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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Anaheim Ducks have suffered a significant loss that is likely to impact on their first round playoff lineup.
Winger Corey Perry suffered a deep laceration on his leg Thursday night and it’s expected he will be sidelined for at least six weeks. The playoffs begin in 4 and a half weeks.
from the OC Register,
Pronger wore a football-style faceguard — necessitated by the injury suffered Feb. 24 when the follow-through of a shot by Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks struck him in the face during a 6-3 Ducks triumph — and became a focal point early in the rematch.
“One of their players, to start the whole thing, somebody punched Chris Pronger in the head, with a facemask on,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That escalated other things that took place.”
from All Things Avs,
The Ducks are going to do a lot of things tonight that I’m sure will have the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Pepsi Center getting up out of their seats for the rare occasion in protest. Guys like Corey Perry and Chris Pronger are going to cross check Peter Forsberg in the back, or give some kind of shot to Paul Stastny or Milan Hejduk. They will either be penalized by the referees or not, but if not, there will be a lot of howling and whining about the injustice of it all. And if that happens, then I guarantee you the Ducks will win the game tonight.
from Team 1200’s Dean Brown,
I want to start by saying something I have said over and over on both radio and TV. I have great admiration for the way the Anaheim Ducks play the game. I believe their philosophy is not new but it is brilliant. It plays on the one constant in NHL officiating. That is the official’s internal calculator….
Anaheim is the dirtiest team in the NHL and all the stats prove that. But what fans miss in their anger because their team was the victim of the Ducks “thousand cuts” game plan is the excellence Anaheim has achieved in executing this type of game plan. Getting everyone to play this way. Getting your skill players to play this way. Not an easy thing to do, but they have. It is not the type of hockey you can do half way.
thanks to a KK member and fellow blogger for the pointer…
from Dave Pratt of the Vancouver Province,
According to TSN, Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke will be the new president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs if he wants to.
Does Burke want to work in the No. 1 hockey media centre in the universe? Does Homer like beer?
Neither Burke nor Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Richard Peddie are talking publicly about this rumour, for good reason—if it’s true, it’s tampering.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The Ducks have found their way again, a point emphasized by their assertive 3-1 victory Monday in a performance reminiscent of their success last spring.
“I’m putting a lot of faith in what I know this group can do from last year and the year before rather than on how we’ve played,” General Manager Brian Burke said, “although our play has improved of late, also.”
They’ve turned their season around not only because Niedermayer’s return restored a calm confidence to their defense and Selanne’s more recent appearance has restored the emotion and depth they missed up front.
more (reg. req.)
Joe O’Connor at the National Post interviews Teemu Selanne:
NP Who is your favourite Disney character?
TS Donald Duck.
NP Why Donald?
TS Something funny always happens to him, and in a funny way. He’s unlucky.
from the OC Register,
While Pronger’s absence figures to be considerably closer to one week than six, the injury was and remains scary. Sharp, who scored immediately off an offensive-zone faceoff, struck Pronger flush with a big follow-through.
“Those plays happen probably 10 times a game, where a guy is following through and he might hit the guy in the chest or hit the guy in the helmet, or just miss the guy,” Pronger said. “I was pulling out of the way. I saw it coming. I was too close. Things like that happen all the time. He took a pretty good swing at it. Stuff happens. The old adage – what comes around goes around. I’ve hit the odd guy in the head, too. It all plays out in the end. They all even up somehow.”
more on Pronger…
from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,
Getzlaf, right wing Teemu Selanne and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere were selected as runway models for the first Anaheim Ducks Wives and Significant Others Fashion Luncheon, which raised $120,000 on Tuesday for Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Tall, slender, well-appointed women – green beans, really – walked through the sunshine and gingerly high-heel-stepped onto the stage to model designer dresses. They didn’t smile much or speak.
But neither did the three dapper Ducks when event emcee and comedienne Cindy Burns asked them – “these hot, hot, hot guys,” she called them – each to strike a pose….
Giguere, who was introduced as “Gee-gahr,” put his left foot forward, pushed back the tails on his dark Canali sportcoat, sunk his hands in pockets and vogued. (His fair cheeks turned pink as he probably was wishing he could just lower a goalie mask.)
via the OC Register,
The Ducks could have a short-term hole on defense in light of their revelation that captain Chris Pronger underwent surgery Monday to repair a “small fracture” in his jaw suffered in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over visiting Chicago.
“It’s not clear how much time he will miss,” Burke said. “It’s certainly not expected to be lengthy. A game or two is the expectation at this time.”
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