CHOC promotion at Sunday’s game.


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,, For more information on CHOC Children’s, call 714-532-8690.

Brown could see time on PK

New acquisition Mike Brown might see some penalty-kill shifts, Randy Carlyle said after practice yesterday.

“We’re going to
try and experiment, probably, with some penalty killing because (Brown) did kill
penalties in the American Hockey League,” the coach said. “There’s some versatility there we hope
he can tap into.”

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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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Morrison: ‘Total regression’

Players are healthy lineup scratches all the time in the
NHL. Randy Carlyle knows this.

But no sooner had the words “Brendan Morrison”
and “healthy scratch” left my mouth after Tuesday’s practice that Randy Carlyle
interjected, in his typical faux-frustration, “you just want to talk about the
negative, huh?”

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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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