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Thursday, 04.27.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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On Deadline
CALGARY – Sean O’Donnell has only been on the Ducks blue line since March 10th but after his overtime game-winner on Thursday night, O’Donnell may be the most popular Anaheim skater.

“It was a big game yesterday and coming back here 2-2 it was a nice win for us,” said O’Donnell.

O’Donnell was acquired at the trade deadline from the Phoenix Coyotes for Joel Perrault for his defense and his toughness, not necessarily his clutch goal-scoring ability.

“I’m not going to lie, when we got into the room last night and I watched the SportsCenter’s and the TSN’s and I had a smile on my face watching the replays,” said O’Donnell.  “It was fun last night but last night is done.  “If we come in floating on the game four win, we’re going to get pounded in here tomorrow night.”

In the opening two minutes of overtime, O’Donnell jumped onto the ice to replace forward Ryan Getzlaf with time winding down on a minor high sticking penalty to Stephane Yelle.  Chris Kunitz found O’Donnell pinching toward the net. 

It was a great pass from Kunitz to me in the slot and there was some traffic in front,” said O’Donnell.  “I just put my head down and hit it as hard as I could and it found its way through somehow.”

The goal was the fourth career playoff marker for a player that only has 23 career regular season goals in 10 NHL seasons.

“Characteristically you wouldn’t classify him as an offensive player,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.   “He was offensive enough last night.”

O’Donnell’s acquisition at the trade deadline drew immediate comparisons to another Ducks defenseman, Keith Carney, who was traded to Vancouver the same day.

“I have a lot of respect for Keith - I played with him in the minors,” said O’Donnell.  “He was here for a long time and he was a key guy in that ’04 run.  You felt a little bit of pressure coming.  Our roles are very similar.”

The Ottawa native has tried to use the situation prove that the acquisition was the right one.

“I don’t think you can excel in this league unless you put pressure on yourself.  When those kinds of things happen you try and rise to the occasion and try to prove yourself and prove to the people that they made the right choice,” said O’Donnell.

Now the focus for O’Donnell and the Ducks is on tomorrow night’s game five match-up that will break the 2-2 series deadlock.

“Usually a good team will come back with their best performance after a loss,” said O’Donnell.  “I think Calgary’s game three was their best game and we came back maybe with our best game last night.  They’re going to come back in game five with their best once again and we just have to match that.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 51 21 15 -4 36
R. Getzlaf 47 5 31 7 36
R. Rakell 48 11 15 -3 26
R. Kesler 51 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 51 6 18 -2 24
J. Silfverberg 51 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 45 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 51 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 50 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 38 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.33
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13


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