| Jun 4, 2015
| 6:58 AM
We changed our policy here at the home office of the "5 Things' blog" People in Lightning sweaters are allowed -- heck, encouraged -- to read every bit of this piece about Tampa Bay's Game 1 choke:
1. The playoff rule demands that your stars play like...
| May 28, 2015
| 5:41 PM
Ask an NHL player what is so special about being in Game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series, and you likely will get an answer about childhood reveries that would seem trite were it not for the sincerity with which it is expressed.
This is what...
| May 28, 2015
| 4:35 PM
Game 7s were once an occasional form of advancement, not a stumbling block, for the Ducks.
Before the 2009 playoffs, they were 2-1 when it came to Game 7s. Not a great sample size, but the Ducks managed series victories in 2006 (Calgary) and 1997...
| May 26, 2015
| 4:18 PM
When Jonathan Toews puts his faceoff face on, he turns on the charm.
"Having an understanding of the linesman," the Blackhawks captain said, "making sure you're on the same page with them and just being respectful."
Twice during their 5-4, double-...
| May 23, 2015
| 9:35 PM
Emerson Etem didn't row, row, row a boat gently down a stream.
Instead, the Ducks left wing rolled, rolled, rolled his butt fiercely down the street delivering newspapers on roller blades to save money for hockey equipment.
Etem used the same part of...
| May 18, 2015
| 5:24 PM
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...
| May 16, 2015
| 2:35 PM
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...
| Apr 26, 2015
| 5:45 PM
Third-period comeback clones.
Anaheim Ducks . . . meet the Calgary Flames.
That's exactly what will be happening in the second round of the playoffs as the teams will open a Western Conference semifinal series later this week in Anaheim.
| Apr 28, 2015
| 11:17 AM
The Ducks will open their Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the Calgary Flames at Honda Center on Thursday, the NHL announced Tuesday.
The Ducks will play their Pacific Division foe at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on NBC...
| May 5, 2015
| 11:18 AM
There are plenty of things the Calgary Flames can try to change in their playoff series against the Ducks.
But there is one thing beyond their control in the series.
“We’re not going to grow,” said the Flames center Matt Stajan,...
| Apr 24, 2015
| 8:44 PM
Tomas Fleischmann knew there were no guarantees he would play a big role after the Ducks acquired him from the Florida Panthers on Feb. 28 for Dany Heatley and a third-round pick in this year's entry draft.
The Czech-born winger had one goal and one...