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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Don’t Play Doctor

That crunching sound you hear is the sound of Duck bills smacking their way through the Arizona Coyotes’ lunch. 21-4 was the shot total in period one of the Ducks-Dogs game Friday night. And this without the An...
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...
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’...
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...
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...