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

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 1:29 PM PT / News
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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.”

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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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