Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Game 38: Ducks vs. Blue Jackets 12.31.08

Ducks Lose 2-0

"They had their chances and they capitalized on them," said Ducks forward Corey Perry. "And we didn’t."

"He’s been playing well.," said Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf of Mason. "We watched him a couple of games before leading into tonight. We knew we had to get some pucks at him. I thought we did that pretty well at the start of the game."

"The referee said that I went to the net and ended up taking a couple of guys with me there," Getzlaf said. "I think it was a matter of us running into each other. It was his interpretation of the play. We had to live with it. Those are the ones that can go either way. You don’t really agree with them all the time, but that is the way it went tonight."

"It was a flat game, emotional-wise for us," lamented Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We had a lot of trouble getting any noise on the bench. Those are ones that you don’t know why, but you try to pump people up and push. It just seemed that we couldn’t get any emotion going for ourselves."

Source for Quotes: ducks.nhl.com

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Game 37: Ducks @ Blues 12.28.08

Ducks Win 4-3!!!

"I didn't have any problem with the hit, but the fake of the dropping of the gloves for a player of that stature and his job," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "Think about it. What would your answer be to it. Really, I think what happened was after the penalty to George, on the Janssen incident, we got emotionally involved in the game. That was the difference. If he (Janssen) thinks he did the right thing, well, he just stirred our group."

"Tonight, we found a way to win one and that's a good sign," Carlyle said.

"They told me where to be and pucks were going to find me in there with Scotty walking off the half wall so I was just patient," Ryan said. "Sure enough, it came and I was able to poke it into an empty net. I think (Blues goalie Chris Mason) probably lost it in the scrum there."

Source for Quotes: ducks.nhl.com

Friday, December 26, 2008

Game 36: Ducks @ Stars 12.27.08

Ducks Lose 4-3 in OT

"These are tough ones to swallow," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "You've got to be careful that these kinds of games don't tear the heart out of your team. We weren't rewarded for the work we put in."

"You get down when you don't work hard and aren't in the game," Carlyle said. "We played closer to the style we need to have success on the road."

Source for Quotes: ducks.nhl.com

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Game 35: Ducks at Flames 12.23.08

Ducks Lose 4-3

Deja Vu from Yesterday!

"We beat ourselves tonight, I believe that," Morrison said, pointing to Sutter's goal as a key moment in the game. "You have to have a big shift after you get the lead like that and this is a veteran group in here, we should be able to go out and do that and preserve a lead in the third period."

Source: ducks.nhl.com

Monday, December 22, 2008

Game 34: Ducks @ Canucks 12.22.08

Ducks Lose 4-3

"If we had an answer we wouldn't have to answer those questions," said [Scott] Niedermayer, who had a goal and assist. "It was tough because they moved it around on the power play well and made us pay. Teams are going to do that when you are in the box as much as we were tonight."

"The flow, when you are going to the box one after another, is tough because you are wearing out certain guys and others aren't getting on the ice at all," Niedermayer said. "Frustration starts to build and that is not the recipe for winning hockey games."

"I didn't think we really engaged in the hockey game emotionally until the third period," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "And then we got desperate and started to play more of the type of hockey that is required to have success on the road. It seemed like any time that we got some momentum going, had some good shifts from our grind line and started to cycle like you have to do on the road, then they got a power play. It took all the momentum away from us."

Source for Quotes: ducks.nhl.com

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Game 33: Ducks @ Oilers 12.19.08

Ducks Win 3-2 in SO

Teemu Selanne left during 1st period with a laceration to the thigh. Undergoing an MRI tomorrow in Anaheim.

"Sometimes it's better to have a lot of shots than just a couple, so it was easy to find my game and easy to be in the game and it felt good," Hiller said.

"He was amazing," Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. "We were in the box way too much and he came up huge on a bunch of saves when we were trying to kill penalties and then obviously in the shootout. He won it for us there."

"He gave us a chance to win and obviously he was the best player on the ice and that's what you need sometimes when you go out on the road," Carlyle said.

"It's a deep cut, but we don't think it is any where near what Corey Perry had a year ago where he missed six weeks," Carlyle said.[on Teemu Selanne's Injury]

SOURCE FOR QUOTES: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020473

Monday, December 15, 2008

Game 32: Ducks vs. Rangers 12.16.08

Ducks Lose 3-1

"They skated well and there were a couple of bad decisions with the puck," said Scott Niedermayer, whose turnover in the second period led to New York's first goal. "We’ve had some good games and done some good things lately. Tonight we fell back a little bit and didn’t play smart."

"Turnovers are killing us right now," Pronger said. "It kills our momentum and our speed through the neutral zone. We’ve got to get through neutral zone better and cleaner, so that we can get in on the forecheck and get turnovers ourselves."

