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How to Beat Roberto Luongo

Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings snags this quote off LA Kings coach Terry Murray today:

Against Luongo, you need traffic. When I was in Florida, we traded for him, and you know what you’re getting. You knew what you were getting when he was going to be 27, 28 years old. He is that. He’s one of the premier goalies in the league, and if you give those top goalies lots of free looks, then they’re going to get the job done. You have to make sure you’re getting a lot of traffic and putting a lot of pucks at the net. The percentage of pucks that go in, the number is pretty high. You’ve got to get 20 pucks to the net for one goal, or hopefully one goal.

Call me crazy, but isn’t traffic always the best way to beat any goalie? Aside from crashing straight into him, or committing some other on-ice felony, I mean.

 

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, george+parros, roberto+luongo

What’s in a Name?

This headline and story caught my eye today:

Swan turns down Ducks’ contract

Bryce Swan has turned down a contract offer from the Anaheim Ducks and will re-enter the NHL draft.

Anaheim assistant general manager David McNab confirmed that Swan, a second-round pick (38th overall) of the Ducks in 2006, didn’t sign by yesterday’s 6 p.m. deadline.  It’s the second-straight year Swan, a Halifax Mooseheads forward, has turned down a Ducks offer, McNab said.

I suppose Swan’s disinterest in Anaheim is probably about something besides the irritation of endless future headlines like “Swan Swims with Ducks” and “Swan Turns Into Duck” and god-only-knows-what-else… But if it were just about the team name, could you really blame the guy?

That would have to be on par with Satan signing with the Devils…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, bryce+swan

Stompin’ Chris Pronger

Update March 15th: Pronger gets 8 games. Details here.

From TSN:

With poor quality video as evidence, Anaheim Ducks captain Chris Pronger escaped punishment from the National Hockey League after apparently stomping on Vancouver centre Ryan Kesler in a game on Wednesday night.

But a clearer version of the video revealed late Thursday - with a better look at the incident -  raises the question of whether or not the star defenceman should be implicated.

Cleaned up and much clearer than what was available online yesterday, here’s the video TSN is now highlighting:

 

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, chris+pronger, ryan+kesler, vancouver+canucks

Making Franchise History

via Yahoo! Sports:

The Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks both have the opportunity to make franchise history when the teams meet on Wednesday.

After winning each of the first three meetings this campaign, the Canucks are seeking their first season sweep of the Ducks in the 14-year history of the Anaheim franchise.

Meanwhile, the Ducks enter Wednesday’s contest on a seven-game home win streak and are looking to win eight in a row at the Honda Center for the first time in franchise history.

Win 8 in a row at home? Pffft. Big deal.  But sweep the reigning Stanley Cup Champions who also happen to be the most recent team to obliterate the playoff hopes of Canucks’ fans? Now that’s something to shoot for. wink

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, vancouver+canucks

Ducks Fan Shenanigans

Apparently winning the Stanley Cup isn’t enough for Ducks fans—they figure the team owes them a free truck, too.

The Anaheim Ducks ask:

What kinds of funny, crazy or downright outrageous things would you be willing to do to win a Honda Ridgeline?  We want to find out!  Submit a video 30 seconds or less showing us what you’re willing to do to win a brand new 2008 Honda Ridgeline.

5 videos have been posted so far (and be sure to check out video #5—no one ever went wrong with a George Parros wig…).

Meanwhile, shooting Ducks fans can be fun, too. See the video below:

 

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks

The Game Nobody Wants

With the Canucks playing the Ducks in Vancouver tonight, the only story in the air is Todd Bertuzzi’s return to GM Place for the first time since he was traded.  I commented on that a bit yesterday, but here are a few more words from the media.

First, from Iain MacIntyre in the Vancouver Sun this morning:

But Bertuzzi has not looked forward to this game. Reporters have not looked forward to it. Public relations staff on both teams have not looked forward to it.  Fans? We’ll see tonight…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, todd+bertuzzi, vancouver+canucks

Getting a Handle on Things

With Todd Bertuzzi playing in Vancouver for the first time since he left the team, the game tomorrow night is far less about Vancouver being tested by the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks, and far more about the return of the big guy.

Bertuzzi himself knows it’s a big deal as well. From the Vancouver Province:

“There’s no question it’s going to be weird for me, because I’ve never played against all the guys at once. Of course I did when I was (with the New York Islanders), but the team was so different and it’s so long ago it’s hard to remember and I don’t recall what it was like.  So there’s no doubt it’s going to be different, hard to handle in some ways.”

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  Tags: alex+burrows, anaheim+ducks, minnesota+wild, todd+bertuzzi, vancouver+canucks

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