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Puck Polemics: On The Stoner Signing

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For argument's sake, Anaheim's signing of Clayton Stoner may not be as bad as some fans have been making it out to be. While we can't truly judge until he puts on a Ducks jersey, it's worth looking for context of his performance metrics in Minnesota.

Meanwhile: It's A Main Media Market Final

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While Biggie and Tupac battled east coast-west coast in the 90's, for the first time in 33 years North American pro sports will see a New York-Los Angeles title series. Find out how the Rangers and Kings earned their spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

Meanwhile, Out West: Kings (ugh) Also On The Cusp

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It would appear that winning the state of California in the playoffs has empowered Los Angeles, who have taken control of the Western Conference Final against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. See how this year has been a reversal of season.

Meanwhile, Back East: Blueshirts On The Brink

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In the Ducks 20th anniversary season, the New York Rangers are a game away from making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final since Anaheim's debut year in the league. Catch up on the proceedings of the Eastern Conference Final here.

Handshake Line: Living In Epochal Times

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Sometimes it's of benefit to take a look to the past and realize the uniqueness of the modern time. While the Ducks came up short, they did so against the greatest team the Los Angeles Kings have ever had. No shame in losing to a franchise's best.

Player Rankings Game 7: So It Goes

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The final game of the first ever Freeway Faceoff playoff series served as the last of the Ducks season. Find who and what were the plusses and minuses in the 2013-14 finale.

Know Thy Enemy: Kings Playoff Path

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It'd happened three times before in the NHL playoffs, but the Kings rally from an 0-3 series deficit is perhaps the most impressive in how large the pendulum swing was in the series. Find out how the crowned ones completed their first round comeback.

Ducks vs Kings: Season Series Recap

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The first playoff Freeway Faceoff features two clubs closely acquainted and played like it during a season series taken by the Ducks. See how Anaheim was able to earn the top hand in the series of five close divisional contests.

Handshake Line: Great Southern Trendkillers

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With all the speed and attitude of a legendary southern metal band, the Stars provided not only a tough first round test for Anaheim, but a warning to the rest of the NHL that they're ready to return to their traditional spot of playoff prominence.

Know Thy Enemy: Dallas Goaltenders Preview

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While he hasn't faced the Ducks in a green Dallas sweater, Kari Lehtonen is a familiar former division foe. He's alternated between brilliant and bumbling against Anaheim; what can Ducks fans expect from the NHL's busiest goalie?

Last Word On Sports: Anaheim Ducks Internet Hotstove

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Go "Beyond The Score" as both AC's Eric and BOC's Jer provide 'respected blogger' analysis to questions about the Ducks heading into the playoffs.

Ducks vs Stars: Season Series Recap

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Anaheim's first round opponent has the personnel and a play style that can give the Ducks trouble, and the Stars got the better of Anaheim in the regular season too. See how the each of the three meetings played out to drastically different results.

Hawk Thought: Maroonamania, Runnin' Wild Brother!

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After five full seasons in the AHL, Patrick Maroon has made the most of his first season as a regular NHLer. With a workman like attitude, big body, and evolving offensive game, the rest of the league is starting to realize his importance in Anaheim.

No Big Move? No Worries: Ducks Did Deadline Right

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While Anaheim fans hoped for the likes of Kesler and Vanek, history tells that the need-filling trade acquisition of Stephane Robidas is exactly the kind of deal that teams who ultimately win the Stanley Cup make at the deadline.

Gold Canada: Shut Out Of Sweden Seals Dominant Run

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Fresh off a suffocating semifinal stamping out of their North American rivals, Canada claimed its second straight Olympic gold medal with another dominant performance against the 2006 winners. A near impenetrable defense ruled the day and tournament.

Finnished: Selanne Shines, US Bombs In Bronze Game

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With an opportunity to bring home precious Olympic medals, it wasn't the grit and speed of the US but the gravitas and style of Finland that carried the day. For Teemu Selanne, it's another magical moment in the twilight of a legendary career.

No Doubt Dominance: US Women Swamp Sweden 6-1

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With the sting of losing to Canada to close out the group stage still fresh in the minds despite a four-day break, the US Women's hockey team was surgical and suffocating in its semifinal victory over an opponent who'd tripped them up here before.

Canada Comeback: US Women Fall 3-2

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Despite holding a lead after 40 minutes, the US women's hockey team couldn't hold on thanks to three third period goals by Canada. Though one of the goals came in a questionable manner, the result leaves plenty for the Americans to consider.

Olympics: US Women Squish Swiss 9-0, Canada Awaits

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After opening the tournament with a win over Finland the US Women's team left no doubt in a thorough domination of Switzerland, sending a strong message to rival Canada ahead of Wednesday's showdown.

AC Olympic Preview: Lions Look To Roar For Finland

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As Selanne skates at a record-tying sixth Olympic games, can Finland find the balance between young and old to come away with a medal?

AC Olympic Preview: Russia Wants History At Home

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No longer the Red Army running roughshod over the hockey world, Russia still seeks their first Olympic gold. Does the Sochi squad have what it takes to answer the high call of history?

Ascendant Anaheim: Ducks Are SoCal's Dominant Club

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In their twentieth NHL season the Anaheim Ducks have continually out-performed their 26-year elder rivals in Los Angeles, and now stand as the hallmark for performance in Southern California hockey. And oh yes, Kings fans are mad about it.

Players Like Cogliano Critical to Championships

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Superstars fill headlines, but strong two-way role players are the heart and soul of teams that hoist the Cup. In locking up Andrew Cogliano, Anaheim has secured one of their most versatile players who will play a major role in reclaiming the title.

AUDIO: Hawk Talks Ducks On Hockey Craze Radio

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It seems every season the Ducks strong play catches the mostly east coast hockey media by surprise. Eric Evelhoch joined Hockey Craze Radio to discuss why the west coast has been the best coast with an in depth look at the Ducks strong first half.

Hawk Thought: Big US Omission In Net A Big Mistake

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Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller, and Jimmy Howard are apparently the goalies for the US in Sochi. But all three of them have spent this season in the large shadow of the NHL's current top performing American goalie Ben Bishop.

Hiller: Where does he stand all-time in Anaheim?

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Much maligned and with his franchise future up in the air, Jonas Hiller has carved out a noteworthy career in Orange County. Take a look to see just how good he's been in comparison to all others that've worn a Ducks sweater.

Forget Detroit, Anaheim Hockey Has My Heart.

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Detroit calls itself 'Hockeytown', but it doesn't have the same heart and soul of Anaheim. Find out why Anaheim Calling's newest writer spurned a dynasty to root for an underdog franchise in the Ducks.

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