Sports columnist for the LA Times. 2005 Elmer Ferguson Hockey Hall of Fame honoree.

Ryan Kesler is energized by fans' taunts and fires up Ducks — The more the Winnipeg crowd booed him, the more Ryan Kesler smiled and gained strength in his legs to go everywhere, be everywhere, all over the ice and in the Jets' nightmares. "It energizes me. Obviously you hear it. It's great," he said. "Obviously I'm doing something right.

Live updates: Ducks vs. Jets, Game 4 — Greetings from MTS Centre , site of Game 4 of the Ducks ’ first-round playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets . The Ducks won the first three games of this best-of-seven series and can complete a sweep Wednesday night; if the Jets win, Game 5 will be played Friday at Honda Center with a scheduled 7 p.m.

No lineup changes likely as Ducks look to finish sweep of Winnipeg — Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said he didn't anticipate making any lineup changes for his team's potential first-round playoff clincher against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night at MTS Centre. That means Tomas Fleischmann will again play center and injured center Nate Thompson will miss another game.

Ducks are keeping their cool against Jets — If Ryan Getzlaf had acted out of instinct or habit, he would have retaliated with a push or a punch after Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien came up from behind Corey Perry to deliver a needless, dangerous hit after Perry scored the Ducks ' second goal Monday.

Three keys to the Ducks beating the Jets, 5-4, in Game 3 — The Anaheim Ducks took a dominant 3-0 series lead in their Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets Monday night at the MTS Centre. Here are three keys to the victory. 1) Fans in Winnipeg, shut out of NHL playoff hockey here since 1996, continually lifted the Jets with their loud chants and pulsating energy.

Ducks enjoy the noise, but love silencing the Winnipeg crowd — They wore white painters' coveralls and white logo T-shirts, glued fluffy white beards to their faces and pulled white wigs over their heads, a blindingly bright background for the blizzard Winnipeg Jets fans created Monday when they waved and twirled small white towels to vent an outburst of pure joy that the MTS Centre barely contained.

Live updates: Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets, Game 3 — Greetings from Winnipeg, Canada, which will host its first NHL playoff game since 1996 Monday night, when the Jets play host to the Kings at the MTS Centre. It's fair to say that folks here are more than a bit excited about it.

Ducks prepare for Winnipeg whiteout in Game 3 — Greetings from Winnipeg. This city has waited 19 years for the return of NHL playoff hockey and the day has finally arrived. The Jets will play host to the Ducks at the MTS Centre in Game 3 of the teams’ first-round playoff series, adding drama to what will be a wild scene in a city whose passion for the Jets is boundless and is remarkable even in hockey-mad Canada.

Tomas Fleischmann likely to fill Ducks' fourth-line center role — Winger Tomas Fleischmann , who played center for the Washington Capitals when current Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau coached that team, is likely to return to the lineup Monday to fill the void created when Chris Wagner was injured during Game 2 of the Ducks’ first-round playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets .

Three keys to the Ducks beating the Jets, 2-1, in Game 2 — The Anaheim Ducks won their second consecutive game of the Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night at the Honda Center. Here are three keys to the victory.
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Apr 25, 2015

With Sunday scheduled as an off day for Ducks, they're doing sprints and skating hard today

Apr 25, 2015

Despres, Stoner not skating. Some players still healing from bumps and bruises of Winnipeg series

Apr 25, 2015

Tomas Fleischmann, who joined Ducks in February, fills in during playoffs

Apr 24, 2015

within the last hour, my computer, phone and internet all went haywire. Felt like modern version of Twilight Zone 'A thing about machines.'

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