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Fans Fuel Ducks in Regular Season, Playoffs

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 4:46 PM / News
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Fans Fuel Ducks in Regular Season, Playoffs
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\u2019s 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.
"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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 15 35 7 50
C. Perry 35 19 13 13 32
R. Kesler 50 13 19 -3 32
S. Vatanen 50 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 49 19 7 11 26
P. Maroon 42 6 19 1 25
C. Fowler 49 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 49 5 16 12 21
J. Silfverberg 50 6 13 2 19
R. Rakell 39 5 12 2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 7 5 .918 2.27
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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