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The Mismanagement of the Defense

Much has been made about the large number of defensive prospects in the Pittsburgh Penguins system the last several years because of the propensity of Ray Shero using high draft picks on this position. Defensive players drafted and signed as undrafted free agents under his regime that are no longer with the team could fill out an adequate bottom two pairings. Jake Muzzin, Brain Strait...
Via TopSportsReport
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

In Pittsburgh It Starts With The Coach But Doesn’t End There

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters, In the five full seasons Bylsma has been at the helm for the Penguins since winning the 2009 Stanley Cup, he has forged this team's identity into his own. That has resulted in five mostly marvelous regular seasons and five unsatisfying postseasons. From a tactical standpoint, several portions of the system the team played overwhelmed...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks on Stanley Cup: 'We're all desperate. We all want to be there'

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's been five years since the Ducks were as close as they are to reaching the Western Conference Finals. It's also been the same amount of time since head coach Bruce Boudreau was close to advancing past a semifinal round in the postseason.  Boudreau and the Ducks need only one more win against the Kings and to reach the conference Finals. It will be...
Via Fox Sports West
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talked about Matt Fraser, Corey Crawford's game yesterday, Matt Cooke, Nino Niederreiter, Ben Lovejoy, targeting the other team's best player and a few other topics.  
Via Kukla's Korner
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks claw back into Kings series despite in-game injuries

The Anaheim Ducks lost the services of goaltender Frederik Andersen on a strange play, and Matt Beleskey suffered a "lower-body injury," but the Ducks stared a potential 3-games-to-none deficit in the face and came up winners, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Thursday night. A solid relief performance from Jonas Hiller in goal and some smart decisions played big factors...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks hold off Kings in Game 3 to get back in the series

LOS ANGELES -- For a brief moment, the Ducks have some respite. Anaheim defenseman Ben Lovejoy's third-period goal allowed the Ducks to sigh a collective breath of relief. Holding a slim lead in a period where nearly everything went wrong, the goal gave the Ducks just enough insurance for a 3-2 win against the Kings, Thursday night at Staples Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference...
Via Fox Sports West
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks depth leads to game 6 win

With a potential game seven looming, the Ducks did not want to have a repeat of what happened a season ago against Detroit. Holding a 3-2 series lead and with home ice advantage in game seven, the Ducks ended up falling to the Red Wings in a hard fought, tightly contested series. But on a night when it looked like the Ducks needed their stars to shine, it was their depth that came...
Via Puckrant.com
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Powers Over Ducks 3-2

Things never seem to go well for the Ducks when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals come to town.  The 3-2 loss to the Capitals in front of a sell out crowd on Tuesday was no exception.  And Anaheim only had itself to blame.  "That game tonight came down to our special teams not being special," said defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who had one of the Ducks two goals...
Via On the Duck Pond
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Powers Over Ducks 3-2

Things never seem to go well for the Ducks when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals come to town.  The 3-2 loss to the Capitals in front of a sell out crowd on Tuesday was no exception.  And Anaheim only had itself to blame.  "That game tonight came down to our special teams not being special," said defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who had one of the Ducks two goals...
Via On the Duck Pond
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Special teams struggles as Ducks lose to Caps

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It was an important game to Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau.  It was only his second game against the team that he led to the 2009-10 President's Trophy, and his team wanted to come out and leave absolutely everything they had on the ice for their head coach. But as has become typical with the Ducks, special teams struggled and the team couldn't quite...
Via Fox Sports West
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

LA Kings Lose Two More, Looking Ahead to Thursday vs Capitals

Getty Images The Kings lost for the second game running Saturday after 2-1 reversal at home to Anaheim. With the game tied at one the Ducks got a huge slice of luck to take the points. Tim Jackman put the visitors in front when he chipped in a pass from Mathieu Perreault 13.01 into the game. With Ben Lovejoy sitting out a Hooking penalty, the Kings replied with a power play goal...
Via TopSportsReport
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks fall short to Penguins in shootout

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A game that was billed as a potential Stanley Cup preview was lacking some of playoff-type atmosphere. The score, a 3-2 shootout win by the Penguins, might have shown otherwise but it was really the Ducks' game to lose. The Ducks spent the better part of the game pelting the Penguins with shots but had only two goals to show for it. Instead, it was Brandon...
Via Fox Sports West
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks fall short to Penguins in shootout

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A game that was billed as a potential Stanley Cup preview was lacking some of playoff-type atmosphere. The score, a 3-2 shootout win by the Penguins, might have shown otherwise but it was really the Ducks' game to lose. The Ducks spent the better part of the game pelting the Penguins with shots but had only two goals to show for it. Instead, it was Brandon...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks host 14,500 elementary students for practice

