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Bruce Boudreau Gets A Win In Return To Anaheim

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Bruce Boudreau’s team won a hockey game, 2-1, Sunday at Honda Center.

It just came eight months too late.

Had Boudreau guided the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over Nashville in Game 7 here on April 27, who knows when that postseason might have ended or where the coach would be today?

Instead, the Ducks lost to the Predators, 2-1, Boudreau was fired two days later, hired shortly thereafter by Minnesota and returned Sunday to experience that 2-1 victory that eluded him spectacularly so the last time he was here.

When reviewed in summation, this game represented a circle as perfect as the one at center ice.

“Your players know that you want to win,” Boudreau explained afterward. “So it was nice to see that they played as well as they did.”

Oh, yeah, he wanted to win this one, probably almost as much as he wanted to win the one April 27.


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Do You Find 3-on-3 OT Boring?

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

... the real painful part is how 3-on-3 has evolved – or maybe that should be devolved – into a game of keep away, the most gifted players in the world reduced to twirling in circles while displaying nothing more breathtaking than their ability to be patient.

In a game where aggressive, even agitative play traditionally has been rewarded, overtime has, in some ways, taken hockey backward.

And backward really is the direction 3-on-3 frequently travels, players with the puck willingly retreating from the offensive zone in order to make line changes and regroup while the other team is trapped on the ice searching for its next breath.

“It’s almost like it’s a basketball game,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said, “where you’re throwing it around the court and not letting the other team have possession.”

Yeah, the old stall tactic, the one once famously employed by Dean Smith at North Carolina, at least until everyone became so fed up and bored that college basketball finally added a shot clock.


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Ryan Kesler On Playing Against The Top Players

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I sat down with Kesler on Sunday afternoon and asked him to break down the top (mostly Western Conference) forwards he's routinely assigned to contain, and the challenges those star players bring:

Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles Kings

Kesler: "A guy who's good on both sides of the puck. He works hard, he has good vision and I feel that if he starts with the puck, he really likes to build speed through the neutral zone. He likes to get the puck in the middle of the ice and distribute from there. So, really just trying to stay above him in the neutral zone is what's key. And winning faceoffs."

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

Kesler: "He likes his neutral-zone play, he likes carrying the puck and getting there with speed. You've just got to stay close to him. He's so dynamic, he's so explosive -- you got to be above him all the time. He's going to get his chances, but that's when the whole line comes into effect. Just got to try and stay above him and be hard on him, make him hate playing against you. Stay close to him and really make that neutral zone tough because that's where he generates most of his offense, and on the rush."

eleven more players...

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More Production Needed From Corey Perry And Ryan Getzlaf

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf lead the Ducks with 16 points apiece. But Perry has only four goals and Getzlaf just one.

If you had known those players would have those goal totals 20 games into the season, would you have guessed the Ducks would be in a playoff position?

If you said no, I agree. If you said yes, you’re lying.

My working theory then was that this should be an encouraging sign for the Ducks, that, particularly given Perry’s tendency to score in bursts, good things almost certainly have to be coming once those two start producing goals.

My working theory, however, seemed about as appetizing to Ducks coach Randy Carlyle as a plate of cold leftover turkey gizzards.

“There’s no satisfaction in that,” Carlyle corrected. “It’s our responsibility to find a way to get those players going, to put them in situations where they can have some success.”

For his career, Perry has averaged a goal every 2.4 games, which means his scoring rate is about half of what would be normal for him.

Getzlaf is on pace to finish with 4.6 goals, a total that seems entirely unreasonable and not just because of how unlikely it is that he’ll score .6 of a goal.


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Video- You Make The Call On Thomas Hickey’s Shootout Goal

The Anaheim Ducks lost 3-2 in a 14 round shootout to the New York Islanders, this is about one of those goals in the shootout...

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

After a review involving the NHL situation room, Hickey was determined to have not interfered with Bernier before the puck crossed the line. Afterward, Bernier took an adamant stance.

"I think it was pretty obvious," Bernier said. "I made the save and my skate was going right to the post where I wanted it to be. He pushed me in."

Bernier wasn't only one angry. The call left Ducks coach Randy Carlyle incensed as he got an explanation from referees Gord Dwyer and Dean Morton.

“You can’t get bent out of shape from the score and from what we feel is unjustified in the allowing of the shootout goal. You can get yourself sideways in that,” Carlyle said. “They made the call. We’ll do our necessary phone calls behind the scenes. We’ll have a conversation with some people and see what they have to say about it.”

“I was under the understanding that you cannot score a goal in the NHL today by pushing the goaltender’s pad with the puck underneath it over the line, but I guess I was proved wrong again tonight."


Watch the goal below...

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Video- Max Domi’s Uppercut Connects With Ryan Kesler’s Chin

Max Domi received five for fighting and Ryan Kesler two for roughing and receiving an uppercut punch from Domi.

Kesler did go to the dressing room but did return in the Ducks 5-1 win over the Coyotes.


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Video- Now This Is A Line Brawl, Ducks/Kings

via TSN,

10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Instigator - 2 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Derek Forbort - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Jordan Nolan - Roughing - 2 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Jordan Nolan - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Joseph Cramarossa - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Derek Forbort - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Ryan Getzlaf - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Nick Shore - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Nick Shore - Roughing - 2 minutes, Served by Kyle Clifford


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About The Hampus Lindholm Signing

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Seen as the potential leader of the Ducks' blue line, Lindholm, 22, led the defense corps with 10 goals and 115 blocked shots last season. Lindholm had 28 points in 2015-16 and his plus-6 rating led the Ducks in their playoff series against Nashville.

Lindholm's average annual salary is $5.25 million, around the amount the Ducks were willing to do on a long-term deal. He will make $3 million this season, $6 million in 2017-18, $6.75 million in 2018-19, $5.25 million in 2019-20, $3.75 million in 2020-21 and $6.75 million in 2021-22.

Lindholm has remained in Sweden, missing all of training camp and the first eight games of the season as Ducks general manager Bob Murray and Lindholm's agent, Claude Lemieux, continually worked to close what had been a wide gap in negotiations.

Using other young defensemen such as Toronto's Morgan Rielly, Columbus's Seth Jones and Buffalo's Rasmus Ristolainen as comparables, Murray ultimately held firm on not going to the $5.4 million annual range that Jones and Ristolainen are making.

"It’s a business and Claude Lemieux, he had a job to do and we had a job to do," Murray said. "We wanted to get it at a fair number for the organzation so we can try to move forward with this group as best we can because, as I said before, I wanted to give this group another shot.

"I’m going to do everything in my power to keep it that way."


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Hampus Lindholm Has A New Contract


added 11:47am, Anaheim press release is below.

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Ryan Getzlaf And Jonathan Bernier Exit Game In The Ducks OT Loss To The Sharks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

“When you take the big picture, it’s a point on the road,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “And we didn’t play anywhere near what we’re capable of. We lost two players through the process.

“Our goaltender and penalty killing won us the point. Now you got to turn the page on this one and we got a big one tomorrow night against Nashville at home.”

It was costly. Getzlaf didn’t come out for the start of the third period. Television replays showed the Ducks captain hit on his left forearm by a shot in the second and Getzlaf missed a couple shifts before returning.

Meanwhile, Bernier left with an upper-body muscle injury suffered sometime in the first period. Carlyle said both players would be reassessed Wednesday morning and it was too early to say if either could be available to face Nashville or would be ruled out.

Bernier’s potential absence might require a call up of Dustin Tokarski from the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego. Gibson said he would be ready to go if called upon to start. He’ll need to bounce back quickly.

more on the game...

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