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Practice Report (May 1) - Ducks Get Back to Work Following Game 1 Win

Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 4:08 PM / News
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Practice Report (May 1) - Ducks Get Back to Work Following Game 1 Win
“The one guy that keeps me in check, and I know keeps Winny [Winnik] in check, is Saku," Cogliano said. "At the end of the day, he’s a veteran in the league and I respect him more than anyone pretty much in the league. It’s great to play with him. To have him in my ear telling me little things and giving me insight is something special."
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com


The afternoon following an intense 3-1 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with Detroit, the Ducks got back to work with an optional practice at The Rinks – Anaheim Ice. Most of the Ducks were on the ice, the only exceptions being Jonas Hiller (who had 21 saves in the victory last night), Francois Beauchemin (empty-net goal), Sheldon Souray, Toni Lydman and Saku Koivu.

Andrew Cogliano was one of two Ducks (the other being Emerson Etem) to have made his postseason debut last night, and today he talked about the experience.

“It was unbelievable,” said Cogliano, who spent his first five NHL seasons in Edmonton before coming to the Ducks in the summer of 2011. “It was a great time and I’m glad we got the win. Just the atmosphere and the intensity of the game are just on another level. I never experienced that before. You just feel like every play out there means something. It’s just magnified that much more. It’s a good feeling. It’s fun to know you have 20 guys playing for one goal and to win the game and doing everything you can. It’s a great thing to be a part of."

On the anticipation leading up to the game: “I was really excited. I didn’t sleep at all the night before. As the game started, I really calmed down and settled in, and focused on executing. I didn’t want to let me nerves or my excitement get in the way. I needed to execute.”

As he has done for most of the season, Cogliano played on a third line with Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnik, a unit that was very active throughout the night. “The one guy that keeps me in check, and I know keeps Winny [Winnik] in check, is Saku. At the end of the day, he’s a veteran in the league and I respect him more than anyone pretty much in the league. It’s great to play with him. To have him in my ear telling me little things and giving me insight is something special.

“He doesn’t talk too much but when he does, everything he says is bang on. Last night, he even said ‘Let’s play smart, let’s play in control. They’re going to have chances. [Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg] are two of the best players in the league and they’re going to get chances every game. But it’s a matter of executing and staying to what we have to do.’ And when a guy like him says that, you just take it and think about it for a second. You think about all the experiences he’s been through. For me to play with him and to be a part of his line, I really cherish it.”

Nick Bonino scored the game’s first goal, the first of his playoff career and called it, “really fun. My first NHL goal is cool and this is kind of a whole different animal. It was fun, especially to get the lead early in front of a packed house like that. It’s something I’ll always remember.”

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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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