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Ducks Get Back to Work After 10-Day Break

Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 4:26 PM PT / News
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Ducks Get Back to Work After 10-Day Break
By Kyle Shohara

After 10 days away from the ice, the Ducks convened at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE for an hour-long practice this afternoon.

Many of the Ducks went out of town for most of the break, including defenseman Luca Sbisa, who surprised his parents with an unannounced visit back home to Switzerland.

“I flew straight home after the Nashville game,” he said. “I felt like I needed that to refresh my mind. It was a good thing to go home and spend time at home.”

Sbisa says he stayed at his parents’ house during his visit.

“I told my sister I was coming home, and I had my buddy pick me up from the airport,” he said. “I got in, put my stuff in my room, locked my door, and I sat on the couch.

“They came in and were like, ‘Oh my god, what are you doing here?’ I got back to Anaheim on Monday.”

St. Louis native Patrick Maroon flew back home to spend time with his five-year-old son, Anthony. Maroon says the Olympic break gave him a chance to bond with his son.

“Going back to being a dad is always a fun thing,” he said. “You don’t get to see him much during the season. That break was much needed. We had a blast.

“We went skating four times, and he’s always so excited when I bring him on the ice. We got some bonding time. He loves seeing me play in the National Hockey League. I enjoy it as much as he does.”

Six of the seven Olympian Ducks remain in contention for the gold medal. Those players are Cam Fowler (USA), Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (Canada), Teemu Selanne and Sami Vatanen (Finland), and Jakob Silfverberg (Sweden). Only Jonas Hiller (Switzerland) will be going home without a medal, after a disappointing 3-1 loss to Latvia on Tuesday.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was asked if he’s gotten emotionally invested in the Olympic hockey competition as a viewer.

“You know where the emotional thing is? It’s the proudness of how our players have played,” he said. “Hiller gets two shutouts, and you look at [Sami] Vatanen and ‘T’ [Teemu Selanne] and what they’re doing. I thought Getzlaf and Perry were the two best players on the ice today.

“It makes you proud. Cam Fowler is getting rave reviews for the U.S. team. We’ve got some good players, and a lot of them are playing in the Olympics.”

Will it be the United States, Canada, Finland or Sweden? Only time will tell, but Sbisa predicts a United States vs. Finland gold medal game, with the edge going to Finland.

“They’ve always medaled,” he said. “That’s [Teemu’s] sixth time. He’s been there five times and has always finished second or third. It would be nice for him to get that gold.”

Maroon says it’s an easy choice. “I’m going USA all the way. Hopefully they bring one home, and hopefully Cam does, too.”

The Ducks went through their first practice in 10 days, and Boudreau says it was simply to get their hockey legs back.

“You have to understand this isn’t like training camp where you can skate them overly hard the first day,” he said. “In training camp, they’ve been skating for a month already. It’s like coming off your first day of getting on the ice.

“We were pretty cognizant of not wanting to get anybody pulling their groins,” he said. “That’s why we had them doing laps instead of stops and starts. We will upgrade it every day. Tomorrow will be a lot sharper.”

Boudreau says he expects Hiller to return to practice on Monday.

Goaltender John Gibson is here to see some practice time, while Viktor Fasth is at full health, according to Boudreau.




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


R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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