Friday, February 27, 2009

Game 64: Ducks @ Stars 2.28.09

Ducks Win 4-3!!!!

"It's been a long road trip," Selanne said. "It is always great to come back in the third period on the road. Both our team and Dallas, we're way better than what we've played. It's disappointing, but there's still time. Things are in our own hands."

"It was a big game for our team," said goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who stopped 30 shots to win his 200th game for the Ducks. "We'll finish the road trip with at least a .500 record."

"It's been an up-and-down season for me and for the team," Giguere said. "When these things happen, you want to try to bounce back."

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Game 63: Ducks @ Bruins 2.26.09

Ducks Lose 6-0.

"It found a way to turn in their favor in a hurry and we didn't respond well to adversity," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's a first-place hockey club. They played well and stuck to their system."

Monday, February 23, 2009

Game 62: Ducks @ Sabres 2.23.09

Ducks Win 3-2!!!


"I guess he must have fueled up on chicken wings last night," Carlyle said with a wink regarding Marchant, the Buffalo-area native who marked his homecoming with a key goal in a 3-2 win over the Sabres.

"It's been a struggling season for me offensively, but I knew it was bound to go in one of these times. And what better place?" said Marchant, who grew up a Sabres fan and had plenty of family and friends in the stands on Tuesday. "I always get a little extra geared up."

"I said earlier that this is going to be the turning point in our season and I'm expecting a lot," Selanne said. "I have 100 percent trust in this team and I'm sure we're on the right track."

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Game 61: Ducks @ Blue Jackets 2.21.09

Ducks Win 5-2!!!!!

"We described it as the most important game of the year," coach Randy Carlyle said about his decision to go with Jean-Sebastien Giguere in goal for the second night in a row. "So are you not going to play your best people? Simple as that. It makes the decision easy."

"We know what's ahead of us and who's ahead of us in the standings," [Corey Perry] said. "We're chasing some teams that we're playing next. We have to have the two points every night."

"This feels great. After a tough loss yesterday, tonight was a must-win game," [Giguere] said. "We answered the bell. We were physical, we fought, we scored some goals. It was a big road game. We have to have that kind of effort."

"We scored on our chances, that's really the difference in the hockey game," Carlyle said. "Tonight pucks went in for us. We were fortunate. We made the most of our opportunities."

"They're all big from here on in," defenseman Scott Niedermayer said.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Game 60: Ducks @ Red Wings 2.20.09

Ducks Lose 5-2.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Game 59: Ducks vs. Kings 2.18.09

Ducks Lose 4-3

"We’re disappointed," said Scott Niedermayer. "I think for the most part we worked hard and did a lot of things we wanted to do. Obviously, we had some mistakes happen and some dumb decisions. The Kings played a good game as well. We just had the breakdowns and the plays that gave the game away."

"On my part, to end up in the box like that, you’re not going to win by doing that," Niedermayer said.

Said coach Randy Carlyle of Niedermayer, "He’s trying to carry the team. It’s very plain to see that he’s trying to do things that are going to make a difference for our hockey club. Sometimes it works. He’s human. He is going to make mistakes, but you have to appreciate the will and the effort that he puts in."

"I think what we have to do is just realize that we have an opportunity and a challenge in front of us," said Scott Niedermayer. "We have to try and meet it. You can forget what the plan was back in September right now. We just have to deal with what is in front of us."

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Game 58: Ducks vs. Thrashers 2.15.09

Ducks Lose 8 to 4. Yes, you read that right. 8 to 4.

"Everything that you don’t want to happen happened," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. "We made our share of mistakes and they scored their share of goals. I guess those nights do happen once in awhile. Unfortunately, we can’t afford right now. That is the worst part of it."

"We shot ourselves in the foot," said Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf. "We have to regroup now and go back to work. Nothing really needs to be said. Everybody knows what went on. We got embarrassed in our own building tonight."

"That last goal was a pretty good summation of the night," Niedermayer said. "It’s a pretty frustrating night to be a part of. I know I made my share of mistakes out there. That is where it has to start is I have to be better and we’ll go from here."

"Every bounce ended up on their stick and they were shooting the puck," Getzlaf said. "We are a team that prides ourselves on not giving up so many shots. In the first period, it’s tough when you take that many penalties to get the momentum. We didn’t respond the way we needed to."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Game 57: Ducks vs. Flames 2.11.09

Ducks Win 3-2 in OT!!!

"It doesn’t happen too often," Niedermayer said of the 3-on-3 situation. "There was a lot of room to skate and I tried to take advantage of that. I was a little lucky on the goal. You put it on net and you never know. I was just trying to get it on net and it got deflected in by the defenseman’s stick."

"They are all big for us where we are right now," Niedermayer said. "We need every point we can get. Kiprusoff played well. There is no doubt about it. I think it was good on our part that we kept doing the things you need to do."

