CHOC promotion at Sunday’s game.

From anaheimducks.com:


The Anaheim Ducks and CHOC Children’s have partnered together for a special family night dedicated to raising funds for the hospital on Sundaywhen the Ducks play the Atlanta Thrashers (5:05 p.m.).


Current and former CHOC patients will be recognized as community heroes and participate in various other activities, including zamboni rides and a visit to the Ducks locker room. In addition, fans at the game will have an opportunity to purchase limited edition Herrington CHOCO bears, each outfitted in a Ducks jersey and autographed by players.The bears will sell for $80, with all proceeds going directly to CHOC Children’s.


For more information, or to purchase tickets, visitwww.anaheimducks.com, orwww.choc.org. For more information on CHOC Children’s, call 714-532-8690.

Steve Rucchin back in the building.

The Ducks will welcome Steve Rucchin to Honda Center before tonight’s game against the Flames to roast Teemu Selanne. Actually, it’s not so much a roast as it is a changing of the guard, a passing of the ceremonial torch from the man who broke the other man’s record for most games played in franchise history. You die-hard Ducks fans who have been there from the beginning might want to check it out.
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Giguere: Slump wasn’t as bad as it seemed.

While Jonas Hiller was outplaying Jean-Sebastien Giguere, and the trade deadline was approaching, and the Ducks weren’t winning, and the GM was threatening to tear the roster down and rebuild … Giguere remembered to breathe.


His father, Claude, passed away in December amidst a span in which the goaltender (not coincidentally) won just twice in a span of nine starts. Randy Carlyle informally handed the No. 1 job to Hiller, who played all but 16 minutes in eight consecutive games.


Finally lifted off the bench Thursday in Nashville, Giguere looked solid stopping 30-of-33 shots. The Ducks lost, but Giguere earned another start Saturday in Calgary, which nearly resulted in a shutout.

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Ducks 2, Flames 1. Update.

Randy Carlyle often says he only requires his goaltender to “give us a chance to win.” Tellingly, he went with Jean-Sebastien Giguere in net, giving Jonas Hiller a third day’s rest, and the Ducks’ defense give Giguere a chance to record a shutout.


After a sluggish start Calgary scored a late goal to ruin the shutout, but Anaheim walked away with an important win against the current No. 3 team in the West. Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry scored off similar offensive-zone turnovers by Calgary in the first and second periods, respectively, and Giguere finished with 26 saves for his first win since Jan. 11 — and just his second since Dec. 14.

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Miller to Iowa.

Drew Miller is going back to the AHL after playing 13 games for the Ducks over the last month-or-so, collecting four assists and accidentally picking Cincinnati to win the Super Bowl. Newly acquired Mike Brown — a more accomplished fighter and a bigger body at 6-feet, 210 pounds — is a more natural fit as an energy-line winger than Miller (6-2, 165), who was leading the Iowa Chops at the time of his recall.
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