Bodie up; Calder goes on waivers.

The Ducks recalled right wing Troy Bodie from AHL Toronto on Monday after placing forward Kyle Calder on waivers. Calder has until 9 a.m. Tuesday to be claimed by another team, and can be reassigned by the Ducks if he goes unclaimed.

Bodie had8 goals and 13 points with 56 penalty minutes in 32 AHL games this season split between the Toronto Marlies and San Antonio Rampage, where he started the season. The 6-foot-4, 214-pound winger went scoreless in four games with the Ducks last season, his first in the NHL.

The 30-year-old Calder had no goals and two assists in 14 games with Anaheim this season after signing a one-year contract on Oct. 28. After participating in the Ducks’ training camp on a pro tryout contract, Calder was sent to Anaheim’s ECHL affiliate in Bakersfield, where he scored three goals and six points in five games.

Getzlaf day-to-day; WJC notes.

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf is day to day after suffering a leg laceration in a 5-2 loss Saturday to the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.

Getzlaf cut himself with his own skate while falling awkwardly to the ice. A medical examination recealed no muscle damage or tears and Getzlaf is listed as questionable for Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild at Honda Center.

“There’s definitely some healing to do,” Getzlaf said after the game, “but I think we’re talking days instead of weeks.”

Luca Sbisa saw his first action Sunday at the World Junior Championships. The Swiss captain, who started the season in Anaheim before being returned to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, was blanked along with the rest of his teammates in Team USA’s 3-0 victory.

Forward Kyle Palmieri, whom the Ducks drafted in the first round of the 2009 Entry Draft, had a louder game for the Americans. He blocked a shot in the third period, then followed the puck into the offensive zone ahead of the defense for a breakaway rush. Palmieri made a nice move but hit the post, before Matt Donovan scored on the same possession to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.

Ducks’ prospects in showdown at WJCs Saturday.

Radoslav Illo, Jake Gardiner and Kyle Palmieri might all be side-by-side in Ducks uniforms someday. Maybe then they’ll take time to reflect on Saturday, when Gardiner and Palmieri gained the early edge in bragging rights.


Palmieri had an assist on one of Team USA’s seven goals, not to mention several hard hits, in a 7-3 victory over Team Slovakia in Saskatoon. Illo had two assists as Slovakia took an early 2-0 lead, thanks to a five-minute power play in the first period.

Palmieri (first round) and Illo (fifth round) were chosen by the Ducks in the 2009 Entry Draft; Gardiner, who was held scoreless, was chosen in the first round in 2008.

Team USA plays Switzerland, and defenseman prospect Luca Sbisa, at 1 p.m. today.

Also Saturday, Ducks prospect Brandon McMillan had a goal and an assist in Team Canada’s 16-0 laugher of a win over Latvia. Goaltender Igor Bobkov, a third-round pick in 2009, stopped 14 of 16 as Russia beat Austria 6-2.

Sharks 5, Ducks 2.

The gap between first and last in the Pacific Division isn’t getting any smaller, literally or figuratively.


The Ducks are now a full 16 points behind the first-place San Jose Sharks after losing 5-2 on Saturday, their second loss in San Jose in the last nine days. Unlike in their 4-1 loss at HP Pavilion on Dec. 17, in which they kept it close early then fell behind late, the Ducks were outworked early and often, falling behind 5-0 with six minutes still to play in the middle period.

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere stuck this one out after getting hit hard, allowing goals to Patrick Marleau (twice), Dany Heatley, Ryane Clowe and Jamie McGinn. Kyle Chipchura and Bobby Ryan scored in the second and third periods, respectively, to turn a blowout into a mere downer.

Chipchura scored his second goal of the season, and second as a Duck, by checking former Duck Kent Huskins to the ice, stealing the puck, and skating in unobstructed with 1:04 left in the second period.

Ryan had to work a little harder for his 17th goal of the season, crashing the net for the rebound of a Corey Perry shot, then whacking it in between the legs of Evgeni Nabokov (32 saves) at 4:39 of the third period.

Ryan Getzlaf left the game in the second period after sustaining a cut on his leg in traffic, but color analyst Brian Hayward said after the game that the injury isn’t serious.

Duck killer Joe Thornton had three assists and Sharks captain Rob Blake added two. George Parros, Chipchura, and Matt Beleskey all dropped the gloves for the Ducks, fighting Frazer McLaren, Scott Nichol and Jed Ortmeyer, respectively.

The Ducks (15-16-7) return home to face the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night at Honda Center.

