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...
Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save with his glove

Kings Hold off Ducks

Ducks fans aren’t typically an incredibly noisy bunch. That’s not a knock. They just like to enjoy their hockey with a little bit of a demure demeanor. But when the Kings come to town, look out. Take Sunday nig...
Center Jason Spezza (#90) of the Dallas Stars skates towards the blue line

Ducks’ Outburst Continues

The Ducks exploded for three goals in a few minutes near the end of their Wednesday game to beat Ottawa. The explosion continued on Friday with the high-scoring (and high-goal-allowing) Dallas Stars on the firs...
Anaheim Ducks shoulder patch on a player's jersey

Benched and (Almost) Redeemed

The Ducks have five fewer points that the Ottawa Senators, but they sit one spot in their division higher than the Sens sit in theirs. Ottawa was 6th in the Atlantic with 46 coming into Wednesday. The Ducks wer...
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg skates past Anaheim

Mishmash Defense

The Ducks have three issues on defense. Cam Fowler is out. Simon Despres is just back from concussion, skating but not playing yet. And Stoner is back, but he’s been off for three games with a lower body injury...
Joe Thorton prepares for a faceoff in the San Jose Sharks' game against the New Jersey Devils on October 18, 2014 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Battening Down the Hatches

It’s definitely a glass-half-empty, glass-half-full being an Anaheim Ducks fan right now. On the one hand, they’ve had a historically bad start, though it’s hardly sensible to talk about starting when the NHL s...
Defenseman Viktor Svedberg (#43) of the Chicago Blackhawks sticks away the puck during the second period

Black Friday After All

The first year you live in California, assuming you move there as an adult, is weird. The calendar says “Thanksgiving,” and people are acting like it’s late November. But you’re driving around with your car’s a...
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Playing with Hot Brain

  Rickard Rakell played on a line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf for the first time in his career on Wednesday night. The former two guys were responsible for two goals and two assists respectively, ...