Ducks Return Home to Fires in SoCal

Wednesday, 10.24.2007 / 3:55 PM PT / Features
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Ducks Return Home to Fires in SoCal

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

With fire blazing through much of Southern California, the Orange County home the Ducks returned to early Wednesday morning was markedly different from the one they departed last Friday for a two-game road trip.                

Starting on Saturday, fires ripped through seven counties in the Southland, claiming several lives, thousands of homes and hundreds of thousands of acres in its path. Playing in Dallas on Saturday and St. Louis on Tuesday, all the Ducks could do was watch the destruction from television screens and offer family and friends encouragement over the phone.

“It’s difficult not knowing what’s going on, the uncertainty of everything,” Ducks captain Chris Pronger said. “You’re on the road and you can’t really do anything to help. You can’t do anything to support your family.” 

Coach Randy Carlyle noted after Wednesday’s practice that the families of two Ducks players had to be evacuated as a result of the fires. As of Wednesday, the properties of the two Ducks have not been damaged and their families are doing okay.

“We’ve had players that their wives and children have had to check into hotels, so it affects us hands on,” Carlyle said. “These are difficult times.” 

Brad May, who had friends evacuated from their homes in San Diego, said he was happy to see the help people were giving one another in times of despair.

“It’s amazing how when bad things like this happen, these disasters, how people come together,” May said. “I think it does us all a lot of good to recognize that we are neighbors and we should help out and treat the next guy well. Now that we’re back we have to focus on playing hockey, but if people need help, we’ve got to be there.”

Notes:
- Tuesday night’s game against St. Louis was Todd Marchant’s 900th NHL game.

- On the injury front, Carlyle said Rob Niedermayer suffered a pulled groin that caused him to leave the morning skate early prior to the St. Louis game. Ryan Getzlaf has a forearm strain that he suffered two shifts into the second period of that game. Their status for returning to the ice was not indicated, however, Carlyle announced Petteri Wirtanen and Jason King were called up from Portland on Wednesday.

- Todd Bertuzzi (concussion) participated in Wednesday’s practice, the second-straight day in which he skated, after working out at Anaheim ICE on Tuesday. “I felt okay. The fact that I’ve had a couple of days without any symptoms has been nice,” Bertuzzi said. “Hopefully it continues to progress and I get back as soon as I can.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65


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