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What we learned from the Ducks' 5-2 victory over the Coyotes

The Ducks are rolling, and the numbers just need to be updated after a 5-2 win against Arizona on Friday. They are 13-3-1 since Christmas and have scored 34 goals in nine games. “Our team is really hard to defend right now,” Andrew Cogliano said. This for a team that didn’t have a forward score...

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  • What we learned from the Ducks' 3-2 win over the Sharks

    What we learned from the Ducks' 3-2 win over the Sharks

    The post-All-Star break, Pacific Division showdown lived up to the hype. Rarely do early February games garner such buzz, but the Ducks and San Jose were both surging when they met Tuesday at Honda Center, and a 3-2 win by the Ducks set the tone for the week ahead. Here’s what we learned: Frederik...

  • Frederik Andersen helps keep the Sharks at bay in Ducks' 3-2 victory

    Frederik Andersen helps keep the Sharks at bay in Ducks' 3-2 victory

    The bounces still went their way. Their shots continued to avoid the goal posts. The chemistry didn't dissipate. The All-Star break was the only thing that threatened the Ducks' momentum, and they squashed any notions of it with a 3-2 win against San Jose in a terrific game Tuesday at Honda Center....

  • Dustin Brown's two goals lead Kings past Coyotes, 6-2

    Dustin Brown's two goals lead Kings past Coyotes, 6-2

    The game was moving along in the second period, typically tight, befitting a Kings-Arizona Coyotes divisional contest. Twelve seconds and two shots late in the second period abruptly changed that narrative. The Kings turned a tie game into a blowout, beating Arizona, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Gila...

  • Ducks-Washington to make up snowed out game on April 10

    Ducks-Washington to make up snowed out game on April 10

    The Ducks will play a makeup game at Washington as their regular season finale April 10 at 4:30 p.m. PST, the NHL announced Tuesday. A severe snowstorm on the East Coast forced postponement of the game on Jan. 22. The Ducks arrived in Washington the day before and flew out a few hours early the...

  • Kings' Darryl Sutter and Coyotes' Dave Tippett share NHL career longevity

    Kings' Darryl Sutter and Coyotes' Dave Tippett share NHL career longevity

    Arizona Coyotes Coach Dave Tippett will officially enter the 1,000-games-coached club Tuesday night, joining 23 others who accomplished that feat in the NHL. One of those club members happens to be Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. Sutter is sixth among active coaches in games coached. For Sutter, Tuesday...

  • Kings are mixing up lines ahead of matchup with Coyotes

    Kings are mixing up lines ahead of matchup with Coyotes

    When the Kings were in Arizona late last month, Coach Darryl Sutter talked about the line of Milan Lucic-Anze Kopitar-Tyler Toffoli. He praised their chemistry and goal-scoring output since they were put together after center Jeff Carter suffered an injury Dec. 26. But there are two things to remember...

  • Cam Fowler will be ready for the Ducks' game against San Jose, coach says

    Cam Fowler will be ready for the Ducks' game against San Jose, coach says

    The Ducks' defense is about to regain its strongest piece, and the set is almost complete. Defenseman Cam Fowler will be ready for Tuesday's game against San Jose, Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday. Fowler's return after sustaining a sprained knee comes as the Ducks begin their post-All-Star...

  • What we learned this past week in the NHL

    What we learned this past week in the NHL

    The All-Star break and Sunday's game in Nashville cut short last week's schedule, so here's what we learned in Nashville about the midseason showcase and what players want to see next year, when the festivities will take place at Staples Center: • Ducks right wing Corey Perry said he'd like the...

  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says league won't rush to action on expansion

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says league won't rush to action on expansion

    The NHL's executive committee isn't ready to make a recommendation on expansion because it's considering the issue "in a very orderly and businesslike way," Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday, adding that the group could take a few months and might ultimately recommend adding no teams, one...

  • Kings will work on holding on to leads in NHL's second half

    Kings will work on holding on to leads in NHL's second half

    From a seemingly endless journey through the Southeast, to Canada to games at home, the message from the Kings' players has been remarkably consistent. They were angered and embarrassed by what happened last season — missing the playoffs — and vowed there would not be a repeat of a lost year. They've...

