“The first game, [assistant coach] Doug Lidster was doing the pre-scout, so he came to me and [former
“Gave 'em a few things, like don’t let [
Bonino laughed through those obvious tips, but admitted there were more detailed tidbits he thought proved valuable in a Nov. 9 shootout win at
"There were a few tendencies we know about guys, maybe goalies, that we can help with," Bonino said. "Maybe it got us that win.
"They don't have many weaknesses. I don't think any team in this league has an Achilles' heel you just have to exploit to win, but little things systems-wise if you know their systems. Let the coaches know, and maybe they can figure out a game plan."
Bonino, 26, sent from the Ducks in exchange for center
He scored six goals and nine points in a nine-game span between Oct. 23 and Nov. 6, then scored just one goal between Nov. 8 and Jan. 3 to become completely aware of the extremes of attention in this hockey-crazed city.
"None of that matters … fans being fans, media being media. We've got to be players," Bonino said.
"In Newport, no one really [knew] who you are, just going down the boardwalk to the Bear Flag to eat fish tacos and no one cares," Bonino said. "Here, you go grab a sandwich and a couple people will come over and say, 'Glad you're here.' Nice when that happens. Definitely a change."
ABOUT THAT TRADE: Bonino’s close friend
“It’s a good opportunity for him,” Palmieri said of Bonino. “[Kesler] brings a lot of experience to our lineup. He’s been there in late June battling for a
"Kes has brought an aspect to our lineup of working hard. He competes, does his best to outwork the opponent every night. It's something we needed, bring in a little more grit, sandpaper, to our lineup."
IN POSITION: Ducks goalie
Based on lines at Monday’s practice and Tuesday, it appears the Ducks (31-10-6) will go with
Maroon has two goals and three assists in the past three games after ending a 17-game goal-less skid.
"This is how hockey goes. You fall into a slump and find ways to score goals," Maroon said. "Playing with Getzlaf and Perry, good things happen. You've got to go to the net with your stick on the ice."