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A Comeback Win For The St. Louis Blues

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

For all their trials and tribulations over the first 3½ months of the season, the Blues never lost more than three consecutive games in regulation. And three in a row happened only once — against San Jose, Los Angeles and Nashville just before Thanksgiving.

After losses to Carolina and Dallas this past weekend, the Blues were in jeopardy of having it happen again on Wednesday. After building a 3-1 lead, the next three goals belonged to Anaheim, which has the NHL's most feeble offense at just 2.15 goals per game.

As the clock ticked away, it was hard to escape that sinking feeling. With Dallas, Minnesota, Colorado and even Arizona nipping at their heels, a crushing loss appeared imminent for the Blues.

But then lightning struck. Twice. Robert Thomas scored in a 6-on-5 situation with goalie Jordan Binnington pulled in favor of an extra attacker to tie the game at 4-4 with just 1:04 to play. Twelve seconds later, captain Alex Pietrangelo broke the tie, and the Blues left Honda Center with a 5-4 victory over the Ducks.


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Video- Ian Cole Hit On Devin Shore


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Five More Years For Jakob Silfverberg And The Anaheim Ducks

from the Anaheim Ducks,

Jakob Silfverberg signed a five-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Financial terms were not released.

The 28-year-old forward, who has 24 points (16 goals, eight assists) in 56 games this season, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"I've been here pretty much my entire career," Silfverberg told the Ducks website. "I really like it here. My son was born here, too, and my wife loves it here. Other than this year, this is a winning organization. It's a place to win. We've had some close calls. Within the next five years, this is going to be a contending team again. I'm excited for the future.

"I've been here most of my adult life. This is my sixth year here. It's been going by fast. People say time flies when you're having fun, and that's definitely the case here. I'm looking forward to more years."


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Video- Drake Caggiula Concussed By Rickard Rakell Hit

via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks lost a key part of their top line in the 4-3 win over Anaheim on Wednesday. Left wing Drake Caggiula suffered a concussion in the second period when Ducks forward Rickard Rakell smashed him into the glass as Caggiula chased down a puck.

Caggiula stayed down for a minute before being helped off the ice and went immediately to the locker room. The Hawks have no initial indication of the severity of the concussion, though coach Jeremy Colliton said there was no additional injury on the play.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Colliton said. “It’s tough to tell. Sometimes it looks terrible and you’re back right away, and sometimes it looks innocent and it takes forever. So we’ll see.”


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Michael Del Zotto On His Way To St. Louis


added 5:08pm, Blues release is below.

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Looks Like A Buffalo/Anaheim Trade Is Close



added 7:09pm, Anaheim release is below.

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Video- Scott Niedermayer’s #27 Goes To The Rafters In Anaheim

Well deserved.

via Sportsnet,



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High Price To Pay At The Deadline Plus The Issues With The Anaheim Ducks

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- ... A year ago, the lead trade suspect around the NHL was Rick Nash, and Sweeney outbid all suitors with a package that included a first-round draft pick, defensive prospect Ryan Lindgren, along with Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner. A year later, from Boston’s perspective, the art of the deal was offloading Spooner and Beleskey, a pair of wingers once thought to be essential offensive elements (they combined for 59 goals while wearing the Spoked-B). Today they are Exhibit A: addition by subtraction.

Nash was the real deal and, by market standards in recent years, worth the goods that Sweeney yielded. For about two weeks. Until Nash was dealt yet another concussion, this one ultimately proving to be his express pass to retirement. So it goes in the caveat emptor world of deadline deals. Right deal, wrong outcome, reminiscent of the 1994 deadline swap that had then-GM Harry Sinden plucking Al Iafrate from Washington for Joe Juneau....

- ... What happened? By Murray’s eye “lack of emotion” has been the culprit. By an outsider’s eye, the Ducks’ Big Three look like toast.

Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Ryan Kesler are all age 33-plus, each closing in on 1,000 games, and each with high-priced, no-move deals for at least two more years (three for Kesler). To be fair, Perry has just returned, post-surgery, after tearing up a knee in the preseason. If he can get back in gear, Perry can move the needle.

But overall, the Ducks are hurting for speed and also lack the talented youth corps that virtually every team now tries to have in on-the-job training. Without the developing ride-a-long component — witness Boston last season with Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen, and this season with Matt Grzelcyk — aging, heavy rosters such as Anaheim’s are destined for a slow roll to nowhere. The Ducks look like they’re getting nowhere even faster.

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A Night Of Firsts For The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

There was a 64-year-old rookie coach behind the bench. There was a 26-year-old goaltender making his first NHL start. There was an early goal and the first lead in weeks. There was not one but two fights, with a couple of 30-somethings throwing hands.

The Ducks sure had a different look about them Wednesday at Honda Center, with Bob Murray adding the coaching duties to his role as general manager after firing Randy Carlyle on Sunday and playing Kevin Boyle in goal after placing John Gibson and Chad Johnson on injured reserve.

Murray asked for more from the Ducks than they had delivered in the final days of Carlyle’s second stint as coach, and they delivered a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks that ended their seven-game losing streak. The Ducks’ win was only their third in 22 games.

“As always, having been through this a bunch of times myself, there’s always a bit of a jolt of energy and emotion, which would be nice because there’s not been much emotion here,” Murray said before the game when asked what he expected. “That would be nice if there was some tonight.”


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Bob Murray On His Team

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

Bob Murray commuted Carlyle’s sentence Sunday morning. Then Murray bit the bullet by becoming the Ducks’ interim coach.

“It was tough putting the skates on again, trust me,” Murray said.

He told the Ducks there were a “lot of good players” wearing the uniform they had been defiling with their recent play.

They have lost seven consecutive games by a total score of 37-6. They have won two games since Dec. 17. They are dead last in the Western Conference and have a league-worst goal differential of minus-55.

Jakob Silfverberg is their goal-scoring leader with 12. He would be the leader of no other team but Arizona.

“There’s been no passion, no pushback, and we’ve always had that,” Murray said. “There are too many guys following, and more people should be leading. That’s why I’m very worried. I need to see it up close in order to get it fixed.”

Indeed, this is the longest period of purely non-competitive play in the Ducks’ history.

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