A World of What-ifs

“Don’t live in the world of what if,” my mother used to say. I was a worrier, and the more speculation I could entertain about what might happen, the happier I was. Her advice sought to rescue me from myself, a...

Four-Inch Vertical Leap

Bruce Boudreau never thought it was going to be easy. After all, he was trying to do something that he’d never done before, which was eliminate another team to end round two. He’d only ever been eliminated befo...

Twenty Strangers Out There

What was supposed to be different on Sunday night for Calgary: their goalie (Ramo instead of Hiller), a returned defenseman (Raphael Diaz—didn’t happen), Hudler and Ferland out due to injury (Ferland sat, Hudle...

Ducks Just Way Better

The Flames can’t win in Anaheim. That’s what the radio experts were saying on the afternoon of the first game of the two teams’ second-round series. And it was true. The Flames have not won in the regular seaso...

Finally, The Playoffs Arrive

The atmosphere in Honda Center was better on Saturday than it had been Thursday night. There seemed to be both more Jets fans and more vociferous Ducks fans, perhaps one being causal of the other. The Jets star...

Game One Gone

Boudreau’s exits from the playoffs. Winnipeg’s goalie magic. The Ducks’ goalie question mark. These hung over the first game of the Jets-Anaheim series which got off to a start at an Orange-County-unfamiliar ti...

Ducks Slide Toward Playoffs

The Anaheim Ducks have won all they need to at this point. In fact, this was true even before their game versus Colorado on Friday night. But with three games remaining—the Avs, Dallas, and then Arizona—they ha...

Lesser Lights Dominate for Ducks

The Ducks played Nashville late Sunday afternoon to determine which team would pull ahead of the other in what had been earlier in the day a four-way tie for the top spot in the NHL. The other two clubs knotted...

Blame It on Period Two

Pittsburgh was just better for a couple of periods. That’s the story from Anaheim. And they didn’t rely on the guys you’d usually think to get it done. Instead, Patrick Hornqvist scored a pair of goals after Bl...

Everything’s Ducky in Anaheim

Goalie matchups make sense when coaching decisions make sense. On Friday, or really, back to Thursday, Darryl Sutter’s choices made no sense. Why play your number one guy (Quick), against a quite likely weak te...