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Monday, December 17, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Sunday - Ducks lose to Sharks 2-1 (SO)

That was a fun hard fought game with the usual penalty issues. Scott looked good and was the usual difference maker that he is. Weight and Ryan looked great out their with Bertuzzi. They looked dangerous and some of the passes Weight made were absolutely beautiful. Well you can read about that and more in today's coverage

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Official Ducks Coverage

The long-awaited return of Scott Niedermayer had enough of an impact on the Ducks to hold San Jose to just one goal through regulation and overtime But Niedermayer’s return and the debut of newly acquired Doug Weight was spoiled when the Sharks outlasted Anaheim in the sixth round of a shootout.

San Jose’s Joe Thornton connected in the tiebreaker to give San Jose a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Honda Center, keeping the Ducks from winning their third in a row in the season series. (Each of the three games has gone to shootouts.)

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LA Times Coverage

Judging by the loud ovation he received when his name was announced in the starting lineup, Scott Niedermayer was indeed the center of attention Sunday night in his first game back with the Ducks.
Niedermayer's poise under pressure was welcomed heartily by an often rudderless team and his sense for the dramatic nearly produced another heroic moment at the Honda Center.

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OC Register Coverage

Having missed a storybook finish by perhaps a fraction of an inch, the Ducks instead had to settle for what they hope will be a building block Sunday night at Honda Center.

Joe Thornton's conversion in the sixth round of a shootout gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory in a game that marked the return of former Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, the debut of newly acquired center Doug Weight, and the first home appearance of rookie right wing Bobby Ryan.

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MVN Coverage

After the game Coach Randy Carlyle felt that the execution level in the third period wasn’t there. The penalties taken in the second period seemed to take their energy away and “you create an uphill battle for yourself.” But the game is something to build on. Doug Weight said that it was the “type of game to change a year.” Certainly plenty to feed off of and build on. Regarding his arrival in Anaheim, Weight said “I have a role. I know what I’ve got to do.” He admitted to running out of steam at the end, but looks forward to getting rest and “off to win a game in San Jose.”

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Press-Enterprise Coverage

The moment was there.

In overtime, after skating nearly 24 minutes in his return, Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer made a sharp move with the puck 10 feet in front of San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Niedermayer picked his spot and launched the potential game-winner. But the puck quickly snapped off the post and fell to ice, inches from the goal line.

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TSN Coverage

"Getting that first one under your belt is always a big step," he said. "The next two games are back-to-back, so that will be another bit of a test. But it's all part of it, and I've just got to be smart and know what I'm comfortable with out there."

He said his minutes were just about right.

"I really didn't know what to expect, just probably play it by ear and see how I was feeling. If I was tired, I'd get off and change," the 34-year-old defenceman said.

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