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Ducks Host Maple Leafs in Carlyle's Return

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 3:22 PM / News
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Ducks Host Maple Leafs in Carlyle\'s Return
As the sun broke over the horizon this morning, the Ducks found themselves in unfamiliar territory. No longer are they in first place in the Western Conference (and the league), after spending the better part of two months at the top of the standings. As of today, the Ducks (43-14-7, 93 points) sit in second place, one point behind St. Louis, making tonight\u2019s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs all the more important.
MORNING SKATE PHOTOS
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

As the sun broke over the horizon this morning, the Ducks found themselves in unfamiliar territory. No longer are they in first place in the Western Conference (and the league), after spending the better part of two months at the top of the standings.

As of today, the Ducks (43-14-7, 93 points) sit in second place, one point behind St. Louis, making tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs all the more important.

Tonight’s contest concludes Anaheim’s five-game homestand, one in which the club has gone 2-0-2. After starting with two victories, consecutive shootout losses have the Ducks looking to salvage their final extended homestand of the regular season before embarking on a three-game road trip beginning Wednesday night in Calgary.

“You always want to go on the road after a win,” said Matt Beleskey. “You never want to be down going into a road trip. It’s a big game for us.”

Playing the Maple Leafs means a lot to Beleskey, who grew up in Midhurst, Ontario, approximately an hour’s drive from Toronto.

“It’s always fun,” he said. “I grew up watching them. We lived an hour away. It’s always fun to be able to play the Leafs. Everyone back home watches the game. It’s always a big one.”

FORMER COACH RETURNS
Tonight’s game marks the return of head coach Randy Carlyle to Anaheim. Carlyle coached the Ducks for seven seasons from 2005-11, posting a 273-182-61 record in 516 career games. In 2007, he led the Ducks to California’s first Stanley Cup Championship along with the club’s first Pacific Division title.

Carlyle was behind the bench when defenseman Cam Fowler entered the league as an 18-year-old in 2010. Now 22, Fowler reflects on his former coach.

“He helped me a lot. I owe a lot to him,” Fowler said of Carlyle. “He really helped me get started in this league. He and [Maple Leafs Assistant Coach] Dave Farrish really spent a lot of time helping me with my game and watching over me. I definitely appreciate all that they did for me. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Fowler says he has a lot of fond memories of Carlyle, including the origin of his nickname.

“He gave me the nickname ‘Camshaft’ which has kind of stuck with me,” he said. “That’s probably one thing that sticks out. He said it was a part of a car. I’m not really sure where it came from. I wasn’t going to argue with him about it.”

Corey Perry broke into the league in 2005, Carlyle’s first year as head coach of the Ducks, and together won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2007. Perry says Carlyle should be remembered for doing “a lot of good things” for this organization.

“Everything I’ve done in my career has been a big thanks to him,” he said. “It was a lot of fun with him. He was a great coach here, there’s no question.”

ON THE MAPLE LEAFS
The Ducks will face one of the NHL’s most dangerous top lines tonight comprised of James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. The trio has combined for 159 points and figures to get plenty of ice time again tonight, as Carlyle is known for being a three-line coach.

In the first meeting of the season back in October at Air Canada Centre (4-2 loss), the Ducks were guilty of turning the puck over far too many times. Boudreau says they’ll have to rectify those errors with smarter play tonight.

“Not turning the puck over is number one,” he said. “When you turn pucks over as we did against them in Toronto, we had four or five two-on-ones against us. Kessel beat us on two of them for sure. You just have to play a good, smart game against these guys, or they take advantage of your mistakes.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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