Goalie Pekka Rinne (#35) of the Nashville Predators during the warm-ups

Bye, Bye Boudreau

The Anaheim Ducks knew the stats. The ones that suggest that getting off to a slow start in game seven is certain death. They knew their own history, too. The last three years, they’ve blown series wins by losi...
Center Rickard Rakell (#67) of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck during the third period

Ducks Mash Smashville

The Ducks were looking to overcome a disadvantage on Saturday, but not the one you’d think. They were looking to overcome the boost that comes with being at home, which Coach Boudreau said late in the week some...
Goalie Pekka Rinne (#35) of the Nashville Predators

Forecheck? Check!

The stories going into the Nashville-Anaheim series: could the Ducks keep the two Nashville powerhouse D-men, Shea Weber and Roman Josi, off the board? Would their goalie, John Gibson, be better than Nashville’...
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Just a Little Inconsistent

The Kings were better than the Ducks in period one of their game Monday night at Staples Center. They outshot the Anaheim team 9-5 in the first, a reflection of the fact that they had the puck most of the time....
Goalie John Gibson (#36) of the Anaheim Ducks during the warm-ups

Two Mistakes

Think about this: you play however you want, no defense, score your a$$ off all season long, then with about ten games to go, you switch up to a more defensive style and lock down your playoff fortunes, then go...
Center Henrik Sedin (#33 - left) and Left Wing Daniel Sedin (#22 - right) of the Vancouver Canucks

Messages of the Wrong Sort (Mostly)

If I were heading to the NHL playoffs like the Anaheim Ducks are, I’d be using the last few games of the season to send some messages. What would they be? That we’re a tough team that won’t be pushed around. Th...
Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (#50) of the Boston Bruins stretches during the warm-ups

Ducks Drop Bruins

The Ducks roared out to a lead so quick that Phil Hulett didn’t get one goal call made when the crowd in Honda Center erupted in a cheer that drowned him out. It was about four minutes gone, and the Ducks were ...
Center Rickard Rakell (#67) of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck during the third period

Rickie goes Ralphie on a Guy

I am sure I’ve referenced the following scene before: Scut Farcas terrorizes his school. His crummy little toadie, Grover Dill, can be counted on to do the same. One day, they throw a snowball at “four-eyes” Ra...
Goalie Mike Condon (#39) of the Montreal Canadiens makes a glove save during the third period

Like Any Old Team

Maybe it’s just me, but when I watch Montreal play hockey, I want the names on the sweaters to be the history-making ones. I want Lafleur, Robinson, Dryden. I know it can’t be that way, but come on: today’s Mon...
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry prepares for a first period fa

Perry Beats the Kings

It sure felt like the playoffs at Honda Center on Sunday evening with the LA Kings in town. For one thing, the place was full and raucous from the warm-up. Maybe it was the unfamiliar 6pm start (Anaheim games u...