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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

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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