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Ducks Get Back to Basics in Afternoon Practice

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 4:21 PM / News
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Ducks Get Back to Basics in Afternoon Practice
The Ducks gathered for an afternoon practice at The RINKS \u2013 Anaheim ICE, but the emphasis of the hour-long session wasn\u2019t on the struggling special teams. Today was about getting back to basics and, at least for one day, forgetting about a woeful power play that\u2019s only converted twice in 48 opportunities spanning the past 15 games.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks gathered for an afternoon practice at The RINKS – Anaheim ICE, but the emphasis of the hour-long session wasn’t on the struggling special teams. Today was about getting back to basics and, at least for one day, forgetting about a woeful power play that’s only converted twice in 48 opportunities spanning the past 15 games.

“We didn’t talk about it. We took a day off today,” said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. “You can beat that thing to death and look at video all you want, but the fact is last night we did a lot of good things on the power play. We took a lot of shots and that’s what we were looking to do last night.”

“Sometimes, when you think about it too much, you just squeeze your sticks and don’t make the right plays,” said defenseman Francois Beauchemin. “Just to get away from it today and go back at it tomorrow, we’ll have some success.

“Our five-on-five play was excellent last night, as it was against L.A. and Colorado,” he said. “It’s just the special teams right now. We have to work on that and get back to basics.”

Despite recent struggles, the Ducks lead the Pacific Division with 97 points and have an opportunity to gain a two-point lead on the Sharks tomorrow night at the SAP Center. San Jose also has 97 points, but has played one more game than the Ducks.

It’ll be a playoff-type atmosphere inside one of the loudest buildings in the league, and the Ducks know it’ll be a grinding, physical battle.

“This is playoff hockey for sure,” said Getzlaf. “We’re going into a hostile building fighting for first place. We just have to make sure we go in with controlled emotion going into the first period, and then we’ll go from there.”

FOWLER OUT
An MRI revealed defenseman Cam Fowler has a sprained left MCL and is out three to five weeks (left leg).  Fowler missed his second consecutive game last night with the injury sustained last Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.

BONINO ‘QUESTIONABLE’ FOR TOMORROW
Nick Bonino’s status remains uncertain after the Ducks center was left hobbling after blocking a shot with his foot during the latter stages of last night’s game. Head coach Bruce Boudreau says Bonino is “day to day” with a lower-body injury.

“Once the soreness subsides, I assume he’ll be able to skate,” said Boudreau. “And once he’s able to skate, he’s going to be able to play.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
3 NSH 21 14 5 2 61 45 30
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 23 13 8 2 73 64 28
6 LAK 22 11 6 5 60 53 27
7 CHI 21 12 8 1 63 44 25
8 WPG 23 11 9 3 49 53 25
9 MIN 20 12 8 0 58 44 24
10 SJS 23 10 9 4 62 64 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 COL 22 8 9 5 57 70 21
13 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
14 EDM 22 6 14 2 51 77 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 22 6 13 1 19
S. Vatanen 23 5 13 -1 18
C. Perry 18 12 5 8 17
R. Kesler 23 6 11 -2 17
M. Beleskey 23 10 2 5 12
C. Fowler 22 2 9 0 11
J. Silfverberg 23 1 9 5 10
D. Smith-Pelly 20 3 5 1 8
P. Maroon 15 1 7 -1 8
A. Cogliano 23 3 4 -2 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 2 4 .922 2.10
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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