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

Ducks vs. Blackhawks: Three keys to Game 6

latimes.com — The Chicago Blackhawks forced a deciding Game 7 with the Anaheim Ducks by virtue of a 5-2 victory in Game 6 on Wednesday night in Chicago. Here are three keys to the Game 6 outcome: 1) Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith, perhaps jolted by a hard hit from Ryan Kesler, ignited a spree of three goals in three minutes and 45 seconds by assisting on each one.

Ryan Getzlaf fails to lead the Ducks in Game 6

latimes.com — Ryan Getzlaf deserves points for honesty, though not for much else he did Wednesday. With a chance to lead the Ducks to the victory they needed to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, their captain instead set a jittery example, communicating his nervousness to a team that needed composure and reassurance in the madness of the United Center.

Ducks are hoping recent playoff history doesn't repeat itself

latimes.com — With a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals within the Ducks' reach Wednesday in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Coach Bruce Boudreau said he will not change his message to the team because of the occasion.

Blackhawks confident they can beat Ducks' Frederik Andersen

latimes.com — Greetings from Chicago, where a series of rainstorms has cleared out and left sunny skies for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. The Chicago Blackhawks, facing elimination at the hands of the Ducks on Wednesday night at Chicago's United Center, exuded confidence after their morning skate Wednesday as they prepared to try to extend the series.

Frederik Andersen maintains his confidence, as do his Ducks teammates

latimes.com — Every good goaltender takes every goal scored against him as a personal insult. The best goalies learn to quickly forget the ones that got away, knowing they can't waste energy brooding over events they can't change.

Anger lifts Ducks past Chicago Blackhawks in overtime

latimes.com — As they trudged back to their locker room after the third period, the Ducks were angry at themselves for being in a position they had urgently wanted to avoid. Chicago center Jonathan Toews personally wiped out a two-goal lead the Ducks had built in a wild, back-and-forth game, scoring twice in the final 1minute 50 seconds to send Game5 of the Western Conference finals to overtime.

Helene Elliott: Ducks, Blackhawks both are confident going into Game 5

sacbee.com — Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau called it "a blip" that his team's normally solid defensive play fractured during the third period of its 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, and maybe that's all it was.

Ducks, Blackhawks both are confident going into Game 5

latimes.com — Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau called it "a blip" that his team's normally solid defensive play fractured during the third period of its 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, and maybe that's all it was. A lapse. A bad bounce.

Blackhawks apply lessons better than Ducks to win Game 4 in double OT

latimes.com — In reaching the Western Conference finals this season, the Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks traced their strong resolve to the disappointment they endured last season, when each was sent home by the eventual-Stanley Cup champion Kings.

Ice wasn't so nice for Ducks, Blackhawks in Game 3

latimes.com — Hockey rinks in Sun Belt cities aren't the only ones that have mediocre ice during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The ice at Chicago's United Center was in less-than-ideal shape Thursday for Game 3 of the Western Conference final, making the puck take strange hops rather than slide smoothly, and leading several players to inexplicably fall when no one was nearby.
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May 28, 2015

RT @latimespugmire: Ducks-Blackhawks series comes down to one for the money; Maroon addresses Game 7: fw.to/2Du72nC

May 28, 2015

RT from last night: Ryan Getzlaf fails to lead the Ducks in Game 6 fw.to/ep5tcmZ

May 28, 2015

@putyourteethin I don't write the headlines. Please click on the link and read the column

May 27, 2015

Getzlaf: "I was terrible." No argument there

May 27, 2015

Ducks' first playoff loss in regulation this spring

May 27, 2015

Final in Chicago: Blackhawks 5, Ducks 2. Game 7 on Saturday in Anaheim.

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