Morning Report (April 30): Ducks Ready for Game 1

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Morning Report (April 30): Ducks Ready for Game 1
"It's fun, it's exciting. You'll be emotional, but you have to control it and be ready to play." -- Andrew Cogliano, who will make his postseason debut after playing in 458 consecutive games over six seasons.
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks begin their quest for their second Stanley Cup tonight against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Honda Center (7:30 p.m./Fox Sports West, ESPN 710).

Luca Sbisa (lower body) participated in the entire morning skate, paired with Sami Vatanen, and the defenseman said he hasn’t had any setbacks recently. “We’ll see about tonight,” said Sbisa. “It’ll be a game-time decision. So far it was a good day. The past three days have been really good. No steps back, which is key right now. Before, we did too much too soon. We’re slowly getting better.”

Although Jonas Hiller was the first goaltender off the ice, head coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn’t reveal tonight’s starting goaltender. “I haven’t stated that I’m going with Hiller yet,” said Boudreau. “He came off the ice first, but Viktor [Fasth] was with the defensemen.”

ANDREW COGLIANO
It’s a feel-good story for Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, who is set to make his postseason debut. Cogliano has played in 458 consecutive regular season games over six NHL seasons.

“It’s fun, it’s exciting,” Cogliano said. “You’ll be emotional, but you have to control it and be ready to play. You have to be focused and ready to execute. I think in these games, especially for myself, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, but at the end of the day, it’s all about execution.”

On having a chance at winning a Stanley Cup championship: “It’s great. This is why we play and this is the reason why you play the regular season. For me, like everyone in this room, it’s an exciting time. We know we have a pretty good team, so let’s make a run.”

Etem

EMERSON ETEM
On his first postseason: “You can’t take it as just another game, because it’s not. It’s way more than that. At the same time, I’m not nervous at all. The attention to detail right now is huge, as far as getting your sleep, getting your rest, the nutrition you’re putting in your body. It just all builds up to these types of moments. I’m ready for it. I’ve just got to bring a lot of energy and play my hardest out there.”

On why he’s not nervous: “It’s hockey. At the end of the day, you’re going to have fun. I just think the crowd and the atmosphere is going to add to that. I can’t wait to see those orange towels waving.”

Getzlaf

RYAN GETZLAF
On the Detroit Red Wings: “They’re a tough team. They skate well and control the puck. It’s the same Detroit Red Wings organization that’s been here for a long time. A little different personnel here and there, but most of all, their group is the same up front, and we’ve got to be ready for that tonight.”

On parity amongst the eight playoff teams: “If you’re in the playoffs, and the Kings proved it last year, they were the eighth seed. If you’re in the playoffs, you’re ready to play and you have a good hockey team. Especially with the shortened season with the way it was, everybody needed wins a lot and needed them quick. [Detroit] was able to do what they needed to do down the stretch.”

On beginning the playoffs on a high note: “I feel like we played the way we wanted to during the last couple of games of the season. We got ready in the last week the way we wanted to. I feel very comfortable with our group.”

Boudreau

BRUCE BOUDREAU
On what Nick Bonino brings to the team: “He solidified [the second line]. He’s done a great job on the power play. I think we’ve scored in five or six straight games on the power play. He’s a really good presence there. The guys really like him. He blocks shots. He’s always the leader [in blocked shots] for us. He’s a very valuable piece to our puzzle. He may not have the numbers other people assume a second-line center is going to have, but he does an awful lot of good things.”

On tonight’s starting goaltender: “I haven’t stated that I’m going with Hiller yet. He came off the ice first, but Viktor [Fasth] was with the defensemen. Isn’t that usually the case? [Hiller] would be a strong consideration because he’s a good goalie. He’s played great, as has Viktor. It’s a toss-up, quite frankly, between them. If there’s any advantage for Hiller it’s because he’s had playoff experience on this side of the water.”

On Anaheim’s Getzlaf, Perry, and Detroit’s Datsyuk, Zetterberg: “You’re talking about the four best forwards on the ice in any situation. It usually comes down to your best players. If they’re your best players, you usually succeed. The battle would be, hopefully, our two guys make more of an impact than their two guys. I think both teams are well aware of when those guys are on the ice. The differences in play are two are a little smaller and dynamic, and the other two guys are bigger and stronger. It’s a pretty good barometer to see which works better.”

On if Game 1 is any more important than others in the series: “Today, it’s the most important game. That’s pretty well the way I look at it. When it’s over, when you look at Game 2, it’ll become the most important game. And then when you reflect on the series, you’ll probably reflect on one game being the turning point either way, whether it’s Game 1 or Game 7. I don’t think, at this stage, it takes on any more importance than another game.”

On the mindset of the team: “I think the guys are ready. They’ve been waiting to play a really meaningful game for a while now. Whether we’re good enough, time will tell.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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