The Ducks invited their fathers to join them for the final two games of their five-game trip, which ended Saturday night at Staples Center. Nineteen of them accompanied their sons to Phoenix and L.A., a treat for all concerned. There was a team dinner and a golf outing in Phoenix earlier in the week, a trip to the Ducks’ Anaheim practice facility to watch a workout Friday and the games themselves against the Coyotes and the Kings. There also was a sight-seeing trip to Hollywood for the dads Saturday. The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche made similar trips with their fathers to Anaheim earlier this season, prompting general manager Brian Burke to plan the father-son trip for the Ducks. It’s a way for the players to repay their fathers for the many hours of sacrifice watching their sons get their starts at predawn practices often held in frozen rinks around North America and in Europe. It also was a chance for the fathers to get to know each other. “It’s very special for them,” winger Teemu Selanne said. “My dad (Ilmari) has probably been here (Southern California) 20 times, but he’s never been on a road trip.” Goalie rotation: As is his custom, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle declined to name his starting goalies for the second game of the home-and-home series against the Kings. Jean-Sebastien Giguere started Saturday’s game and Carlyle said he probably wouldn’t decide until after the game whether Giguere would start again tonight at the Honda Center or whether Ilya Bryzgalov would start for the first time since Feb. 7. Roster move: Before the game, the Kings signed winger John Zeiler to a NHL contract and recalled him from the American Hockey League and sent down rookie winger Konstantin Pushkarev. Zeiler, 24, made his NHL debut Saturday. He had 11goals and 16 assists in 52games in Manchester. Solid in goal: A major factor in the Kings’ mini-resurgence since the All-Star break has been goalie Sean Burke, a 40-year-old veteran who was plucked out of the AHL off waivers. During the Kings’ recent five-game road trip, Burke made four starts, went 2-1-1 and stopped 115 of 120 shots. He also recorded a shutout against the Florida Panthers. Mathieu Garon got the start, but Burke is expected to be in goal tonight in Anaheim. “I’ve been pleased,” Burke said. “I’m just pleased that I was able to come in and contribute, considering where I was. I’ve been able to come back to this level and have some enjoyment with it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
JKL’s Nansikombi (9) tries to sink a lay-up over A1’s Susan Amito (5) on Wednesday night (Photo by FUBA media)FUBA National Basketball League-Semi Finals (Game one)JKL Lady Dolphins 88-68 A1 ChallengeMTN Arena, LugogoWednesday, 12-09-2018Jamila Nansikombi scored a game high 25 points as JKL Lady Dolphins defeated A1 Challenge 88-68 to win game one of the best of five series at Lugogo on Wednesday night.Peace Nakirijja got the game rolling with a jump shot to put JKL 2-0 up inside the first 10 seconds of the game and Hope Akello increased their advantage to three, converting one of her two free-throws following a foul by Sheilah Abey, a minute later.By the end of the first quarter, JKL led by as many as seven with the scores 24-17.In the second, JKL scored the first 12 points of the quarter en route to a 40-27 lead going into halftime.JKL never looked back as they won the third 26-18 and despite A1 winning the fourth 23-22, the Dolphins saw out the game 88-68.Apart from Nansikombi (25), Hope Akello was in devastating form, scoring a double double of 17 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Ritah Imanishimwe (16) and Stella Oyella (12) were the others who reached double figures interms of points for JKL.For A1, they had three players reach double figures (points) in the losing effort. Susan Amito (12), Captain-Stella Nikuze (16) and Georgia Adiambo (18) all put up spirited displays on the night.Game two will be played on Sunday.Comments Tags: A1 ChallengeFUBA NBL 2018JKL Lady Dolphinstop