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The Anaheim Ducks Scored Three Goals But Gave Up Four

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night:


- It seemed the Ducks were turning the corner. Goals were scored. A rout was underway. And then 40 forgettable minutes that wiped it all away.


“We gave them nothing. We were hitting. We were doing everything. I don’t understand how things changed so quickly.”

- Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau


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Ryan Getzlaf Out With Apendicitis


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 added 6:37pm, Ducks statement is below...

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Another Shutout Loss For The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

In just one overtime shot, Jonathan Toews did what the Ducks couldn’t do with 39 against Chicago or the many others they’ve had across prior games. The Blackhawks captain scored 51 seconds into the extra session for a 1-0 victory at United Center....

The Ducks (1-5-2) continue to make history of a different kind. They’ve become the first team since the 1930-31 New York Americans to be shut out in five of their first eight games. They’re stuck on six goals for the season, with a new scoreless streak up to 128 minutes, 35 seconds.

And yet it was a moral victory for a confidence-shaken group. The Ducks put up a far more competitive effort from start to finish in the first game between the teams since Chicago eliminated the Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

A template had been created on how they have to play going forward, starting with another game Tuesday night in Dallas.

“That’s the best game we’ve played all year,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We didn’t get the end result that we wanted. I mean, that’s the way we can play. We have to build on that now and not get disappointed by it.”


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Bruce Boudreau’s Last Game Tonight?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Mon. Oct. 26: Ducks at Blackhawks 8:30 p.m. ET

More than just a rekindling of the hostilities left over from their epic seven-game Western Conference Finals, this game may serve as a referendum on the future of Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. Anaheim is off to an unexpected 1-5-1 start, and it might actually be worse than the Ducks' record indicates. They’ve been shut out four times in seven games—as many as all of last season—and offered little pushback when they’ve fallen behind. It’s been suggested that dropping that seventh game at home last spring to the Hawks sucked the spirit out of them. If that’s true, this chance to exact a small bit of revenge might be exactly what they need to right the ship. If not, well, Paul MacLean might be promoted to head coach before the team returns to the OC.

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There was some talk today on Twitter stating Trent Yawney may be a coach candidate for the Ducks.

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Morning Line- Dave Hodge On The Anaheim Ducks

Thumbs down to the Anaheim Ducks' horrible start, which could certainly cost coach Bruce Boudreau his job. (Check elsewhere on this page to see if there's breaking news). This "coach on the hot seat" talk is not very popular, but it would stop if general managers would show more patience and stick with coaches instead of firing them. When you know that coaching changes will happen during an NHL season, and there's no such thing as "too early", you might as well try to guess who's next. Boudreau's safety net and his slippery slope are one and the same--the Ducks are supposed to contend for the Stanley Cup and a new coach comes with a certain risk, but the high expectations produce pressure that doesn't have much room for patience. When the Ducks had scored just one goal in their first four games, I said here that such a drought couldn't continue. Well, of course it couldn't. But it's not exactly raining goals when the Ducks now have only six goals in seven starts.

So Boudreau, if he looks over his shoulder, can see Randy Carlyle, Dallas Eakins, Guy Boucher and others who might replace him.

One will, if the Ducks don't start to win, and they won't do that unless they score more goals.Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler combined for 78 goals last season. Perry and Getzlaf had almost that many (74) by themselves the year before, when Kesler was still in Vancouver scoring 25 times. So the thought that Anaheim could win the Stanley Cup as one of this year's favourites had to assume that the trio of Perry, Getzlaf and Kesler could approach the 100-goal mark. Gotta get the first one first, and incredibly, that hasn't happened yet.

-Dave Hodge of TSN.

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Another Loss For The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Another uninspired effort has instead turned the heat up on a team viewed as a title contender by many, a Cup favorite by more than a few. The Ducks didn’t offer up much of a spark in a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center.

The Ducks (1-5-1) are off to their worst start in franchise history. A team that was shut out four times all of last season has equaled that in the first seven games. Few answers were found afterward.

“Well, it’s not fun,” defenseman Cam Fowler said. “I don’t really have much to say. We’re trying to say all the right things. As a group, we’re trying to encourage each other. I’d be lying if I said it was easy to stay positive right now.

“This is a tough go that we have. But we have to stay together through it. That’s the only way that we can come out on the other side.”...

