Ducks take game one of the second round

A lively orange crowd in Anaheim, CA. Thursday night watched their beloved Ducks trounce the Calgary Flames in game one of the seven game series.

Almost immediately after puck drop the Flames had a chance to go up early due to a breakaway given up by the Ducks;  Andersen would make it look easy.  Minutes later Anaheim would strike, and they never stopped coming.

Calgary on the scoresheet seemed to keep up with the Ducks, but the play in between said otherwise.  Anaheim dominated the ebb and flow of the game, they played solid defensively, their goaltender came up big when they needed him, and the goals just kept coming.  The Flames would fall back on their heels and gave Ryan Getzlaf and company far too much space.

After the final buzzer the Ducks sailed to a 6-1 win.

Next game is Sunday, May 3rd at 7:00pm PST.


Quick update on Ducks Injuries


Dany Heatley made his return to the line up last night against Chicago, he played along side Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Kyle Palmeri should also return to the line up soon as he has been taken off the IR. (Injured Reserve)

Patrick Maroon has been seen running laps on the lower concourse at Honda Center and could return sooner than expected.  Maroon was hit with a clean hip check and injured his knee on the play.

Ben Lovejoy has a fractured finger and will miss at least 6-8 weeks, Mark Fistric will be replacing Lovejoy on the blueline.

Bryan Allen is still listed as a “lower body injury” and a time table hasn’t been released for his return.

Rival Sharks visit Anaheim to take on league leading Ducks

San Jose (4-4-1) visits Anaheim (7-1-0) 5PM PST at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on Sunday.

San Jose is coming off an embarrassing 2-1 loss to the worst team in the league (Buffalo) at home yesterday extending their losing streak to four games.  The last time the two teams played was the final pre-season game of the 2014-2015 campaign which saw the Ducks tie the game with less than a minute in regulation and then win it in OT 2-1 in front of an electrified crowd in Anaheim.


(Olympian Hilary Knight drops the puck on Oct. 4, 2014 at Honda Center before the Sharks and Ducks play their final preseason game, photo credit

Antti Niemi started the preseason game against the Ducks and with Alex Stalock playing last night against the Sabers, the Ducks will once again get Niemi.  Niemi looked great during the preseason contest and I firmly believed while watching the game that if Niemi can hold his form this could be a big season for him.  He looked focused in net, and got his goalie luck when he needed it.  His team on the other hand spent a lot of time trying to set up the perfect plays and while Andersen was great in his own regard, the Ducks were outworked during the first and second period of the preseason match.  But that was the preseason.

Anaheim has won seven straight games (7-1-0) since dropping the season opener in Pittsburgh and is number one in the NHL with Montreal (also 7-1-0) right behind them.  (Anaheim is a +14 GF/GA, while Montreal is +3 GF/GA)

The Ducks street team will be setting up the usual Sunday “Hockey Spot” at every home game during the season so if you are arriving early check out the festivities, meet the Power Players, or hang around for Jojo’s trivia or give aways.

Puck drop is at 5PM PST, do not be late.

Ducks drop season opener in Pittsburgh

The “new look” Ducks were dismantled 6-4 in Pittsburgh, PA. on Thursday night as Sidney Crosby led his Penguins to their first victory of the regular season.  Corey Perry scored a hat trick (2 PPG) and the Ducks at one point evened the game at 3-3 before falling apart to allow three more unanswered goals.

The Ducks defense and goaltending looked non existent.  The Ducks surrendered a PPG and a SHG and four even strength goals.  John Gibson looked shaky at best as pucks found ways through him. Gibson gave up far too many rebounds to an offensive powerhouse such as the Penguins, and the Ducks defense was out of position more often than they were in position.

The only spark of hope in the game was Perrys ability to score and Ryan Kesler potted a great PPG to make it 3-1 after one period.

The Ducks will have their work cut out for them as the road trip doesn’t get much easier.  They play in Detroit on Saturday at 4pm PST against the Red Wings.

My ’07 Cup story, and why passion needs to expand for the Ducks

I grew up watching the Ducks and Kings, I went to several Ducks games as a kid and loved every minute of it with my Dad.  I started skating at six and was in leagues by ten.   In 2003 I watched the Ducks lose game 7 of the SCF to the New Jersey Devils while dressing for my roller hockey game with my brother, and I was upset at the defeat.  I had been to every home game during the finals – I watched Broduer drop his stick and the puck slide through his sprawling legs.

I watched Paul Kariya take a vicious hit (elbow) and go unconscious and felt the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim go quiet.  I then watched Kariya go “off the floor, and on the board!”

And then to share in Giguere’s sadness as he claimed the Conn Smythe (Playoff MVP) trophy.

My love for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim was solidified.

In 2007, I joined the US Army out of high school, looking for an adventure (which I found) I left for Oklahoma to be trained at Ft. Sill.  I had been watching several games during the 07 season and knew I was leaving during the playoff time frame.  JS Giguere and Teemu Selanne were now my two hockey heroes.  During the playoffs my father would send me letters and newspaper clippings of how the team was doing. (I think I caught maybe two minutes total of Ducks hockey while in training)

I graduated basic training and my family and best friend flew out to spend three days with me while I had a short break.  The three days passed quickly and they returned home.  I moved on to part two of the training, and at night they let us have our phones back.  (if we were performing to the standards of the cadre)

I got a text one night “we just won the stanley cup”

I finished my training and headed home, still in uniform my dad picked me up from the airport and we joined the rest of the Ducks fans at Honda Center for the celebration.

