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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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