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Friday, December 14, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Friday - Ducks lost to Wild 5-2

Ouch. We were completely shut down by the oppressive defense of the Wild. The wild uncharacteristically scored 3 points more than the Ducks. Usually they only win games by one point. For those of you who were sound asleep midway through the game Burke said Scott and the new guy will be starting on Sunday. Good we need them after a game like tonight. One thing I thought of is that the trade of McDonald probably means Teemu will NOT be back. After all what line would he play on? The top two lines are now going to be grinding lines, the third line is a checking line and the fourth is the energy line? Disagree? Leave a comment!

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Added head coach Randy Carlyle, "I think it had something to do with it, but I wouldn’t consider that the sole reasoning behind the outcome. I think we lacked emotion, intensity and we didn’t get the goaltending that was necessary to have success. I didn’t think our forecheck was strong enough. I didn’t think our penalty killing was good enough. There was a number of things that you can point to that we just weren’t good enough in. We have to accept responsibility for the way we played."

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MVN Coverage

The Ducks played a flu ravaged Minnesota Wild on Friday. The flu apparently had abated enough for the Wild to put a full line up on the bench. By the end of the game it was the Ducks who should have felt nauseous. The Wild had only managed to score three goals in the past three games, yet even at less than 100%, they ravaged the Ducks. Josh Harding got the start in goal for the Wild while Jean-Sebastien Giguere got the nod for the Ducks. The Ducks played without Andy McDonald, who had been traded earlier in the afternoon to St. Louis in exchange for Doug Weight.

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Maybe the Ducks can blame this one on the trade the club announced two hours before Friday night’s ugly 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Honda Center.

With center Andy McDonald having been swapped to the St. Louis Blues in a deal that landed veteran center Doug Weight, the Ducks certainly played as if they were monumentally distracted. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere surrendered a bad first-period goal to Minnesota’s Aaron Voros, and the Wild drove Giguere to an early exit with the first two of four second-period, power-play goals.

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LA Times Coverage

Not that it improved the product on ice as the Ducks capped an eventful afternoon with an emotionless clunker a few hours later, this one by a 5-2 count against the Minnesota Wild at Honda Center.
Normally steady Jean-Sebastien Giguere was pulled in the second period after Eric Belanger's power-play goal gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead. The Wild had scored just four goals in their last four games, but they hit that total in the second alone, all of them with the man advantage, rendering scores by Brad May and Todd Bertuzzi all but meaningless.

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