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No More Easy Games

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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Focusing Is Tough For JSG

from the OC Register,

Giguere, 29, had been absent from the team since Wednesday, when his wife, Kristen, gave birth to their first child. A non-life-threatening medical condition involving the couple’s son, Maxime, caused Giguere to miss last weekend’s season-ending trip to Dallas and Columbus.
“It’s been tough,” Giguere said without revealing specifics of his son’s health. “You want to be where it matters the most, but at the same time, life continues. You need to work, and this is my work, so you have to be here and when you’re here, try to focus on what you have to do.
“It’s a little hard. I won’t lie to you. But I try to be professional. When I come here, I try not to think about what’s going on at home. It’s not easy, but whatever happens at home, sometimes you just have to leave it there and go to work. I think I need to do that.”

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Cup Or Bust For Ducks

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Spraying to all fields, wondering if anything less than a Stanley Cup championship will make this a disappointing season for the Ducks:
•It shouldn’t be that way, but there will be self-imposed pressure to finish off the best season in franchise history (record 110 points, record 254 goals and first division title) — especially after falling in the conference finals in 2006 and in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003.
•They certainly won’t say this publicly, but the Ducks received the most favorable matchup in the first round among the top seven teams in the Western Conference.

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Ducks Finding Their Fit In SoCal

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Now, in Orange County at least, the old-school approach is in ascendance, in the traditionalist form of Brian Burke, and perhaps finally, this is the ticket. In his two years with the Ducks, his teams have enjoyed great on-ice success, and are about to enter the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
More significant, there are hints that they finally belong….
“It’s a much better hockey market than people think,” Burke maintains. “When I was offered the job here, I didn’t have any doubts about the market. There are a lot of hockey fans here….”

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All Pronger & Niedermayer

Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer took part in an NHL tele-conference today.

Q Chris, this question is for you. Just looking back to last year, having gone through the long playoff grind with Edmonton, obviously you never want to be hurt, but were maybe the injuries you had this year a little bit of a blessing in disguise in that they may leave you a little more rested for a long run this year?

CHRIS PRONGER: I think only time can tell in that situation. But I felt great last year and now leading into the playoffs this year I feel really good. So hopefully it’s an omen.

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Selanne Caught With Big Stick

from the LA Times,

Selanne was called for using an illegal stick, which nullified the four-on-three advantage. The Ducks couldn’t score in overtime and San Jose put in both of its tries in the shootout to get a 3-2 victory at Honda Center….
Selanne said he was surprised by Wilson’s maneuver. He acknowledged the illegality but also blamed the poor ice surface.
“It might be a little wide. But there’s a reason why it’s wide. That’s because the NHL makes great ice and you need a stick this wide to receive a pass in this league,” Selanne said sarcastically.
As he said that, Selanne held his hands a foot apart. Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle sought to shift the blame away from his star winger.

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Late Night Live Blogging

Battle of California will be live blogging during the Sharks/Ducks game tonight.
I may have to take a nap to catch up with that one.

Note to Alanah- stay away, you have work to do…

added 10:19pm, Link to the live blog post…

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Marchant Has Torn Groin Muscle

from the OC Register,

Word came Tuesday that veteran center Todd Marchant, who had played the past three games after missing 17 because of an abdominal strain, will be out indefinitely because of what has been diagnosed as a torn groin muscle.
“It’s not great news,” Coach Randy Carlyle said.
Marchant, 33, sat out six games in late December and early January because of what the club termed a strained groin. Though all three injuries have been in the same area, they are “distinctly different,” Marchant said.
“I knew on Sunday that something just wasn’t right,” Marchant said. “I don’t know whether this could have been happening over years. I mean, let’s face it, 14 years and 900 games, it’s going to take its toll.”
Marchant planned to meet with team doctors today to discuss treatment options, which might include season-ending surgery.

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Ducks Increase Ticket Prices

via the LA Times,

The Ducks announced they would raise their ticket prices on individual and season seats for the 2007-08 season, marking the first such increase in three years.
Season tickets will increase by an average of 7.9%, and individual tickets will jump by an average of 1.1%. All tickets will continue to have a Honda Center facility fee, beginning at $1.50 for the most inexpensive ticket.
Several seating sections were also reclassified under additional varying prices. Tickets for some seats in the lower bowl were reduced by 15.8% from this season.
“Our primary objective in evaluation our pricing structure was to keep tickets affordable,” said Tim Ryan, president and chief executive officer of Anaheim Arena Management.

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Ducks Skate In The Barn

from the OC Register,

Unable to secure a convenient ice slot at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, site of tonight’s game against the Red Wings, Coach Randy Carlyle arranged for the Ducks to practice at historic Windsor Arena, home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires.
Located just across the Detroit River, “the Barn,” as it is affectionately known, is the oldest rink in major-junior hockey, having opened in 1924 as the Border Cities Arena. The intimate building, with a seating capacity of 3,600, was home to the Red Wings, then known as the Cougars, while the former Olympia Stadium in Detroit was under construction during the 1926-27 NHL season.
“When you have an opportunity to visit the older, nostalgic rinks around Canada, I think it’s important to re-connect,” Carlyle said. “The building is part of the local history of Windsor and the hockey world.”

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