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Ducks Rookies Bounce Back With 2-1 Scrimmage Win in Vegas

Monday, 09.15.2008 / 11:22 PM PT / News
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Ducks Rookies Bounce Back With 2-1 Scrimmage Win in Vegas
By Steve Carroll
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The Anaheim Ducks rookies bounced back from a Sunday night scrimmage loss to San Jose and recorded a 2-1 win Monday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Now the two squads get together for a regular game on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to end the four-day camp experience away from Southern California.
“I’m really happy,” said Gord Dineen, the Ducks rookie head coach. “We got off to a much better start and it carried over into the rest of the game. Our goaltenders were real strong throughout the scrimmage. David McKee and Marco Cousineau were excellent in net. The defense was very sound. We killed off some penalties. The forwards were blocking shots. So, I couldn’t be happier.”
 Steve Carroll with Ducks coach Gord Dineen 
Steve Carroll with center Matthew Caruana  
Steve Carroll with right winger Matt Stefanishion   

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Dineen said the improvement in his team of youngsters was evident from one day to the next. “You could just see the comfort level has risen quite a bit,” said Dineen, who will coach the AHL’s Iowa Chops this coming season. “Certainly the intensity level has risen, although they were very intense the first night, too. As far as getting pucks out and finishing checks, they are figuring it out.”
After a scoreless first period, right winger Matt Stefanishion put the Ducks ahead on a goal, assisted by John de Gray and Jason Bailey. It was scored at the 13:33 mark of the first period.
“I was just coming down the ice,” said Stefanishion, who played last year in Fresno and Reading of the ECHL. “I was trying to get the puck to the net and had good traffic in front. It bounced off the post and went in. It was a good feeling to get the team started and the game rolling.”
The Ducks would increase their lead in the second period to 2-0 at the 16:59 mark of the second frame on a power play goal by center Matthew Caruana. The assists were credited to left winger Logan MacMillan and defenseman Adrian Veideman.
“On the power play, Logan and I worked a little give and go down low,” said Caruana, who played most of last season with Niagara (CHA) and later played in three games for Portland of the AHL. “I kind of curled up around the top of the circle. Jimmy Kilpatrick and Logan were in front of the net putting a good screen on the goaltender. I let a shot go and it found the net.”
San Jose would answer with a power play at the 17:52 mark of the second period on a tally from left winger PJ Fenton to cut the lead to 2-1. The assists were credited to Matthew Pistilli and Michael Wilson.  
The third period was scoreless.
McKee played in the nets for Anaheim until the 10:08 mark of the second period before being relieved by Marco Cousineau, the Ducks third round draft choice, 83rd overall in 2008.
The Ducks went 1-6 on the power play, while the Sharks finished 1-7.San Jose outshot Anaheim in the scrimmage by a 29-16 margin.
“Certainly, when they are coming from different systems in junior or from college, everybody does some things differently,” says Dineen. “It shows the hockey IQ that they can adapt and play together like that. They’ve really adapted in two games time already.”
Caruana says this experience in rookie camp has been fantastic.
“It’s a great experience,” added Caruana. “I played in college last year. I did get a chance with Portland for a little bit. But anytime you put on a Ducks jersey, it’s pretty special. The guys are all great. It’s like a family. A great experience all the way around.”




1 DAL 23 18 5 0 80 59 36
2 STL 23 14 6 3 61 57 31
3 NSH 22 12 6 4 56 55 28
4 CHI 23 13 8 2 65 59 28
5 LAK 22 13 8 1 54 47 27
6 SJS 22 13 9 0 60 56 26
7 MIN 21 11 7 3 60 57 25
8 ARI 22 12 9 1 61 62 25
9 VAN 24 9 8 7 68 64 25
10 WPG 24 11 11 2 64 74 24
11 ANA 24 8 11 5 46 64 21
12 CGY 23 8 13 2 54 81 18
13 COL 22 8 13 1 63 67 17
14 EDM 23 7 14 2 59 72 16


C. Perry 24 7 9 -5 16
R. Getzlaf 20 1 14 0 15
S. Vatanen 24 5 8 1 13
R. Rakell 21 5 5 -3 10
R. Kesler 24 3 7 -11 10
C. Fowler 24 3 7 -11 10
A. Cogliano 24 3 5 -8 8
C. Stewart 23 4 3 -1 7
S. Horcoff 23 3 4 0 7
H. Lindholm 23 2 5 -7 7
F. Andersen 4 7 4 .914 2.54
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .908 2.70

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