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Getzlaf leads Anaheim to 3-2 victory over Stars; Ducks take 2-0 series lead

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Ryan Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf (left) left his stamp on Game 2 for the Ducks, spurring them to a 2-0 series lead. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

He was aching from the deep gash carved into his face by a Tyler Seguin slap shot late in Game 1. He was uncomfortable from wearing a bell shield to protect his battered jaw. And he was exhausted from attending the birth of his third child on Thursday.

But none of that stopped Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf from asserting his will in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

The captain pounced on a turnover at the Dallas blueline and scored his second goal of the series to knot the game at one late in the first, then set up Andrew Cogliano’s winner at 5:09 of the third to power the Ducks to the win. The victory gives Anaheim a 2-0 lead as the series switches venues to Dallas.

“Every once in a while, you need your best players to step it up when the rest of the guys are losing their composure a little bit and playing the way they did,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “With what’s happened to him in the last three days and to come in and get two points and plus-3 [rating] is a sure reason why he’s hopefully going to be nominated for the MVP.”

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  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • NHL Playoffs: Ducks survive comeback scare against resilient Stars

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    Tyler Seguin (left) and the Stars battled back before falling short against Anaheim. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    Tyler Seguin (91) and the Stars battled back before falling short against the Ducks. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    If ever there was a playoff game where both teams could say they got what they needed, the Ducks’ 4-3 win over the Stars was it. Anaheim dominated early and held serve at home to take a 1-0 series lead, but Dallas shook off some early jitters and nearly clawed back from a four-goal deficit. The Stars are still in a 1-0 hole, but by establishing their game over the final 25 minutes they proved that they can hang with the higher-seeded Ducks in this series.

    Some observations after the opener:

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

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    Goalie Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks against the Dallas Stars

    The struggles of goalie Jonas Hiller (1) and the Ducks’ lack of a reliable No. 1 may prove fatal. (Tim Sharp/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 20: Ducks 6, Stars 3

    Nov. 26: Stars 6, Ducks 3

    Feb. 1: Stars 2, Ducks 0

    Notable injuries

    Ducks: RW Tim Jackman (broken right hand, out indefinitely)

    Stars: RW Rich Peverley (heart surgery, out for season), LW Ray Whitney (lower body, day-to-day), D Brenden Dillon (lower body, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Ducks’ Nick Bonino scores impressive backhand goal while on knees

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    By Nick Stoico

    Sending the puck to the net is an instinctive act for pro hockey players when they find themselves in a tough situation with seemingly no other options. Hopefully, a lucky bounce or deflection will result in a goal.

    Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino’s desperation play in overtime against Colorado on Sunday featured a little more razzle dazzle. He scored the game-winner by sending the puck into the twine while on his knees and gliding away from the net with his back to it.

    Certainly not a bad way to score his 21st goal of the season.

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  • Published On Apr 13, 2014
  • Anaheim Ducks lose Cam Fowler to knee injury

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    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler is out with an injury

    Cam Fowler’s breakout season with the Ducks has been cruelly interrupted. (Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    A bad stretch of hockey is about to get worse for the Ducks.

    The early season juggernaut has cooled of late, going 5-6-2 since the beginning of February to take the shine off their Stanley Cup hopes. Now things look even worse with the news that top defenseman Cam Fowler will be sidelined with an MCL sprain.

    The club says that Fowler will miss 3-5 weeks of action, so this injury could take him past the regular season and into the first round of the playoffs.

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  • Published On Mar 19, 2014
  • Ducks score six goals in 2nd period to beat Avs in wild game

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    The Ducks and Avs combined for a nine-goal second period, as the Ducks went on to win 6-4. (Michael Martin/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon 

    The last time the Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks faced off, it was on the first night of regular season action and the two teams went on to provide plenty of it. And though no fights broke out between the two coaches this time, Friday night still brought its fair share of drama.

