Center Rickard Rakell (#67) of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck during the third period

No Strategy at All

A week ago it was, “We need to find our identity.” Earlier this week, “Focus on the process.” Friday after losing an afternoon contest in which they went down 3-0 and clawed back to 3-2 before a failed final fl...
NHL 2014 - Mar 24 - LAK vs PHI - Center Jeff Carter (#77) of the Los Angeles Kings

Black Saturday for Chicago

Black Friday was good to the Blackhawks. It took Chicago just 1:14 to dismantle the Anaheim Ducks Friday afternoon. That’s the span of time between their two goals, scored late in the going to tie the game at t...
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...

Simple DeDucktion

Aside from the specifics of what happened in the Chicago-Ducks game Saturday night, which I detailed in my story “Down for the Three Count” at IH, other things stand out from this series. First, the Blackhaw...
Tied for 2nd-leading scorer in playoffs with Patrick Kane, right winger Jakob Silfverberg (#33) celebrates his empty-net goal with the Ducks bench

Down for the Three Count

Three things needed to happen for the Ducks to win against Chicago Saturday night. Their coach needed to be smarter than the Blackhawks’ Quenneville. Their goalie had to be at least solid if not great. And thei...
Captain Jonathan Toews (#19)

Not For the Faint of Heart

One small lineup change shouldn’t make a huge difference to a team, but on Monday night, taking one guy out of the lineup (Etem) and inserting one other (Fleischmann) made a huge difference in mojo for the Anah...

3-2, At Long Last

Chicago’s got problems on defense. Hard to imagine, but with only four serviceable players on the blueline, they were threatened if the Ducks came out Tuesday night and pounded them. Four men can only take so m...
Warm-ups

An Opportunistic Win

“Now the focus is off Andersen,” someone from the local Anaheim newspaper said this weekend. It didn’t take long for a bright LED spotlight to find the Ducks’ netminder again on Sunday afternoon. The first peri...