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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled center Peter Holland from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Sami Vatanen to Norfolk.
Andersen, 23 (10/2/89), appeared in seven contests with Anaheim, going 6-1-0 with a 1.66 goals-against average (GAA) and .952 save percentage (SV%). He won his first six games from Oct. 20-Nov. 10, marking the first time since December 1993 that a goaltender won his first six career contests (Toronto’s Damian Rhodes from Mar. 22, 1991-Dec. 2, 1993). At the time of his assignment, Andersen ranked fourth in the NHL in GAA and fifth in SV% (min. five appearances), while leading all rookies in most statistical categories. The 6-4, 230- pound netminder began the season with Norfolk, going 2-0-0 with a 0.96 GAA and .971 SV%, including a shutout on Oct. 11 vs. Binghamton. The Herning, Denmark native was recalled to Anaheim on Oct. 18.
Viktor Fasth returned from IR thus thus the reason why Andersen was sent down.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Leading the overall standings with 27 points thanks to a 13-3-1 record certainly answers the call for a strong start -- and then some. And as Boudreau pointed out, they needed a strong start given the Pacific Division they play in, where San Jose, Phoenix, Vancouver and Los Angeles is hot on their trail.
No question, the star duo of Ryan Getzlaf (18 points) and Corey Perry (17 points) is doing its usual thing, leading the team in scoring, but what has made the difference in terms of consistency is the ability of the support group to provide impact, the likes of forwards Mathieu Perreault (14 points), Nick Bonino (10 points) and Dustin Penner (team-leading plus-15).
In fact, of the 17 Ducks forwards who have dressed for at least a game this season, all but one of them have averaged double digits in ice time, a testimony to the way Boudreau rolls four lines, more than many teams.
"I've always believed in the Boston philosophy, that you can't win with just two lines, or three lines, that you need four lines going," Boudreau said, crediting GM Bob Murray for giving him the assets to employ four lines.
from Katie Strang of ESNNewYork,
... the Rangers are eager to assert themselves against a Ducks team that crushed them earlier this season in a 6-0 shutout in Anaheim on Oct. 10.
"To say the least, we embarrassed ourselves," coach Alain Vigneault said of that loss. "We have an opportunity tonight to measure ourselves against one of the best teams in the league."
Adding another element of drama to Monday's action was the subtle dig Vigneault took at the Ducks and coach Bruce Boudreau.
Vigneault mentioned Boudreau's decision to put Anaheim's top power-play unit on the ice in the third period with the Ducks already leading 6-0.
"It was 6-0, six minutes left, we took a penalty and they put their top unit on the ice," Vigneault said. "So they play ... they're a good team."...
Asked about Vigneault's comments, Boudreau fired back.
"Has he seen our power play?" Boudreau asked.
more on the game
The Ducks announced Koivu would not return for the 3rd period.
You can also view multiple .gifs of the hit here.
added 8:20pm, The video above was from the Ducks broadcast, what the Columbus broadcast below...
via the Anaheim Ducks,
Jakob Silfverberg suffered a broken right hand Friday night in Ottawa, and is out 4-6 weeks. (The injury occurred when he was slashed in the third period).
Silfverberg, 23 (10/13/90), had seven points (4g/3a) in 11 games at the time of the injury. Silfverberg ranks fourth on the team in scoring and his 35 shots rank second behind Corey Perry (40).
If you want to see a Vine video of the incident, James Gordon of Senators Extra has it.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne, the NHL’s elder statesman at 43 and perhaps the most widely respected player in today’s game, said in Montreal the suspensions handed out to the likes of Kaleta are inadequate.
“I don’t think they’re enough,” Selanne told reporters. “The next night, the same thing happens.”
Surprisingly, Selanne added players have been talking about themselves about the need for suspensions to move to “a big one so guys can’t afford to do that,” as well as the possibility of the teams, coaches and even owners being fined for such transgressions.
“The bottom line is, there’s no option – we’ve got to do it.”
read on for talk on the John Scott hit...
No penalty on the play...
First the Anaheim broadcast team...
Followed by the Dallas view...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said injured goalie Kari Lehtonen (lower body) is not ready to play and will not be activated from IR on Sunday. That means the Stars have a choice between playing Dan Ellis on a quick back-to-back or giving Jack Campell his NHL debut.
While Ruff would not say what his choice is, it’s pretty clear Campbell is playing tonight.
The 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Campbell has carried high expectations for a while. He’s been a big game goalie in his career, helping the United States to World Cup gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011. He was named top goalie at both of those tournaments....
In his step up to the pros, he’s been solid. He went 19-13-3 last season for the Texas Stars (AHL) and posted a 2.65 GAA and .905 save percentage. His biggest challenge has been that he’s an extremely high energy player. He works out with intensity, and he plays with intensity, and the Stars have been trying to find a balance in his approach.
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.
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