"The guy was coming on me pretty good and I just made a bad decision with the puck," Niedermayer said. "You’re not going to be able to make a cross-ice pass like that with their guy sitting in position waiting for it. The play would have been to just bump it up the boards and keep it away from them. That happens some nights where you make the mistake and then it’s right in your net, twice tonight."

"Tonight was a game where we turned the puck over far too many times in the middle of the ice," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "They played a good skating game and a good pace game. We played into their hands on too many situations where we turned the puck over."

SOURCE FOR QUOTES: ducks.nhl.com

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Traded: Sutherby to Dallas; Aquired: McIntyre

The Ducks acquired center David McIntyre and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Dallas Stars in exchange for center Brian Sutherby.

McIntyre, 21 (2/4/87), is competing in his junior season at Colgate University of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). In 14 games thus far, the 5-11, 190-pound forward has collected a team-leading 5-7=12 points with 22 penalty minutes (PIM). He also leads the Colgate Raiders in assists and is tied for sixth in ECAC scoring. A native of Oakville, Ontario, McIntyre ranked second with the Raiders and tied for fourth in the ECAC with 15 goals in 2007-08. He finished third on the club in scoring during his sophomore season while also being named the Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week on Mar. 17, 2008.

Selected by Dallas in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, McIntyre has appeared in 93 career ECAC games with Colgate, recording 20-24=44 points with 60 PIM. He placed third in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL) with 92 points in 2005-06 and was named Newmarket’s MVP that season. He participated in the 2006 OPJHL All-Star Game as well as the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJAHL) Top Prospects Game.

Sutherby, 26 (3/1/82), appeared in 17 games with Anaheim this season, earning 3-3=6 points with a +6 rating and 19 PIM. The 6-3, 209-pound center was acquired from Washington in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Nov. 19, 2007. Sutherby has played in 321 career NHL contests over seven seasons with Washington and Anaheim, collecting 29-39=68 points with 357 PIM.

SOURCE: ducks.nhl.com

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Game 31: Ducks vs. Wild 12.14.08

Ducks Win 4-2!!!!

"It’s a good sign for us," Morrison said. "It was a little adversity for this group tonight. We had a great start. They got right back in the game there. We were able to respond."

"We got a 2-0 lead and then we let them back in," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. " It changed the momentum of the game. All the sudden the pressure was all on us to get the next one and we found a way to get it. I thought overall our work ethic was good. We had a contribution from every guy and that is what’s important."

"I was just driving the net and he made a nice pass to the far post," Morrison said. "I just beat the d-man to the post and was able to get a stick on it. I’m been feeling better here. It couldn’t get much worse than the beginning. It can only go up. I just have to continue to build and be consistent."

"Any time I can get our team victory and help out in that, I’m definitely pleased," Parros said of his continued offensive production. "It was a good insurance goal for us. I had just come off the bench, so I had the whole view of the play in front of me. I don’t think their d-man saw me when I was coming into the zone. He tried to make an outlet pass to the guy at the boards. I was lucky enough to be there to intercept it and find Bobby in front, who was waiting for the one-timer."

"Corey Perry has had a little dry spell, to say the least, here over the last little while.," said Carlyle. "It’s nice to see he was rewarded. He gets a lot of the dirty positions on the ice when you have to stand in front of the net, battle with defensemen and work those corners. It’s not always the hardest spot to play that gets the recognition for scoring goals. You have to have that combination and he’s willing to do that. That is where he makes his living."

"I think these games are tough to play in against teams like Minnesota," Morrison said. "They are disciplined in their system and a team that really feasts on turnovers. You have to make sure you get pucks deep. I thought we did a pretty good job of that tonight overall."

SOURCE FOR QUOTES: ducks.nhl.com

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Game 30: Ducks @ Sharks 12.11.08

Ducks Lose 2-0

“We can’t look at it as a game that we’re going to get frustrated and hang our heads,” Ducks forward Todd Marchant said. “I think anytime you play a game and you don’t win, you try to learn from your mistakes first of all and second of all, you try to look at some positive from that game that you can carry into your next one.”

“I think in last night’s game we worked hard and held them under 30 shots in their building, which is a positive,” Marchant said. “But we didn’t stick to the structure that we had been doing recently. Our execution wasn’t where we needed to be. As a result, they come away with a 2-0 win.”

“You can’t be a solid hockey club without a good home record,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, whose group was 80-25-18 the past three seasons in Orange County. “We’ve had a good home record in this building. It’s not a given. You have to work at it. Hopefully our home ice issues are behind us. We’ve got good hockey clubs coming in. We have to be mentally prepared and focused to play the game.”

