Tag: Anaheim Ducks

Antoine Roussel, Frederik Andersen

Stars thwart Ducks’ attempt to clinch West crown


Much like the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Dallas Stars are red-hot even if their playoff hopes have already been scuttled. The difference is that the Stars dominated a team with at least something to lose.

(You know, beyond dignity, which seems to be beaten out of the Toronto Maple Leafs.)

The Anaheim Ducks came in with the mighty goal of locking up the top spot in the Western Conference on Wednesday, but the Stars instead handed them a 4-0 loss.

While Ryan Getzlaf sat out a second game – either to rest or to nurse an undisclosed injury – the Stars’ big names came through. Jamie Benn stood out in particular, grabbing three assists to finish the night tied atop the NHL scoring ranks with 83 points.

Jhonas Enroth grabbed his first shutout as a member of the Stars. To be honest, he wasn’t tested all that often, only needing 19 saves to accomplish that feat. It was a tough night at the other end of the ice, as Frederik Andersen didn’t exactly make a strong argument that he should be the go-to goalie instead of John Gibson. At least, he didn’t tonight.

With this, the Ducks must continue to jostle with the St. Louis Blues for the West’s top spot while Dallas keeps things going (while maybe wondering a bit about what could have been).

WATCH LIVE: Stars at Ducks

Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars

The Anaheim Ducks hope to clinch the top spot in the West by beating the team they knocked out of 2014’s first round.

The Dallas Stars aren’t in the mix this time around, yet they’ve been been feisty nonetheless, winning 12 of 17 contests and being an especially tough out on the road.

You can check out the second game of tonight’s NBCSN doubleheader either through normal TV measures or by streaming it via NBC Sports Live Extra.


Important note: Ryan Getzlaf’s either being rested or out injured today.

Check out a longer preview here.

Canucks sign Dorsett and Sbisa to multi-year extensions

Derek Dorsett, Kyle Brodziak

The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Derek Dorsett to a four-year contract extension and defenseman Luca Sbisa to a three-year extension.

Dorsett’s new deal is reportedly worth $2.65 million annually, while Sbisa’s cap hit is reportedly $3.6 million.

“Derek has been an incredibly valuable member of the Canucks roster, both on and off the ice this year,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning in a release. “His willingness to chip in both offensively and defensively while standing up for his teammates at all times has been instrumental to our success all season.”

On Sbisa, Benning said: “Luca has been a big part of our backend all season, logging big minutes during key stretches and doing anything that is asked of him by our coaching staff.”

Initial reaction:

— That’s a big commitment to keep a bottom-six forward like Dorsett, no matter how much he sticks up for his teammates. That being said, there’s no question the 28-year-old has made an impact since being traded by the Rangers to Vancouver in June. He’s fought 17 times, leads the team in hits (163), and has chipped in offensively with seven goals and 18 assists.

— Sbisa came to Vancouver in the Ryan Kesler trade with Anaheim. At the time, Benning saw Sbisa as a “guy that we feel can grow into a top-four defenseman.” Safe to say, the jury’s still out on the 25-year-old. Sbisa, the 19th overall pick in 2008, is a physical defender, and the Canucks like that about him, but he’s also been on the ice for a lot of goals against.

Goalie nods: Andersen likely for Ducks, who’ve yet to name playoff starter


All the latest from the blue paint…

Andersen first off for Anaheim

Looks as though Frederik Andersen will be in goal tonight when the Ducks host the Stars on NBCSN.

Andersen was the first goalie off at this morning’s skate, suggesting he’ll take over the net after John Gibson allowed three goals on 22 shots in Friday’s 4-2 loss to Colorado. The Danish netminder will make his first start since last Wednesday, when he made 22 saves in an easy 5-1 win over Edmonton.

The bigger story for the Ducks, of course, is which goalie will get the start come playoff time. Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau continues to play coy with his choice, suggesting that he knows who he thinks will start Game 1 but won’t share that info with the media.

“I think we know who we’re going to play and what we’re going to be doing as a group,” Boudreau said, per the O.C. Register. “So let’s just leave it at that.”


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Linden on returning the Canucks to the playoffs: ‘It’s been a good year’

Trevor Linden

The goal for the Vancouver Canucks was to return to the playoffs.

Last night, that goal was achieved. The Canucks clinched their spot when the Kings lost in Edmonton.

It begs the question — after all that went wrong last season — how did they do it?

“It started with just trying to have a plan going into it,” said Trevor Linden, the club’s first-year president of hockey operations, on TSN 1040 radio (audio).

Linden, hired a year ago tomorrow, went on to hire Jim Benning as the team’s new general manager, who went on to hire Willie Desjardins as the new head coach.

“Bringing Jim in really shaped the vision for this organization,” said Linden, referencing the numerous roster decisions that were made in the wake of last season’s disastrous campaign, from trading Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison, to bringing in Ryan Miller, Nick Bonino, and Derek Dorsett.

“And then of course, Willie has done an amazing job,” Linden added, noting the bounce-back seasons being enjoyed by the Sedins, Alex Edler, Alex Burrows, and Jannik Hansen, “these guys that were kind of lost last year.”

“It’s been a good year,” said Linden. “We’ve accomplished the goal we set out. Now it’s about making some noise here in the playoffs, and we look forward to that.

“Having said all that, we also recognize it’s one year. We’ve got a lot of work to do, we know that, and we’re prepared for that.”

That last remark is key. Because the Canucks, despite making the playoffs, remain long shots to win the Stanley Cup. They still need to keep restocking for the future — in particular, their blue line, which has looked old and slow at times. Currently, there’s no blue-chip defensive prospect in the system.

But that’s a topic for the offseason.

“It’s so satisfying to set a goal for this team to get us back to the playoffs,” said Linden.

“The easy way out is to just strip it down and blow it up and start over and draft in the top five every year. We’re not going to do that. We’re going to continue to build this team and be a playoff contender every year.”