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December 21, 1999
The toughest foes in the faceoff circle: Mighty Duck center Steve Rucchin is winning 55% of his faceoffs this season, which puts him among the NHL's top 10. When asked to name his toughest opponents in the circle, Rucchin said, "There are more, but those three stand out." 1. Adam Oates (Washington Capitals) 2. Eric Lindros (Philadelphia Flyers) 3. Joe Nieuwendyk (Dallas Stars) Reported by ELLIOTT TEAFORD/ Los Angeles Times
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February 11, 2009 | Billy Witz
Time: 7. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 830. Where: Honda Center. VS. CALGARY Records: Ducks 27-24-5; Flames 31-18-4. Record vs. Flames: 2-1. Update: This is the final meeting of the season between the teams, but if the playoffs began now they'd be first-round opponents. Though the Ducks haven't played since Saturday's win at Calgary, their hold on a playoff berth became more tenuous. They are tied for fifth with Dallas at 59 points, but seven teams are within six points of them.
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September 30, 2001 | Chris Foster
The Mighty Ducks sent defenseman Drew Bannister and center Jonas Ronnqvist to minor league Cincinnati, leaving them with 26 players. The roster seems set, barring unexpected moves or injuries. Forwards: Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin, Jeff Friesen, Marty McInnis, Matt Cullen, Mike Leclerc, Samuel Pahlsson, Timo Parssinen, German Titov, Dan Bylsma, Peter Tenkrat, Jim Cummins and Kevin Sawyer.
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January 4, 2005 | Chris Foster, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Steve Rucchin, the Mighty Ducks' player representative, said Monday that the National Hockey League Players' Assn. was not preparing a new offer to end the 4-month-old lockout. The NHL Board of Governors will meet Jan. 14, with the possibility that Commissioner Gary Bettman will officially cancel the season. "I'm hoping there will be last-minute negotiations, but this is up to them right now," Rucchin said. "It would be really sad if they didn't have a season."
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September 2, 1998 | BILL SHAIKIN
The Mighty Ducks signed center Steve Rucchin to a four-year contract worth $9.2 million Tuesday. Rucchin, 27, scored 53 points last season, second only to Teemu Selanne on the Ducks. The signing reflected the Disney sports philosophy of spurning expensive free agents but rewarding talented young players. The Ducks now have signed Paul Kariya, Selanne and Rucchin to long-term deals worth a combined $42.7 million. "It's the right thing to do," General Manager Pierre Gauthier said.
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November 11, 1996 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Instead of pumping his fist or raising his arms, center Steve Rucchin reacted with little emotion Friday after scoring his first goal of the season. Certainly, he was happy to score after going 12 games without a goal and being scratched for the next three games, but he wasn't sure how to react. "It was a good feeling, but it's only one goal in 13 games," Rucchin said of his first-period goal in the Ducks' 7-4 victory over the Kings.
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December 22, 2001 | Chris Foster
Mighty Duck center Steve Rucchin, out since Nov. 11 with a stress fracture in his left ankle, underwent surgery Friday to have pins inserted in the ankle. Duck officials said he will miss six to eight weeks. "It's a big setback," Coach Bryan Murray said. "I thought we were within days of getting him back. It's tougher for Steve because it's the second year now he's missing most of the season."
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February 11, 2009 | Billy Witz
Time: 7. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 830. Where: Honda Center. VS. CALGARY Records: Ducks 27-24-5; Flames 31-18-4. Record vs. Flames: 2-1. Update: This is the final meeting of the season between the teams, but if the playoffs began now they'd be first-round opponents. Though the Ducks haven't played since Saturday's win at Calgary, their hold on a playoff berth became more tenuous. They are tied for fifth with Dallas at 59 points, but seven teams are within six points of them.
