Ducks notes, part II: Murray on chair incident

from Sunday’s Ducks notebook, which didn’t make it to the web in every market…

General manager Bob Murray downplayed reports Saturday he “cross-checked” a Red Wings fan with a chairin the Joe Louis Arena press box after Thursday’s game.

“It was a total accident,” Murray said. “I spoke to her and cleared it up.”

The woman, identified in reports as 55-year-old TV crew worker Rachel Paris, notified police after the incident. But Detroit Police Sgt. Alan Quinn confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that “it was totally unintentional.”

Individual first-round playoff tickets on sale.

From the Ducks’ official Web site:

Playoff tickets for the Ducks’ 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinal series home games will go on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online or by phone with Ticketmaster at (714) 703-2545.Tickets may also be purchased at the Honda Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations in Southern California.All potential first round home games will go on sale Saturday morning. There is no ticket limit per game in the first round. Tickets will be sold at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis.

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McIver to Iowa.

The Ducks announced today that defensemanNathan McIverhas been senttoIowa,no surprise after the team needed to make room for Sheldon Broobank, acquired last night in a trade with the New Jersey Devils. McIver had cleared waivers Tuesday morning, giving the Ducks the option of sending him down.

Marchant likely back next week.

Forward Todd Marchant will see a hand specialist to have a pin removed from his left little finger Monday, and hopes to play shortly thereafter. “Keep your fingers crossed,” he said, noting the irony, after Friday’s practice.

“I’m able to do pretty much whatever I can right now. I’m able to skate every day, stay in shape. I haven’t missed a day since … two days after the surgery. I don’t anticipate it being much longer after the pin’s removed.”

Marchant hasn’t played since January 8, and underwent surgery to place the pin four days later. Without him in the lineup, the Ducks are 3-6.
Added Randy Carlyle: “If he can bear through the pain, he’ll play. … They feel that it’ll be a matter of taping the fingers together, making the configuration of his glove a little different.”

Ducks donate to Special Olympics.

TheDucks announced today that the club and American Honda are partnering with Special Olympics Southern California in a philanthropic effort to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. The club will join American Honda in collectively donating $1,000 for eachAnaheimvictory throughout the 2008-09 NHL regular season campaign. With five current regular season victories (including a 3-2 win atColumbuslast night), Special Olympics has received $5,000 to date. In addition, American Honda will donate a yet-to-be-determined amount at the conclusion of the season based on “Three Stars” points earned by Ducks players.
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The Sarah Palin quest continues.

I swear, if she doesn’t become our next vice president, at least Sarah Palin will have set the record for most ceremonial appearances at hockey games to start a season.

This past weekend brought her to … Des Moines, Iowa, where she was presented with an Iowa Chops jersey by the principals of the Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate. A photo and brief write-up can be found here.

They covered the spread.


BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — With more goals than minutes in the game, Slovakia’s women’s ice hockey team claimed an amazing 82-0 victory over Bulgaria in Olympic qualifying.

Slovakia outshot the Bulgarians 139-0 during the 60-minute game, played in Latvia. The margin of victory is a record for a women’s International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.

“We took it as training,” Slovakia coach Miroslav Karafiat said after Saturday’s game.