Hi, I’m Chris Kober, a life long Ducks fan and aspiring hockey writer.
I have been a hockey fanatic since about the age of seven. The cornerstones of my hockey life were watching the original Mighty Ducks movie, the 1993 Stanley Cup Final between Wayne Gretzky’s LA Kings and Patrick Roy’s Montreal Canadiens, and the subsequent founding of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim just a hop skip and a jump away from home.
I wrote a blog at district5hockey.wordpress.com mostly containing my thoughts and views on those very Anaheim Ducks, trying to take as much as possible from the great John Buccigross and (by transitive property) the late, great Jack Falla.
I'm also was a contributor to Josh Brewster's Hockeytalk.biz and now an Assistant Editor of SB Nation's own Anaheim Calling.
After paying tons of lip service to a strong start, the Ducks fell behind 3-0 before the first period was half way gone and couldn't manufacture any kind of comeback in San Jose.
Chris and Kristen discuss Corey Perry's four game suspension, the acquisition of David Steckel from Toronto and all of the exciting Anaheim Ducks action of the week.
Kind of a slow week in Ducks history, but Rob Niedermayer and Steve "Stumpy" Thomas were both acquired near the 2003 Trade Deadline, paving the way for a magical run.
This was the ugliest of ugly games, but thanks to an early whistle, a ton of posts and frankly more crazy shit than you can imagine, the Ducks ended up winning their 5th game in a row and their 8th straight in which they've given up the first goal.
It wasn't pretty, but the Ducks pulled out another third period comeback win to sweep the season series against the Minnesota Wild.
It's not quite the dominance of the 2003 Western Conference Final, but with a win tonight, the Ducks can sweep the three season series from the Wild.
It's been an improbably great half of a short season. Here are some of the highlights and low lights according to me.
We discuss Ryan Getzlaf's eight year $66 million contract, what it means for Corey Perry and the Ducks going forward not to mention his great week on the ice.
Half way through the shortened season, the Ducks are 18-3-3 and just refuse to lose at home. The latest was a 4-2 comeback over St. Louis tonight.
Beauch, Frankie, Boom Boom, Whatever you call him, Francois Beauchemin is having a Hell of a season. But if you're talking to Bob Murray don't call him a Norris candidate.
Getzlaf is a Duck for the next eight years, and we're all focused on Corey Perry now, but we have a game tonight. And for once it's not against the Coyotes.
Trade deadlines kind of suck... This week in history, the Ducks traded away Teemu Selanne, and Sammy Pahlsson and acquired Jeff Friesen TWICE! At least we got rid of Ryan Whitney for Lubo Visnovsky.
The last movie in a trilogy is never the best ("Last Crusade" was close and I don't care how many Oscars "Return of the King" won, "Fellowship" was better) but the Ducks look to disprove that theory, and end on a high note.
Ryan Getzlaf's heroics weren't enough to stop the Coyotes from beating the Ducks 5-4 in a shootout AGAIN.
Continuing our SBN synergistic cross promotion, Carl Putnam from Five for Howling and I had a little chat about the Ducks/Coyotes Mini-Series as we ramp up to tonight's rematch in the desert.
Chris and Kristen reconvene after a week off to discuss the Corey Perry's re-emergence, Emerson Etem being awesome, resilience vs. dominance, the future of the franchise and tangents on the Kings and supplemental discipline.
Ahead of the home-home and home series against the Phoenix Coyotes, we get to know Carl Putnam, Managing Editor at Five for Howling.
This Week in Ducks History, the team was officially named the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, thus ensuring the rest of the league would demean them for all eternity. Worth it!
The Kings flipped the script on the Ducks, coming from behind to beat them 5.2, snapping Anaheim's six game comeback streak and Viktor Fasth's bid for the first ever undefeated career.
Chicago may have tied our record of 16 games to start a season without a regulation loss, and they might break it tonight, but this will always be the week Teemu became the Ducks' All-Time leader in goals.
Don't worry, Jen will be back tomorrow. For now here are my notes leading up to the Columbus game tonight and a quick talk with Dan Parker of The Cannon.
Wrapping up the six game road trip with three straight wins in tough buildings against tough opponents, Chris and Kristen talk about the mental makeup of the Ducks, secondary scoring, shootout mastery and much, much more!
Fasth's 3-0 record, 1.89 Goals Against Average and .935 Save Percentage were good enough for the NHL to rank him the second best player of the past week.
It's a quick turnaround from last night's glorious win over some guys dressed as the Detroit Red Wings, so Nashville Predators blogger, Dirk Hoag gets us caught up on tonight's opponent.