Ducks general manager Bob Murray was on hand to watch this train wreck. With the team facing defending champion Chicago on Monday, the unavoidable question is how much longer he will give Boudreau to get the Ducks flying in the right direction.

Asked if his message is still heard by his players, Boudreau said, “I think so. Every day I come to work and I work hard. It’s just depressing when you’re not able to get rewarded.”


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Evening Line- Michael Russo And Helene Elliott On The Anaheim Ducks

Game's far from over, but #ducks were right in this game despite being outplayed remarkably & took dumb penalty after dumb penalty. Cost em

That's a sign of an unbelievably frustrated team. Something's wrong with the Ducks right now

-Michael Russo tweets.

Short handed goal for @mnwild gives Wild a 3-0 lead over disorganized, disinterested Ducks

-Helene Elliott tweet

Shots at the end of two are Ducks 9, Wild 26 and the Wild lead 3-0.

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Another Bad Game For The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The turnaround didn’t happen for the Ducks, and the sorry start to their season continued. Their biggest stars were left searching for answers and their game.

Everything was back to normal Thursday night, and what’s become normal is now a horrible thing for the Ducks, who returned to being woeful offensively and threw in some shoddy work everywhere else in a 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena....

The Ducks (1-4-1) finally snapped out of their offensive funk to break through Sunday against Minnesota. Hope arrived in time for the challenge of a grueling five-game trip against the Central Division’s best. And then it all fell apart in the Predators’ three-goal second period.

“I thought the first period, we were very good,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “When they scored the first goal, it was like everybody’s shoulders sagged. When you’re having trouble scoring and the other team gets that first goal, you got to dig deeper.

“We sort of felt sorry about ourselves for the next little bit and the next thing you know, it’s 3-0.”...

Afterward, Getzlaf and Perry took to putting their team’s struggles on their shoulders.

“I take it all,” Getzlaf said. “We got to be better. There’s no excuse for what we’re doing and what we’re not contributing. We got to look at each other. Go out and play and compete and lead the way. Do things properly so that other guys know that they have to.”

Said Perry: “We got to be at the front of it. We got to face it and we got get ourselves out of it. The two of us, that’s our goal. Those are things that are on us.”


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No Need To Panic In Anaheim

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Put out the torches and put away the pitchforks. Save them for another occasion.

Five games for the Ducks to get their first win of the season were four too many in a lot of eyes that were watching their early descent toward the bottom of the Pacific Division standings and the entire NHL.

The resident fans of Duckland were ruffled by an 0-3-1 start and, most alarming, a team that might have had an easier time finding its way out of an Amazon jungle than finding the net on the ice. A Stanley Cup run over before it ever began, at least in the view of the alarmists.

Someone has to pay for this. Nine times out of 10, that is the coach and this would, of course, be Bruce Boudreau. After all, weren’t the moves already made to bring in the players who, theoretically, will finally push this current core of Ducks to the mountaintop?

Here is one thing to look at when reaching for the panic button: Only five games have been played.


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If The Anaheim Ducks Make A Coaching Change

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

It's only five games and Murray isn't this impatient. Boudreau will get some more games to try and turn things around. Perhaps it's just early bad puck luck. The Ducks are a top-10 team in possession. Boudreau isn't a dead Duck just yet.

But the fact Murray was contemplating a change prior to Sunday's win is evidence Boudreau has little room for error. Successive playoff failures have the organization questioning if Boudreau is the man to get them another Stanley Cup. This isn't about Boudreau being a bad coach. It's about anything less than a Stanley Cup this season being considered a failure in Anaheim. They'll do whatever they must as an organization to achieve a title.

Which brings us to Carlyle, the only coach to ever raise a Stanley Cup banner in Anaheim.

Murray runs the Ducks and Dave Nonis holds the title special assignment scout and consultant to general manager. They've both fired Carlyle in their days as GMs. They also have immense respect for him as a coach and know what he's capable of behind the bench....

Murray has in-house solutions such as assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Paul MacLean. The question with both those candidates, however, is are they Stanley Cup-calibre coaches? Maybe. But until you've done it the question hangs over your head and Ducks ownership likely isn't interested in a maybe right now. They're looking for a sure thing. So are the players.


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