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Practice Report (May 7): Ducks Back on Home Ice

Tuesday, 05.7.2013 / 3:29 PM PT / News
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Practice Report (May 7): Ducks Back on Home Ice
"We're in a best-of-three series now. We always knew along the way that it was going to be a long series and we're playing a good hockey team over there." -- Ryan Getzlaf
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks held an optional practice at Honda Center this afternoon after flying out of Detroit early this morning and arriving in Southern California.

After splitting the first four games, this now becomes a best-of-three series in which Anaheim will play Games 5 and 7 (if necessary) on home ice. And despite a frustrating 3-2 overtime loss last night, the Ducks maintain a positive mindset moving forward.

“We’re far from frustrated right now,” Ryan Getzlaf said after the optional practice. “This is playoff hockey. This is the best time of the year. We’re in a best-of-three series now. We always knew along the way that it was going to be a long series and we’re playing a good hockey team over there. We’re just getting ready for tomorrow.”

“It’s a best-of-three series,” Corey Perry said. “We have one game tomorrow night and Friday night. Hopefully we can end it there. But if need be, we come back here for Game 7. The advantage is in our court, hopefully, and we’ve got to go out and earn that.”

With home ice for two of the next three games (if the series goes seven), the Ducks will be able to get the matchups they desire, but head coach Bruce Boudreau says the advantages are miniscule because of how tight the series has been.

“It’s a pretty tight series,” Boudreau said. “When we’re talking advantages, we’re talking miniscule things here. Home ice allows us to change last and to get the matchups that you would like to do. But quite frankly, the matchups only work if your team is playing well and you get a lead.

“If you don’t get a lead, you may have some great defensive matchups but you’re going to have to change because you need to score goals. We’ll get the last change which will help, because I thought the last game they were definitely trying to get [Pavel] Datsyuk’s line against one specific line and we tried to change it a few times. It’s a difficult thing to do.”

As expected, the mood was somber inside the Ducks locker room last night, but Getzlaf and Boudreau said the key to success is staying on an even keel.

“One goal the other way and everyone is happy today,” Getzlaf said. “It’s the way it goes. It’s playoff hockey and it’s fun. We just need to be ready for the next one whether we win or lose.”

“I think it’s important, but it’s a difficult thing to do,” said Boudreau. “When you win, you’re happy. But when you lose, it’s like death. It’s hard to keep an even keel unless you’re winning every game, but we’re trying as hard as we can not to get not too high when we win and not too low when we lose.”

NOTE: Toni Lydman, who was injured in Game 3, was not on the ice during the optional skate this afternoon.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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