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Practice Report (April 26): Ducks Gearing up for Playoffs

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Practice Report (April 26): Ducks Gearing up for Playoffs
"As you get a little older and you've been around and realize how hard it is to make the playoffs anymore, maybe you cherish it a little more." -- Bryan Allen
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks held an optional practice at Honda Center this afternoon, fresh off a four-game road trip through Western Canada. After dropping the first of four in Calgary, Anaheim earned back-to-back road wins in Edmonton and defeated Vancouver 3-1 last night.

With one more regular season game remaining (tomorrow night at Honda Center), the Ducks are primed to head into the postseason on a high note.

“It was huge,” said Bryan Allen, in regard to Anaheim’s successful road trip. “Any time a team knows they’re going to be in the playoffs, they try to play the same way and really stick to a system because that’s really what’s going to pay off down the road.”

Players young and old are eager for the postseason, especially 13-year veteran Allen, who hasn’t been in the playoffs for nearly 10 years.

“I’m very excited. It’s been awhile for me,” said Allen, who spent time with the Canucks, Panthers and Hurricanes before coming to Anaheim last summer. “Someone said [2003-04], around that time. As you get a little older and you’ve been around and realize how hard it is to make the playoffs anymore, maybe you cherish it a little more.”

Rookie and Long Beach native Emerson Etem embarks on his first postseason journey and says he’s already sought advice from a teammate.

“I asked Bobby [Ryan], maybe about a week ago, what the playoffs are like,” said Etem. “He said at Honda Center, there’s nothing really like it.”

Adds Etem, “I just expect what they’re telling me. There’s nothing else like the fans here in Honda Center during playoff time. Me being the young guy, I just want to play a simple game. That’s why I’m not nervous. I know the game I need to play. Play the body, get the puck deep and create energy for our team.”

BOUDREAU’S THOUGHTS
On the playoffs: “They feel different. The arena feels different. Everything is different. The approach to the game is different, the seriousness of it. It’s more physical. There are no passengers ever in the playoffs. It’s what makes hockey a beautiful thing in the spring.

“You coach differently because the matchups are usually more intense. At the end of a playoff game, you’re really tired as a coach because it’s a mental day. It’s from 6 a.m. right through game time.”

On advising the younger players: “Everybody here has pretty well been in the playoffs at some part of their lives. Sometimes they’re so excited, what you’re really doing is calming them down. The experienced guys know what to expect. They don’t panic. The younger guys have to learn. You’re either going to make mistakes, as we all are, but they’re not going to make mistakes for lack of effort. They’ll be working their rear ends off.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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