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Pronger Back On His Game

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

In the first two games of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Dallas Stars, the Ducks saw a Chris Pronger they don’t want to see. The invisible one.

They prefer the hard-skating, occasionally nasty one who scored two goals in Game 3.

Good or bad, the 6-foot-6 Pronger always draws attention. And in his drive to win, he sometimes crosses the line, as evidenced by his eight career suspensions, including an eight-game punishment toward the end of the regular season.

But Pronger’s performance Tuesday night showed why such reprimands by the NHL are something to simply accept.

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Forget Home Ice Advantage

From Tom Cowlishaw at the Dallas News,

Repeat after me. In the National Hockey League, there is no home-ice advantage.

I think we all know the Stars’ sad numbers since moving from their cozier digs at Reunion Arena. They have won one home game in their last seven playoff tries against Colorado, Vancouver and now Anaheim.

I find this trivia question rather amazing.When’s the last time the Stars won a playoff series on their home ice?

Think about it for a second. That’s long enough.

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Wanted Man

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

He is combative, Harvard educated, and opinionated, with facts at the ready to back up his particular stance. He is also armed with enough self-confidence—yes, ego—to very likely believe that he could succeed where so many others have failed as the general manager of the woeful Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I’ve known Brian since he was 16, and I stay in contact with him,” New Jersey’s Lou Lamoriello, the dean of all NHL general managers, said yesterday. He wouldn’t speculate on Burke’s career path, but as a fellow GM, Lamoriello likes Burke’s qualities.

“He’s not afraid to make a decision, not afraid to make a mistake. He works at the job and is intelligent. They should be qualities everybody in hockey has, and most people do. Yet there are those who don’t,” Lamoriello said.

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Stars Don’t Show Up

from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,

The Stars brought their infamous Sybil act to center ice Tuesday night at the AAC. Or was it Three Faces of Eve?

Whoever it was, she didn’t go over a bit well with the sellout crowd of 18,532. The fans showed up in black, as requested, expecting to see the same team that had played almost flawlessly in two impressive victories in Anaheim last week.

That Stars team must still be touring Magic Mountain or Knott’s Berry Farm. It certainly didn’t show up for Game 3, which didn’t break Anaheim’s heart at all.

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Experience Counts

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

...Then the penalty box door swung open again, like the gates of Hades.

Brenden Morrow cut the lead to 4-1. Brenden Morrow cut it to 4-2. A flagrant high stick by Mathieu Schneider brought a four-minute penalty. A sullen Dallas crowd woke and bellowed out hope.

“The place was rocking,” acknowledged Randy Carlyle, the Ducks coach.

But Todd Marchant found peace in the storm.

“I saw (Chris) Pronger and (Scott) Niedermayer and (Jean-Sebastien) Giguere and (Ryan) Getzlaf and maybe you can throw myself in there, too,” he said. “We’ve done this so many times. We’ve been in tough situations. I know some people probably panicked a little bit, and it did get loud in the building, but we had a two-goal cushion. We’ve had a lot of experience in those situations.”

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Where’s Pronger

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star Telegram,

Pronger is mean, nasty, sadistic, talented, gritty; your basic hockey nightmare and exactly what you want in a captain. He is the guy who night in and night out says you have to come through me to get to them. Or he used to be that guy.

That Pronger has been nowhere to be found in this first-round playoff series; unless you count seeing snippets of him in Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

He has out-Prongered Pronger with his play and is a big reason the Stars find themselves up 2-0 on the defending Stanley Cup champs with a chance to bury them in Game 3 tonight at the AAC.

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Rob Niedermayer Hurting

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Checking-line right wing Rob Niedermayer was noticeably absent when the Ducks took the ice for practice Monday at a suburban Dallas rink.

Niedermayer was not even in Texas, though Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Niedermayer would “most likely” take an evening flight from Orange County to Dallas. Niedermayer’s availability for Tuesday night’s third game of an opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center is uncertain because of what the team called only an upper-body injury….

Right wing Corey Perry, meanwhile, could be a long-shot possibility to play Tuesday after having gone through his most demanding practice since suffering a partially severed right-quadriceps tendon March 6.

“There’s a chance. There’s always a chance,” Perry said.

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Ducks Not The Same Team

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been, ahem, hard to hit. Ryan Getzlaf is supposed to be the next big thing, but so far in this series he hasn’t been.

Todd Bertuzzi, on his best days, still takes a dumb penalty for every good play he makes. Scott Niedermayer, one of the best skaters in the history of the NHL, has been caught out of position more than once.

These aren’t the same Ducks, of course.

They’ve made enough changes to add players like Mathieu Schneider, Doug Weight, Jonas Hiller, Bryan Sutherby and Bertuzzi that while the core of the team remains the same, there are some different individual dynamics at work. Team chemistry is a fragile thing and doesn’t necessarily transfer from one season to the next, and so far the Ducks just don’t look as cohesive and focused as they were last spring.

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Ducks, Sens On The Same Road

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

There was a telling moment in Bryan Murray’s news conference Sunday when the Ottawa Senators’ head coach and general manager was asked about the fact that both of last year’s Stanley Cup finalists are on the ropes this year.

The Anaheim Ducks, who won the 2007 Stanley Cup by beating the Senators in five games, are now, like the Senators, down 2-0 in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Murray pointed out several things troubling the Ducks, who are trailing the Dallas Stars, but he could just as easily been talking about his own team.

“I think everybody learns from the guy [who] won,” he said. “I think what Dallas has done is really neutralize Anaheim’s defence. I think they’ve really pressured them consistently and made them pay for almost every penalty.

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Richards Impressive

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

His wicked wrister basically wrapped up a 5-2 victory for the Stars on Saturday and, as a result, they are coming back to Dallas with a chance to get out of the first round for the first time since 2003 without having to leave the state again.

“I think it’s huge,” Richards said. “You want to feel wanted and feel like you are contributing.”

He is. And he has.

Don’t look now, but this Stars team suddenly looks different with Richards. Dare I say dangerous?

This is what happens when all three of your big-name, big-money, big-expectation centers come to play in April. Any coach will tell you that kind of depth is almost impossible to stop.

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