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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13


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