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Fans Fuel Ducks in Regular Season, Playoffs

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 1:46 PM PT / News
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Fans Fuel Ducks in Regular Season, Playoffs
"You could tell the fans were just as ready for Game 1 as we were. It was a pleasure to play on front of them." -- Ben Lovejoy
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

A deafening roar and a sea of orange-clad, towel-waving fans greeted the Ducks as they made their way onto the ice just prior to puck drop of last night’s Game 1 at Honda Center.

It was an electric atmosphere inside the arena, and has been all season, thanks to a dedicated and loyal fanbase that saw their favorite team set franchise records and finish the regular season atop the Western Conference for the first time in club history.

It’s the same fanbase that gave their most beloved player in Ducks history, Teemu Selanne, a standing ovation every time he took a shift in the third period of the team’s regular season finale vs. Colorado on April 13.

Their support hasn’t gone unnoticed, and the Ducks continually say their fans play a huge part in the team’s overall success. It’s most notable at Honda Center, where Anaheim went a franchise-best 29-8-4, setting a club record for home wins and home standings points (62) in a single season.

"Walking out of that tunnel and seeing a sold-out building waving their towels, all dressed in orange, is what makes the playoffs the best. I encourage them to continue being rowdy, and dress as orange as they can." -- Cam Fowler

The fans have been encouraged to “Paint It Orange” this postseason, and last night they came through in droves.

“It was very impressive,” said defenseman Ben Lovejoy. “You could tell the fans were just as ready for Game 1 as we were. It was a team effort to get up 4-0 last night. You can see, re-watching the game, how into it they were, and how proud of us they were. It was very cool.”

Lovejoy says the fans “make such a difference” when they’re into the game and showing their emotion. “We’ve tried to make Honda Center an intimidating place to play,” he said. “We can do that in two ways: Both our play on the ice, and how loud and passionate our crowd is. It was a pleasure to play in front of them.”

Cam Fowler says playoff hockey at Honda Center is a sight to behold.

“That’s something you really look forward to in the playoffs,” he said. “Walking out of that tunnel and seeing a sold-out building waving their towels, all dressed in orange, is what makes the playoffs the best. It was a great atmosphere last night, and we owe it all to our fans. They’ve been behind us all year, and we hope they continue doing that.”

Fowler says their presence makes an impression on him and his teammates. “I don’t think the fans really realize how much it means to us, but we certainly thrive off of them,” he said. “I’d like to thank them for the support they’ve given us all year. I encourage them to continue being rowdy, and dress as orange as they can.”

Prior to last night’s game, Mathieu Perreault said he couldn’t wait to see Ducks fans in postseason form. He ended up scoring a big power-play goal in the game, and then proceeded to leap into the glass in celebration.

“I scored, and then saw everybody up,” he said with a smile. “I just blacked out and jumped into the glass.”

Perreault says the crowd last night fueled him throughout the game.

“Seeing all the towels waving was an amazing feeling,” he said. “I had the butterflies going in my stomach. It’s a good feeling to have, and it carried me on the ice. I felt great.

“The fans have been great all year, and last night they showed it again,” he said. “I can remember the game vs. Winnipeg, and the atmosphere was crazy. It gives you that little extra push. We had that last night.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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