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Ducks Prepare for Deciding Game

Monday, 05.1.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Ducks Prepare for Deciding Game
CALGARY – After his team’s 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames last night in the sixth game of the Western Conference quarterfinals, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle took advantage of the Tuesday off-day by keeping his team off the ice.

Carlyle was the only member of the Ducks to make an afternoon appearance at the Pengrowth Saddledome.  The first-year NHL head coach was there to address the media on the eve of the seventh and deciding game of the series.

“We’re doing something other than going onto the ice,” said Carlyle of his team’s Tuesday activity.  “We just felt that with our travel schedule, with what’s transpired here, that it was getting monotonous, redundant – whatever word you want to use to describe -  that we’d just do a little bit of a change today.”

The Ducks and Flames played possibly their most physical contest of the series last night highlighted by game-long confrontation between Anaheim rookie defenseman Francois Beauchemin and Calgary captain Jarome Iginla.

Beauchemin and Iginla sparred in the opening minutes of the game with Beauchemin knocking Iginla down with a surprise left to begin the fight.

“There’s always those competitive battles within the game,” said Carlyle.  “That’s what competitive hockey and playoffs bring.”

In the closing seconds of the contest, Iginla went after Beauchemin resulting in charging and roughing minors being assessed to the Calgary right winger.

All of that tension and competitiveness will spill over to the final game of the series tomorrow night at the Saddledome at 6 p.m. (PDT).

“When you play a team as much as we’ve played these guys things happen,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer.  “Ultimately, both teams want to win this series.  If it takes getting a high stick or getting hit or whatever it may be, we want to be prepared to go through that and that’s what you have to do in a tough playoff series like this.”

The Ducks and Flames have played each other eight times in the past 22 days.  The two teams split their regular season series and have split this series so far.  Their 11th meeting of the season will decide which team will move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“Game seven – everybody is having fun,” said Ducks winger Teemu Selanne who tallied once and had a backhander called back as a result of a Ducks penalty in game six.  “Two good teams are playing tomorrow, so it’s going to be a good battle.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07


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