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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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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