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Morning Report (March 25): Ducks Ready for Sharks

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:01 PM PT / News
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Morning Report (March 25): Ducks Ready for Sharks
Souray, on Dvorak: "He's got a lot of experience. I really enjoyed playing with him last year. He plays really hard and he's a positive and upbeat guy. So I think with that kind of presence, he's going to blend in perfectly."
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Although the morning skate was optional, most of the Ducks were on the ice in preparation for tonight’s contest against the San Jose Sharks. The two teams will close out the season series two days from now in San Jose.

Radek Dvorak, who was signed to a one-year contract yesterday, cleared waivers and was on the ice wearing number 18, though currently non-roster status as he still needs to go through the immigration process. Dvorak arrived in Orange County late last night.

Viktor Fasth was the first goaltender off the ice this morning.

DVORAK’S THOUGHTS
“It’s nice to be back in the NHL. It was tough for me to leave after 17 years in the league, but that’s how it is. That’s life. But it’s nice to be back with a team like Anaheim, one of the best teams in the league. I’m very happy.

“I went over to Switzerland to finish the season there, and deep in my mind, in my soul, I was hoping to come back and it happened. My priority, when I went to Switzerland, was to be there and play my best to help the team win, but we lost in the first round. I was there on my own. My family stayed in Florida so I didn’t see them for seven weeks. I had to go back as soon as possible. As soon as I get back I get a nice call from Anaheim and I couldn’t believe it. It was a nice surprise. I’m very glad everything is over and I can join a team.”

‘HE’S GOING TO BLEND IN PERFECTLY’
Sheldon Souray
and Dvorak were teammates on the Dallas Stars last season and Souray had nothing but good things to say about the guy known as “Devo.”

“He’s got a lot of experience. I really enjoyed playing with him last year. He plays really hard and he’s a positive and upbeat guy. So I think with that kind of presence, he’s going to blend in perfectly.

“He’s a good player. I was surprised he didn’t get a contract at the end of [last season] going into this year, because he had a pretty good year in Dallas. He was one of the guys who was really consistent. And again, his attitude was great last year.

“He’s just a really good guy. He plays hard. He’s an honest player. He’s going to be a depth guy where he can fill in anywhere and play well. His attitude and consistency is as good as anybody.

“He’s played a lot of games and has a lot of experience. For the amount of time left in the season and in the playoffs, he’s a perfect guy to have.”

Bruce Boudreau, on Dvorak: “He can still skate, he can still play. He’s a good penalty killer which is something I think we can never have enough of. He’s going to help our team.

“He can play either the right or left side. He’ll play one of them. I don’t know if he’s going to play every game, but, as needed, we’ll see how he’s going. He’s non-rostered right now. We’ll have to get him a couple practices in before he plays. But on a good note, he just finished a seven-game series last weekend so he hasn’t been off skates like forever, so he should be fine.”

TIME TO BOUNCE BACK
With a game tonight, the Ducks can quickly erase the thoughts of last night’s 2-1 loss to Detroit, and Peter Holland says that works in their favor.

“It’s nice to be able to come back the next night after playing a good 40 minutes. Not getting the result you wanted, but being able to rebound the very next day is something that works in our favor.

“The biggest thing is just making sure we’re playing our game. We think if we play our game, we’re a pretty tough team to beat, so we don’t make too many adjustments based on who we’re playing. Just a matter of tightening down on the things that we do well.”

Below are the Ducks who took part in the optional skate
Forwards

Beleskey
Dvorak
Etem
Holland
Palmieri
Perry
Ryan
Selanne
Staubitz
Steckel

Defense
Allen
Fowler
Lovejoy
Lydman
Sbisa

Goaltenders
Fasth
Hiller

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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