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Morning Report (May 2): Third Line's a Charm

Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 3:06 PM / News
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Morning Report (May 2): Third Line\'s a Charm
"It's a great challenge. Those players, with their kind of skill level, they can make plays out of nothing." -- Saku Koivu, on Detroit forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks took part in their morning skate at Honda Center prior to Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m./Prime Ticket/ESPN 710).

Much has been said of the impact of Anaheim’s third line in Game 1 on Tuesday. That line, comprising Andrew Cogliano, Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnik, held Detroit’s top-two offensive threats (Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg) off the score sheet. In fact, Datsyuk was held to just a single shot on goal after recording eight points in the final three regular-season games.

Not since the 2007 Cup champion team has Anaheim possessed a formidable “shutdown” line. And although none of the three linemates specifically label themselves as that type of trio, their containment against Detroit’s top line will be a major factor for the rest of the series.

“It’s a great challenge,” Koivu said, on facing Detroit’s top scoring line. “You try not to think about it too much and play the way we’ve been playing the whole season. Those players, [Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg] with their kind of skill level, they can make plays out of nothing.

“You know they’re going to get some chances and get some pressure against you, but you just try to battle through.”

The 38-year-old center also says all four lines have to be responsible defensively.

“They’re key players on their team, but at the same time, we’re trying to focus on our own game,” Koivu said. “For all of our lines, we have to be responsible defensively and not turn the puck over, especially against a team like Detroit. The longer we can limit their chances against us, it’s good for our team.”

Francois Beauchemin had time to reflect on his empty-net goal that added insurance to Anaheim’s Game 1 victory. His 180-foot wrist shot sailed through the neutral zone and into the empty net with 22.4 seconds left.

“I just had a quick second,” Beauchemin said. “I didn’t even think about it. I just got it on my stick and shot it right back down. I saw it [on the right path] and was hoping it wouldn’t spin out. It didn’t, so that was good.”

Although head coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t usually on the ice, physically, during the gameday morning skates, he says he keeps a close eye from his position on the bench.

“I’m looking at the intensity,” Boudreau said. “Seeing if it’s sloppy, and if it is, I’ll pull them in. Like the teacher, when you’re not out there, they relax a little bit.

“Especially at this time of year, I think it’s important to have a good morning skate to make sure you’re ready for the game tonight. In my history, a lot of times if you don’t have a good [morning skate], whether I played or coached, it sort of just goes into the afternoon and goes into the evening, and a lot of times you’ll play like you practiced in the morning. And as a player, I always wanted to go out there and feel really good about myself after the skate. Then you get a chance to go home and get some rest and can’t wait to get back to the game.

“I just thought it was good psychological stuff.”

NOTES
Boudreau said defenseman Luca Sbisa is available to play tonight, but he’ll keep the same defensive pairings as Game 1.

Goaltender John Gibson has been loaned to Team USA for the World Championships. Igor Bobkov has been recalled and is on the roster.

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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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