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For the first time since the Anaheim Ducks raised the Stanley Cup, they're not buried in the standings after the first few games of the season.
They're determined to maintain their fast start when the Ducks finally play the NHL's last home opener on Friday night against Vancouver.
After missing the playoffs last spring for the second time in three years, Anaheim opened this season with two road victories in western Canada before returning home for a few days of practice.
Even two wins are a big change from Anaheim's traditional early stumbles, annually putting the Ducks in a daunting hole.
The Ducks have lived up to their talent this year. They're also getting a surprising boost from new forward Daniel Winnik, tied for the NHL lead with four goals.
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How quick is the turnaround at the start of this compacted 48-game season?
The Anaheim Ducks (2-1-0) went from Pacific Division darlings to expressing concerns about their penalty killing and discipline in the span of two and a half hours Friday night.
Six days after their offensive outburst in a season-opening 7-3 win over Vancouver at Rogers Centre, the Canucks (2-1-1) repaid...
Just under a week ago, the Anaheim Ducks strolled into Rogers Arena and stole the Vancouver Canucks sunshine. The ageless wonder Teemu Selanne had a four point night and Daniel Winnik of all people had another two goals. It wasn’t pretty. Tonight, the Canucks get to spoil Anaheim’s home opener.
Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (1-1-1) v Anaheim Ducks (2-0-0)
It has been a long time since hockey has been played at the Honda Center, but on Friday night, the Ducks will finally be seen again on the local ice. After winning two games on the road to open the season, Anaheim comes home to face Vancouver for the seond time.
The game is already sold out, disproving the theory that disgruntled fans won't show up. Then again, there...
By now we all know the Anaheim Ducks are off to a 2-0 start. Considering how poor Anaheim started last season, (2 wins through 7 games) this is a positive sign for Bruce Boudreau's club.
The Ducks haven't been great, but good enough to get the win. I would even go as far as to say Anaheim is a bit lucky to be where they are at this point. Typically when you are out shot...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Off to its best offensive start in team history, Anaheim approached its home opener just hoping to ride the wave of momentum. Cory Schneider sent the Ducks back to square one. The Vancouver goalie held a scorching Anaheim offense scoreless and the Canucks pounced on the Ducks early to earn a 5-0 win on Friday at the Honda Center. Anaheim entered the contest...
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Canucks Hit the Road for the First Time – Take on Undefeated Ducks
The Vancouver Canucks finally got a win Wednesday night – finally. They head out for their first road game of the season Friday when they visit the team that soundly thrashed them in Game 1 of the season – the Anaheim Ducks. Revenge will certainly be on Vancouver’s mind.
The Anaheim Ducks have opened with two wins for the second time in club history.
Another big game by third-liners Daniel Winnik, Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu could help the club tie its best-ever start.
The Ducks open their home schedule Friday night against a Vancouver Canucks team looking to avenge last week's lopsided season-opening loss to Anaheim.
After finishing last...
The party is over. Now the real season begins. After two goal-filled winning games by the Ducks to open their season on the road, offense ground to a squeaking halt once they got in front of the hometown fans.
The Vancouver Canucks, looking for redemption from last weekend's 7-3 blowout, made a clear statement in their 5-0 shutout of Anaheim. So much for that home opener...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Vancouver scored twice in the first period and added three more goals while stifling a scorching Anaheim offense to take a 5-0 win over the Ducks on Friday at the Honda Center. Anaheim entered the contest, its first home date of the strike-delayed season, with 12 goals scored and a 2-0 start. Against the Canucks, the Ducks managed 29 shots on goal but offered...
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
The Anaheim Ducks become the 30th and last team to play its home opener when they take the ice Friday night at the Honda Center against Vancouver. They'll be hoping to avoid the problems that teams have had in winning their first home games this season.
Home openers have been anything but a chance to celebrate for most teams. San Jose...
CANUCKS (1-1-1) at DUCKS (2-0-0)
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
- The Anaheim Ducks open the home portion of the schedule against the Vancouver Canucks; the same team they thrashed on the road, 7-3, to begin the season.
- The key here is to forget what happened on opening night and look at the big picture. Anaheim is trying to start the season 3-0 in an effort to establish...
The Nashville Predators tend to have little trouble with the Anaheim Ducks.
Both teams had plenty of it while trying to put the puck in the net their last time out.
The Predators look to continue their dominance of the Ducks on Saturday night, when both clubs attempt to bounce back from their first shutout losses of the season.
Nashville (1-1-2) has won six in a row over Anaheim...
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The Nashville Predators start their Pacific coast road trip Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks after being shutout by the St. Louis Blues, 3-0 Thursday. Anaheim is coming off of a embarrasing loss themselves Friday, losing to the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0. Both teams are looking to get their play in gear and make their drive...
Vanek is surreal right now. No clue who Daniel Winnik even is. Blue's are next level.
Goal of the night
Flyers 0-3. Not saying that is a big deal, but if the Pens started 0-3 we'd be blogging live from the Smithfield Street Bridge. Sucks to suck, bros.