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The Buffalo Sabres Get In The Win Column

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The final seconds were ticking off the Honda Center clock Sunday night and Phil Housley was able to escape coach mode and allow himself a smile.

Housley reached out to shake the hand of associate coach Davis Payne, who made sure to wait for the final horn before giving Housley an enthusiastic shake back. Housley then turned to his left. First-year NHL assistant Chris Hajt gave him a big shake and an even bigger hug that had plenty of meaning behind it. Hajt has known Housley since he was a tot and his father, Sabres Hall of Famer Bill Hajt, was playing as one of Housley's first defense partners in the NHL.

Housley's first win as an NHL player came as an 18-year-old with the Sabres on Oct. 16, 1982, a 9-2 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. One day shy of the 35th anniversary of that game, the 53-year-old Housley's Buffalo career reached another milestone with his first win as the Sabres' head coach.

"It feels great but I have to tip my hat to the guys in that locker room," Housley said after the Sabres gave their rookie bench boss No. 1 in the NHL with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. "The guys really gutted it out to get a win tonight."

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Videos- Mike Smith Gets The Calgary Flames Over The Hump Against The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Maybe all it took was a goalie who has beaten the Ducks often in the past to get the Calgary Flames to finally free themselves from the Honda Center spell.

Mike Smith was brought in to hopefully lift the Flames to the playoffs and beyond the first round but his job Monday night was simply to give Calgary a chance to break improbable and unimaginable losing streaks in a place that hasn’t been the happiest on earth.

It was a job well done.

All streaks eventually end and the Ducks’ mastery of the Flames did. Smith was largely why, making 43 saves for his first shutout with his new club in Calgary’s 2-0 win that snapped a 25-game winless drought against the host Ducks that stretched back 13 years in the regular season.

The last triumph for the Flames during the regular schedule came on Jan. 19, 2004, when the Ducks had Jean-Sebastien Giguere in their net and Roman Turek held it down for the Flames. Turek and Giguere have hung up their goalie pads long ago.

“When you play a team that long and you’re not on the winning part of it, it gets old pretty fast,” Smith said. “I know I’ve been on teams where it’s happened to me so I wanted to help this team get over that hump.”

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Videos- Corey Perry Being Corey Perry

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Josh Manson Signs A Four-Year Extension

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks have signed defenseman Josh Manson to a four-year contract extension through the 2021-22 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Manson, 25 (10/7/91), has scored 10-25=35 points with a +26 rating in 181 career NHL games with the Ducks. Since making his NHL debut on Oct. 31, 2014, Manson leads Anaheim defensemen in hits (426) and hits per game (2.4), while ranking second in plus/minus. The 6-3, 213-pound blueliner set career highs last season in scoring (5-12=17), assists, plus/minus (+14) and games (82), and matched a personal best in goals. One of four Anaheim skaters and the lone defenseman to appear in all 82 regular-season games, Manson ranked second on the Ducks in hits (227) and second among defensemen in takeaways (23).

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“Higher Expectations” In Anaheim

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The morning after expressing his dissatisfaction with his team’s first two periods and got away with an ugly win, Carlyle stopped a drill early into practice and turned up the temperature with a expletive-filled breakdown of why he felt they were lucky to defeat the Sharks.

“I’ve heard that speech before,” said defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who couldn’t help but smile.

The calmer, softer coach in his second go-round with the Ducks gave way to the fiery, blunt bench boss that was him in his first tenure but there was a method to this brief fit of madness. Lack of energy and focus wasn’t going to be tolerated.

“We had a conversation of expectations,” Carlyle said of the one-sided address. “We as a group had to start to reach for higher expectations. We’ve got a short time frame here now to prepare our group for opening night.”

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Morning Line- Andrew Cogliano On Calling Slashing Penalties

“Hopefully they don’t call penalties when you’re getting guys’ sticks. I think that’s the only thing I don’t want to see happen because a lot of times, that’s what turns over pucks. That’s what makes a forechecker effective. He’s on guys and he’s disrupting their stick.

“So hopefully there’s a big difference between slashing a guy’s stick than slashing a guy on his hands or his wrists. I agree with that. Because a lot of times you can be trouble if you take one of those slashes.”

-Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks.  Eric Stephens of the OC Register has more on this topic.

added 8:38am, Jon Cooper...

"The game is no fun, it's not fun to watch. There's 30 minutes of special teams. I don't think that's what the league intended for our game to be a game of special teams. I don't think that's what the league intended for our game to be a game of special teams. I guess what's tough is nobody knows what the standard is and all of a sudden, you come into the first exhibition game and now they've got to completely change anything that's gone on in faceoffs, which I didn't know that was a big issue in the game, but apparently it was.

-Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more from Jon Cooper.

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Ryan Kesler May Not Return Until December After Off-Season Surgery

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Kesler had surgery to clean out bone fragments that had plagued him most of last season and hampered him as the Ducks lost to Nashville in the Western Conference final. His absence was initially projected to be no more than three months. Coupled with the anticipated absence until Nov. 1 of defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, who each underwent shoulder surgery on May 30, the Ducks will have to get by without several key players in a tough division and tough conference.

“As of right now there is no timeline whatsoever for Ryan Kesler,” Murray said. “Basically he had to play the second half of last year with no … he couldn’t skate. He couldn’t push off his right leg whatsoever so he’s got to rebuild his total glute, quad, everything, and that’s what they’re in the process of doing right now. So I’m hopeful to have him back before Christmas, but that’s all I’m going to say for right now.

“We’ll see. You know how Kes is. He’s pushing it pretty good but we’re also pushing back and just taking our time.”

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Francois Beauchemin Back With The Ducks

 

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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away

 

 

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Ryan Miller’s Deal With The Ducks

 

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