Russian Olympic roster announced; no Artyukhin.

Ducks forward Evgeny Artyukhin was not among the 14 Russian players in the NHL chosen for the country’s Olympic roster, announced Friday.


The NHL forwards chosen ahead of Artyukhin include Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Semin and Maxim Afinogenov.Nine players from the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League also filled out the roster, including former Duck Sergei Fedorov.

Former Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov did make the final roster, along with Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks and Semyon Varlamov.

The full roster, according to the Calgary Herald Web site:

Goalies

Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes), Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose Sharks), Semyon Varlamov (Washington Capitals).

Defense

Sergei Gonchar (Pittsburgh Penguins), Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers), Dmitri Kalinin (Salavat Ufa), Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA Moscow), Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens), Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan), Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa Senators).

Forwards

Maxim Afinogenov (Atlanta Thrashers), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers), Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Ufa), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan), Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Alexander Radulov (Salavat Ufa), Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals), Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan), Sergei Zinoviev (Salavat Ufa).

Phoenix 4, Ducks 0.

A day after one of their most inspiring efforts of the season, the Ducks were flat from start to finish in Glendale.

There must have been some magic in the snow, because the Ducks left it all behind in Colorado after coming back to beat the Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday. They couldn’t score on former teammate Ilya Bryzgalov, who needed only 21 saves to record his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.

Outshot 11-7 and 13-6 in the first two periods, respectively, the Ducks (15-15-7) did a better job controlling the zone in the third period, when they kept the shot count even at 8. But Phoenix’s suffocating defense, combined with some sloppy puck-moving – possibly fatigue-induced — kept the Ducks from scoring the goal needed to spark another comeback.

The recently reliable second line of Bobby Ryan, Saku Koivu and Dan Sexton combined to put one shot on Bryzgalov all night.

On the other end, Jonas Hiller wasn’t as sharp as he was in Denver, stopping 25 of 28 before giving way to Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 8:02 left in the third period. Giguere let in a power-play goal to Robert Lang to provide the final score, the only goal he allowed on four shots.

The Ducks get a couple days off before facing the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday.

Prospect Deschamps switches teams.

Forward prospect Nicolas Deschamps, currently playing in the QMJHL, was traded Wednesday from the Chicoutimi Saguenens to the Moncton Wildcats for Matthew Bissonnette, Jeremy Barriault, a fourth round pick in 2010 and a first round pick in 2011.

Deschamps, a second-round draft pick in 2008, has 18 goals and 26 assists in 31 games this season.

Gardiner, Palmieri on U.S. WJC roster

A pair of recent Ducks first-round draft picks, defenseman Jake Gardiner and forward Kyle Palmieri, were chosen for the 22-man Team USA World Junior Championships roster Wednesday.


Gardiner (2008) and Palmieri (2009) joinfellow Ducks prospects Brandon McMillan (Canada), Sami Vatanen (Finland), Igor Bobkov (Russia), Radoslav Illo (Slovakia) and Luca Sbisa (Switzerland), who were also named to their respective national teams for the WJCs, which begin Saturday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Gardiner, 19, is in his second season at the University of Wisconsin. Palmieri, 18, is a freshman at Notre Dame.

Thousand Oaks native Max Nicastro, a 19-year-old defenseman who was drated by Detroit in 2008, did not make the final Team USA roster.

Ducks 4, Colorado 2.

If you missed the first 53 minutes of this one, you were fine.

The Ducks staged a remarkable comeback over the final 7:35, when they scored all four of their goals against a previously invincible Craig Anderson to beat the Avs 4-2.

Scott Niedermayer, Dan Sexton and Ryan Getzlaf led the march, and Todd Marchant finished it off with a lateempty-net goal, rewarding an effort that saw the Ducks (15-14-7) outshoot the Avalanche (21-12-6), 43-17.

Jonas Hiller stopped 15 shots, allowing the first NHL goal by rookie Brandon Yip in the first period, and another to Paul Stastny at 3:28 of the third period.

Niedermayer scored on a breakout play, catching Anderson out of position for the first time all game at 12:25 of the third period. At 15:05, Koivu made a slick move out from behind his own net, then fed Sexton in the bottom right circle for the rookie’s fifth goal this season.

The top-line of pair of Getzlaf and Corey Perry scored the game-winner with 25 seconds left in the third period, with Perry slipping a backhand pass to Getzlaf for his second assist of the night. Anderson received an unfitting reward for his 39-save effort, watching from the bench as Marchant scored an empty-netter with 10.4 seconds left.