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The Hockey Program:
This phrase can be used to describe the recent play of the Anaheim Ducks.
While the team is 13th in the Western Conference, the Ducks certainly are not playing that way. In fact, they are playing like a club that deserves to be in one of the top eight spots.
After getting off to an extremely slow start under both Randy Carlyle and new head coach Bruce Boudreau, the Ducks have found their game. The team has won nine of its last 11 games and are 10 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
There are several reasons for the team's recent success. For starters, the team's offense has woken up. In the Ducks' last seven games, they have scored 21 goals.
Guys like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan have woken up and have started putting the puck in the net and creating offense. The "Finnish Flash" Teemu Selanne has also continued his strong play and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Secondly, the Ducks' goaltending has been much better of late....
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GLENDALE, Ariz. Andrew Cogliano wants to shoot more. With results like he had Tuesday against Phoenix, the temptation will be to shoot too much.
The fifth-year Anaheim forward netted his first career hat trick in a six-minute, 51-second span of the second period to lift the red-hot Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Coyotes. The three goals came uninterrupted, giving him an NHL rarity...
The Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes both sit on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture.
While the Ducks - despite a terrific three-plus weeks - have a ways to go if they hope to climb their way back into the postseason race, the Coyotes are one of a handful of teams vying for the West's last two playoff slots.
With both teams looking to get off to strong starts...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Andrew Cogliano scored three straight goals in the second period and the Anaheim Ducks opened the second half of the season with a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Phoenix had the jump in the first period, and Cogliano took it away quickly in the second, notching his first career hat trick in a 7-minute span.
His first came after Phoenix...
Corey Perry! This is a bigger joke than what the Republicans are drumming out for Obama's competition.
But.. but... we have Schneider!
Yeah? And what happens if (and its a real possible if) Luongo starts to flop in the playoffs, or pulls a groin. Who are the Canucks going to rely on? The back-up joke they get back as a salary dump from whomever they deal Schneider?
The Anaheim Ducks were kicked around by the Dallas Stars in their own building during Wednesday nights 6-2 loss at the Honda Center. The Ducks played perhaps one of their worst games in more than a month, but all is not lost.
Jonas Hiller allowed five goals in taking the loss. Hiller had not surrendered more than two goals in his previous nine starts.
Anaheim had its season...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists in his return from a five-game absence, Michael Ryder also had a goal and two assists, and the Dallas Stars slowed the Anaheim Ducks' roll with a 6-2 victory Wednesday night in their first game back from the All-Star break.
Eric Nystrom, Vernon Fiddler and defensemen Stephane Robidas and Sheldon Souray also scored...
Andrew Cogliano scored three straight goals in the second period and the Anaheim Ducks opened the second half of the season with a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.
The latest edition of Off the Ice with host Steve Carroll will be at ESPN Zone Anaheim on Thursday and aired on AM 830 tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.
Guests will include Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, former captain Scott Niedermayer, forwa...
The Stars entered the All-Star break with a 1-0 win over the Ducks and Dallas will try to duplicate that result, ideally with more goals, when it visits Anaheim for tonight's Pacific Division battle at the Honda Center.
Dallas Stars (25-21-2, 52 pts) @ Anaheim Ducks (19-23-7, 45 pts)
9:30 PM CT, February 1, 2012
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Hey ya, welcome back to hockey. It's been seemingly forever since the Stars have played a game and it's good to have hockey back again tonight. Dallas gets Anaheim again, the team that they played (and beat 1-0) in the game just before the All...
Andrew Cogliano scored three straight goals in the second period and the Anaheim Ducks opened the second half of the season with a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Washington’s perfect start through seven games seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? When Dale Hunter took over for Bruce Boudreau, it was thought that he would give the Capitals a spark. But as one writer points out, the pre-season Cup contenders are actually going in reverse, and are in danger of missing the playoffs altogether.Following back-to-back losses coming out of...