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November 28, 1999 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Left wing Paul Kariya, center Steve Rucchin and right wing Teemu Selanne mixed speed, skill and determination to overwhelm opponents the last few seasons. They seemed to be inseparable. But Coach Craig Hartsburg, seeking a new look, put Matt Cullen between Kariya and Selanne and dropped Rucchin to the second line. The combinations had only limited success. So Hartsburg reunited the Kariya-Rucchin-Selanne line for Friday's 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
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March 4, 1999 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Duck center Steve Rucchin couldn't skate Wednesday morning, couldn't play Wednesday night, missing his second consecutive game because of . . . Well, he has a broken nose and a head cold, which is about as bad a combination as you can possibly imagine. And then he got whacked in the face Friday by San Jose's Bryan Marchment. The best guess is that Rucchin, the Ducks' third-leading scorer with 22 goals and 56 points, will be fit to play Friday against the expansion Nashville Predators.
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April 3, 2004 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The giddy heights Steve Rucchin reached last season have been balanced out by the disappointment he feels about the Mighty Ducks' woeful performance this season. "I don't remember any year in my career being this tough," said Rucchin, who has scored 20 goals while playing in every game for the second consecutive season. "We never reached our potential [as a team]. There is so much promise in this locker room, but [we] never played the way we're capable.
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March 1, 2004 | Mike Bresnahan and Chris Foster, Times Staff Writers
The King defense, held together by saliva and epoxy resin, went without another player Sunday against the Mighty Ducks. King captain Mattias Norstrom did not play because his wife, Kristin, delivered the couple's second child, Emma. Norstrom was about to put on his gear before the team's pregame warmups when he received the call that his wife was set to deliver.
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November 11, 2003 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
A subplot to the Mighty Ducks' weekend salvage job -- they picked up three points in two games with Phoenix -- was the play of center Steve Rucchin. In the last month, Rucchin has labored with various physical problems, including an infection in his right knee. His struggles translated into Duck difficulties on the ice. A healthier Rucchin was on display Saturday and Sunday and was a key factor in the Ducks' improved play.
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November 6, 2003 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
All is well, Mighty Duck General Manager Bryan Murray said. There is no need to push the panic button. The mildly concerned button, however, is another matter. Murray said Tuesday that the Ducks will be fine, despite their meandering 4-7-1-2 start, which includes losses -- one in overtime -- in their last three games. The Ducks have seemed more a collection of guys than a team through the first month. There has been little chemistry and only cameo appearances from their top players.
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October 30, 2003 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
This is the type of game that Sergei Fedorov can bring, the kind that puts him in a thin-air tax bracket. This is the type of game the Mighty Ducks seem capable of having, one where they control play and ride exceptional goaltending -- even if it isn't from Jean-Sebastien Giguere. This, also, is the type of game with which the Washington Capitals have become too familiar.
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June 5, 2003 | Elliott Teaford, Times Staff Writer
Steve Rucchin, who overcame physical and emotional wounds during the last two seasons to help lead the Mighty Ducks to their first Stanley Cup finals, was announced as a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial trophy on Wednesday. Boston Bruin defenseman Bryan Berard and Detroit Red Wing center Steve Yzerman also were named finalists in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Assn.
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October 2, 2001 | Chris Foster
2000-2001 record: 25-41-11-5, 66 points, 5th in Pacific Division. The coach: Bryan Murray, first season; answered SOS, but did he bring a life jacket? Who's gone: Teemu Selanne, Guy Hebert, Tony Hrkac, Mike Crowley, Pascal Trepanier. Who's new: Keith Carney, Jason York, Steve Shields, Jeff Friesen, Timo Parssinen, Ilja Bryzgalov.
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May 14, 2003 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
A cornerstone to the Ducks' success has been their ability to kill penalties. They rank fourth in the playoffs, and second to Ottawa among the teams still left, having given up only five power-play goals. The Ducks ranked second to New Jersey during the regular season. "That's an area anyone can excel in, as long as they are willing to work," said Duck assistant coach Lorne Henning, who runs the penalty killing unit.
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May 2, 2003 | Chris Foster and Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writers
The most frightening sight for the Mighty Ducks on Wednesday wasn't Dallas' Mike Modano with an open net to shoot at in the third period. The worst-fears scene came later in the period, when Duck center Steve Rucchin was slammed into the boards by defenseman Derian Hatcher. Rucchin took several seconds to get up, skated up ice, then meandered to the Duck bench after play had stopped. He returned later, and pronounced himself fit Thursday morning at the Arrowhead Pond.
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