Said Marchant, “We’ve got to make Honda Center a tough place to play. You got to use that to your advantage. We’ve done a better job of it lately and have to continue to do that.”

Source for Quotes: ducks.nhl.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Game 29: Ducks vs. Blues 12.10.08

DUCKS WIN 4-2!!!!

"It’s nice to get one," Morrison understated. "When you can contribute, it’s a good feeling."

"About 20 seconds before I scored, I had a wide open net," Morrison said. "I went to shoot it and Teemu just knocked it off my stick. I was like ‘Ah man, that’s the way things are going’. We kept the puck alive. It was basically a scramble and I was able to get my stick on it. "

"There were some emotions there," Morrison said. "I think that’s good at times, teammates getting involved. It gets others guys going. It’s part of the game."

"Our line has found some chemistry," Parros said. "I think we’ve been playing well. We’d like to keep that going."

"We seemed to step up the level of our intensity," said Carlyle. "That is important when you’re in situations like that to have that other gear to go to. We found a way to push one across the line. There were a lot of chances that we missed through the course of the evening."

Source for Quotes: ducks.nhl.com

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Game 28: Ducks vs. Blue Jackets 12.7.08

Ducks Win 5-3

"When you have that 4-1 lead you have to be able to stay focused," said Ryan Getzlaf, who had two goals on the night. "It was a position where we let up a little bit I think, a few plays were lackadaisical and that turns into scoring chances. It’s not a concern at all. We’re going to take our win and go."

"That’s cool," Getzlaf said. "It’s part of another milestone in this organization that has done so much for me. Hopefully I can be here for a lot more." [on scoring the 3,000 goal for the Ducks franchise]

"I am definitely happy," Parros said. "I just keep going forward from here. It’s important for me to build on that, so I can continue the success later on in the second half of the season. Really the important thing is obviously the win tonight. We’re in no position to give away points, so we’re happy for that. " [On his career high 2 assists]

Parros was named one of the three stars of the game, something he estimated hadn't happened since his minor league days. "It’s been awhile," he said with a chuckle. "I had to ask Getzy to make sure I knew what to do."

Source for Quotes:ducks.nhl.com

Monday, December 1, 2008

Game 27: Ducks @ Blackhawks 12.3.08

Ducks Lose 4-2

ROBBED. Completely.

"We had a couple of close chances around the net," Toews said. "Then Steeger made a great play. You've just got to get your stick on those."

"He gave us a chance, we couldn't ask more from our goalie," coach Randy Carlyle said. "I thought after the first period we were in control and did some things well. We started to play our game. We were in a position to win this hockey game, and these are the ones that are tough."

"This was a big win," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "The circumstances turned in the second period. The two points are welcome. Anaheim was playing their game to a 'T.'"

"It seemed kind of lucky. They got the bounce," Hiller said. "It's kind of sad to lose a game that way. On an experienced club like ours, those things shouldn't happen. We had the lead until the end. What else do you want in a road game. It was a bad, bad loss."

"Steeger and Duncs made a great play on Havlat's goal to tie it up," Toews said. "Right there, we said we can win this game. That was a huge turning point in the third."

Source for Quotes:nhl.com

Hiller 2nd Star of the Week in NHL

Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller was named one of the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 30.
Hiller was named the "Second Star" for posting a 2-0-0 record with a 0.50 goals-against average, .984 save percentage and one shutout as the Ducks (14-8-3, 31 points) won three consecutive games. Hiller made 26 saves in posting his second career shutout as the Ducks defeated Chicago 1-0 Nov. 28 and turned aside 36 of 37 shots in a 4-1 victory at Carolina Nov. 30, tying a Ducks' team record by earning standings points in eight consecutive road games. Hiller improved to 6-1-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and two shutouts in 10 appearances this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was named "First Star" and St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason was named "Third Star" for the week.

Crosby led all NHL scorers for the week by tallying nine points (six goals, three assists) in three games as the Penguins (14-6-3, 31 points) went 2-1-0 and remained fourth in the Eastern Conference. Crosby tallied multiple points in all three games, beginning with a goal and two assists in a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders Nov. 26. He notched two goals in a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 28 and finished the week by tallying his second career hat trick and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 29. Crosby climbed to second in overall NHL scoring with 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists), trailing teammate Evgeni Malkin (10-29--39).

Mason won both starts for the week, stopping 75 of 77 shots for a .974 save percentage as the Blues (10-10-2, 22 points) closed within two points of the final Western Conference playoff spot. Making his first start against his former club, Mason stopped a season-high 47 shots and two shootout attempts in a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators Nov. 25. He also recorded 28 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Nov. 30.

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