Found March 12, 2012 on On the Duck Pond:
The Ducks were spectacular from the beginning of January until the end of February.  Once the trade deadline passed, they are having difficulties adding to the win column.  As a result, they keep sleeping in the standings and the clock (perhaps a bomb?) just keeps ticking louder and louder to the inevitable. The most recent loss, a 2-0 shutout by the Dallas Stars, really hurt.  Literally.  Corey Perry was boarded by Stephane Robidas in the middle of the second period.  Robidas received a minor penalty, but Perry was very shaken up and in pain, having hit his shoulder hard.  Perry stayed on the bench for a while, then went to the locker room.  He came back on in the third period, but was only able to take a couple shifts and then left for good. Reports after the game were that xrays on the shoulder came back negative and he was listed as day to day."If the [Perry] penalty wasn’t a five-minute penalty, I don’t know what is," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "He’s in the mos...

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