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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Monday night’s 1-0 loss to the Kings was called a statement game by the Canucks. But two nights later, they didn’t have a whole lot to say.
The players had talked about becoming tougher to play against after that emotional game against the Kings. Wednesday night, they were only tough to watch.
Coach John Tortorella had talked about “owning the ice.” The Canucks pretty much leased it out to the Ducks.
Tortorella was almost speechless after the game, refusing to say much about the team’s worst loss in ages.
“I am not even going to try and explain it,” he said. “It was one of those nights, so we plow on to our next game and get ready to play that one.”
Asked what disturbed him the most, Tortorella said: “A lot of things. It does me no good, it does the players no good to discuss what happened here. The biggest thing for us is we just need to get out of here and get ready for our next game.”
Until this team can solve its acute offensive problems, wins are going to be hard to come by against the NHL’s top teams.
added 8:58am, Below, watch Garry Valk of Sportsnet break-down the loss.
"There's not a chance in hell that I'm moving Jonas Hiller. "I'm tired of hearing about the rumors. I can tell you Jonas is not going anywhere."
-Bob Murray, GM of the Anaheim Ducks. A bit more from Pierre LeBurn of ESPN.
from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
Someone has to pay for Jonas Hiller's success. This season it has been the Ducks' opponents, but later this summer it could be the Ducks.
Should the Ducks' goaltender beat the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night, he'll become one of eight goaltenders in NHL history to win 13 consecutive games.
Hiller's hot streak has helped the Ducks (32-8-5) to the best record in the NHL and — considering he's in the final year of his contract — his pay should inflate significantly beyond his current $4.5-million salary.
Hiller said his agent and the Ducks have spoken "a couple times" since the season began. Given the team's depth at the position, he's unsure "what they want to see" before a deal would be finalized.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Andrew Cogliano to a four-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter,
The NHL has never played a regular season outdoor game west of the Mississippi river, but the league will be front and center in Los Angeles when it partners with NBC Sports to take hockey to Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.
"What a perfect combination: the Hollywood stars, the hockey stars, under the stars. It is the perfect hat trick," NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood told The Hollywood Reporter about the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks regular season game....
But Flood, a former college hockey captain at Williams before becoming a TV hockey powerbroker, said mixing NHL brawn with Hollywood beauty promises an event more than a league game. "[Los Angeles] is celebrity. That is the scene. That is a place you want to be seen," Flood insisted.
Worthy candidates include Nate MacKinnon, Jacob Trouba, Seth Jones, Danny DeKeyser, Chris Kreider, Torey Krug, Sean Monahan and Valeri Nichushkin. But I'm going to surprise a few people here and give ESPN.com's halfway Calder Trophy to Hampus Lindholm.
First of all, I dig the name Hampus. So there's that. But the 19-year-old Swede, Anaheim's first-round pick in 2012 (No. 6 overall) has been awfully impressive at both ends of the ice, and a plus-20 rating as of Thursday morning really stands out.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN where you can read more about all the halfway hardware winners...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Ticketing updates for the January 25 Kings-Ducks Stadium Series game:
-The event is 80% sold out. The Kings and the National Hockey League expect the event to completely sell out by the week of the game. The Kings are hoping that the event sells out in advance of the week leading up to the game.
-The $249 dollar tickets have not sold well to this point. Per a Kings spokesperson, I have been told that the league has realized that it “missed the mark” in asking $249 per ticket in the Reserve Level, even if those seats contain some of the best views of the playing surface. Some of the $249 tickets will be adjusted to $199 and $189. Those who previously purchased seats for $249 in sections that will experience price drops to $199 and $189 will be refunded the difference between the two price points.
continue for ticket information including a seating chart...
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
“I’m a little nervous,” Boudreau said of returning to Verizon Center on Monday night to face the Washington Capitals for the first time since they fired him on Nov. 28, 2011. “It’s a little scary because I love going to that building and everything about it, and now you’re on the other side.”
It has been 756 days since the Capitals fired Boudreau, hockey’s gabby everyman turned NHL head coach who ushered Washington back to the playoffs with a high-flying offense built around unleashing the talents of then-young stars Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.
But even though he took over the helm in Anaheim just two days after he was dismissed, Boudreau still watches every Capitals game thanks to the modern marvel that is DVR.
He can’t help but want to see Ovechkin reclaim his place as the league’s most dynamic scorer, he said. He wants to see how Backstrom continues to mature as a world-class center, how Green finds his way after all the injuries, whether Brooks Laich can fully regain his health, how up-and-comers such as Marcus Johansson, John Carlson and Karl Alzner establish themselves in the league.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Anaheim Ducks (.736), Los Angeles Kings (.714) and San Jose Sharks (.706) were all top five in points percentage through Wednesday morning, signaling perhaps one of the greatest seasons ever for California teams since the three have been in the league.
Right now, all three are vying for the Presidents' Trophy; all three are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Put some hockey tape on those surfboards, dudes.
"It's been great," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf told ESPN.com this week. "We haven't played a lot against each other yet, that's the thing that's going to be real exciting down the stretch is having all three of us right in the hunt and playing for big positions going into the playoffs.
"I think California has done a great job backing these hockey teams and the fans getting on board and creating the buzz around here."
All together, the Cali clubs are a combined 68-22-15 this season. Gulp.
"We're all pretty experienced teams," veteran Kings center Jarret Stoll said. "San Jose has had a big, core group of guys there for a long time, Anaheim same thing, and I'd say same with us. So it's experienced guys, big, physical teams.
"We're all similar teams in a lot of ways and all three of us playing pretty consistent hockey right now. And all three teams are getting contributions from everybody. I'd say more or less the same thing going on with all three of us."
Qiuncey received five for boarding and a game, Getzlaf not on the ice yet for the 2nd period. Word was he was getting stitched up.
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