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Videos- The Anaheim Ducks And Nashville Predators Talk Game 6 Before The Puck Drops

First up the Anaheim Ducks.

 

 

Below, Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne from the Nashville side.

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Wrong Decision On Ryan Getzlaf

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Hey, NHL. Rainbow tape isn’t enough.

Anyone can tape up a stick with pinks and reds and purples, use it at a skills competition, and then fall right back into our black-and-white hockey culture the next day. What’s hard is to look in the mirror and ask, “Why?”

Why have the other sports’ experienced players come out, but not the National Hockey League? Or Canadian Major Junior Hockey?

Why do the NHL, the NHL Players’ Association, the Anaheim Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf look at the “C” word spoken in the heat of the moment by Getzlaf in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final and not hear the word the way a gay man would hear that word?...

When terms hurt people, common decency dictates we stop using them.

And so it is time for the hockey world to examine the word Getztlaf used, one that has been accepted inside its dressing rooms for decades, and decide if it is acceptable anymore. It is a Top 10 swear word in the hockey vernacular. Maybe Top 5.

Getzlaf is a product of the Western Canadian hockey culture, as am I. He grew up in Regina and played his junior hockey in Calgary. I’m an Edmonton guy. We have both been desensitized to the word, the same way a doctor does not get squeamish at the sight of blood.

That is why the NHL, the Ducks, the NHLPA and Getzlaf all missed a golden opportunity this weekend to actually walk the gay rights walk. To not just tape a hockey stick for the LGBTQ community, but to identify and admit to a metaphor for homophobia that exists inside hockey’s DNA, and start down the path to removing it.

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Anaheim’s Veterans Must Step Up Tonight

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

If the Ducks don’t win tonight, the issue will be who, not where.

Rickard Rakell is the only top six forward with a plus-rating. He didn’t play in Game 5, might not play tonight.

The questions that Getzlaf seemed to escape in the first two rounds are gathering again. He has three assists and no goals in five games

But for all of Ryan Kesler’s purple hearts, he has one point in the series and hasn’t scored a goal since Game 3 of the Edmonton series.

Kesler usually compensates with defense, but Nashville’s top line has frolicked without much argument, and did so again Saturday with Johansen injured. In Game 4, Coach Randy Carlyle abandoned his custom of hunting line matchups, at the players’ request.

If all the Ducks had been as effective as 23-year-old Nick Ritchie and 21-year-old Brandon Montour, they’d be prepping for the Final by now.

The Ducks aren’t trailing because of goaltending. John Gibson’s save percentage is higher than Pekka Rinne’s, although Rinne has been his usual self in terms of puck-handling, whether it’s inside or outside the legal boundaries.

It’s Nashville’s bottomless jug of defensemen that is weighing heavily. Its top two pairs, Subban-Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis-Roman Josi, are averaging more than 20 minutes in this series in even-strength play alone. Those four play nearly five-sixths of the minutes and have totaled 11 points.

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Morning Line- Jeff Miller On the Anaheim Ducks

I mean, these are the conference finals, the Ducks and Predators among hockey’s precious final four, the exact spot that supposedly occupies these players’ dreams growing up.

At this point in the spring, it is whether you win or lose. But it’s also how you play the game, especially when you lose.

Coming up short on the scoreboard is to be expected; both teams can’t win, obviously.

But coming up short where numbers fail to tell the story – in the heart – is something that has to sit pretty heavy this morning inside some Duck bellies.

-Jeff Miller of the OC Register where you can read more on last night's game.

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Videos- The Anaheim Ducks Do What They Do

12 seconds left in the game, the Ducks are down by 2 goals, so what do they do?

 

 

Below, Ryan Getzlaf on being fined.

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The Season Is Now On The Line For The Anaheim Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The resilience that has been the Ducks’ trademark during their push into the Western Conference finals deserted them Saturday. They ran out of energy and skidded into the grateful hands of the Nashville Predators, who aren’t just acting like they belong here — they do belong here. And maybe in the Stanley Cup finals, too.

