Having earned a nice road preseason victory two night ago in Colorado, the Ducks will look to do it again tonight against a bitter Northern California rival.
Anaheim heads up to San Jose to take on the Sharks in the first of two exhibition matchups – the other concluding this preseason on September 28 at Honda Center. While the Ducks look for their third win in four preseason games, tonight is just the second game for San Jose, which beat the Canucks in Vancouver last Monday night.
"We just want to keep improving and doing things right," said head coach Bruce Boudreau after the team's morning skate. "I thought we were a little sloppy in some things, but we were doing things a lot better in Colorado than we did the previous night against LA."
Added Boudreau, "The wins and losses don’t mean as much right now, but you’d like to win every game. You’d like to win playing the right way. That’s what we want to do."
Approximately half of the remaining Ducks in training camp headed up to the south Bay Area, while the rest remained back in Anaheim for practice. The lineup for tonight hasn’t been revealed, but it would appear that the Ducks traveled with goalies Viktor Fasth and Igor Bobkov.
It was two other goalies – Frederik Andersen and John Gibson – who helped earn Anaheim a 2-1 victory in Denver on Wednesday night. Andersen saved nine of 10 Avs shots while 2010 second round draft pick Gibson stopped all 18 shots he saw on the night.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said yesterday that Gibson couldn’t wait to make up for his performance the night prior, in which he gave up three third period goals in a 6-0 loss to LA at Honda Center.
“Gibson was supposed to go in [to replace starter Andersen] halfway through the game, and there was a whistle at 10:31,” Boudreau said. “I was waiting until after the 10-minute mark to put him in there. But he was out the door, he was that anxious to get in the net. He was like, I’m gonna redeem myself. And he did. He played very, very well.”
Gibson earned the win when 19-year-old defenseman Hampus Lindholm scored the eventual game-winner on the power play with just under six minutes remaining. “I got a nice pass from Bonino and I just tried to get it quickly to the net,” said Lindholm, taken by the Ducks with the sixth pick of the 2012 draft. “[Emerson] was in front of the net, and I was just happy to see it go in.
“We really wanted to win that game. We were skating hard and blocking shots and everything. It was a good win.”
After their battle tonight in San Jose, the Ducks return home for a rematch with Colorado on Sunday at Honda Center.
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