Found May 13, 2013 on Puck Drunk Love:
The Anaheim Ducks finished second in the Western Conference, winning their second Pacific Division banner and giving their fans high hopes for the post-season. They were expected to make the playoffs this season, but the finish, despite the presence of superstars like Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan, and Ryan Getzlaf, was a pleasant surprise. A team with a 30-12-6 record was just knocked out of the playoffs by a team with a 24-16-8 record in a hard-fought seven game series. There's nothing to be ashamed of by that, except for the fact that the Ducks were outgunned when it mattered by a smarter Detroit team. People who counted the Red Wings out this season did so at their own risk. Mike Babcock is one of the best coaches in the league, and he proved it this series. Bruce Boudreau was, again, outmatched. He actually told the Detroit Free Press' Helene St. James  that he was mentally tired after each game: “It keeps you in the game,” Boudreau said after...

Slow start haunts Ducks in season-ending loss

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks' magical season came to a crashing halt Sunday night at Honda Center. The Detroit Red Wings shocked the second seeded Ducks, downing Anaheim 3-2 in the deciding Game 7 of their opening-round playoff series. Its obviously very disappointing, said a somber Teemu Selanne. We had two chances to close them out and we couldnt do it. Thats very...

Ducks still crushed by early playoff elimination

Two days after Detroit abruptly ended the Anaheim Ducks' season, they still can't believe they're already done for the summer. The second-seeded Ducks expected a long playoff run after winning the Pacific Division with the best points percentage in franchise history. None of it helped in their seven-game loss to the Red Wings. General manager Bob Murray built a potential...

Ducks still crushed by early exit

Two days after Detroit abruptly ended Anaheim's season, the Ducks were still in disbelief. Even after they were forced to Game 7 against the Red Wings on Sunday night, the Ducks expected to spend Tuesday opening their first postseason matchup with the Los Angeles Kings, not packing boxes and bidding summer farewells after one of the best regular seasons in club history. '...

Anaheim Eliminated by Detroit

The season started so well for the Anaheim Ducks, but the party is over. On Sunday night the Ducks were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in game seven by a score of 3-2.  Adios first round.  Adios potential match up with the Los Angeles Kings.   Now the Ducks will begin their off season. “It’s very disappointing," said Teemu Selanne. "We had two chances...

The Red Wings Were A Little Better Than The Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times, What should have been a memory for the ages — a Game 7, a defining moment every NHL player craves — evolved into a dispirited 3-2 loss for the second-seeded Ducks, who were a step slower and a split-second behind the seventh-seeded Red Wings most of the night. "I don't think anybody expected to come up short," Ducks...

Ducks Talk About Game 7

2 1/2 minutes of a few players and Bruce Boudreau talking about tonight's game.  


3 California Hockey Teams in the 2nd Round! Well the Anaheim Ducks sure screwed this concept up, huh? Flags inspired by Battle of Cali. Kings-Sharks. Round 2. In more ways than one. Let's do this.   It's always an honor and a pleasure when Hockey Blogging Overlord Greg Wyshynski from Yahoo's Puck Daddy asks you to write a eulogy for a NHL...

Red Wings-Ducks Preview

A theatrical playoff series gets an appropriately grand finale when Anaheim hosts Detroit in Game 7 on Sunday night. Although the Ducks and Red Wings could be stressed by this test, most are treating it as an opportunity and a reward for nearly two weeks of exhausting work. After all, somebody gets to be the hero. ''If you can't enjoy it, then you're in the wrong...

Ducks Today

from AJ Manderichio of, “When you’re a kid, you have dreams that you’re playing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Corey Perry said. “That’s the fun part of the hockey. You dream about Game 7s and to be that one guy to step up [and win one] is pretty special.” “You don’t get many opportunities like this,” Cam Fowler said. “You try...
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