While the Ducks spoke of running out of gas and not competing hard enough, the Predators simply regrouped after losing top scorer Ryan Johansen and team captain Mike Fisher to injuries before Saturday’s game. The Predators were the resilient group Saturday, scoring late in the second period and twice in the third to leave the Honda Center with a 3-1 victory and head home with a chance to clinch a berth in the Cup finals if they win Monday at Bridgestone Arena.

“I thought that we had the opportunity to go out and play hard and send a message in our building and we didn’t compete on the puck throughout,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “That means being hard on pucks, that means directing pucks at the net, all those things.

“I don’t think our compete level was where it needed to be. I thought they came out and worked harder than us in the second and third period and that was the difference in the game.”

There’s no extra day between games for them to recharge mentally and physical by taking a diversionary side trip, as they did during their seven-game elimination of Edmonton in the second round, or to relax by taking a day off to play pool, as they did before they pulled out an overtime win in Game 4 against the Predators on Thursday at Nashville. The clock is ticking on them and their season, and whatever resilience they’ve displayed up to now is nothing compared to what they’ll need Monday in what will be a rollicking, gold-filled arena filled with fans eager to watch the Predators continue the team’s longest-ever playoff journey.

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Open Post- Game 5 Western Conference Final

Feel free to comment on tonight's game.

Nashville @ Anaheim, series tied 2-2, 7:15 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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Before The Puck Drops On Game 5 Anaheim/Nashville

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

The news cycle went into overdrive between Games 4 and 5. And we’re not talking about affairs of state.

Most of it concerned the leftovers from Anaheim’s overtime win in Nashville Thursday.

In ascending importance, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf got fined $10,000 for an epithet he delivered to the officials from the Anaheim bench.

It was a homophobic expression, approximately the same as the one used by Chicago’s Andrew Shaw last year in Game 4 of a first-round series against St. Louis.

Shaw was suspended for that Game 5. Getzlaf was not suspended for this Game 5. So we’ll hear a lot of byplay about that.

It was already on the minds of Canadians because Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar got a one-game suspension for the same type of thing, delivered toward an Atlanta pitcher.

Shaw also was asked to attend sensitivity training sessions. Sounds more like he and Getzlaf need vocabulary adjustments

Referring to someone as a body part or a descendent of an animal is presumably more appropriate.

Maybe we should expand our definition of an obscenity. There are certainly things in life that are universally despised.

The next time an official makes a bad call, the players should be trained to yell, “You telemarketer!”

Or maybe, “You son of a Madoff!”

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Ryan Getzlaf Fined $10K For Inappropriate Remark

NEW YORK (May 20, 2017) – Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been fined $10,000, the maximum permitted under the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, for directing an inappropriate remark toward another on-ice participant in Thursday’s Game 4 of the team’s Western Conference Final Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Nashville Predators, the National Hockey League announced today.

Getzlaf’s comment is a violation of the League’s policy which prohibits inappropriate and offensive remarks, and the use of obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures in the game.

“Getzlaf’s comment in Thursday’s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League.”

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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The Anaheim Ducks Stare Down Defeat

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

Explain that one.

Explain how you can tame the tumult of Bridgestone Arena for over two periods

.Explain how you watch all that work melt away while half your team is playing musical chairs in the penalty box.

Explain how you watch Filip Forsberg, clever and infuriating and always there with the blade at your throat, tie it inside the final minute and send you toward overtime with your skates stuck in the mud.

Explain the Ducks.

They were staring at one of the most bitter losses in their playoff history, and that’s no exaggeration. They were also staring at a 1-3 deficit in the Western Conference Finals. Instead, Corey Perry sent the puck toward the net, where Nate Thompson and Nashville’s P.K. Subban were. Thompson said he didn’t feel it hit him, which meant it bounced off Subban’s stick blade and past Pekka Rinne. The Ducks won and lost and won again, 3-2 in overtime. It only counts as one victory, but it ties a series that resumes Friday night in Anaheim and has miles to go, and probably three more games, before it sleeps.

“It’s something that this team has done all year,” said Kevin Bieksa. “I can’t say enough about the way we came in here after that third period. We were calm. Nobody was panicking.”

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