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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Post Game Roundup - Part 2

So, now that it's the next day all of the newspapers and such have had time to update their sites, so here is the latest from last nights game.

The LA Times has coverage on Schneider's ankle injury and an interesting look at the players trying to make the team this year.

Ryan Getzlaf's power-play goal with 5:32 left Saturday gave the Ducks a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Kings in front of 11,107 at Staples Center but the win may have been costly.
Defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who was making his Anaheim debut, suffered a sprained ankle in the second period and will undergo an MRI exam today to determine the severity of the injury, Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said.

"I don't know what to tell you right now," Schneider said. "It didn't feel like much on the ice. It kind of stiffened up on me. I really can't tell right now."
Forward Todd Bertuzzi also made his debut for the Ducks but didn't factor in the scoring. Drew Miller and Jason King also scored for Anaheim, and Tom Preissing scored in his first game as a King and Michael Cammalleri had a goal.
Ducks defenseman Sean O'Donnell,a former King, took four stitches below his right eye after getting into a fight with Kings forward Dustin Brown, moments after Brown leveled Ducks center Andy McDonald with a clean open-ice hit.
Lost in the signings of Schneider and Bertuzzi this summer to make up for the absences of Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne were the Ducks' moves to improve their depth on defense.

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The OC Register has their update

LOS ANGELES The Ducks gained their first victory of the NHL exhibition campaign Saturday night when Ryan Getzlaf’s tiebreaking, power-play goal at 14:28 of the third period produced a 3-2 triumph over the Kings at Staples Center.
Only time will tell whether the Ducks incurred a much more significant loss.
Veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider, signed as a free agent July 1 as insurance against the possible retirement of captain Scott Niedermayer, left the game midway through the second period because of an ankle injury. Schneider is scheduled to undergo an MRI today.
“I really don’t know what to tell you,” Schneider said. “It didn’t feel like much on the ice, but it stiffened up on me. My skate just kind of stuck on the ice.”
The Ducks played the final 15-plus minutes with only four defensemen after veteran Sean O’Donnell picked up a minor penalty, a major and a 10-minute misconduct for instigating a fight with Kings winger Dustin Brown. O’Donnell also needed four stitches to close a cut below his right eye, but suffered no lasting damage, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
Corey Perry and defenseman Kent Huskins set up Getzlaf’s decisive goal, after the Ducks had spent much of the game skating short-handed. Michael Cammalleri, on the power play, and defenseman Tom Preissing scored goals for the Kings.
“We have lots of work ahead of us,” Carlyle said. “Some of the staples of our game, we showed. We’re quite capable of playing that way, but we turned the puck over a few too many times, and penalties again were a problem for us.”

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Anaheim Duck Fan has her coverage of the game

The Ducks took on the Kings in their second Pre-Season game, and win 3-2. Same as last year, each team wins when they are away. Weird...huh? Moving on...
Ducks Lineup
Jonas Hiller, Gerald Coleman, Todd Bertuzzi, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Chris Pronger, Sean O’Donnell, Mathieu Schneider, George Parros, Drew Miller, Maxim Kondratiev, Brad May, Joe DiPenta, Brendon Segal, Kent Huskins, Jason King, Ryan Carter, Tyler Bouck, Maxime Macenauer.
Game Recap
One minute into the first Drew Miller scored to give the Ducks the first goal. Assists went to Andy McDonald & Jason King. Maxime Macenauer took two penalties (hooking & holding) in the first part of the period. Lazy penalties, not good to take when you’re trying to make the team. New addition Todd Bertuzzi went to the box for tripping, and while the Kings were on the PP Michael Cammalleri scored to even it up.

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The Press-Enterprise has a nice article on Mathieu Schneider

LOS ANGELES - Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider is quite happy to be back in Southern California, but his return to the local hockey stage suffered a temporary setback Saturday.

Schneider suffered a right ankle sprain in the second period of the Ducks' 3-2 exhibition victory over the Kings at Staples Center. He will be reevaluated today.

When the Ducks learned that star defenseman Scott Niedermayer was considering retirement, they signed Schneider to a two-year, $11 million deal within hours of the start of the free agency period July 1.

After three-plus seasons in Detroit, the former Kings defenseman didn't need a lot of persuasion to head west when the Ducks made him an offer. While most players scatter to distant parts of the hockey universe in the offseason, Schneider and his family have routinely returned to Manhattan Beach for several years.

"We just love it out here. It's a great place to raise kids," said Schneider. "We are back here pretty much as soon as the season is over. This has been our home base for the last seven or eight years."

Southern California has also been very good for Schneider's career. He and several other NHL players have found hockey's version of the fountain of youth, participating in a demanding summer workout program with trainer T. R. Goodman.

Schneider credits the summer training with Goodman over the past 12 years as the key to his longevity in the NHL.

"He has been tremendous for me. He's the reason I've been able to play and excel going into my 20th NHL season," said Schneider, who generated 157 points ( 46 goals, 111 assists) during his past three seasons in Detroit. "It's been amazing for me. The game has just gotten more and more fun for me."

mark6mauno has posted great photos from the last 2 games in his flickr stream

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