  • NHL All-Star notes: Coaches have a connection because of their sons

    NHL All-Star notes: Coaches have a connection because of their sons

    A standout from last year's NHL All-Star game will make a repeat appearance Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, but his name isn't among the league's scoring leaders or top goaltenders. Christopher Sutter, a star among stars last year in Columbus as an assistant to his father, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter,...

  • Ducks' trade moves seem designed to make them tougher, and more could be on the way

    Ducks' trade moves seem designed to make them tougher, and more could be on the way

    They were hardly blockbuster moves, perhaps more of a prelude to what could come before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. But they certainly got the Ducks' attention. In a span of six days this month, Ducks General Manager Bob Murray traded speedsters Carl Hagelin and Jiri Sekac in separate transactions...

  • Shaquille O'Neal as permanent attraction at Staples Center [Video]

    Shaquille O'Neal as permanent attraction at Staples Center [Video]

    Shaquille O'Neal is getting immortalized in front of Staples Center, leading to a set-in-stone question — how much more bronze, metal and granite can the area accommodate? O'Neal will be the eighth statue on the "Star Plaza," and Kobe Bryant will surely be the ninth some day, but Staples Center...

  • John Scott gives insight into his All-Star saga

    John Scott gives insight into his All-Star saga

    Tough guy John Scott, who was elected to the NHL’s All-Star game as a snarky joke but handled a potentially awkward situation with uncommon grace, gave some insight to the Players’ Tribune website into what happened and how the NHL tried to discourage him from accepting the All-Star honor. Scott...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche

    A few more takeaways after the Kings lost for the third time in their last four games. The one victory came in overtime at San Jose on Sunday. They now have a few days during the All-Star break to ponder their shortcomings. Inability to stay penalty-free The Kings were on their heels in the third...

  • Flames' Dennis Wideman says cross-check on official was unintentional [Video]

    Flames' Dennis Wideman says cross-check on official was unintentional [Video]

    Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman was hit hard during the second period of the Flames' game against Nashville on Wednesday night. So was linesman Don Henderson. The official fell to the ice after being cross-checked from behind by Wideman, who was on his way to the bench after absorbing a hit from...

  • Kings stumble into All-Star break, blowing two leads in 4-3 loss to Colorado

    Kings stumble into All-Star break, blowing two leads in 4-3 loss to Colorado

    Whether it's the Christmas break or the All-Star break, the final game before any stoppage in the schedule has proved to be deeply problematic for the Kings.That shortcoming was on full display on Wednesday night as the Kings managed to squander a two-goal lead, regained the lead and lost it with...

  • Drew Doughty fills leadership role with Kings

    Drew Doughty fills leadership role with Kings

    Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has a Norris Trophy resume without actually having won the award as the NHL's top defenseman. But this season, the Kings wanted even more from Doughty, apart from his on-ice contributions. They needed someone to help fill the leadership void caused by the departures...

  • NHL players keep scoring puppies for children (so much for the good news)

    NHL players keep scoring puppies for children (so much for the good news)

    And in today’s sports headlines, 9-year-old Maddie Wright of Powell, Ohio, will get a puppy because her favorite player on the Columbus Blue Jackets scored a goal Monday. Cam Atkinson actually scored three goals, but Maddie will get only one rescue puppy, per a deal she made with her dad. It was,...

  • Kings rally to beat the Sharks, 3-2, in OT as Lecavalier and Gaborik come through

    Kings rally to beat the Sharks, 3-2, in OT as Lecavalier and Gaborik come through

    It was shaping up as a lost weekend for the Kings, down a goal with seconds remaining in Sunday's game against their nearest pursuers in the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks. But then the Kings conjured up a little bit of 11th-hour magic, Vinny Lecavalier tying the score with 12.2 seconds...

  • Kings' Milan Lucic suspended for 'sucker punch' in loss to Coyotes

    Kings' Milan Lucic suspended for 'sucker punch' in loss to Coyotes

    Kings left wing Milan Lucic was suspended for one game for punching Arizona Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton in the head during Saturday’s 3-2 loss. The ruling was announced hours before the Kings played at San Jose on Sunday night. Lucic delivered what NHL Player Safety called a sucker punch...

