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Ducks Looking to Move Onward and Upward

A deflating loss in Game 1 against the Predators has the Ducks focused on trying to even the series Friday

Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 3:22 PM PT / News
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Ducks Looking to Move Onward and Upward
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


Pretty much everybody, from the Ducks players to coaches to fans, would like to hit the reset button after a deflating loss to Nashville in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

“We have to get back to our game,” Beauchemin said. “It was just one of those nights where nothing was going our way. You want to use that home-ice advantage. We lost the first one, no big deal. We just have to make sure we are all focused and ready to go for tomorrow."
While that defeat cannot be erased completely, Anaheim began to move past it during Thursday’s practice and the club is eager for the fresh start that Game 2 provides beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“We have to get back to our game,” Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. “It was just one of those nights where nothing was going our way. You want to use that home-ice advantage. We lost the first one, no big deal. We just have to make sure we are all focused and ready to go for tomorrow. Then, we go from there. We have to go in their building and get one, come back home and get home-ice again.”

Beauchemin did not skate in practice, as he continues to nurse a lower-body ailment resulting from a shot he took toward the end of the regular season. Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said he should be available come Game 2.

Ducks Comment On Injuries and Game 2

“It’s just taking a little more time to heal,” Beauchemin said. “It’s tough when you have those games every second day. I’ve been trying to take medicine and painkillers. It’s good on gamedays, but on practice days it’s tough to get out there and force it.”

Another lower-body injury situation that arose late in the 82-game schedule was to goaltender Ray Emery, who was forced to leave the April 6 win vs. San Jose early. He had not returned to action until being inserted in the third period last night after starter Dan Ellis surrendered his fourth goal in 24 shots to the Predators.

After stopping all six Nashville shots he saw in 19:04 of time between the pipes in Game 1, Emery took part in a full practice today. He and Carlyle each sounded pleased with his progress in the recent days and say that if all continues to go well, he could potentially get the start in Game 2.

“I would say Ray Emery is pretty much close to 100 percent,” said Carlyle, who did not tip his hand on which player he plans to use in net come tomorrow. “Emery is more of a bigger bodied blocking type of goaltender, where Dan Ellis is more of a smaller guy, compact and more active in the net. Both goaltenders have success in the NHL with their styles and they both compete to stop the puck. “

Emery, who stopped all six shots he saw last night, said, “I’ve been getting better. I felt I could contribute, so that is why I was the backup. I’m not sure what is going to happen, but my body feels good enough.”

"The playoffs are a whole different thing,” Emery said. “That is what I really love about the game. It’s been a long time. It’s something that I’m hoping get back into because it’s awesome."
Last night was the first playoff action the 28-year-old Emery has had since Game 5 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, when he was in net for Ottawa against his current team, who secured the franchise’s first championship on that night.

 Being in a playoff atmosphere is special for Emery, even more so after enduring a severe hip injury that kept him away from the game for a year. “The playoffs are a whole different thing,” he said. “That is what I really love about the game. It’s been a long time. It’s something that I’m hoping get back into because it’s awesome."

While with the Senators from 2002-08, Emery was a teammate of center Mike Fisher, who was dealt to Nashville earlier this season after playing with Ottawa since 1999. It was Fisher’s second goal of the game in last night’s Game 1 that sent Emery into the game in relief of Ellis.

“He got a change of scenery and is doing well,” Emery said of Fisher. “We shared that Cup run and fell short here. “It’s funny how things end up and how you cross paths with different guys along the way.

“He’s a hard-working player and not a selfish player whatsoever. He’ll do anything to block shots and he kills penalties. He’s a tough player. He is going to contribute, but I think we can limit his effectiveness. We can find ways to get to their team.”

Putting the mistakes of Game 1 in the rearview mirror, Anaheim will be seeking to be more assertive tomorrow night with the hope of evening the series before it heads to the Nashville.

“We have to play better,” Carlyle said. “We accept responsibility for the way we played. Our execution level has to go up dramatically. That is why I was a little bit adamant this morning in practice that we didn’t do it. Those are areas that have to be addressed right now. There is no accepting the way we managed the puck last night.”

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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
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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