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Fan Support Doesn't Go Unnoticed in Anaheim

Monday, 01.6.2014 / 1:58 PM PT / News
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Fan Support Doesn\'t Go Unnoticed in Anaheim
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks woke up this morning sitting atop the league standings with a 31-8-5 record and 67 points. Last night’s thrilling comeback overtime victory was the latest in what has been an impressive regular season thus far, due in large part to the team’s dominance at home.

Still undefeated in regulation at Honda Center this season (the only team in the league without a blemish after 60 minutes), the Ducks sport a glistening 17-0-2 record on home ice. In fact, the club’s 19-game streak is also their longest home standings point streak in club history at any point during a season (previous best was 14 games).

After today’s practice, the NHL’s best home team talked about their most valuable player: the fans.

“It’s great to see the fan support, and it means a lot to us,” said Matt Beleskey. “Ducks fans are passionate. You might not have the hype of a Canadian team and the media presence, but when you come to the rink and see the fans that are coming to watch the games, they cheer every night.”

It’s only my first year here, but from what I’ve seen so far, it’s been unreal. The fans get really into it, and it pushes us to play even harder at home.Jakob Silfverberg

Beleskey says his ears are still ringing after the fans virtually blew the roof off of Honda Center after Corey Perry scored in the dying seconds of overtime. “That crowd was great,” he said. “It felt just like a playoff game. The energy was great, and from the bench it was exciting to watch. It’s great to see, especially out here in Southern California.”

Beleskey walked reporters through his game-tying goal and the crowd’s roar that followed. “Great play by Palmy [Kyle Palmieri], big shot block, he makes a nice pass and I chip it in. It was great to hear the crowd like that. It got us going. Then Bones’ [Nick Bonino] goal in the third, and Pears’ [Corey Perry] goal with a second left in overtime. It was perfect. That’s definitely up there for sure. It was nice to hear, that’s for sure.”

First-year Duck Jakob Silfverberg says last night’s crowd was “crazy,” especially near the end of the game. “They kept us going all game, especially at the end,” he said. “They carried us all the way through overtime. It was a lot of fun.”

Silfverberg came from a Canadian team, the Ottawa Senators, and says last night’s Ducks crowd rivaled the atmosphere inside the Canadian Tire Centre during last year’s playoff run.

“From what I’ve seen so far, being my first season here, they’ve been great,” he said. “They’ve been way more than what I expected and what I’ve heard. From playing in Ottawa and playing here, I can’t see much of a difference, especially last night. The fans were crazy and it was a lot of fun.

“Yesterday was really good. I’m not sure it can get any louder than that because that was, by far, the most I’ve ever experienced. It was about the same as last year in Ottawa during the playoffs. If they can keep going like that in the playoffs, that would help us out a lot.”

Teammate Mathieu Perreault also admits he was taken aback by the boisterous and dedicated Ducks fanbase. “I’m kind of surprised by it,” he said. “You’d think that maybe coming to California, they wouldn’t be as loud, but I’ve been very impressed with the fans here.”

Silfverberg says the fan support gives the team an extra push that often times makes the difference between winning and losing. “It helps out a lot. It gives you a lot of energy, it keeps you pushing even harder, and it makes you want to score that goal so bad for the fans because they’re always here, they’re always cheering for us. It brings a lot of energy to the team.

“It’s only my first year here, but from what I’ve seen so far, it’s been unreal. The fans get really into it, and it pushes us to play even harder at home.”

Perreault echoes similar thoughts. “It’s been unreal all year. It makes you want to win a lot more at home when you know the crowd will be cheering like that. So far this year, having not lost in regulation, it helps to bring the fans to their feet. It’s been a really good year at home for us.”

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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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