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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
December 06, 1999
Three reasons the Mighty Ducks, who had the NHL's top power play last season (25.5% success), have struggled with the man advantage this year (27th in the league, at 11.3% through Sunday): 1) Opponents have limited attack-zone time by aggressively checking Anaheim in the neutral zone; 2) point man Fred Olausson, who last season scored 10 power-play goals, had only two because the opposition has closed his shooting lane; and 3) sniper Teemu Selanne, the NHL goal-scoring champ in 1998-99, had only one man-advantage goal....
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December 06, 1999

In The Crease

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Three reasons the Mighty Ducks, who had the NHL's top power play last season (25.5% success), have struggled with the man advantage this year (27th in the league, at 11.3% through Sunday): 1) Opponents have limited attack-zone time by aggressively checking Anaheim in the neutral zone; 2) point man Fred Olausson, who last season scored 10 power-play goals, had only two because the opposition has closed his shooting lane; and 3) sniper Teemu Selanne, the NHL goal-scoring champ in 1998-99, had only one man-advantage goal....

Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who missed 43 games last season because of a severely sprained ankle, had a cortisone injection on Nov. 22 to alleviate recurring pain. If the discomfort persists, look for Phillips to have surgery to remove scar tissue and miss most of the rest of the regular season....

Credit Kings director of player personnel Bill O'Flaherty for finding three U.S. college free-agent gems: Forwards Jason Blake ( Ferris State and North Dakota), Brad Chartrand (Cornell) and Marko Tuomainen (Clarkson). All are foot-soldier types who have helped give surprising L.A. (14-7-4) the grittiness it lacked last season....

Stars general manager Bob Gainey is in training to run a marathon. His goal? Qualifying for Boston....

When Canadiens wing Brian Savage, who suffered three broken vertebrae after getting hammered by Kings center Ian Laperriere last week, was taken to the hospital in Los Angeles, he also complained of a sore throat. The doctors' diagnosis: tonsillitis....

Coyotes center Travis Green, perceived as an underachiever when he was acquired from the Mighty Ducks in June, is having a career year (11 goals and 10 assists). The reason? A summertime meeting with Phoenix conditioning coach Stieg Theander, who ripped Green for being out of shape and put him on a conditioning program.

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