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No surprises. Competition for D spots just shot up as 10 guys are vying for 7 spots. Competition for the 4th center spot is keen between Holland and Rakell. Giving Winnick a long look at center also represents a practical option.The moves also leave 3 goalies and 19 forwards in camp.

For Peter Holland not to make the team entering the final year of his EL earns him a late bloomer tag at best. Look for the former 15th overall draft pick to be a throw in on a trade or the main piece in a salary dump acquisition, if he doesn’t make the team out of camp.

Via Twitter:

  1. Ducks also released D Garnet Exelby from PTO and assigned him to Norfolk. Camp down to 32.

  2. Ducks make official moves of Frederik Andersen to AHL Norfolk and Shea Theodore to WHL Seattle.

 

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Twitter was rockin’ last night after this blog reciprocated follows with  Ducks Fan Zone. Alex Adrian has a good eye for the game. Here’s a sample:

Beauchemin gets a penalty for not quitting on the play. Good times.

Is Bonino the Ducks heat & soul? is a good read as well. i challengethe notion that Bones is comparable to Pahlsson because it’s an apples and oranges deal in skills sets and roles. Otherwise, Adrian makes good points.

Also, getting Bones back improves our Ducks any time he’s on the ice. On the 1st unit PP he competes physically and distributes the puck; alongside Palmieri and Flash at ES he’s driving another scoring line and he’s helped the PK achieve a 89% efficiency rating of late.

Heart & Soul though? That’s high praise on a team with hardworking character guys, among them Flash, Cogs, Perry, Koivu, Winnick, Beauchemin, Souray, Steckel and Hiller.
Etem is showing heart & soul in the tradition of Todd Marchant. He’s learning it from the guys around him.
Getz has been making it look too easy to be included in a grouping of heart & soul guys 😉

In a game of follow the leader the L.A. Kings picked it up a notch after captain Dustin Brown went top shelf on Viktor Fasth to tie the game at two. The Kings would score twice more during a during a nine minute barrage whereupon they simply raised the tempo and physical compete level.

Our Ducks didn’t match. We didn’t get a bounce during the onslaught. We got into penalty trouble. We got caught running around in our end. Kings just flat-out took over and didn’t let up.

Slava Voynov got wide open in the left face off circle when Matt Beleskey made a bad read and chased the puck. Voynov ripped one 5-hole on Fasth that just had enough velocity to get over the goal line.

Kings continued to dominate beating the Ducks to most if not every loose puck. Kings defender Jake Muzzin took a feed from Anze Kopitar, stepped in from the blue line a few feet, showed some mis-direction faking a cross ice pass to Justin Williams and placed a wrist shot that again beat Fasth high glove side.

A week or so ago, either here or Twitter I began questioning Fasth’s soft 5-hole and top shelf exposure. Tonight the Kings showed that they saw it too and exploited it. Now and going forward we’ll begin to learn if Viktor Fasth is real deal or not. Great goalies improve in their weak areas. you can expect Fasth to be tested 5-hole and top shelf during at least the next few games.

This was also a game where our best players were not the best players on the ice last night. We got the secondary or depth scoring from Cogliano and Koivu but nothing from the big four and nothing from blue line. Kings got 3 assists from Anze Kopitar and goals from Brown and Jeff Carter.

In the middle of 5 games in 7 days, Ducks have absolutely no time to dwell on this one. Next up are the Nashville Predators who are struggling of late.

So many little things lead to Ducks victories. As we’ve been saying it’s different guys every night.

We add a right-handed shot on the blue line and Ben Lovejoy gets two points in the biggest game of the year so far.

The PK was unbelievable holding the  Blackhawks to one shot in consecutive 4 on 3’s.

The character of our Ducks is simply amazing. Frankly, I doubted that Getzlaf or Perry had this in them. It’s not just the Twins of course. We paid a high price but when Brad Staubitz took on Stu Bickell but it was a price worth paying. Ryan Getzlaf knows he’s got support and backup out there.

On the goal that even Hazy had trouble with counting. I questioned on Twitter that the Ref should have blown the whistle when the puck was out of view but league ops in Toronto got the call right. If you saw Coach in the post game interview, that’s exactly what Gabby was asking the Ref’s between periods. Why no whistle per Rule 85.3. There’s absolutely no way either Ref could see that puck once Sbisa fell on it.

I’ll toot my own horn a bit because nobody I’m aware of but Coach Boudreau and I asked the right question. Why no whistle when the Ref’s lost sight of the puck?

Hazy made the rookie lawyer mistake of arguing the law when the law is against you.

Our Ducks played their best game of the season. They gave themselves a chance by skating with the Chicago from the drop of the puck. The questionable PK came up big when needed. If Bryan Allen didn’t silence his doubters tonight it’s time to question the doubters.  Francois Beauchemin blocked 3 shots and recorded 6 hits.

The biggest thing about our Ducks and it showed throughout tonight’s game is that on both sides of the biscuit there’s a player positioned in support. Souray gets beat by quicker Blackhawk and another duck picks up the check.

It’s all about teamwork and our Ducks showed tonight they are one heckuva no quit team.