The view from Anaheim
There’s an interesting storyline revolving around two brothers sharing the stage of a championship setting – and no, I’m not here to pile on yet another angle to the Harbaugh-centric Super Bowl. Former LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond takes a look at Rob and Scott Niedermayer within the framework of the terrific 2003 Stanley Cup Final, which marked the first time two brothers faced each other in the Final since 1946. I know there aren’t many Ducks fans here (is there even one?), but this is a good read.
OC Register – Brother battle nothing new for Niedermayers
Anaheim Ducks beat writer Eric Stephens has a game recap that focuses on Nick Bonino, who opened the season skating with Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne before finding a nice groove with Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly on the fourth line last night in recording his first career hat trick. There are also game photos here, though they feature an awful lot of black, metallic gold and orange.
OC Register – Self-promotion fits Ducks’ Bonino to a three
Mark Whicker of the Register has more angles from the game, including the Bruce Boudreau quote I used last night, which included the phrase “fans that hate each other”. In the traditionally close-to-the-vest allusions towards opposing teams by professional coaches and athletes, it’s great to hear such pointed choices of words – something that Boudreau has never shied away from. Whicker was also at Kings practices earlier this week and asked Darryl Sutter about the art of shot blocking, which provided the springboard for yesterday morning’s “Block party” post. For that, I give him a stick tap. His game story is below.
OC Register – Lockout fades as Ducks, Kings and their fans lock in
Jen Neale of Anaheim Calling has your SB Nation recap, which also calls to attention to Jarret Stoll’s second period hit on Cam Fowler.
Anaheim Calling – Hatty for Bonino in Ducks 7-4 win over Kings, lose Fowler indefinitely