Archive for November, 2010


The Anaheim Ducks triumphed over the Phoenix Coyotes in a come-from-behind win Saturday night thanks in large part to forward Bobby Ryan. Scoring his second career hat trick, the 23-year-old helped his team storm back after going down 3-1 early in the second period. Following three unanswered goals by the Coyotes, Ryan scored three of the Ducks’ subsequent five consecutive goals to win the game 6-4 over the Pacific Division leading Coyotes.

Also of note, rookie Brendan McMillan scored his first NHL goal, which was the eventual game-winner. It was the 20-year-old’s third game with the Ducks following his call-up from the team’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch. Meanwhile, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf registered four assists on the night ending his scoring drought.

Let’s see if the Ducks can maintain their new-found scoring touch tonight against the visiting LA Kings. The puck drops at 7:00 and the game can be seen on KDOC (Ducks’ feed) and Fox Sports West (Kings’ feed).

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Mike Modano of the Detroit Red Wings underwent surgery this morning to repair damage from a cut wrist. The laceration was the result of an errant skate blade during the game Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The cut severed a tendon in the 40-year-old’s right wrist and damaged a nerve. He is expected to be out of the Red Wings’ lineup indefinitely.

This is Modano’s first season as a Red Wing. The Michigan native began his NHL career in 1989 with the now defunct Minnesota North Stars and remained with the franchise when it became the Dallas Stars in Fall 1993. In Summer 2010, the Stars announced that the team would not offer Modano a contract. Having never played professionally before in his native state, the veteran forward signed with Detroit this season in an effort to extend his 20-year-career. Modano is the all-time leader of the most goals (559) and the most points (1,367) scored by an American-born NHL player.

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On Sunday, the Anaheim Ducks announced the acquisition of wingers Patrick Maroon and David Laliberte from the Philadelphia Flyers. Both wingers have been playing for the Flyers’ AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms with Maroon scoring 5-3=8 points with 30 penalty minutes (PIM) in nine games and Laliberte scoring 2-6=8 points with 20 PIM in 18 games.

In exchange for Maroon and Laliberte, the Ducks traded defenseman Danny Syvret and center Rob Bordson. Recalled from the Ducks’ AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch on Oct. 20, Syvret scored his first goal as a Duck on Oct. 23 against the Detroit Red Wings. The 25-year-old tallied 1-1=2 points with four PIM before he was traded.

Bordson, 22, made his professional debut with Syracuse this season where he tallied 1-2=3 points with four PIM in 15 games. He earned his first professional point with an assist on Oct. 15 at Adirondack and scored his first career goal on Nov. 5 at Springfield.

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Forward Dan Sexton is finally back in the Anaheim Ducks’ lineup. Sunday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers marked the first time that Sexton has played with the team since taking an errant puck to the face which shattered his nose seven weeks ago. The 23-year-old winger received medical clearance to play two weeks ago and was then assigned to the team’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch for conditioning prior to returning to the Ducks Sunday night. Sporting a full cage on his helmet, Sexton scored an assist on Saku Koivu’s goal in the 4-2 loss.

Also joining the Ducks was Brandon McMillan, who made his NHL debut Sunday night. McMillan, 20, was assigned to Syracuse at the end of Ducks’ training camp and was tied for first place in appearances and second in shots on goal with 35 for the Crunch.

In other Ducks news, Kyle Palmieri has been reassigned to the Crunch.  The 19-year-old forward scored his first NHL goal in his debut on Nov. 3 after starting the season in Syracuse. The goal was his only point in 10 games with the Ducks.

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Hockey fans know how great Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin is on the ice, but little is known about his personal life. A new DVD could change that. The one-hour documentary entitled “Alex Ovechkin: The Gr8″ will shed some light on the private life of one of hockey’s most entertaining and charismatic players.

“I think fans know about me as a hockey player, but they don’t know about me and my life and how I’m growing up,” Ovechkin said. “They know I’m from Moscow, but they never see my school or my home and my family. They’re going to see it and I think they’re going to enjoy it.”

Ovechkin was on hand Monday night for a VIP celebration of the DVD’s release. He was joined by 100 guests at the invitation-only launch party at Hudson, a restaurant on the edge of the DuPont Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C., but some lucky fans also attended thanks to radio contests and online giveaways.

The documentary begins with Ovechkin’s draft day, covers the end of last season and how No. 8 spent his summer. The highlight of the film focuses on footage of the superstar in Russia which features the apartment in which he grew up and the country home where he and his family spend their summers. It’s a unique look at the life of hockey’s biggest showman.

“I think the most important thing and the most funny things are my vacation stuff,” Ovechkin said. “Like my home, my parents, my friends are there and fans can see it.”

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