I missed my team winning the championship.

The Ducks had one of the best home records in the NHL and the time for fans to get pumped about this team is now.

While hockey is one of those games that could shock us all by a poor start, or another record setting home juggernaut run, and come the playoffs when fans got really pumped about last year, The Ducks need energy all year for 2014-2015.

Especially now that our rival Kings have won their second championship in four years, the Ducks fan base has to step it up. The fan base was great last year no doubt about that, the chanting got a lot better and we let go of the pained “Lets go Duuuuuucks” and made it simply “LETS GO DUCKS!” and even “QUACK QUACK QUACK” rang out a few times, newer chants that you will be hearing around Honda Center will also likely be “Ooh Ah Silfverberg say Ooh Ah Silfverberg!” when Silfverberg scores. This chant was huge when he played back home in Sweden, and while pockets of fans did it last year, this year it’s gonna get louder.

There are now just 51, yes just fifty one days left until the Ducks begin the 2014-2015 campaign.  The Ducks are a better team this year and I expect the fans to show their passion.

Perreault, Hiller, Robidias fly north for the winter; Ducks get Stoner

It’s just past noon and the free agency frenzy has been underway for since early this morning.  The biggest moves in the league today are easily Jason Spezza to Dallas and Ryan Miller joining the Vancouver Canucks.  Other moves include Thomas Vanek joining the Minnesota Wild and Paul Stasny leaving Colorado to join St. Louis.

But the Ducks lost three players today.  First to depart was Matthieu Perreault, he joined the Winnipeg Jets for three years for $3 million a year.  I would have liked to re-sign Perreault, I felt he had moments where he was a great player, and other moments were he wasn’t so involved.


Hiller was done at the end of the year unless the Ducks won the cup with him starting.  Management felt that his time had come and gone, and they replaced him with a young duo of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson.  Hiller joined Calgary for two years worth $9 million.

Not re-signing Stephane Robidas was disppointing, after we saw his drive to make the Ducks better, his emotion after breaking his leg for the second time was tear jerking.  He never had much of a chance to show everyone what he was about.  But I believe management felt that after the second break that his leg wouldn’t be the same, and it may never be.  But the Toronto Maple Leafs are giving Robidas a shot.  I’m kind of surprised because Robidas wanted to go to the a cup contender.  His mindset may have changed after an offer to play in Toronto for three years.  Robidas will earn $9 million for his tenure.

The Ducks did make an acquisition today as they signed defenseman Clayton Stoner for four years worth $13 million.  He’s big, blocks shots, isn’t afraid to drop the gloves and has a decent shot.  Guess we’ll see how he pans out this season.

Trade Rumors regarding the Ducks 06-26-2014

As I’ve been studying the recent rumors flying about the NHL just one day before the draft, here are the players the Ducks seem to be most interested in, and where our departed Ducks may end up…

Possible new Ducks –

Ryan Kesler – The Ducks want him to center their second line and many experts believe that signing Kesler (if he can remain healthy throughout the season) would propel the Ducks from being a playoff contender to a Stanley Cup possible.  Vancouver is asking a lot of Kesler and last I heard the rumors suggested that a trade could look something like this –

Ryan Kesler to Anaheim for the first round 10th pick overall (or 24th the Ducks do not want to give up the 10th pick in the first round) a up and coming player like Devante Smith-Pelly or Emerson Etem and a player like Matthieu Perrault.  

Jason Spezza – Spezza has a list of ten teams that he said he will not be traded to, that being said Spezza’s agent has been in talks with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks.  Ottawa is seeking to reclaim it’s 10th pick which was traded to Anaheim in the Silfverberg and Bobby Ryan trade.  The trade might look something like this –

Jason Spezza to Anaheim for 10th (or 24th) pick, DPS or Etem, and Palmeri or Perrault.

The last player that has been reported as a possibility of coming to Anaheim could be Colorado forward Paul Stasny.  Stasny has reported that he will test the waters of UFA (unrestricted free agency, meaning he can sign anywhere he likes.) 

Any of these three forwards could make Anaheim just that much more deadly up the middle.

Departing Ducks –

Jonas Hiller – I think Jonas will end up going to a Canadian team, probably a team like Vancouver or Calgary.  But I’ve also heard some rumors that the Minnesota Wild were courting Hiller.  The Wild could take their team to the next level if Hiller can be consistent during the post season.

Saku Koivu – My gut feeling says either Saku will retire or just play one more season, he is hopeful to go to a contender to have one last shot at winning the cup.  I think he will end up going East somewhere if he returns.  (Many Montreal fans want to see him dawn the red and blue again, but the Canadiens do not need another center. Other fans suggest maybe Saku should join Mikko in Minnesota, but Minnesota doesn’t believe they will be better with Saku.)

Daniel Winnik – This was the big surprise to me, and I honestly don’t know where Winnik might end up, but I also think he may take his talents and PK prowess to the Eastern conference, just gonna guess a team and say Penguins or Flyers.