Dallas' Loui Eriksson scored 13 seconds into the game and sealed a 3-1 victory over the Ducks with a third-period goal on Friday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Stars extended their winning streak to five games while ending Anaheim's streak at four. Below are the highlights.
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Ducks forward Jason Blake was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange and was in need of sutures Friday night after suffering what was described as a severe cut on his left forearm late in the team’s 1-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center.
Blake, 38, was injured almost midway through the final period of the Ducks’ home opener. He was taken out of the arena on a special stretcher that allowed him to keep his arm upright as he was sitting, not lying on his back, a team spokesman said.
Blake had lined up on the left wing for a faceoff and a few seconds later fell to the ice as bodies got tangled. While he was down, his forearm was inadvertently slashed by the right skate of San Jose defenseman Brent Burns. Replays show Blake, on his knees, trying to rise and calling toward the bench for help about 9 minutes and 20 seconds into the period.
[Update 11:10 p.m.: Team spokesman Alex Gilchrist said shortly after 11 p.m. that doctors were examining Blake's wrist to determine what will happen next. Gilchrist said he anticipated having a progress report early Saturday. The Ducks are scheduled to practice Saturday at 11 a.m. at Anaheim Ice.]
Photo: Ducks forward Jason Blake has the skate of Sharks defenseman Brent Burns cut into his left forearm midway through the third period Friday night at Honda Center. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press
The Ducks set their season-opening roster Wednesday, placing defenseman Matt Smaby on injured reserve because of a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Defenseman Toni Lydman will also start the season on injured reserve because he’s recovering from surgery on his right shoulder. He’s expected to return in time for the Ducks’ home opener Oct. 14 against San Jose.
The Ducks' third goalie, Jeff Deslauriers, will stay with the team only for the games in Europe.
The Ducks open their season Friday against the Buffalo Sabres at Helsinki, Finland, and face the New York Rangers the next day at Stockholm.
-- Helene Elliott
The Ducks’ Selanne chatted with some reporters the other day and told the story about having dinner with Steen and Frederick Olausson during his rookie season. He informed his then Jets teammates that he would play only a couple of seasons in Winnipeg and then resume his playing career in Europe.
They laughed at him and made a bet that he would be proved wrong. Steen and Olausson were correct, and then some, considering that Selanne is about to start his 20th NHL season. The Ducks begin the regular season Friday in Helsinki.
“I think they forgot too, because they haven’t collected,” Selanne said in the interview.
Not so, according to Steen.
“Clear as day,” he said, of remembering the dinner, in a telephone interview from Winnipeg on Wednesday. “I was laughing at him because I felt exactly the same way. I know how that it changes in a year and your view broadens. So I knew.... I make a bet.”
Not that he could disclose details of the bet, politely declining.
“I think I remember more than he does,” Steen said, chuckling. “It’ll drive him [Selanne] crazy.”
Corey Perry scored two goals in the first period and provided the assist on Ryan Getzlaf's overtime winner as the Ducks beat Finnish league leader Jokerit, 4-3, in their final preseason warmup Tuesday at Helsinki.
Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle was satisfied with Perry, Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan in the top line, but still felt there was room for improvement faces the Buffalo Sabres in Helsinki when the season gets underway on Friday.
"They were on the ice for the two goals in the third period, where there were a couple of overzealous rushes, too many odd man rushes, and we turned over pucks in the neutral zone,"Carlyle said.
"But on Friday we'd like our big guys to score three goals again, that would be the first thing. And we'd like our goaltender to play as strong as he did tonight and give us a chance to win the hockey game."
On Friday, Buffalo plays the Kings in Berlin, while the Ducks play the New York Rangers in Stockholm.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Teemu Selanne, right, was greeted as a returning hero during Tuesday's game in Finland. Credit: Ducks.
Ducks star Teemu Selanne is in Finland this week with the rest of the team in preparation for Friday's season opener against the Buffalo Sabres in Helsinki.
The Ducks expect hundreds of journalists from Finland to show up at the games and other team events, plus the thousands of fans who will want to get a glimpse of the Finnish native.
And id the above picture is any indication, Selanne won't find a lot of alone time while he's there.
Photo: Reporters surround Teemu Selanne. Credit: Ducks.
The NHL's response to the actions of Ducks enforcer Jean-Francois Jacques was a swift one, and a tough sanction.
Jacques will miss the remainder of the preseason and the first five regular-season games as a result of the incident with Canucks forward Mike Duco on Saturday at Vancouver late in the third period. NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan cited rule 70.2 in announcing the disciplinary action:
"A player who has entered play while play is in progress from his own players' bench ... who starts an altercation may be subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 -- supplementary discipline."
Already, Jacques missed one game, an automatic suspension, because the instigation of the altercation came in the game's last five minutes. The Ducks have three preseason games remaining.
He loses $17,567.55 in salary and will be eligible to return Oct. 21 against Dallas.
Here is a link to Shanahan's video explanation.
-- Lisa Dillman
Ducks forward J.F. Jacques served an automatic one-game suspension Sunday for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of the Ducks’ 4-1 exhibition victory at Vancouver on Saturday.