    The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead into the 2nd period. That’s when the fireworks started. The two teams would go back and forth in the 2nd period, lighting the lamp nine times, with Anaheim tallying six of their own to take a 6-4 lead into the 3rd. Four of those six goals for the Ducks were scored in just 4:06, with forward Kyle Palmieri potting two of his own in just :47 seconds, followed by one each from Corey Perry and Ben Lovejoy.

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  • Published On Mar 15, 2014
  • VIDEO: Dustin Tokarski is the victim of a bad bounce for center-ice goal

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    By Mike McMahon

    Canadiens back-up goaltender Dustin Tokarski had a moment he’d like to forget in Anaheim tonight.

    The 24-year-old goalie thought he was playing a center ice dump-in from Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, until the puck took a crazy bounce of the stanchion and found its way into the unoccupied net.

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Beach volleyball, music highlight NHL’s outdoor game in Los Angeles

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    A rendering of the final look for Dodger Stadium's outdoor game on Jan. 25.

    A rendering of the final look for Dodger Stadium’s outdoor game on Jan. 25.

    By Tim Newcomb

    If you like a little beach volleyball with your ice hockey, you’ll feel right at home in Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.

    For the second of the NHL’s six outdoor games this season, and the first in league’s new Stadium Series, a rink has been set up in L.A.’s 51-year-old major league ballpark for the game between the Kings and the Ducks. The game will be California’s first-ever NHL outdoor game, as well as the league’s first al fresco regular season tilt played west of the Mississippi River. Chavez Ravine is also the southern-most location for such an event.

    But this venue’s arrangement will look a lot different than the Jan. 1 cold weather Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

    MORE: The Making of Stadium Hockey | GALLERY: NHL outdoor games through the years

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  • Published On Jan 24, 2014
  • Emergency goalie fraternity grows as Maple Leafs sign Canadian collegians

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    Jonathan Bernier took over for injured Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, but what happens if Bernier goes down, too?

    Jonathan Bernier took over for injured Leafs goalie James Reimer on Thursday, but what if Bernier goes down?  (Icon SMI)

    By Michael Blinn

    When Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer was injured 0:32 into Thursday’s game against the Hurricanes, Jonathan Bernier took over in the net. While one goalie replacing another is no outstanding occurrence in hockey, Toronto was faced with a dilemma: what happens if Bernier goes down, too?

    Luckily, the Leafs were able to call on a couple of locals in University of Toronto goalies Michael Nishi and Brett Willows. The latter arrived at the Air Canada Centre and suited up, on stand-by while Bernier allowed a late goal in a 3-2 loss. Nishi suited up the next day at practice alongside Bernier and Reimer.

    They aren’t the first team to find a what amounts to a random goalie off the street, sign him to a one-day contract, and sit him on the bench in case of a serious problem. In face, the NHL, a forward-thinking league, has a protocol for such situations. From Rule 5.3: Goalkeeper:

    In regular League and Playoff games, if both listed goalkeepers are incapacitated, that team shall be entitled to dress and play any available goalkeeper who is eligible. This goalkeeper is eligible to sit on the player’s bench, in uniform.

    Over the past few seasons, the practice has made some headlines, with everyday people getting to play out their professional hockey fantasy, for at least part of a game.

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  • Published On Oct 20, 2013
  • Ducks celebrate Throwback Night with 4-1 win over Bobby Ryan, Senators

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    Teemu Selanne was in the sentimental spirit as the Anaheim Ducks donned their same uniforms they wore in their inaugural 92-93 season

    Teemu Selanne had a familiar look as the Ducks donned throwback jerseys to celebrate the franchise’s first win 20 years ago during the 1993-94 season. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Michael Blinn

    Twenty years ago to the day, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim celebrated the team’s first win as a franchise — a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers — with a 4-1 victory over Ottawa Sunday night.

    To celebrate the milestone, the team embraced the nostalgia with Throwback Night, as the Ducks (who dropped the ‘Mighty’ moniker in 2006-07) wore the same eggplant-colored uniforms with teal and white horizontal stripes and the cartoon duck goalie mask logo as they did during Anaheim’s inaugural season in 1993-94.

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  • Published On Oct 13, 2013


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