  • Kings fall to Coyotes, 3-2, for second loss in a row

    Kings fall to Coyotes, 3-2, for second loss in a row

    It simply wouldn't be a Kings-Coyotes game without an element of weirdness or controversy. How about both? Saturday featured that and more as the Kings lost for the second time in three days. Arizona beat the Kings, 3-2, on Saturday night at Gila River Arena for its third victory against the Kings...

  • Ducks continue success in Detroit with 4-3 win

    Ducks continue success in Detroit with 4-3 win

    Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler each scored twice to lift the Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. The Ducks, who were snowed out their game in Washington on Friday, have won four consecutive games on the road against the Red Wings and have not lost a regulation game...

  • Kings and Ducks are among those pleased with the NHL's new three-on-three overtime format

    Kings and Ducks are among those pleased with the NHL's new three-on-three overtime format

    Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, said during league meetings in June that he thought a three-on-three overtime format could be more entertaining than the fan-friendly, crowd-pleasing shootout. NHL management, coaches and players have had more than half a season to evaluate...

  • Ducks-Capitals game Friday is postponed because of snowstorm

    Ducks-Capitals game Friday is postponed because of snowstorm

    The NHL postponed the Ducks' game against the Washington Capitals on Friday because of a severe snowstorm on the East Coast. A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed, the league said in a statement. The Ducks, who arrived in Washington on Thursday, flew out on their charter...

  • Kings' Darryl Sutter pushing Marian Gaborik for more offense

    Kings' Darryl Sutter pushing Marian Gaborik for more offense

    Goals have been hard to come by for the Kings of late. But no one is struggling more than forward Marian Gaborik, the goal-scoring hero of their 2014 playoff run. Gaborik has lost his spot on the top line to forward Tyler Toffoli and even when Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was juggling his lines at...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild

    What we learned from the Kings' 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild

    Here are a few more takeaways after the Kings were held scoreless for the third time this season. The other two times were in the third game of the season, against Vancouver on Oct. 13, and at Toronto on Dec. 19. Upcoming divisional games looming large With the Kings’ loss and the Sharks’ victory...

  • Offense stalls as Kings lose to Wild, 3-0

    Offense stalls as Kings lose to Wild, 3-0

    They are trending in the wrong direction. The Kings have gone from scoring four goals in a game against Detroit 10 days ago to scoring three goals in each of their last three games … all the way to zero. There are going to be power outages during a long-and-winding NHL season — particularly in...

  • Big storm back East prompts rescheduling of games

    Big storm back East prompts rescheduling of games

    A major winter storm forecast to drop heavy snowfall approached the Mid-Atlantic region Thursday, forcing the rescheduling of several sporting events, including Friday's NHL game in which the Ducks will face the Washington Capitals. The Atlantic Coast Conference moved two basketball games involving...

  • Ducks acquire Ryan Garbutt, with whom they have a bit of history, for Jiri Sekac

    Ducks acquire Ryan Garbutt, with whom they have a bit of history, for Jiri Sekac

    The past is expected to be swept under the rug when Ryan Garbutt joins the Ducks, even though it requires a big broom. The Ducks on Thursday acquired Garbutt from Chicago in exchange for Jiri Sekac in a swap of left wings that gives Anaheim an antagonist with a mean streak. As a member of the Dallas...

  • Ryan Garbutt comes to Ducks in trade with Blackhawks

    Ryan Garbutt comes to Ducks in trade with Blackhawks

    Ducks fans won't need a long-and-winding introduction to the team's newest player: forward Ryan Garbutt. They can just go back and watch video clips of the Ducks' first-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars in 2014. For starters, Garbutt was ejected in Game 5 for spearing Anaheim's Corey...

  • What we learned from the Ducks' 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild

    What we learned from the Ducks' 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild

    One pretty play by the Ducks made up for a game full of disconnected passes and disjointed play. Corey Perry to Patrick Maroon to Rickard Rakell was as clean a sequence as the Ducks have had this season, and Rakell’s tie-breaking finish gave them a much-needed 3-1 win Wednesday as the season turns....

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