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 Blac...
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 th...
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin (#23)

Four-Inch Vertical Leap

Bruce Boudreau never thought it was going to be easy. After all, he was trying to do something that he’d never done before, which was eliminate another team to end round two. He’d only ever been eliminated ...
Defenseman Hampus Lindholm (#47)

Twenty Strangers Out There

What was supposed to be different on Sunday night for Calgary: their goalie (Ramo instead of Hiller), a returned defenseman (Raphael Diaz—didn’t happen), Hudler and Ferland out due to injury (Ferland sat, H...
Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele. (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Game One Gone

Boudreau’s exits from the playoffs. Winnipeg’s goalie magic. The Ducks’ goalie question mark. These hung over the first game of the Jets-Anaheim series which got off to a start at an Orange-County-unfamil...
Goalie Reto Berra (#20) of the Colorado Avalanche protects the net

Ducks Slide Toward Playoffs

The Anaheim Ducks have won all they need to at this point. In fact, this was true even before their game versus Colorado on Friday night. But with three games remaining—the Avs, Dallas, and then Arizona—the...
Center Mike Ribeiro (#63) of the Nashville Predators gets ready to take a face-off

Lesser Lights Dominate for Ducks

The Ducks played Nashville late Sunday afternoon to determine which team would pull ahead of the other in what had been earlier in the day a four-way tie for the top spot in the NHL. The other two clubs knotted...
Center Evgeni Malkin (#71) of the Pittsburgh Penguins pivots with the puck

Blame It on Period Two

Pittsburgh was just better for a couple of periods. That’s the story from Anaheim. And they didn’t rely on the guys you’d usually think to get it done. Instead, Patrick Hornqvist scored a pair of goals af...
Lou Lamoriello

What Year Is It Again?

What year is this? Lou Lamoriello is standing behind the New Jersey bench coaching a team that is playing Scott Gomez against Ilya Bryzgalov in net—for the Anaheim Ducks. If you said 2006, you’d be right. A...
Florida Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen #4

Panthers Pass Test One

Hockey in Florida. Dumb idea, right? Well, people often say so. Except that each team from the state has been in the Stanley Cup Final, one a winner (Tampa Bay) and the other a loser (Florida). Now here the two...