Notes from the Road - Philadelphia

Friday, 10.9.2009 / 1:34 PM PT / Features
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Notes from the Road - Philadelphia
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


Through the streets of Philadelphia, the Ducks wound their way Friday morning to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Class of 1923” Arena, quite the unusual venue for an NHL team to practice.

Practice the Ducks did, however, in the 40-year-old building, a $3.2 million project begun in 1968, completed as a “state-of-the-art” facility four years later and still home to both the Penn and Drexel club hockey teams. It also stands as the largest class donation in Penn’s history.

Modern on the outside, the 60,000-square-foot, 2,900-seat facility is something else again on the inside, certainly with its share of “character.”

Unlike many “dirty and dungy” rinks in Canada, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said, Penn’s ice rink, while old, is “an upscale arena.”

The out-of-the-ordinary setting nonetheless enabled the Ducks to prepare for Saturday night’s meeting with the Philadelphia Flyers at Wachovia Center.

On the heels of Thursday night’s impressive 6-1 victory at Boston, the Ducks (1-1-1) will look for a second consecutive triumph against a Flyers team that opened the season 3-0 but dropped a 5-4, home-ice decision to rival Pittsburgh on Thursday.

“We’re going into an emotional building,” Carlyle said. “They’ll be looking to regain their swagger.”

It will be the Ducks’ first chance to see former teammate Chris Pronger in a Philadelphia uniform. Pronger, dealt to the Flyers in June for winger Joffrey Lupul, promising young defenseman Luca Sbisa and a nice collection of draft picks, has four assists, a plus-4 mark and a team-high 18 penalty minutes in four games.

The Ducks’ victory over the Bruins featured two goals each from Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry, one apiece from Evgeny Artyukhin and Bobby Ryan, and a perfect 6-for-6, penalty-killing effort.

Carlyle also pointed to an impressive total of 15 blocked shots that featured two each from Perry, Lupul, Ryan Getzlaf and defensemen Nick Boynton and Ryan Whitney.

Newly acquired center Saku Koivu also turned in a sparkling effort, at both ends of the ice, picking up an assist and winning 11 of 18 faceoffs.

“We had contributions from a lot of people,” Carlyle said.

Carlyle pointed to a “carryover” from Tuesday night’s 4-3, overtime loss at Minnesota.

“You can’t lose sight of the fact we blew a three-goal lead,” he said. “We needed a response. There was a lot of pressure on our hockey team.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
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 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 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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