When the Devils and Ducks swapped center Adam Henrique for defenseman Sami Vatanen on Nov. 30, it was a quintessential dealing-from-strength move for both teams. New Jersey had a plethora of forwards and was weak in the back, and injury-riddled Anaheim had blueliners but needed scoring.
There’s a weird tic of hockey writers where every great save has to be framed as a “save of the year candidate.” I do this too. Was tempted to do it here. Why? Why can’t we just set up a great save with “here’s a great save”? Do we not trust readers to watch a highlight unless we position it as a potential…
A month ago, Anaheim defenseman Kevin Bieksa took down Philly’s Radko Gudas almost instantly with his right hand when Gudas dared to challenge him.
I’m generally over hockey fights, both for their silliness and their safety concerns. So here’s a good reminder that for as right-thinking as I’d like to imagine myself, I’m entirely willing to drop all principles the second something cool happens.
Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare condition in which the immune system attacks the body through the peripheral nervous system.
Ryan Getzlaf said every season ending hurts if you’re not lifting the Cup, “it doesn’t matter what round it is.” I don’t think I believe him. I think it has to hurt much worse when you’ve come this close, this many times—two conference finals in three years—and when you feel you outplayed your opponents, and when…
The Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 tonight to win the Western Conference Finals in six games. Nashville will now advance to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final against the winner of the Ottawa-Pittsburgh series.
Viktor Arvidsson headed to the bench bearing a crimson R upon his forehead after being boarded by Anaheim’s Nick Ritchie. That’s great, but let us know when one of the Russian guys pulls this off in Cyrillic.
The NHL will fine Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf the maximum of $10,000 for his use of a homophobic slur in Thursday’s Game 4 win over the Predators.
The Ducks are either thermodynamically impervious to momentum, or, even more useful in the NHL playoffs, they have short memories. Goldfish-short. Short enough to win four separate games this postseason that they trailed by two goals, or to come back from an 0-2 hole in the conference semis, or to forget a 7-1 blowout…
Trailing 2-1, with 35 seconds left in Game 4 of the conference finals, the Nashville Predators’ Filip Forsberg snuck one past the Anaheim Ducks’ goalie to tie it up and send the game to overtime.
The Western Conference Finals were always going to be decided up top. Nashville, without a ton of scoring from its depth forwards, relies heavily on its top line centered by Ryan Johansen, and they’ve been ultra-hot in these playoffs. Anaheim’s shutdown line, anchored by Ryan Kesler, can certainly find the net but…
Capitals fans, don’t read this ... Ducks fans thrilled to have finally broken a playoff curse, hello.
When you play on a line with Connor McDavid, two things are going to happen. You’re going to score a lot, and you’re not going to get proper credit. Leon Draisaitl had a “quiet” 77 points in just his second season, but it’s taken an explosion in Edmonton’s series against the Ducks—away from McDavid for the last two…
The Oilers were three and a half minutes from a shutout victory in last night’s Game 5 against the Ducks. Then everything went wrong.
Here’s the handshake line after the Ducks swept the Flames. I have literally nothing to say about this series.
You can’t hit an official, even if it’s a love tap.
Kevin Bieksa and Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves just 95 seconds into last night’s 4-3 Ducks shootout win over the Flyers, and Bieksa immediately yanked his opponent’s jersey over his head, to the delight of the crowd and to grins from Simmonds and the officials.
On “Military Appreciation Night” in Anaheim before Ducks-Flames, the ceremonial puck drop was conducted by Corporal Nero, a bomb-sniffing dog stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Who dropped a good puck? Who? Who?
It’s Frederik Andersen, late of the Ducks. The Leafs announced the deal today, the 26-year-old Danish netminder in exchange for a 2016 first-rounder (the Penguins’ pick, 30th overall, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade) and a second-rounder next year. Seems like a fine deal for both teams.