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Notes from the Road - Philadelphia

Friday, 10.09.2009 / 4:34 PM / 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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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