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Anaheim Ducks forward Brad May has been suspended for three games as a rsult of his actions in Game 4 of their Western Conference Series against the Minnesota Wild.
Late in the third period on Tuesday, May punched Wild defenceman Kim Johnsson from behind, sending him to the ice for several minutes. May was assessed a match penalty on the play.
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled centers Tim Brent, Ryan Carter and Petteri Wirtanen, right wingers Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan, defensemen Brian Salcido and Clay Wilson and goaltender Gerald Coleman from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
continued… (*Geez… preparing for war, Anaheim?)
From the LA Times,
No one in the Ducks’ dressing room said, or at least was willing to say, if there was a clear view of Brad May’s punch to Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson late in the third period of Game 3 Tuesday that knocked Johnsson out of Game 4.
May drew a match penalty for intent to injure and could face a suspension by the league. Johnsson, who crumpled to the ice before leaving under his own power, suffered a head injury, according to Wild officials.
From Charley Walters at the Pioneer Press,
Wild star Marian Gaborik, who went without a single shot on goal against the Ducks in Minnesota’s Game 3 playoff loss Sunday in St. Paul, was to employ his mind’s eye before going to sleep Monday evening to prepare for tonight’s game at the Xcel Energy Center.
“I’m going to try to envision goals,” Gaborik said.
from the LA Times,
More important, the three have fit easily into a locker room full of professionals.
“As a player, when you’re shown that confidence from the coaching staff and the organization, you obviously feel good about yourself,” Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. “At the same time, when given that opportunity, you have to go out and earn it and make the best of it. They’ve continued to work hard during the whole time.”
Now Penner, Getzlaf and Perry are out to bridge the gap between potential and performance.
“This is exactly what we want,” Getzlaf said. “The playoffs are a pretty big opportunity for everybody to kind of showcase themselves. If you can play well in the playoffs, you can go a long way in this league.”
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from the OC Register,
Earlier this season, the cookies became part of every Ducks’ road-meal spread. Lichtenfels got an earful from the players when the snack was absent at one stop — “a moment I never imagined would be a part of my job description when I was taking my finals in public relations and advertising at Penn State,” he said.
Lichtenfels is a charter bus and jet plane dispatcher, a travel agent, a hotel concierge, a baggage handler, a public-relations coordinator, a butler, a gofer and even the guy who calls last-stop hotels back to retrieve the cell phone chargers players always seem to leave behind.
from the OC Register,
But the Ducks’ checkers kept the Wild’s best line under control for most of the 2-1 and 3-2 victories. They won’t get a clear shot at the Wild-and-crazy Slovaks here.
The other advantage is the ice itself, a chronic problem no matter how low they turn the thermostat in Anaheim. Wild players, for some reason, didn’t seem comfortable on tapioca.
The ice is much kinder to the Wild in their gorgeous arena, the closest thing the NHL has to the Indiana Pacers’ fieldhouse when it comes to making the new look old again.
from the Star Tribune,
The Ducks have 25 players on their playoff roster. Nineteen are Canadians, three are Americans and three are Europeans. The Euros are Pahlsson (who thinks he’s from Red Deer), superstar Teemu Selanne from Helsinki, Finland, and Ilya Bryzgalov, a Russian who has been the starting goaltender for the first two games.
Mark Whicker from the Orange County Register put it this way early in the season: “With Brian Burke in charge, the Ducks are becoming as Canadian as curling, smoked meat and the Tragically Hip.”
from the Star Tribune,
In the NHL, not only is practice open to reporters, it’s open to opposing coaches. On Thursday, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire and goaltending coach Bob Mason watched Anaheim’s entire practice from the stands. Even though Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said it didn’t bother him, he also told reporters of Lemaire’s presence—twice—without being asked as he began his news conference.
Round 1 of the playoffs isn’t even two games old, and already there’s a little gamesmanship going on.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
“No shootouts, right?” Selanne said, smiling.
Ding-ding!The Ducks were 4-10 in shootouts in the regular season, probably the only thing that prevented them from skating off with the Presidents Trophy for best overall record in the NHL.
Their second weakness was a little more subtle — playing down to the level of their competition, as they did on several occasions during the best season in franchise history.
That, however, can’t happen anymore.
“Exactly,” Selanne said after Monday’s practice at Honda Center. “There are seven teams with over 100 points in our conference, so there are no easy games anymore.”
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