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The Minnesota Wild Stay Hot With A Win Over The Anaheim Ducks

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

One team was crisper, faster and stronger on the puck.

And it wasn’t the squad that was rested.

As has been the trend this season, the Wild had plenty left in the tank to crank out a solid effort in its second game in as many nights — this time shrugging off the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-1 victory Friday night in front of an announced 16,464 at Honda Center.

The Wild pocketed its ninth victory in its past 11 games and improved to 4-0 in the second half of back-to-backs.

“To see that in a group this early says a ton about what we have in here,” goalie Alex Stalock said.

Stalock was triumphant for the third time as the closer in the two-game, two-day set, making 20 saves, and Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund each racked up three points, with Granlund scoring twice.

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Not The Best Game For Mike Smith

from Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Herald,

The Calgary Flames arrived at Anaheim’s Honda Center fresh after a few days’ worth of skates plus a day off and plenty of rest.

Heck, they hadn’t played since Saturday’s 5-3 come-from-behind win (their fifth come-from-behind win of the season) over the Chicago Blackhawks. And since that victory, they talked about how their play through the previous five games isn’t sustainable despite having won four straight, scoring a league-leading 28 goals in the third period and nabbing points in all five of those games.

As for the Anaheim Ducks? It’s been a season already worth forgetting with a plethora of injuries, an adjustment to a new faster style of play and, just 24 hours earlier, they suffered a loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

So you know how Wednesday’s 3-2 Flames loss was supposed to go — kick them while they’re down.

Nope....

Struggling, you say?

While the goal alone wasn’t enough to fault Smith for, it was his entire 60 minutes of work that needed to instil more confidence in front of him. The two first-period goals he allowed prior to that were not shining moments.

The first one came at the 8:37 mark of the opening frame on a blooper of a save attempt on Jakob Silfverberg’s shot which Smith thought he’d stopped between his pads before letting it dribble between his legs.

Ouch.

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Kings Win Their First Game Under Desjardins

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Nate Thompson blocked a shot with his knee. A prone Derek Forbort punched the puck out of harm’s way with his glove after he lost his stick.

The element that had been missing in the Kings’ game — desire, desperation — came alive during a first-period penalty kill Tuesday.

Other parts unfolded well. They got goals by three of their four lines, namely Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford and Ilya Kovalchuk, against probably the best goalie in the NHL this season in the Ducks’ John Gibson. It wasn’t a season-defining performance, but a 4-1 win at Staples Center properly kicked off the tenure of new Kings coach Willie Desjardins.

Jeff Carter saved the puck for Desjardins, who had more impatience than nerves beforehand.

“It was good to get back,” Desjardins said. “You’re sitting there and you’re waiting in the room and it’s like the game’s never going to start. It’s been a while since I’ve been on that bench. The pace was good, and there’s some heavy boys on both teams.”

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Below, Eilliott Teaford of the OC Register on the Ducks losing their 8th game in 9 games plus the game highlights.

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SoCal Hockey Gone Bad

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

Well, it was fun while it lasted. The golden age of hockey in Southern California started with the end of the NHL lockout that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season and altered the landscape of the league’s power structure for the next 12 years or so.

The Ducks rose first like a phoenix from the ashes of the labor battle, advancing to the Western Conference finals in 2005-06 and then winning the first Stanley Cup championship by a California team with a dominating run in 2006-07.

When the Ducks faltered in 2011-12, the Kings took up the chase and sandwiched Stanley Cup victories in ’12 and ’14 around a conference finals appearances in ’13. Suddenly, casual fans sports from San Clemente to the South Bay to San Fernando and San Bernardino were talking about hockey....

How did this happen? How did Southern California go from hockey nirvana to hockey hell?

Time played a key role, so did the parity created by the salary cap adopted in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout. Poor judgment, evaluation and development coupled with a need to reward past performances also were factors in the demise of two powerhouse clubs.

Each team also was hesitant to adapt to a changing style of play around the NHL, with Ducks general manager Bob Murray demanding his squad play faster and smarter and with younger and more skillful players this season. The adjustment has been a difficult one so far, though.

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Video- Cam Fowler With All 3 Goals For The Anaheim Ducks In OT Win Over The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

The first one tied the score and gave his teammates a much-needed jolt of energy and confidence. The second one put his team in the lead, although not to stay. The third one was like a bolt of lightning, making his team winners and putting the brakes on a seven-game losing skid.

Defenseman Cam Fowler never saw the hats hitting the ice because he was being mobbed by his teammates after the third of his career-high three goals gave the Ducks a 3-2 overtime victory Sunday over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center.

“I was getting punched in the face,” Fowler said, laughing. “It was a good feeling. It was something I’ll remember for a long time. But I don’t want it to be about me, but more about the team and the steps we’re taking now. I’m happy with it, but it was a big win.”

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Video- Patrick Eaves On His Return

It had been 12 1/2 months since Eaves last played.

The Ducks lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Rangers.

 

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Slump Continues For The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

Another trip to Texas, another second period that went haywire in a hurry, and another lopsided loss to the Dallas Stars. The Ducks were outmuscled, outhustled and outscored in a decisive second period for the second time in 13 days on Thursday at the American Airlines Center.

Final: Dallas 5, Ducks 2.

“We’ve got to play hockey,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “It’s (expletive) embarrassing. The way we play defense and the way we swing our sticks around and not help our goalie (John Gibson). I got asked the other day if I thought we hung him out to dry and I said, no. My answer has changed now.”

The Ducks chased the game from the early minutes and were soon headed to their fourth consecutive loss and a 5-5-1 record after starting the season by going 5-1-1. The Ducks were outshot 41-25, the eighth consecutive game they’ve given up 30 shots or more.

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Video- #9 Goes To The Rafters In Anaheim

via Sportsnet,

Watch as the Anaheim Ducks raise Stanley Cup winner Paul Kariya's number to the rafters, with the franchises’ second ever jersey retirement after Teemu Selanne.

 

 

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A Three-Year Deal For Nick Ritchie In Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Nick Ritchie to a three-year contract through the 2020-21 NHL season.

Ritchie, 22 (12/5/95), has collected 26-33=59 points with a +5 rating and 171 penalty minutes (PIM) in 186 career NHL games with Anaheim. The 6-2, 234-pound forward has also appeared in 19 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests, scoring four goals with 54 PIM.

Selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Ritchie set career highs in goals (14), points (28) and games (77) in 2016-17, and assists (17) and PIM (72) in 2017-18. A native of Orangeville, Ontario, Ritchie won gold as a member of Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship, 2013 Under-18 World Championship and 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

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Corey Perry Out Up To Five Months after Knee Surgery

 

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