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Ducks edge Hawks, 2-1, lead series 2-1

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CHICAGO -- Bruce Boudreau has never lived the feelings the Anaheim Ducks bring him with each new victory, but he is intimately familiar with what makes his team tick.

So when his players ventured to United Center on Thursday and emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the coach responded in little more than casual delight.

"It ...Read more

Jeff Blashill: 'I want to be next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings'

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Jeff Blashill was clear and direct, just like he talks to his players on the Grand Rapids Griffins.

"Yes, I want to be the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings," Blashill said Thursday, standing in his office after practice. "An ultimate goal of mine was to become an NHL head coach; obviously, within this organization...Read more

Ducks will try to rebound in Game 3

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CHICAGO -- A triple-overtime Game 2 exceeded the already high expectations of the Western Conference finals between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Now comes the swing game.

The fact that Game 3 of the tied series will be played Thursday in front of more than 20,000 fans in Chicago is clearly an advantage for the Blackhawks.

"We...Read more

After exhausting and exhilarating triumph, Blackhawks eager for Game 3

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Joel Quenneville said he watched the video of the Blackhawks' thrilling, yet exhausting triple-overtime Game 2 triumph over the Ducks on Tuesday night during his team's long flight from the West Coast back to Chicago on Wednesday.

"It took a while," the smiling Blackhawks coach said.

Groggy Blackhawks fans who stayed up past 1 a.m. to watch ...Read more

Babcock leaves Red Wings for megacontract with Maple Leafs

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After 10 years with the Detroit Red Wings, Mike Babcock has decided to move on from what he called "the greatest job" in hockey.

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that Babcock has been named the 30th head coach in club history. Reports out of Canada described terms as an unprecedented eight-year, $50-million contract. Because the ...Read more

Krueger's goal helps Hawks hold off Ducks in 3 OTs, 3-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Marcus Kruger ended it with 3 minutes, 48 seconds left in the third extra period early Wednesday morning in the longest game in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history.

"I got a little lucky," Kruger said after the Hawks' 3-2 victory that evened the series 1-1 and resulted in the Ducks' first loss at home this postseason.

The ...Read more

Kruger's goal gives Hawks 3-2 win in 3 OTs, evens series at 1-1

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Marcus Kruger ended the longest game in Chicago Blackhawks' history Tuesday, giving his team a 3-2 triple-overtime victory and ending the Anaheim Ducks' longest game -in Honda Center history.

Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, following a 53-save endurance test, couldn't stop Kruger's follow of a Brent Seabrook shot that appeared ...Read more

Red Wings or Sabres? Babcock entering decision phase

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Set your Babswatch to the final countdown.

Mike Babcock, coach of the Detroit Red Wings, talked with his current boss, general manager Ken Holland, Tuesday. According to the Associated Press out of Buffalo, Babcock was in contract negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres during Tuesday afternoon.

Babcock and Holland did not respond immediately to ...Read more

Danish hockey players, like Ducks' Andersen, making a dent in NHL

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Frederik Andersen is a 6-foot-3 Dane great in a field that occupies a very small piece of a rather small country's sports landscape.

Skim the Web versions of Monday's sports pages in Denmark's major newspapers, and you must scroll deep to find any mention of the starring role Andersen played as his team won Sunday's Stanley Cup semifinal opener...Read more

Ducks' defense finally getting respect as it builds balance, depth

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Maybe it's because the Anaheim Ducks don't have a dominant, minutes-gobbling defenseman such as two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith of Chicago, tireless Ryan Suter of Minnesota, or Norris finalist Drew Doughty of Los Angeles that their defense corps hasn't gotten much respect.

Hampus Lindholm has the potential to ...Read more

Blackhawks may give defenseman Kyle Cumiskey a chance in Game 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- On the dry-erase board in the Ducks dressing room, the name of Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad was misspelled.

No, they didn't take out the "L" to make it Rundbad, they left out the first "D" -- Runblad.

Rundblad might not be at the forefront of the Ducks' concerns after their 4-1 victory against the Hawks on Sunday.

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Ducks' first line looks to be more productive in Game 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Patrick Maroon has played long enough with first-line mates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to project what kind of performance is coming in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday.

"They'll be mad ... expect their best, the A-game," Maroon said Monday after the Anaheim Ducks practiced at Honda Center. "You always want ...Read more

Flyers hire Dave Hakstol as head coach

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There were lots of big-name coaches available, including Mike Babcock, Dan Bylsma and Todd McLellan.

Instead, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall went with a relative unknown to most NHL fans, naming the University of North Dakota's Dave Hakstol as the franchise's 19th coach on Monday.

Hakstol, 46, is regarded as a no-nonsense coach who ...Read more

Hakstol only third coach to go from NCAA to first NHL job

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When he was hired by the Flyers and left the University of North Dakota on Monday, Dave Hakstol became just the third coach in NHL history to climb directly from the college ranks to the NHL.

He hopes to be as successful as one of them, the late Bob Johnson, who directed Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 1991.

Johnson coached the University of ...Read more

Ducks coach: 'We got lucky' on defense in Game 1 win over Blackhawks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At first glance, the Ducks' 4-1 win Sunday over the Blackhawks may seem like a hearty victory for the home team.

But there were a couple of themes that emerged from the Ducks' postgame comments: The Ducks aren't backing down from one of the perennial powers in hockey, and they realize that Sunday's game was a lot closer than ...Read more

Ducks defeat Blackhawks, 4-1, in Game 1

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks spent Sunday afternoon proving they could beat the Chicago Blackhawks.

By winning, 4-1, in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Honda Center, they also took on the other most pressing questions about their capability of claiming hockey's ultimate prize.

How would second-year goalie Frederik Andersen ...Read more

Ducks defeat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, in Game 1

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks remained unbeaten at home in the playoffs Sunday, going toe-to-toe with the playoff heavyweight Chicago Blackhawks and claiming a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Honda Center.

Nate Thompson's third-period goal gave Anaheim a comfortable lead after the Blackhawks pulled within a goal...Read more

Playing their game is Ducks' plan

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It's there to see in the players' hardened gazes, obvious to be heard in the coach's short retorts.

Fortified from painful recent playoff history and motivated to write a satisfying ending this time, the Anaheim Ducks have reached their moment of truth in what should be a rugged, impassioned Western Conference finals against the Chicago ...Read more

Defensemen pairings don't matter much to Blackhawks' Keith

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When you play nearly 30 minutes per game as Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith does, you might want to get accustomed to playing alongside any number of teammates.

In Game 1 against the Ducks, Keith will be skating with David Rundblad, a 24-year-old making his Stanley Cup playoffs debut in place of the injured Michal Rozsival...Read more

Blackhawks, Ducks both have pair of aces, but play them differently

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In this age of salary caps and free agency in the NHL, it is rare for a team's two biggest offensive stars to stay on the same roster for years on end.

That is what makes a pair of forwards on each team in the Western Conference finals as unusual as it is potent.

Center Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane have played for the Blackhawks ...Read more