Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Randy Carlyle: Ducks aren't satisfied with division title

Randy Carlyle: Ducks aren't satisfied with division title

The Ducks coaxed it to a quieter place.

Just a few weeks before the end of the season the Ducks lost defenseman Cam Fowler to a knee injury. Flames GM Brad Treliving called Murray's comments "asinine". Calgarys only injury concern is G Chad Johnson (groin), but he was spotted on the ice at the Saddledome before the main group and will travel Tuesday to Anaheim. Because of her, my eyes were opened and I can no longer unsee what I will show you.

This series will probably render this entire article pointless, however, after both teams get into a line brawl off the opening faceoff of Game 1 while the benches clear and go after each other as well.

"I don't really look at it as why we're better equipped to play Anaheim now", countered Treliving, "but I do think we're deeper. But we're not focused on that".

Fowler will nearly certainly miss the entire first round and his absence will represent a competitive edge to the Flames, who played without Giordano, their best defencemen, in the series two years ago because he was injured. Ducks LW Nick Ritchie served the first game of his two-game suspension for punching Chicago's Michal Rozsival on Thursday.

"I'm sorry, but knees, they wreck your careers real quick". "He's done this before".

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It's hard to think those vibes won't reverberate in a series that starts Thursday at Honda Center.

"We'll definitely address that, I'm sure", center Ryan Getzlaf said. "Playoffs are all about turning the page". The Flames will play the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

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"It's our job to control it", Carlyle said. Will it lead to more playoff success?. Don't let anyone tell you any different.

"And once you get in", Giordano concluded hopefully, "everyone has a shot". They are led by Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, sensational rookie Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan. "We've played them two times in the last week so there isn't a lot of secrets on what their lineup is or what they have historically done", Carlyle said. "They have that youth". It's always a challenge in the playoffs.

Congrats to the Anaheim Ducks, who captured the Pacific Division with a 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. This is sports. It's team sports. Weve got some things to prove, some seeds to plant here, and were going to be prepared.”. "To get a chance to play at this time of year, I can't think of anybody more deserving and more excited than Mark is".

Now for the bad news: after finishing last season not only with the best penalty kill but also the best power play, the Ducks took a significant step back with the man-advantage.

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