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Tugnutt Is Defenseless Against Hebert’s Barrage

Guy Hebert fondly remembers his days sharing the Mighty Duck goaltending duties with Ron Tugnutt in 1993-94, the franchise’s inaugural season.

Hebert and Tugnutt don’t stay in close touch now that Tugnutt is playing for the Ottawa Senators. But Hebert is looking forward to catching up with his former teammate for a few minutes before or after tonight’s game.

“I’m sure when I see him, he’ll be wearing that big, stupid grin on his face and those ‘goggles,’ looking like he’s going to do your taxes,” Hebert joked. “I’m sure he’s going to be reading this in [today’s] paper too.”

Asked for other memories of the bookish-looking Tugnutt, Hebert said, “I remember the day he first walked into the dressing room [in 1993] and everyone said, ‘Who is that guy? Is he the team accountant?’ ”

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Tugnutt was not immediately available for equal wise-cracking time.

In a more serious tone, Hebert said he thinks what Tugnutt has accomplished this season is remarkable. His 19-8-5 record and 1.67 goals-against average are among the league’s best.

“It’s a great story,” Hebert said. “It’s nice to see.”

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The Ducks recalled forward Johan Davidsson from Cincinnati of the American Hockey League and he might play tonight against Ottawa. Davidsson was sent to the minors Feb. 23 in the hope that he would regain his confidence and sharpen his skills for the stretch run in Anaheim.

He had one goal and six assists in nine games with Cincinnati.

Tonight

vs. Ottawa

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7:30, Fox Sports West 2

* Site--Arrowhead Pond.

* Radio--XTRA (690).

* Records--Ducks 30-27-10, Senators 38-20-8.

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* Record vs. Senators--0-0-1.

* Update--Defenseman Fredrik Olausson might not play for the Ducks because of a strained muscle in his side. The Ducks are 13-5-1 since Feb. 1, including 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. They are 6-0-2 in their last eight games against Ottawa. The Senators have a two-game losing streak after winning five in a row. Going into Tuesday’s play, Ottawa’s Alexei Yashin was tied with Philadelphia’s John LeClair and Eric Lindros for the league lead with 38 goals. Teemu Selanne of the Ducks has a team-leading 37 goals and is trying for his third consecutive 50-goal season.

* Tickets--(714) 740-2000.


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