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Morning Report (March 25): Ducks Ready for Sharks

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 3:01 PM / 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 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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