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

Tuesday, 09.16.2008 / 2:22 AM / News
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Ducks Rookies Bounce Back With 2-1 Scrimmage Win in Vegas
By Steve Carroll
Ducks Radio Play-by-Play Voice


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.”
 
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 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.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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