Depth key to Ducks’ Cup chances

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“A retriever not a receiver.” And when they realized just how crucial he was to the success of their power play when he missed six weeks with a lower-body injury, they started calling him “The Answer.” Kind of like Allen Iverson. “Yeah, AI,” said Ben Lovejoy . There’s another nickname. “I don’t even listen to them,” Bonino said. “Retriever, The Answer, it’s ridiculous.” This is exactly the time of year when guys like Bonino come to the forefront. Every single team that advances this far has star players. It’s the depth guys who make a difference, and one of the best-kept secrets about the Ducks’ success this season is they’re as deep as they’ve been in years. This is no longer a top-heavy team that is overly dependent on Ryan Getzlaf , Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan . Bonino scored the first goal of the postseason for the Ducks, and Teemu Selanne ‘s third-period goal held up because Anaheim’s checking line of Saku Koivu , Daniel Winnik and Andrew Cogliano managed to keep Detroit’s top line featuring Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg off the scoresheet. It’s one of the things that separates this Ducks playoff series against the Red Wings from some of the past between these two rivals. source:

Capitals Top Rangers 1-0 in OT as Ducks Defeat Red Wings in NHL

The playoffs continue today with the Pittsburgh Penguins traveling to the New York Islanders to break a 1-1 series tie, the Chicago Blackhawks visiting the Minnesota Wild with a 2-0 lead, the Ottawa Senators host the Montreal Canadiens tied at 1- 1 and the San Jose Sharks will try for their third straight win over the Vancouver Canucks. At Verizon Center in Washington, neither the Capitals nor the Rangers could muster a goal in regulation play. “Sometimes you just need a goal,” Rangers center Brad Richards told reporters. “There’s a thousand things we can go over in a 0-0 hockey game going into overtime, but it comes down to just scoring a goal and making a big play and we didn’t get that.” Capitals goalie Braden Holtby had 24 saves, while Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist tallied 37 saves. The third-seeded Capitals travel to Madison Square Garden tomorrow, where they will meet the sixth-seeded Rangers for Game 3. At TD Garden in Boston, Joffrey Lupul scored two goals to give the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead after Nathan Horton fired the first goal for the Bruins at one minute, 56 seconds of the second period. Phil Kessel scored a goal 53 seconds into the third period for the Maple Leafs, Johnny Boychuk added one for the Bruins 10 minutes later and Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk ended the scoring with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Toronto hosts Boston in Game 3 tomorrow. At Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Nick Bonino scored on a power play at 15 minutes, 29 seconds of the second period to give the Ducks their first goal. Anaheim got three more goals over 13 minutes from Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey. The Red Wings host Game 4 tomorrow. source:

Teemu pushes Ducks past Detroit 3-1 in opener

“We played very solid in our end, and that makes it easier for a goalie. Even the goal they scored was a lucky bounce for them.” Howard stopped 24 shots and Daniel Cleary scored on a power play for the Red Wings in their 22nd consecutive postseason appearance. While Detroit played the Ducks evenly at full strength, Anaheim’s special-teams skill decided it. “I didn’t think we were great,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “I didn’t think we moved the puck very good. Give them credit. They’re part of that equation. … I thought their team was better than our team today. I thought they controlled the game and had more cycles.” Anaheim missed two of the previous three postseasons, and Honda Center was packed well before the opening faceoff with hungry fans waving orange glow sticks and whipping towels above their heads. source:

After slow start to season, Ducks’ Cam Fowler in offensive groove

/ Photos by Harry How/Getty Images More Teammates have noticed a big difference in the recent play of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler. “Especially the last few weeks, I thought he played some really solid hockey,” said fellow defenseman Francois Beauchemin. “Just the way he can skate with the puck and make some plays offensively, he’s still really young, but he’s helped our team the last few weeks. “The way he skates, he can go up and down pretty easy. He’s just making simple plays, especially on the power play to just get shots through.” Fowler has had assists in each of the first two games in the playoffs against the Red Wings, after scoring one goal and 10 assists for 11 points in 37 games in the regular season. He didn’t score a goal until April 21 at Edmonton, but had six points in his last eight games (one goal, five assists). He didn’t have a point in the Ducks’ 4-0 victory over the Wings on Saturday night. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Fowler, who grew up in Farmington Hills, has been playing with more confidence. “He’s had success for the last 10 games,” Boudreau said. “Then you start to feel a little bit better about yourself, a little more confidence in your play. “If this was golf, the holes would be looking really big to him now, rather than really small. source:

Teemu time: Selanne enjoys return to postseason, leads Ducks into Game 2 vs. Detroit

At 42, Selanne grows weary of hockey’s travel grind and the offseason training necessary to keep his remarkable career steaming ahead. He never gets tired of scoring goals, particularly from that spot in the left faceoff circle where he beat Jimmy Howard to put the Ducks on top. “Usually I have a little better angle, but it was the end of the power play, so I decided I’m just going to shoot there and hope for the best,” Selanne said after practice Wednesday. “That came in my mind right away, before I even got the pass. I don’t know how much time there was left, but (I) just tried to hold out and create something new.” When the Ducks return to Honda Center for Game 2 against Detroit on Thursday night, Selanne knows they’ll need their veteran toughness to get a similar result against the young, hungry Wings. After years of being the playoff upstarts in their series with powerful Detroit, Anaheim can match up splendidly in experience. Nobody has more than Selanne, who scored his 10th playoff goal against Detroit in Game 1 — more than any other active player — from the same area of the ice in which Selanne estimates he has scored a “couple hundred” goals over the decades. “That’s vintage Teemu from that spot,” said Daniel Cleary, who scored Detroit’s only goal on a fortunate deflection. “That’s where he’s been for years.” Few Ducks fans have forgotten Selanne scored the overtime goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against Detroit in 2007, arguably the most important goal in franchise history. The Ducks won five of their next six games on the way to their only Stanley Cup title. source:

Cross Checks: Anaheim Ducks

It wasn’t flat from then on. With previous Ducks teams, the hit on Lydman might have led to a fight. Or at the very least losing their cool. But according to Bonino, Getzlaf addressed some of the players leading up to the ensuing power play with a message: Settle down. Getzlaf wanted to see a calm reaction but also called for urgency during the Ducks’ five-minute power play. Too often, he said, teams get lackadaisical when they have five minutes of power play. He didn’t want to see that happen at this critical moment, and he let his teammates know. Bonino scored 18 seconds later. “It’s definitely what we were looking for,” Getzlaf said. It ended up being the game winner, although it wasn’t the goal that broke the Red Wings’ spirit. source:


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