Winnik Leads Team Black to 6-1 Victory in Scrimmage

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Winnik Leads Team Black to 6-1 Victory in Scrimmage
Once again, the team donning black jerseys came out victorious in the Ducks\u2019 intrasquad scrimmage held at THE RINKS \u2013 Anaheim ICE.
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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.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 13 9 8 10 17
R. Getzlaf 13 2 15 10 17
J. Silfverberg 13 4 10 4 14
R. Kesler 13 5 5 3 10
H. Lindholm 13 2 7 2 9
P. Maroon 13 5 3 8 8
A. Cogliano 13 3 5 8 8
S. Vatanen 13 2 6 5 8
M. Beleskey 13 6 1 -3 7
S. Despres 13 1 6 7 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 3 3 .929 1.92

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