Although the NHL rule book stipulates that the player’s coach shall be fined $10,000 in such cases, Randy Carlyle said before the Ducks faced the Kings at Staples Center he had not heard from the league regarding a fine.
Jacques came onto the ice for a line change and headed straight to Vancouver’s Mike Duco and started a fight. Carlyle was, um, not pleased.
“It’s hard to defend. You can’t defend what he did,” Carlyle said. “He went across the ice and went after a guy, and it’s kind of like you’re at a loss for words when it’s happening. You’re shaking your head. But what can you do?”
Carlyle said he had been holding out his top players because he didn’t want to run up the score against the Canucks, who had deployed an overwhelmingly inexperienced lineup. “And then this kind of thing happens,” Carlyle said.
“He didn’t really have a reason. He didn’t know why he did it. He just said, ‘I did it and I shouldn’t have done it.’
“I just told him, tell the truth. That’s all you can do. There’s no masking what happened. I’m sure he’s not proud of it and we’re not proud of it as an organization.”
The Ducks didn't play their top line of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Sunday and also left winger Teemu Selanne and goaltender Jonas Hiller out of their lineup.
Before the game, the Ducks cut their roster to 37 by assigning five players to Syracuse of the American Hockey League and returning Long Beach’s Emerson Etem to his junior team, Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League. Sent to Syracuse were center Mark Bell, defenseman Mathieu Carle, right wing Matt Kennedy, defenseman Jake Newton and center Rick Schofield.
[Updated at 9:10 p.m.: The Kings had their second round of cuts before Sunday's game, sending eight players to their minor league affiliate in Manchester of the American Hockey League, and teenaged center Tyler Toffoli was reassigned to his junior team, the Ottawa 67's.
Toffoli, 19, was a second-round pick by the Kings (47th overall) in the 2010 draft. and had an impressive showing in the Kings' split-squad game at Phoenix on Wednesday.
Those going to Manchester: defensemen Nicolas Deslauriers, David Kolomatis and Patrick Mullen; forwards Andy Andreoff, Brandon Kozun, Ray Kaunisto and Linden Vey; and goalie Martin Jones.
This reduces the number of players to 44 in training camp.]
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-- Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Photo: Ducks forward J.F. Jacques tangles with Coyotes center Ryan Hollweg during the third period of a preseason game on Tuesday. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press
A scrimmage, of course, is not a preseason game. And a preseason game does not come close to the intensity of the regular season.
But the Ducks' Jonas Hiller had to start somewhere, and Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Honda Center in Anaheim represented something of a small step, a fresh start for the talented goaltender.
Hiller’s vertigo-like symptoms forced him to miss most of the second half of last season, putting his career in limbo. The problems faded, finally, in the summer when he returned home to his native Switzerland.
He didn’t face a lot of action in Monday’s scrimmage but the early verdict was that he “felt pretty good.”
“Not every day feels exactly the same but that was also like that before,” Hiller said. “I’m pretty happy the way it goes right now and I’m looking forward to playing the first games. You have better days and worse days no matter what, no matter how you feel.
“I don’t worry too much about it. . . . At the end, overall, I’m feeling well out there.”
Time, distance and being away from the rink helped Hiller once he eventually resumed practicing with the Swiss club team FC Bern in August.
“Starting back on the ice, I already felt way better than when I skated last time here in Anaheim,” he said. “It definitely gave me confidence. I felt better day by day till I had to say, ‘I’m feeling right and it feels good.’”
Talking about how he was feeling -- or not feeling -- got to be tiresome for the accommodating Hiller.
“At the beginning, it was kind of tough for me, too, because I felt I always had to explain to everybody exactly how I feel and everything,” Hiller said. “It had gotten better for me when I finally kind of accepted that I wouldn’t be back from today till tomorrow.
“It was going to take more time. It was definitely a tough situation, but I felt like the guys were supportive. They were interested in how I feel and wanted me to be back.”
Photo: Ducks goalkeeper Jonas Hiller warms up for practice last season. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
The 41-year-old right wing, who had been unsure whether his surgically repaired knee would be strong enough for him to maintain a high level of play, on Thursday signed a one-year, $4-million contract and will report to camp on Friday. He was scheduled to speak with the media later Thursday but gave a video explanation on the Ducks' website.
Selanne scored 31 goals and 80 points in 73 games last season, impressive numbers at any age. He had surgery on his knee over the summer and was concerned that it might not hold up, but after skating on his own and with teammates the last few weeks he decided Thursday that he’s good to go.
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-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Teemu Selanne. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
Players on each team will report for physicals and testing on Friday and will take to the ice on Saturday, with the Kings working out at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and the Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
With the announcement Thursday that Teemu Selanne will return to the Ducks next season after agreeing to a one-year, $4-million deal, the biggest remaining question is whether unsigned restricted free agent Drew Doughty will agree with the Kings on a new contract in time to join his teammates Friday.
The answer should be be clear later Thursday or on Friday, so stay tuned.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Drew Doughty. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times