Ryan Kesler’s hilarious ‘Between Two Zambonis’ web series is back, Patrick Maroon is the new victim

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Patrick Maroon was Ryan Kesler's guest on the latest episode of "Between Two Zambonis" (via Anaheim Ducks)

Aside from the perfect fit he has been with the Anaheim Ducks this season, Ryan Kesler‘s move to California might have been the best thing for his career because he’s getting a chance to stretch his legs and show off his comedic chops.

In the second of what we can only hope is a continuous web series called Between Two Zambonis, Kesler takes on teammate Patrick Maroon. Kesler doesn’t take any prisoners, not even from the outset when he asks Maroon to go through the alphabet backwards and retorts that it, “makes sense,” that Maroon doesn’t even know the alphabet.

For your viewing pleasure, watch Kesler pick apart his teammate: Read more

Watch Ryan Kesler roast teammate Cam Fowler on “Between Two Zambonis”

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Ryan Kesler hosts Between Two Zambonis with guest Cam Fowler (via NHL/YouTube)

On Zach Galifianakis’ comedic one-on-one interview show Between Two Ferns he has sat down with the likes of Brad Pitt, President Barack Obama and teen idol Justin Bieber. Not to be outdone, Ryan Kesler found his own teen icon to interview for his new show Between Two Zambonis – teammate Cam Fowler.

In a spinoff of Galifianakis’ popular web series, Kesler played the role of host, poking fun at Fowler’s age, facial hair (or lack thereof) and ability to do some mental math. Watch Kesler play the deadpan host to perfection as Fowler tries desperately to keep it together: Read more

John Gibson’s scrambling, diving stick save robs Sean Monahan

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John Gibson (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

For the most part, Wednesday night’s game against the Calgary Flames is one that Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson would like to forget. However, one of the lone bright spots — a diving stick save on Sean Monahan — might stick around on Gibson’s highlight-reel for years to come.

Late in the first period, with the score already tied 2-2, a cross-ice pass to Monahan from Jiri Hudler got Gibson moving hard to his right. Using a quick deke, Monahan shook Gibson out of his crease and had a wide-open net to slide the puck into. Thankfully, the puck hopped over Monahan’s stick on the initial attempt, but he got ahold of the second effort, which forced Gibson to dive across the crease with his paddle out to make a remarkable stop. Read more

10 off-season acquisitions helping their teams get into the playoffs

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There has been no personnel move during this season, at or before the trade deadline, that has had as much impact, immediate or otherwise, as the Minnesota Wild scoring Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes.

Dubnyk, who has appeared in every single game since coming to Minnesota, has taken the Wild from a team on the brink of losing their season to the hottest team in hockey. Bringing in Dubnyk could make Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher the GM of the Year at the end of the season.

However, most roster constructing is done during the summer as teams look to rebuild or supplement existing pieces in their chase for the Stanley Cup. As such, these are the 10 off-season acquisitions, either through trade or free agency, that are paying off as teams enter the stretch run and battle for playoff position.

Honorable mention goes to the coaching tandem of Barry Trotz and Mitch Korn, who have made the Washington Capitals a team to be feared come the postseason and turned Braden Holtby into a brilliant backstopper. Read more

Ducks’ Andersen robs Erat, ties 70-year-old record with 50th win

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Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederick Andersen

Frederik Andersen had missed the last 10 Anaheim Ducks games due to an upper-body injury, so what better way to come back than with a one-goal against performance that included an unbelievable glove stop and a milestone?

With his victory last night, Andersen tied Bill Durnan, the former Montreal Canadiens netminder, as the fastest goalie to 50 career wins. It was only Andersen’s 68th career decision, and that ties Durnan’s record that was set 70 years ago.

It wasn’t a walk in the park for Andersen, either. Early in the second period with the Ducks up 1-0, Andersen was forced to make an incredible diving glove save on Martin Erat. After Erat shoveled the puck towards the net, left vacant following Andersen’s committal to a shot from the blueline and a subsequent deflection, Andersen dove back to his left and robbed Erat: Read more

Power Rankings: No. 1 Ducks rebuild their defense corps

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The Anaheim Ducks have a 12-point lead on the next best team in the toughest division in hockey. If there was a team content to stand pat at the trade deadline, it should have been the Ducks.

Instead, GM Bob Murray made a flurry of moves just under the wire to radically alter his defense corps. The Ducks feel they’re now better equipped to get through the battle of attrition that is the Western Conference in the playoffs. In the here and now, however, the Ducks sit atop thn.com’s weekly Power Rankings. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses.) Read more

Here are your winners and losers of the 2015 NHL trade deadline

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Another NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and whenever it passes, there’s the urge to judge which teams were winners and which ones were at the other end of the competitive spectrum. Of course, any hockey fan paying close attention from year-to-year understands that 99 percent of all trades have to be judged over the long-term to be judged fairly. So bear that in mind as we do our best to break down the teams that came away from this season’s deadline – including the days leading up to it, when many of the biggest deals took place – looking great, and which ones came away looking questionable or worse.

Winners:

Arizona Coyotes: There were two types of winners on Deadline Day 2015 – the winners who are loading up for a long playoff run, and the winners who stripped down their roster as part of a long-term rebuild. The Coyotes are clearly part of the latter group, and GM Don Maloney did a ton of work that will quicken the franchise’s turnaround: he shook down Rangers counterpart Glen Sather for (among other things) a top prospect (Anthony Duclair) and first-round draft pick; he also landed Chicago’s first-rounder and a prospect for Antoine Vermette. Read more