"It’s nice to get two big wins against a good team," Giguere said. "Hopefully, we can use this as a springboard for us. We’re doing a lot of good things out there. If we keep playing that same way, we’re going to win more than we lose."

"It was an intense hockey game right from the opening faceoff," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We had to battle back in a lot of situations all night. You have to credit our players with the grit and determination. They stuck with the gameplan and found a way to get a win."

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Game 56: Ducks @ Flames 2.7.09

Ducks WIN 2-1!!

"I had my stick on the one side and I just moved it at the last second when he went to make the pass," Perry said. "It's nice to see it go in. They're a tough team to play against at home. It was a good feeling coming in with the lead after two."

"He played very well in the last game in Nashville (4-2 loss) and really couldn't be faulted," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "Your goaltenders don't have to win you games, but they have to give you a chance and he's been known for giving our hockey club a chance for a long time. Hopefully this game and the Nashville game, he can use it as a springboard to getting back to where he needs to be."

"I've been feeling good on the ice the last couple games," Giguere said. "I thought we played a pretty good road game."

"He's [Iginla] a battler," Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer said. "He's a tough player to play against. We just try to do our best."

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Game 55: Ducks @ Predators 2.5.09

Ducks Lose 4-2.

"The first goal bounces in off of our defenseman," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "It hits two or three people and then hits our defenseman in the foot and we're down 1-0. But we came back with a big goal. We played with everything we had. You have to like the effort of our hockey club."

"It's nice to go one full game and have some positives to build on," said Giguere, who stopped 30 shots. "I felt my energy was good. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a better second half."

“Especially in the third, I felt really good,” Giguere said. “In the third, it wasn’t a battle in my head. I was just playing and reacting and having fun, really. It felt good to be able to be on the ice and not think, just to play and react. It had been a while.”

Said Randy Carlyle, “Hopefully, it’s a starting point for Jiggy. He made some big stops. He gave us a chance, gave us everything he had. That’s a huge positive. It’s good to see him back in the net.”

“I blame myself probably,” Carlyle said. “I felt I should have called a timeout right when they got the penalty, just to reorganize, make sure everything was the way we wanted it. We had different personnel because Getzlaf was in the box.”

“I’m here to prove that I can stay here,” [Brown] said. “That’s basically where I can start, just playing the way I can play and play more than a hundred percent every game, every shift.”

“We’re close,” Giguere said. “It’s a matter of us battling a little bit harder in our zone not to give that extra goal, going to the net maybe a couple more times and creating a bounce for us. We’re really not that far. We just have to keep with the positives and try to push forward.”

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Game 54: Ducks @ Wild 2.4.09

Ducks Lose 3 - 0.

"Our execution was really, I would say, off," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We just couldn't seem to do anything with the puck, and we got frustrated. I didn't think we really got involved in the game until the third period. ... We can't afford a performance like we had tonight, in this situation.It's only going to get tigther, and these two points were too important for us to pass up," he said. "It's just disturbing from the standpoint of how little we were into the game."

Added Niedermayer, “We’re obviously disappointed with the effort overall. It was not as good as it needs to be at this time of the year. Especially where we’re at, it needs to be corrected right now. We need to play better, period.”

"It's too bad we can't start like we play in the third," Hiller said. "We're always down one goal after the second period and we try to make it up in the third, but in this league that's not easy. We should probably think about having a better start."


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Game 53: Ducks vs. Sabres 2.2.09

Ducks Win 3-2!!!

"It was a good shot by Monty," Perry said. "It just squeaked through the goalie and it was sitting there on the line. Those are the kind of goals we need to have coming down the stretch. They call them garbage goals, but somebody has to be there."

"Hiller’s making the big stops when we need it," Pronger said. "We’ve had to rely on him. It’s big to have two goalies like that. It doesn’t matter which one you throw in. You know you have a guy back there that can win you a game or hold a lead when you need it. We’re starting to get that confidence in those guys and in ourselves with the way we’re playing defensively. It’s a sign in the right direction. We just hope to continue it."

"We’re playing a full 60 minutes and staying to our structure," Perry said. "When we play that way, we’re a tough team to play against. It’s nice to have three of four. We just have to keep it going. It’s a battle out there. These points are crucial. We’re after the All-Star break, so everybody is pushing for playoff spots."

"Probably the biggest change in the last three or four games is we’ve put the puck in deep and got to work," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "That has allowed us to play more in the offensive zone from a standpoint of the cycle game and it’s led to us not drawing the penalties in the defensive zone or the neutral ice."

"Tonight’s a good game to build on," Pronger said. "We have to come out on Wednesday in Minnesota and make sure we bring that same effort and continue to get even better. I don’t think anybody in here can be satisfied with what we’ve accomplished over the last four games. We have to put a string together and expect it every night from one another and ourselves. We’re starting to see it and it’s up to us in here to continue that."

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