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...
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Flaming Out–Again

With Calgary in town Sunday evening, the Ducks had two injured players back, two-thirds of their first line: Nick Ritchie and Ryan Getzlaf. They started the game with Corey Perry as their right-winger, and thin...
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Ducks Start at Home, Finally

The Ducks finally, belatedly, started their home season on Sunday, a week and a half after they opened. Coming into the night, they had played five games already, so it’s not odd that their fans have waited, so...
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 Colin Wilson (#33) of the Nashville Predators during the second period

Some Penalties OK

The Anaheim Ducks’ coach, Bruce Boudreau, was angry with his team after their loss to Nashville on Sunday night, miffed at the number of undisciplined penalties they had taken. The numbers were telling: six min...
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...
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry prepares for a first period fa

Even Santa Couldn’t Have Known This

Stop paying attention for a couple of weeks and what happens? The team that looked to be on the brink of firing its coach and declaring its latest rebuild a bust ends up challenging for the Pacific Division lea...