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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Six of the last 10 Cup winners ranked in the top five in goals-against average during the regular season, including each of the last five. That's powerful motivation for the Ducks' early emergence as a committed defensive team.
"Yeah. Who'd have thunk?" Coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday, after the Ducks ended a trip to Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado with a 3-1 record and only five goals against.
"It's good. I firmly believe that if we can keep them to two goals or under that we've got enough offense to win the game."
They're scoring less, averaging 2.69 goals per game, compared to 3.15 through their first 13 games last season, but their team goals-against average of 1.85 ranks second in the NHL and is down from the 2.54 they posted through 13 games last season.
They've allowed two goals or fewer 10 times, compared with seven times in the first 13 games last season. Their penalty-killing is better, too, operating at a seventh-ranked 86.4%. Their efficiency rate was a 29th-ranked 75.6% at this stage last season.
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from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
Gabe Landeskog may be looking at a suspension from the NHL after his hit against Corey Perry in the waning seconds of the Avalanche’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Colorado on Sunday.
Landeskog could receive a suspension in the neighborhood of 1-3 games, if we judge by recent penalties levied by the NHL....
On the hit, Landeskog approaches Perry in the corner of the Ducks’ zone. The problem with the hit was that Landeskog’s point of impact was Perry’s head. The Colorado captain rose up off his skates and delivered an elbow to Perry’s head.
Here is the hit and to me, Corey Perry did a bit of a sell job on the hit but I would agree with the charging call but nothing else.
The Avs play at home tomorrow against Vancouver and you would think they would have heard something from the league by now.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
"I've been in some sticky situations in my career," he said after a 16-save effort in the Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, "but that was probably the hardest."
None of his teammates thought to save the game puck for LaBarbera after his improbable performance on two hours' sleep in a game he didn't know he'd start until John Gibson suffered a lower-body injury during warmups Sunday. But LaBarbera, signed last summer for minor league depth and summoned Sunday to be a backup after Frederik Andersen developed muscle tightness, will have the memory of how he stepped in on a few minutes' notice and worked behind teammates who went out of their way to block shots and minimize the dangerous chances he faced.
"I'm still in la-la land right now. It feels like a dream, to be honest with you," said the 34-year-old goalie, who last earned an NHL victory on Oct. 7, 2013 while playing for Edmonton. "I don't even know what happened."
via the Situation Room blog,
At 7:20 of the first period in the Anaheim Ducks/Colorado Avalanche game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the rebound deflected off of Corey Perry and into the Colorado net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good goal Anaheim.
The Ducks beat the Blackhawks 1-0.
Last night the Anaheim Ducks announced...
Ben Lovejoy suffered a fractured finger (right hand) last night vs. San Jose. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
How did it happen?
With 10:08 left in the 2nd period and Sharks up 2-0 on Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf and Mirco Mueller I do believe tried to fight...
With 9:42 left in the 3rd period and San Jose up 3-0 on Anaheim...
With 7:02 left in the 3rd, Sharks up 4-0...
... Sami Vatanen embellishment...
from Jamie McLellan of TSN,
Right now, Quick is the best in the game at tracking pucks. A lot of times when we talk about a goalie who is 'seeing the puck well,' this is exactly what we mean. It's his ability to find pucks through bodies, arms and any other traffic jams that are going on in front of him. We all know of his flexibility, his lateral movement and his competitiveness. He's putting it to good use by finding pucks other goaltenders are unable to track consistently right now.
Coming into the season, we knew Anaheim was deep in goal. But all the talk was of John Gibson and his ability to be a No. 1 keeper. Lost in the shuffle was Frederik Andersen's ability and skill set. Not only did he show people what he's capable of, but Andersen also joined former Boston goalie Ross Brooks as the only two goalies in NHL history to win 25 of their first 30 career starts.
Andersen has started the year 5-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, improving to 25-5 in his short career. And he already has a shutout to his credit, blanking the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 19....
Antti Niemi is always under fire as a weak link for the Sharks. He has a Stanley Cup from a season when people believed that Chicago outscored his issues in the playoffs. His stumbles in last year's playoffs - as well as in the 2011-12 postseason - didn't help his cause. But his regular season consistency is always there and it's hard to criticize someone who had 39 wins last year and has started the year 3-1 with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout. He has put up regular season dominance behind a great regular season team.
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