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Ducks Win A “Kind Of Lucky” Game

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

After three consecutive second-round playoff exits the San Jose Sharks decided that to reach the next level they needed players who had proven their poise under pressure.

So they brought in six players who had won a collective nine Stanley Cup championships, moves that seemed justified when the team compiled the NHL’s top regular-season record.

So much for the value of postseason experience.

Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped 35 shots in his NHL playoff debut Thursday and made third-period goals by Scott Niedermayer and Ryan Getzlaf stand up as the eighth-seeded Ducks upset the top-seeded Sharks, 2-0, at a stuffed and stunned HP Pavilion.

Hiller, who was helped by the goalpost several times, said the Ducks “got kind of lucky.” Maybe so, but they were good when they had to be, killing off six disadvantages.

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Why The Ducks Will Defeat The Sharks

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

With apologies, as always, to David Letterman, this devoted puckhead presents “My Top 10 Reasons the Ducks Will Stun the San Jose Sharks in the Opening Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs”:

10. The Ducks have the road-ice advantage.

No, I’m not joking. Granted, the Sharks had a phenomenal home record at H.P. Pavilion (32-5-4), but did you know the Ducks won more road games than the Sharks during the regular season? You can look it up. The Ducks won 22 away from home; the Sharks, only 21.

The Ducks also won convincingly in their last meeting in San Jose, a 5-2 romp a week ago Saturday.

“That was big,” Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks’ leading scorer, said earlier this week after practice. “We gained a bit of confidence going in there and winning. It’s going to help in the playoffs.”

9. Sharks center Joe Thornton, a former NHL MVP, gets all the publicity, but did you know Getzlaf (25 goals, 66 assists for 91 points) outscored Thornton (25-61, 86 points) during the regular season? Didn’t think so.

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Giguere Anticipates Hiller In Goal

from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

As the Ducks approach Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against San Jose, it is Jonas Hiller who will likely get the nod Thursday night in front a frenzied crowd at HP Pavilion. Hiller has clearly been the better goaltender through the regular season and Giguere accepts that fact.

“I don’t anticipate playing,” Giguere said. “I won’t lie to you. Jonas is a great young goalie and I know he’s going to do the job. On my end, I’ve just got to get ready, prepare and do the things that are needed.”

At the moment, the focus figures to be on the Swiss-born Hiller. When Giguere couldn’t shake himself out of his season-long struggles, the Ducks turned to their 27-year-old backup for their playoff push.

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Who Starts In Goal For The Ducks?

from Al Balderas at Ducks Blog,

True to form, Carlyle refused to say whether Jean-Sebastien Giguere or Jonas Hiller will lead the team on the ice in San Jose Thursday.

He did say that he has confidence in both, referring to them as Goalie 1A and 1B, without saying which was which. Carlyle did express confidence in Hiller, despite the younger goalie’s lack of NHL playoff experience.

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The Playoff Battle In California

from Randy Hahn of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,

Finally. A NORCAL vs SOCAL Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Sharks vs the Ducks in a best of seven affair that could go down as one of the best the boys in teal have ever been involved in. It’s a dream series. We know the hockey will be terrific and intense but more about that in the days to come.

The fact that two teams within California are going head to head is terrific. For once, most of the state will have some interest in the NHL Playoffs at the same time.

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added 10:05pm, from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Remember the final frenzied seconds of their last regular-season meeting a week ago Sunday at Honda Center, a 3-2 Ducks loss, when all you-know-what broke loose on the ice?

There were bodies and fists flying everywhere and players jumping on piles, with both teams accusing the other of cheap shots after Ducks leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf was knocked down in the slot — without a whistle -— as he prepared to shoot the puck.

That bad blood likely will carry over into their playoff series, as will the intensity on the ice and in the stands. That’s why the records and seeding — San Jose (53-18-11, NHL-best 117 points) is the top seed and the Ducks (42-33-7, 91 points) are No. 8 — might be irrelevant when the playoffs open this week in San Jose.

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Legal Shootout Goal?

from Curtis Zupke of the Ducks Blog,

On the Ducks’ fourth shootout attempt, Teemu Selanne skated in, came to a stop and lifted the puck over Turco, who was on his side and did a two-pad stack to no avail.

  It ended up as the game winner.

  NHL rules regarding shootouts have dictated that if either the player or the puck is continually moving forward then the play is legal.

  Turco gave Selanne credit for the move, but he wondered if the rule should get a closer look.

  “It didn’t really surprise me,” Turco said of the move. “There was nothing I could do once you get off your skates. But they should freshen the rules on dead stops, which is not right. It’s not legal, I guess, if that’s the right word. It doesn’t have any effect on our season but certainly (it did) theirs. It’s a good play. It’s legal.”

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Ducks Do Their Best - Make The Playoffs

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks play their regular-season finale tonight in Phoenix and can end up seeded sixth, seventh or eighth. Ending up in the playoffs was all that mattered to them Friday.

This is the fourth straight season they’ve made the playoffs, a franchise record. Their route wasn’t easy. Too many penalties, not enough scoring and porous goaltending dropped them to 12th in the West on March 15 and appeared to put them out of the playoff picture.

“Maybe in some ways that took a little pressure off us,” defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. “There was nothing left to do at that point but just try to do your best.”

That was good enough for a 9-2 surge that carried them to Friday’s game

more from the Ducks after their victory over Dallas last night…

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A Discussion Found Funny

Steve Ott of the Stars and Mike Brown of the Ducks had a little chat last night.

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With The Return Of Beauchemin, Ducks Get Better

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Barring a setback, (Francois) Beauchemin will join them Friday night, and the Ducks suddenly don’t look like anybody’s idea of a walk in the playoff park.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Beauchemin told ESPN.com. “I’ve been feeling really strong.”

Although he does not boast the profile of the Ducks’ other twin defensive giants, captain Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, Beauchemin’s contributions to the Ducks’ emergence as a league power cannot be underestimated. During the Ducks’ run to the Cup in 2007, he averaged an incredible 30:33 a night in ice time during the playoffs.

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Why Your Team May Not Want To Face The Ducks

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

In the sports world, what happened last week is ancient history. But I believe we have all been too quick to forget that Anaheim owned the Stanley Cup only 22 months ago.

  If there is one lower seed that I wouldn’t want to face in the opening round, it’s probably the Ducks. Here’s why:

  1. They are playing confidently again, going 8-2 in their last 10.

  2. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin is due back soon from his knee injury, and he will add toughness and a big shot to the mix.

  3.  Defenseman Chris Pronger can still impact a playoff series as much as any player can except a goalkeeper.

  4. When Beauchemin back,  the Anaheim defense top four D men will be Pronger, Neidermayer, Beauchemin and Ryan Whitney. That’s noteworthy.  James Wisniewski is also underrated and Brett Hedican and Kent Huskins give the team options on the blue line.

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