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Winnik Leads Team Black to 6-1 Victory in Scrimmage

Sunday, 09.15.2013 / 1:44 PM PT / News
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Winnik Leads Team Black to 6-1 Victory in Scrimmage
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Once again, the team donning black jerseys came out victorious in the Ducks’ intrasquad scrimmage held at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE.

Propelled by Daniel Winnik’s two goals and strong performances from the Silfverberg-Bonino-Selanne and Maroon-Winnik-Smith-Pelly lines, Team Black rolled to a 6-1 victory over Team White in front of another packed house at the team’s practice facility.

New Duck Jakob Silfverberg got the game’s scoring underway, converting on a rebound chance in front of goaltender Jonas Hiller. It was Silfverberg’s second goal in as many scrimmages, both coming off rebound chances. Shortly after, Devante Smith-Pelly buried a rebound to quickly give Team Black a 2-0 lead. After Patrick Maroon’s goal was disallowed, Winnik increased Black’s lead to 3-0 on a shot that went top-shelf on Hiller to close out the period.

Austin Carroll got Team White on the board in the second period, but Winnik responded with a power-play goal, his second tally of the contest. Maroon potted his second goal of the game - and the fourth for his line - to increase Black’s lead to 5-1. Defenseman Kevin Gagne iced the game with a shot that beat Etienne Marcoux from the top of the circle, giving Team Black a 6-1 lead.

“I thought we played really well as a line,” said Winnik, who’s been centering his line throughout training camp. “We’re all big bodies and when we get it down low, it’s tough to get it off of us.”

Though Winnik said he hasn’t played the center position on a regular basis since his first professional season in 2005 with San Antonio of the American Hockey League, head coach Bruce Boudreau wants to give him an extended look.

“He’s going to stay there for a while, at center, during the preseason,” Boudreau said. “We wanted to try this last year, but there was just never a break, and we didn’t want to throw him into the fire.

“The upside of it is manyfold. If he goes back to wing, we know now, in a pinch, he can play center. Secondly, depth at center is [as tough a position] to add depth as you can get. It just gives you better balance all around.”

Boudreau wouldn’t reveal his lineup for tomorrow’s preseason opener against Phoenix (7 p.m., Honda Center), but said “we’ve got the first three games mapped out, in a perfect world, and all seven games mapped out for the goalies.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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