LOS ANGELES — Saturday night was fevered.
Jonathan Quick played on a sub-Olympian level. Corey Perry somehow wheeled around to fire a puck from his own right circle to the faraway empty net.
Those are extenuating circumstances, ones that can’t escape a team hungering for points and position. The Ducks won, 4-2, then wasted no time beating it out of downtown L.A., lest someone throw a challenge flag to restore normalcy.
“When you hold a team like that to 25 shots on goal in your own building, that doesn’t happen very often,’ said Cam Fowler.
“It’s always a collective effort against those guys.”
To some, these are the dog days of the NHL season. Teams are at or around their midway point. The stretch drive to the playoffs won’t really be on until after the All-Star break. This is the time to reflect on the first half and reassess what needs to be done in the second half.
With that in mind, we thought it was a good time to unveil our inaugural 2017-18 midseason awards for the major categories and even throw in one we’ve made up. Imaginary trophies will be handed out and the winners need not be present to accept
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There are the results and then there is the process.
Both are meaningful. Results are the end game everyone wants but how every team across sports talks about the process makes it a contagion they all now share. The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers essentially gave their extended rebuilding strategy a moniker that’s repeated over and over.
“Trust The Process” is the catchphrase and it isn’t limited to rebuilding. When you take the sliver within the sports landscape that is the Ducks and their current trip, there is the belief that they’re doing things the right way and that the
SAN JOSE — Trying to replace Ryan Kesler in his usual second-line center spot has been an impossible feat for the Ducks to achieve.
As expected. There isn’t another player on the roster to consistently win faceoffs, score goals and be a constant annoyance to the opposition’s top forwards. But the extended absence of an indispensable player has allowed Chris Wagner to go on a bit of an exploration mission.
How far can Wagner go with his game? For now, it seems he can go beyond being a hard-hitting source of energy.
Not only is Wagner back playing center but he’s doing
var _informq = _informq || ; _informq.push([“embed”]); ANAHEIM – Paul Kariya has been to Honda Center over the years but it has been on his own quiet terms. An entrance and exit without fanfare. Only few would know.
Something meaningful usually propelled the former Mighty Ducks superstar to make the trek from his Dana Point home. Teemu Selanne’s final regular-season game in 2014 did get him to attend as a fan. The Ducks’ playoff run last spring had him playing a part in the team’s wins countdown to the Stanley Cup.
Otherwise, Kariya was content to live a low-key life
var _informq = _informq || ; _informq.push([“embed”]); TORONTO — The seating arrangement for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony had Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne sitting next to each other in the front row and it couldn’t have been more appropriate.
They were together. As they should be. As they were across six wondrous seasons together with the then-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. As they have been in the weeks and the days leading up to their enshrinement, their official entrance into the gates of hockey immortality.
The two biggest stars of an expansion-era franchise that’s now firmly into its