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Good News Comes in Pairs

Wednesday, 11.14.2007 / 5:56 PM / Features
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Good News Comes in Pairs

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

One day after getting back to the .500 mark with a thrilling shootout victory over rival Los Angeles, the Ducks continued to remain upbeat Wednesday with a double dose of good news.

First, the Ducks (8-8-3) received word that Chris Pronger’s suspension from an instigating call against the Kings was rescinded by the NHL. Then, the team’s lone injured player, Todd Bertuzzi (concussion), returned to practice and participated in non-contact drills for over 30 minutes.

Pronger seemed destined to serve a one-game suspension that automatically comes with receiving an instigating minor in the final five minutes of a game, which the Ducks captain was called for during a scuffle with the Kings’ Michal Handzus at the end of overtime in Tuesday’s game. After careful review, the league reversed its decision and will allow Pronger to play against the Kings at Staples Center on Thursday.

“The video doesn’t lie,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “When two players are engaging in pushing and shoving and then they start into a fight, I don’t see where it’s an instigator penalty.”

All along, Pronger said he felt that once the league looked at the tape, he would be exonerated.

“He started throwing first, so I didn’t think I’d get an instigator penalty,” Pronger said. “When I heard about it after the game, I was a little shocked. It’s not like I went straight out there, dropped my gloves and started fighting him. To the league’s credit, they reviewed it pretty quickly and came up with the decision rather expediently.”

As for Bertuzzi, who has only played seven games with the Ducks so far this season, coming back from a concussion (suffered on a hit by Minnesota’s Derek Boogaard on Oct. 14) has been a slower process, as Wednesday marked the first time the right winger has practiced with the team since the injury.

“Today was probably the biggest step to get him out on the ice and participate in some of the shooting drills,” said Carlyle after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s encouraging but there’s no real timeframe set on his return yet.”

Just getting back out on the ice with his teammates for practice was a thrill in itself for Bertuzzi, who said he’s been feeling decent for the past four days.

“It’s not fun skating on your own,” Bertuzzi said. “When you get an opportunity to go back out, skate around there and get more involved, it’s more enjoyable. You get a better mindset coming in the next day.”

Bertuzzi said he’s taking things day-to-day and hopes that Wednesday’s practice is the first step in returning to the Ducks lineup.

“I’m just introducing myself back and doing as much as I can,” Bertuzzi said. “We’ll see how I feel Thursday morning when I wake up. If nothing goes wrong, then I’ll come back at it again in practice and skate a little bit harder. We’ll see where it takes us the next couple of days and hopefully it keeps going well.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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