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Ducks aren't quite back from the Olympic break yet, but that didn't stop the team from filling the Honda Center nearly to the top Tuesday afternoon with elementary school-aged kids from all over Southern California. The team hosted 14,500 students in the 14th annual First Flight Field Trip, with the entire organization and team catering to kids from...
Via Fox Sports West
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks host 14,500 elementary students for practice

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Ducks aren't quite back from the Olympic break yet, but that didn't stop the team from filling the Honda Center nearly to the top Tuesday afternoon with elementary school-aged kids from all over Southern California. The team hosted 14,500 students in the 14th annual First Flight Field Trip, with the entire organization and team catering to kids from...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Minces Ducks in 4-2 Loss

Tuesdays at the Honda Center are not good for the Ducks.  For only the second time this season, the Ducks lost on home ice, both times coming to teams with "IN" in their names.  First the Winnipeg Jets last Tuesday and now the Minnesota Wild this Tuesday.  The 4-2 loss to Minnesota was plain and simple a bad game for Anaheim.  "I don’t know if it was...
Via On the Duck Pond
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

A game to remember for league-leading Ducks

Through all of the fanfare, the concerts, the noise and the distractions that surrounded the ice during Saturday night's hockey game at Dodger Stadium, there was one constant that remained steady throughout: Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller. It was easy to get lost in the "spectacle," as Ducks' defenseman Ben Lovejoy called it, but Hiller played an unflinchingly solid...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

A game to remember for league-leading Ducks

Through all of the fanfare, the concerts, the noise and the distractions that surrounded the ice during Saturday night's hockey game at Dodger Stadium, there was one constant that remained steady throughout: Ducks' goaltender Jonas Hiller. It was easy to get lost in the "spectacle," as Ducks' defenseman Ben Lovejoy called it, but Hiller played an unflinchingly...
Via Fox Sports West
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Three things to watch for in Stadium Series matchup

This isn't your typical Freeway Faceoff game, therefore, there will be some decidedly atypical elements to tonight's Stadium Series game between the Ducks and the Kings at Dodger Stadium. The Ducks are soaring while the Kings are struggling but regardless, these two teams always play one another tough and rough regardless of the venue.  On the ice and in the stands, here...
Via Fox Sports West
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks eager for 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES -- Just hours after a tense Freeway Faceoff battle in Anaheim, the Kings and the Ducks took to the outdoor ice for the first time Friday afternoon, in preparation for this weekend's Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. Here's how the Ducks are feeling following the first practice at Chavez Ravine. The feeling following Thursday's game The Ducks secured two...
Via Fox Sports West
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks-Kings Preview

The Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks are skating on solid ice at Dodger Stadium. Southern California's NHL teams held separate practices under cloudy skies in Chavez Ravine on Friday, testing the ice sheet for their landmark outdoor game. The temperature was significantly lower than on the recent 80-degree days leading up to Saturday's meeting in the first warm-weather...
Via AP on Fox
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks take the physical route to a victory over Kings

The Ducks shattered a stereotype or two during their grinding 2-1 victory Thursday over the Kings at the Honda Center, which was to say they flexed their muscles and took a game away from a team that’s generally regarded as being as tough as a night in jail. It was, as Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau would later say, “a man’s game,” a bruising test of wills in the corners and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Despres Redux by @ChicksDigHockey

If you haven't read The Penguins Need to Deal Despres  please do. Thank you for all the comments and lively debate on my “The Penguins Need to Deal Despres”. Let me clear something up; I am a Despres fan. Note that I predicted he will be a good D man. Pens’ fans have a bad habit of falling in love with the guys who we draft/bring up from WBS. Much like that person who...
Via PensInitiative
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks Roll Over Edmonton 5-2

It was not the usual scorers for Anaheim, but the depth stepped up in a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers that kept the Ducks perfect at home with a 16-0-2 record. In a game where defenseman, Ben Lovejoy is your #1 scorer and star and Tim Jackman also shows up on the scoreboard, you know that on any night, someone is going to get the job done.  Corey Perry?  Ryan Getzlaf...
Via On the Duck Pond
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Puck Dumps 1/4/13

Good morning, and welcome to a daily dump. The Top Line Ben Lovejoy had two goals as the Ducks did the impossible and defeated the Edmonton Oilers. TSN, CBC, NHL.com, The Local Take #1, The Local Take #2 Meanwhile, Bobby Ryan is getting apologies from the Olympic tem. Poor Bobby Ryan. Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News.   Scoreboard Chicago 5, New...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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