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Youth Serving Well For Ducks

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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The Other Team

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.

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Ice: Advantage Wild

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.

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Ducks Built By Burke

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.”

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Coaches Keep An Eye On Each Other

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.

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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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