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Practice Report: Live from Dodger Stadium

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 11:43 PM / News
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Practice Report: Live from Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES \u2013 Under clear skies and 65-degree weather, the Ducks emerged from the visiting dugout a little after 6 p.m. this evening to take part in a historic practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE AT DODGER STADIUM
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

LOS ANGELES – Under clear skies and 65-degree weather, the Ducks emerged from the visiting dugout a little after 6 p.m. this evening to take part in a historic practice at Dodger Stadium.

Family and friends of the players, as well as assorted team staffers and media, lined the glass as they watched the Ducks go through a spirited 45-minute practice session. The pace was quick and the players said the ice conditions were good enough to handle the rigors of a hard skate.

“It was good,” said Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler. “It was really good. There are some differences in the Honda Center or wherever you play, but all in all, it shouldn’t have a big effect on the game.”

A news helicopter hovered over Dodger Stadium, further bringing the uniqueness of this event into focus.

“Looking around between shifts, it’s pretty impressive,” said goaltender Jonas Hiller. “You definitely notice it’s a little warmer and more humid than normal, but it was a great experience.”

Adds Fowler, “I was just trying to take it all in. First, I was trying to get my bearings and look around to see where home plate is. Just looking at the different seats and trying to get a feel for how it’s going to be for them watching the game. Then, just getting on the ice and getting used to it all.

“It certainly took some getting used to, but the whole experience is going to be great,” said Fowler. “It’s such a great atmosphere, and something we’re definitely looking forward to.”

Having an outdoor game in Southern California speaks volumes for the growth of the game in this region of the country, and forward Nick Bonino says skating at Dodger Stadium is something he’ll cherish forever.

“I’m soaking it all in,” he said. “It’s pretty cool to get out there with the guys and be out there with our families. Today was a great memory, as I’m sure tomorrow will be.”

Though the sun was down and the night felt crisp, the players said it was noticeably warmer on the bench than under normal arena conditions. Hydration will be critical, and defenseman Ben Lovejoy says he’s already way ahead of the game.

“I don’t think I can hydrate anymore,” he said. “I am so hydrated, so I’ll be fine. Other people might have to, though.”

Lovejoy grew up in New Hampshire and spent many days and nights playing outdoors, but he never dreamed he would be playing hockey under these kinds of conditions.

“At no point in my childhood did I ever skate outside in 70-degree weather,” he said with a laugh. “It is so cool, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

“Maybe our children out there right now will be able to look back at their childhood memories from skating at Dodger Stadium.”

Lovejoy and the rest of the Ducks can only hope they create one more memory tomorrow night – a victory over the Kings on this same ice.

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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

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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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