Ducks Arrive in Dallas for Game 6

Saturday, 04.19.2008 / 3:52 PM PT / News
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Ducks Arrive in Dallas for Game 6
Ryan Getzlaf (left) and Corey Perry (right), both goal-scorers last night, were among the Ducks to head to John Wayne Airport en route to Dallas this morning.

By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com


With renewed life in this Western Conference Quarterfinals Series with the Stars, the Ducks headed out of Anaheim this morning to go back to Dallas for Game 6. The return comes just about a day and a half after last leaving the city, but the Ducks head back in better spirits than when they left, which followed a disappointing Game 4 loss that left them down 3-1 in the serious.

Last night Anaheim came roaring back with a convincing 5-2 win at Honda Center in which five different Ducks scored goals and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Tomorrow night will be just the next step in the Ducks trying to become the 19th team in NHL history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit.  

“We're still really behind the 8-ball.” said defenseman Sean O’Donnell, whose third period goal last night was his first in the playoffs since May of 2006 and gave the Ducks an important two-goal lead. “We just have to go in on Sunday and see what we can do. We haven't done things very easily this year, but this team still has a lot of fight in it. We did win it last year, and you can't do that unless your best comes out when it's necessary.”

The Ducks will have to do it in front of what will likely be a raucous crowd at American Airlines Arena, a place that before Game 4 hadn’t been that friendly to the home team. The Stars had lost seven of their last eight playoff games there before their 3-1 victory in Thursday night.

The Ducks will need to reverse the result of that game to earn the right for a Game 7 back in Anaheim on Tuesday night.

"I actually felt good, better than [Thursday] night," Giguere said of his 40-save effort in Game 5. "Maybe I need less sleep."

"I really believe this is the group that can do it," said Teemu Selanne, who had the eventual game-winner early in last night’s third period. "It's going to be tough, but there are teams that have done it before, so that's a good sign."

The grind of shuttling between Dallas and Anaheim didn’t seem to get to the Ducks last night, who with their backs against the wall came out with an energy that pushed them to perhaps their finest performance of the series. That was especially true for Giguere, who faced more shots in a playoff game than he had in last year’s conference semifinals.

"I actually felt good, better than [Thursday] night," Giguere said. "Maybe I need less sleep."

A key for the Ducks tomorrow night will be to continue the penalty-killing success they’ve shown the past two games, where they have nixed all 13 Dallas power play opportunities. The Stars were 8 of 20 in the first three games of the series, two of them Dallas wins.

“It was just a matter of the odds before we finally got on a roll and killed some of them,” O’Donnell said. “They were giving it to us pretty good the first three games on the power play. We made some adjustments. I think we’ve done a decent job. I’m sure they’re going to make some changes for Sunday night. The chess game continues.”

NOTES
Checking line forward Rob Niedermayer made the trip out of Orange County with the team after missing the last three games with concussion-like symptoms. Niedermayer didn’t make the trip to Dallas for Game 3 and 4 and was replaced on that line by Todd Marchant, who had two goals, including an empty-netter in the closing moments last night.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58


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