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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers are playing like a team trying to get a coach fired, not like one playing for a coach just hired.
“We’re being tested as a group, being challenged, and it’s up to me as head coach to get this team to play well and that’s what I’m going to do,” said Alain Vigneault, who is four games into a five-year contract. “[Our mistakes] have nothing to do with the system.”
When the Ducks scored three times in the opening 11:36, the Rangers had been outscored 10-1 over 43:20 of hockey going back to the middle of the second period of the match in San Jose. Three more came in the second against Henrik Lundqvist, who appeared shaken when speaking to the media a half-hour after it ended.
“It’s probably the first time in all my years in New York that we’ve looked this bad,” said the goaltender, a Ranger since 2005-06. “It’s just an awful feeling. I don’t have an explanation; I don’t know what to say.
“But let’s not point fingers. We have to be better. I have to be better,” said Lundqvist, who has a 4.29 goals against average and .879 save percentage. “We all have to step up.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks will celebrate “Throwback Night” this Sunday vs. Ottawa (5 p.m.), commemorating the club’s 20th anniversary season. Fourteen players from the original 1993 Mighty Ducks squad (complete list of attending players below) will be on hand and sign autographs for fans during both intermissions this Sunday.. The franchise is celebrating 20 years of Ducks hockey all season long and Oct. 13 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Ducks win. The club beat Edmonton by a score of 4-3 behind 28 saves by Ron Tugnutt and a game-winning goal by Bill Houlder.
It's not always the goale who is responsible for the bad goal of the night.
Zach Bogosian with a terrible turnover and before Ondrej Pavelec could blink, Corey Perry buries the 'thank you' goal.
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Finnish Flash hinted this morning this game might be a little easier for him than his "first" return in December 2011, when adoring Winnipeg fans celebrated him, booed his teammates and cheered the Jets on to a victory that night.
"I had a chance to come two years ago and that was unbelievable," Selanne said after this morning’s skate downtown. "I don’t really expect anything like that tonight, but it’s fun to be here.
"I almost hoped I wouldn’t have to come back here because that was an absolutely perfect night. We lost, but it was something I was always going to remember.
"This place is so nice, the fans unbelievable. I’m very happy I have a chance to come back one more time."
via the CP at TSN,
Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis was taken to the hospital after feeling "unwell" during Saturday night's game, according to a team spokesman.
Nonis was feeling sick during the second period and saw team physicians at Air Canada Centre.
"As a precaution, (Nonis) was asked to go to the hospital for further testing," a Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment statement released Sunday read. "He has progressed very well overnight and is expected to be discharged today."
Here is the Steve Downie hit which caused the Roman Josi concussion.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Selanne broke into the NHL in 1992 with the Winnipeg Jets. On that first opening nights, the Jets hosted Detroit in a game they would win and Selanne would collect a couple of assists.
“I remember it very well. We played against Detroit at home and that was something obviously I was dreaming about since I was little boy, so yeah, it was pretty special,” he said.
But the affable winger said Tuesday night he already felt the anticipation growing for Wednesday’s game against the Avalanche.
“Even last night you start feeling. You’re body knows. It’s almost like a race horse your body starts reacting differently and your mind is a little more focused,” Selanne said. “You get those butterflies and that’s a good feeling.”
Still, Selanne admitted it's more difficult to motivate one’s self as the years go on.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and forward John Mitchell from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Mathieu Perreault, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Mitchell will report to Hershey.
Mitchell, 27, collected 14 points (10 goals, 4 assists) and 48 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season.
Perreault recorded 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 39 games with Washington last season. The Drummondville, Quebec, native tallied 70 points (33 goals, 37 assists) in 159 career NHL games with the Capitals. Perreault was drafted by Washington in the sixth round (177th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Today the NHL was at Dodger Stadium to promote the Kings/Ducks outdoor game on January 25, 2014.
Dan Craing of the NHL discusses how the NHL plans to make and handle the ice in Los Angeles.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Few players in this league have been more polarizing than Penner, whose 6-foot-4, 242-pound frame and soft hands scream top-six power forward. His terrific play during both the Ducks’ 2007 Cup run and the Kings’ 2011 title campaign -- as well as his 32-goal campaign with the Oilers in 2009-10 -- reminded you of just how good he can be. But then came the dip last season, which opens the door for his harshest critics to come down on him.
Sometimes it’s important to remember the guy wasn’t ever drafted, signed out of college as a free agent by Anaheim in May 2004. So maybe some people have just expected too much out of him all along.
Regardless, Penner has obviously heard it all.
"I find it pretty comical,” said Penner. "People seem to forget where I came from. I’ve had a pretty eventful career to say the least, both positively and negatively. What people say about me in the hockey world isn’t going to change how I feel about myself in the real world."
Another chapter in the Dustin Penner book beckons, but what’s in store?
from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
Getzlaf — the Ducks' captain who tied Perry with a team-high 15 goals in the lockout-abbreviated 48-game season and added a team-best 34 assists — said winning another Cup after doing so at age 22 is "a reasonable goal."
"You look up and down our lineup, it's only about performing," Getzlaf said. "We have the personnel. It's a matter of stepping to the forefront and doing it."
That statement sprouts from the sting of May's surprising first-round playoff exit against the Detroit Red Wings, in which the Ducks lost Game 7 at home after having led the series, 3-2. Then they watched as the Chicago Blackhawks — the team the Ducks swept in three regular-season meetings — hoisted the Cup.
"We had such a great season that came to a screeching halt," Perry said. "That's hard to swallow. You know if you get by that one team, you never know what can happen. We want to start the same way, continue doing the things, but … we've got to prove ourselves again. Nothing is given."
The Ducks already have a team motto in their locker room and on practice shirts: "Unfinished business."
Perry's hurt goes a little deeper, considering he didn't score a goal in the playoffs.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Despite the lack of an NBA team and the revenues it would generate, Samueli said he stands behind the Ducks long term. He and his wife paid $75 million for the franchise; it was valued at $192 million by Forbes last November.
"We look at it from a different perspective, Susan and I," he said. "We're not depending on this business to support our family. I have a very successful business in Broadcom, and to us, this is our way of giving back to the community.
"Susan and I are very active in philanthropy, so we already give to lots of nonprofits. So the Ducks are just yet another nonprofit that we give to, I guess."
Samueli said it's too early to determine the financial impact of the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement because last season was shortened to 48 games by the league-imposed lockout. The Ducks became eligible for revenue sharing for the first time, but for only half of a full share.
"It's still more than what we got before. So anything helps," he said. "Clearly it's always a struggle in the Sun Belt markets to make a go of the business, but the new CBA definitely will help."
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