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On Deadline

Friday, 04.28.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 34 22 7 5 99 90 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 33 10 25 7 35
R. Kesler 34 11 15 0 26
S. Vatanen 34 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 34 15 3 12 18
C. Fowler 33 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 34 4 12 6 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 26 2 12 -6 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41


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