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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ducks lose 2-1 and other news

So the Ducks lose in a shootout. A hard fought, penalty filled game that I only got to listen to part of (the hard fought second period). But thanks to the Internet, here are links to game coverage, part 2 of the Niedermayer brothers day with the cup and an update on Schneider's status.

Ducks TV has part 2 of the Niedermayer brothers day with the cup. See the video here - Link

Mathieu Schneider will be out for FOUR weeks! -

Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider will miss four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left ankle, the Ducks announced.
Schneider left Saturday night's 3-2 preseason victory over the Kings at Staples Center in the second period and did not return.
The 38-year-old Schneider was signed by the Ducks last July 1.

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Bertuzzi not going to Vancouver via The Province

Todd Bertuzzi will not make his return to GM Place on Monday.

The Anaheim Ducks announced Saturday that the winger won't play in a preseason game with the Vancouver Canucks. He was scheduled to play Saturday in Los Angeles.

The Ducks are in Vancouver for regular-season meetings on Nov. 27 and Dec. 30 and host the Canucks on Sept. 23 [preseason] and again on Dec. 12 and March 12.

Bertuzzi, who battled a bad back and other playoff ailments last season with Florida and Detroit, signed a two-year, $8 million US free-agent contract with the Ducks in July.

Scrimmage tickets $130 a pair

It looked like a typo.

The Internet advertisement on craigslist stated that two tickets for today's sold-out Vancouver Canucks intra-squad game here could be had for $130. They went on sale for just $10 apiece. Apparently, we are all Canucks.

Canucks director of media relations T.C. Carling is occasionally approached to help with ticket requests. You'd think a pair for today's tilt wouldn't be that difficult. After all, we're talking intra-squad game.

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Photo of the game

Official Game Coverage from the Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM – Never their strength in the more than two years of its existence, the Ducks fell in a shootout to Phoenix, losing 2-1 in their preseason game at Honda Center.

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The Ducks’ Todd Bertuzzi scored the first goal of the shootout, but the Ducks would be denied on their other two attempts. Meanwhile, Phoenix’s Peter Mueller and Radim Vrbata both converted on Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. Vrbata also got the tying goal on a power play in the second period.

While it was the third exhibition game in four nights for the Ducks, it was the preseason opener for the Coyotes, which opened camp Thursday.

Like in last night’s 3-2 victory over the Kings at Staples Center, the Ducks struck early. Chris Kunitz lit the lamp just 2:55 into the first period, scoring on a breakaway. Streaking toward the net, Kunitz made a nice shot fake on Phoenix goalie David Aebischer and then wristed it past him.

That made it 1-0 Ducks, and it would remain that way until 6:24 into the second period, when Vrbata scored a power play goal with Ducks rookie Mike Hoffman in the box for a roughing penalty. Phoenix’s Brendan Bell made a gorgeous pass from the right circle to a waiting Vrbata, who easily one-timed it in the net.

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MVN has analysis of the game

Another day, another Ducks game. If this is Sunday, it must be the Phoenix Coyotes. With a large training camp roster available, there are plenty of players available to rotate playing duties. Tonight’s game gave us another look at Todd Bertuzzi, although last night’s linemates, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, got to sit this one out. Maxim Kondratiev continues to log minutes in his third consecutive game, which means the Ducks are giving him close scrutiny. Other veterans on the roster tonight include Chris Kunitz, Andy McDonald, Sean O’Donnell, Rob Niedermayer, Joe DiPenta, Dan LaCouture and Shane Hnidy. Camp stand outs, Jason King and Brandon Segal, were able to sit this one out, as did veteran Chris Pronger.

In the first period, Jonas Hiller started out manning the nets, but Gerald Coleman took over soon thereafter. Hiller’s absence was for equipment problems as he played in the second half of the game. Veteran David Aebischer was in net for the Coyotes. The energy got going quickly as Mike Hoffman took on Josh Gratton. Hoffman won the fight easily. Shortly thereafter, Chris Kunitz got the Ducks on the board at 2:55. The Coyotes had several good scoring opportunities, but Coleman made all the necessary saves. The penalty box remained empty until late in the first when hooking occurred more frequently than shooting the puck. The last seven minutes were spent 5 on 4, 4 on 4, 4 on 3 and 5 on 3. No more goals were scored, however.

The second period began with more 4 on 4 action. When Mike Hoffman went to the box for roughing, the Radim Vrbata was able to tie things up by finishing off the shot by Brendan Bell on the power play. A minute later it looked like fight night instead of a hockey game. The first bout was between Sean O’Donnell and Gratton. O’Donnell, who was already sporting a black eye and stitches from last night’s bout with Dustin Brown, had the upper hand and a nice upper cut, handily winning that battle. :02 seconds later Dan LaCouture faced off with Craig Weller. Bill Thomas received a double minor for high sticking and when Niko Kapanen joined him in the box the Ducks had a 5 on 3 opportunity for :43 seconds. The Ducks looked close to pulling ahead when the red light came on during one furious tangle at the net, but per the announcer the light was “inadvertantly illuminated.” Hoffman went to the box again and then Brett Skinner followed him as soon as Hoffman’s penalty expired. The Coyotes had their own opportunities to go ahead, but again, no goal as Jonas Hiller, who came in late in the second period, scrambled.

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