There’s No Life Left

Bob Murray is in deep, and he knows it. The tone—hesitant—and the answers—inconsistent—of his conference call Sunday afternoon said as much. Here’s a sample of some of his answers, offered as a mix of transcrib...

Who’s the Jerk Here?

This was going to be a happy story. It was going to start out this way: “The Ducks were never as bad as their recent record showed,” and then go on to talk about how a big win against the Penguins changed every...

Very Frustrated

Ken Hitchcock ripped his team in the most direct, least subtle post-game presser I’ve seen in my 600-plus game career covering the NHL after the Oilers lost 4-0 in LA on Saturday. In short, he began by saying t...

The Sharks Get It

Anaheim Ducks fans love their number seven, Andrew Cogliano. They thought the two-game suspension which ended his consecutive-games streak a ripoff. They were right about that. But Lord love him, if this guy’s ...

Can the Ducks Compete?

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Sure, you’re tempted to ask the easy question—can the Ducks make the playoffs? Sure they can. Ask the hard question: can the Ducks compete? They got partway to answering that on Thursday nigh...

West Coast Intrigue

The Kings and Ducks are in playoff races, with the latter being much more assured that all will end well than the former. Sunday night, they played each other. Several stories competed for attention while the t...

Figuring Out OT

Tampa Bay played Monday afternoon in LA. They faced what they, and every other team, described as a “big, tough, skating” Kings squad, and they won, 2-1. It was a decent performance against a team that may be b...

No Strategy at All

A week ago it was, “We need to find our identity.” Earlier this week, “Focus on the process.” Friday after losing an afternoon contest in which they went down 3-0 and clawed back to 3-2 before a failed final fl...

No Work Ethic

The refrain was the same from the defenseman to the captain to the coach of the Ducks Friday night: We got off to a good start. We had a bad five minutes (actually four), and we never got it back on track. They...