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Series Shifts to Rockies

Monday, 05.8.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Series Shifts to Rockies
DENVER, Colo. – After playing a nearly flawless first two games of their Western Conference semifinal series against Colorado, the Ducks will need to do something tonight they haven’t done this season if they want to take a 3-0 series lead over the Avs.

Win in Denver.

In the first two games of the series, the Ducks outscored Colorado a combined 8-0. Meanwhile, Anaheim netminder Ilya Bryzgalov is currently holding the longest playoff shutout streak ever for a rookie, dating back to Game 6 against Calgary (229:42).  Plus, the Ducks have gotten solid contributions from all four lines and they have a 2-0 series lead with Game 3 to be played tonight.

Things couldn’t be better, right? 

“I think that our level of play always has room for improvement from a coaching perspective,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.  “Because you are always asking your people to make less mistakes, to do a better job in certain areas.” 

Up 2-0 in a series is a new situation for the 2006 playoff Ducks.  In the conference quarterfinals against Calgary, Anaheim never held a series lead until they clinched the seventh game. And despite holding the advantage this time, they aren’t looking ahead to a clinching game.   

“I don’t think we should even be looking to Game 4,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer.  “Right now we’ve got a game tonight that is very important for both teams and we have to out there doing our best.  So, that’s what we have to think about right now.”

This season the Avalanche posted their third-most wins in franchise history at home in the Pepsi Center, going  25-10-6 on home ice.  However, the Pepsi Center’s friendly confines have not always been kind to Colorado in the post-season.  Since the 2002 playoffs, the Avs have a sub-.500 record at the Pepsi Center at 9-10. 

The Ducks know despite that brief bit of history, getting a victory in this building will be a challenge.

“We have to continue to do what we have to do to be as good as we can,” said Scott Niedermayer.  “We have a ton of respect for the team over there.  They have a great crowd here that is going to be behind them and it’s going to be tough.”

This season the Ducks were unable to grab a victory in Denver, suffering 4-3 defeats in the two games played at the Pepsi Center.

On November 3rd, Joffrey Lupul tallied a two-goal effort and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 28 of 32 shots.  More recently, on March 28, Andrew Brunette netted the game-winner with 6:03 remaining in the game to lift the Avs to the home sweep of Anaheim.

The Ducks hope their play at home in this series can carry over to the mile-high confines and, more importantly, give them a commanding 3-0 series lead.

“Right now the team is doing the types of things we need to do to win hockey games,” said Scott Niedermayer.  The part for us is to try and keep doing it.”

NOTES:

Tonight’s contest will be Colorado’s 483rd consecutive sellout – the longest recorded streak in National Hockey League history.

Ducks fans will have home ‘bar’ advantage at the ESPN Zone located inside Downtown Disney in Anaheim.  Fans can also catch Thursday’s game with fellow Quackers at the Zone.

Tonight’s game is being televised exclusively in the US on OLN.

The Ducks’ primary affiliate, the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, are currently tied 2-2 in the Atlantic Division finals with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  Anaheim is the only NHL club to have their AHL affiliate still alive in the playoffs.  Zenon Konopka (7-9-16), Shane O’Brien (4-19=13) and Ryan Shannon (7-5=12) lead the team in scoring.

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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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