6-2 victory that gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead over the Dallas Stars in the teams' opening-round playoff series.
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June 24, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
What a day for Canada: The Winnipeg Jets returned to the NHL and 15 players born in hockey's homeland were chosen in the first round of the league's entry draft, held Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. As expected, Edmonton — picking first for the second consecutive year — chose top-ranked center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who scored 31 goals and 106 points in 69 games with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League last season. Colorado followed by selecting left wing Gabriel Landeskog, a skillful Swede who played for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League last season.
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October 31, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa, sidelined throughout the season with a sprained ankle, was assigned Thursday to the team's minor-league Norfolk, Va., affiliate to increase his conditioning to game playing. Norfolk plays three games in three days beginning Friday: at Albany, N.Y.; at Bridgeport, Conn.; and at Hershey, Pa. The team also sent center Rickard Rakell back to Norfolk three days after he was summoned to possibly cover for injured centers Saku Koivu (concussion) and Mathieu Perreault (wrist)
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October 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks on Monday sent center Saku Koivu and goalie Viktor Fasth home to Anaheim for evaluation and treatment of their injuries. Koivu was knocked out in Sunday's 4-3 victory at Columbus - the fourth game of the Ducks' eight-game road trip that continues through Nov. 4. Late in the second period, Koivu was struck by Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky after passing a puck into the Blue Jackets' zone. Koivu had to be helped from the ice and didn't return; Dubinsky was ejected. The NHL protocol for a player who is knocked unconscious is to have the player undergo medical evaluation and follow-up tests as Ducks forward Dustin Penner was after being knocked out by Colorado's Ryan Garbutt on Oct. 20, returning to the team for Sunday's game.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - The captain is hurt, the goalie is shaken, old demons are at the door. The top-seeded Ducks are now in a three-game fight for survival against an energetic, upset-minded Dallas Stars team that roared back Wednesday for a 4-2 victory to tie the Western Conference first-round playoff series at two games apiece. “It's all about us and our execution,” Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. “We're lying if we tell ourselves we've played our best hockey in any one of these four games.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
DALLAS -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from the Game 4 lineup Wednesday with an upper-body injury, the team announced minutes before the 5 p.m. game. Getzlaf, with 31 goals and 56 assists during the season, has two goals and two assists in the first-round Western Conference playoff series that Anaheim leads 2-1. The injury was sustained during Game 3, a hockey official close to the situation but unauthorized to speak about it publicly told The Times. [UPDATED, 5:35 p.m. PDT, April 23: Getzlaf boarded a flight back to Southern California at 4 p.m. Central time to get immediate treatment, with the hope of playing in Game 5 Friday, the Ducks said.
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September 12, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
It's unfair to expect 22-year-old Jakob Silfverberg to immediately replace four-time 30-goal scorer Bobby Ryan on the Ducks' scoresheet or in the hearts of their fans. But Silfverberg, who had 10 goals and 19 points in 48 games with Ottawa last season, has enough talent to suggest he will carve out his own niche with the Ducks, who acquired him with winger Stefan Noesen and a 2014 first-round draft pick for Ryan in July. Switched from his natural right side to the left Thursday, Silfverberg meshed with right wing Teemu Selanne and center Nick Bonino during the first day of practice at Anaheim Ice. To Coach Bruce Boudreau , Silfverberg lived up to his billing.
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June 24, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
What a day for Canada: The Winnipeg Jets returned to the NHL and 15 players born in hockey's homeland were chosen in the first round of the league's entry draft, held Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. As expected, Edmonton — picking first for the second consecutive year — chose top-ranked center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who scored 31 goals and 106 points in 69 games with Red Deer of the Western Hockey League last season. Colorado followed by selecting left wing Gabriel Landeskog, a skillful Swede who played for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League last season.
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March 10, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks' future is as encouraging as its present, according to a ranking of NHL prospects. Anaheim was ranked No. 1 in The Hockey News' Future Watch 2014, a grading of prospects and player development. The Ducks are currently in second place in the Western Conference, with a chance to return to the top spot over the St. Louis Blues by winning tonight at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Goaltender John Gibson was ranked the No. 2 prospect, defenseman Sami Vatanen, who has played in 41 of the Ducks' 65 games, was No. 24, recent call-up, center Rickard Rakell, is No. 29, and 2013 No. 1 pick Shea Theodore, a defenseman, is No. 75. Last year, the Ducks (43-14-7)
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March 29, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
VANCOUVER, Canada - First place in the Pacific Division became the Ducks' again Saturday night, when they returned to the brand of play that put them there in the first place. "It's a goal" to win the division, said center Saku Koivu, one of five Ducks players who scored in a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. "We're more trying to pay attention to our game, the way we want to play, the way it has to be," Koivu said. Ducks rookie goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 31 of 32 shots as Anaheim established a new team record for most road wins (23)
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