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from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register,
In trying to put a tourniquet on the bleeding that a rout by the New York Rangers was producing, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau called his team over and read it the riot act.
The team that is pushing for 50 wins for a second straight season and the regular-season points title for the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history. The team that was absorbing a 7-2 loss Sunday night from one that’s right behind in the chase for the NHL’s top spot.
All of it while being captured in front of a national television audience. A few other choice words in the rant probably wouldn’t be suited for a child’s ears but a feeling of embarrassment emerged out of the visitors’ locker room at Madison Square Garden.
“We looked more like No. 30 than we did No. 1 tonight,” Boudreau said. “But it’s over. It’s a good, old-fashioned butt-kicking. We couldn’t look at anybody that was really good. We were all in the same boat.”
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On whether he had an issue with Anaheim’s second goal:
I’m not sure who the player was, but he shoved Muzzin, so basically that’s Muzz losing a battle of inches. He’s who ran into Jonathan. Not – im not sure who it was for them. [Reporter: Thompson, I think.] Thompson, yeah. I was trying to think – it was a four.
more from Sutter post-game in which the Ducks defeated the Kings 3-2 in OT
Here is the goal in question....
The Ducks host the Kings tonight, puck drops just after 10:30pm ET.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Whether or not the San Jose Sharks ever find their way to a Stanley Cup, the changes have begun there. Round 1 never panned out in Northern California, and now we’ll see if the Sharks can have success after a retool (More on San Jose later).
The next team at risk of San Jose-type failure is the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks have more points than any other NHL club over the past three seasons, and were on top of the National Hockey League’s overall standings heading into play Saturday.
They did win a Cup in 2007, but that was eight years ago. Talk to people around hockey, and the Ducks don’t scare Western playoff foes as much as the other team in the Greater Los Angeles area — even though the Kings barely had a playoff spot nailed down heading into the weekend.
Word is, head coach Bruce Boudreau is well aware that he needs to get at least to a Conference Final, or he’ll be replaced. That’s what happens when you lose back-to-back Game 7s at home the past two springs, to Detroit and L.A., as Anaheim has done.
To that end, the major addition to the mix this season has been Ryan Kesler, who knows why Anaheim went after him.
“It’s what I play for,” he said of the playoffs.
"When you get three hits after two periods when you're a team like we have, that's the troubling part. I'm pretty disappointed right now."
"Everybody thinks that oh yeah, we're in first place and that but it's within 10 points of the wild card and we've played more games than everybody else. So we've got to get our act in gear right now."
-Bruce Bourdreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after losing 6-3 to the Calgary Flames. More on the game from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
Kerry Frase of TSN answers an email...
In the Ducks-Canucks game, Patrick Maroon was going to take a tripping call. He turned to Kassian and said "let's go" as Kassian had been encouraging him to fight for 3 games. Maroon then quickly threw his stick down with a 'fake" gloves drop and then he put his hands over his ears and turned his back until he felt a punch, then he dropped the gloves and "drew" the even up call. Yes a good play on his part.....if you think all diving/embellishing is an acceptable play.
But my question is why do the refs fall for that? And do they like being shown up when they see it on replay? Should he get fined by the NHL for embellishment?
Turning to engage and invite an opponent to fight and then 'turtle' is definitely a form of embellishment that, in my opinion, is definitely worthy of a fine. A player that resorts to this in this type of unmanly behavior is doing so purely for the purpose of attempting to draw a penalty. A minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and/or misconduct penalty for "inciting" can also be imposed to a player that is guilty of this form of conduct (Rule 75.4 iii & v).
We shouldn't just focus our attention on Patrick Maroon here for his successful attempt to draw Zack Kassian into incurring a penalty. The game footage shows that Maroon turned and said something to Kassian, faced the Vancouver player and did drop his stick prior to using his gloves as ear-muffs. This was an absolute 'dumb' penalty for Zach Kassian to incur and negate a Canuck power play when Maroon was being whistled for tripping Henrik Sedin.
read on and watch the incident below...
from Ryan Kesler at The Players' Tribune,
I wanted a trade out of Vancouver this offseason for several reasons. That’s no disrespect to the fans, my teammates, or Canucks ownership, but I think both sides needed a change. I’ve got three kids at home; I just wanted a more normal life for them away from the rink. Playing in Canada can be a fishbowl not just for players but for families, too. That said, this was really hard. I know you read that all the time, but Vancouver was my home since I was 19. I grew up with Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows, and the Sedins. These guys will always be my close friends. One day you wake up and you realize, Wow, I’m really leaving my buddies. It’s weird because I spent all summer preparing for a move, but when I actually got the call from my agent that I was headed to Anaheim, a little bit of anxiety rushed in.
My first thought was: Sunshine. Shorts and flip flops. Nice.
My second thought was: Getzlaf and Perry. Interesting.
Then came a rush of really complicated thoughts: How am I going to tell my 6-year-old daughter that she has to say goodbye to her best friends? What happens with my Canadian bank account? How do those taxes work? Where do I live? How do you even move furniture and stuff?
added 1:53pm, Florida release is below.
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