Practice Report: Ducks Prepare for Game 3 Matchup in Dallas

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Practice Report: Ducks Prepare for Game 3 Matchup in Dallas
DALLAS - Fresh off their flight, the Anaheim Ducks hit the ice at American Airlines Center in Dallas for a full practice this afternoon. While the seats were empty and the building was quiet save for the noise on the ice, the Ducks know tomorrow\u2019s Game 3 matchup will have plenty of energy.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

DALLAS - Fresh off their flight, the Anaheim Ducks hit the ice at American Airlines Center in Dallas for a full practice this afternoon. While the seats were empty and the building was quiet save for the noise on the ice, the Ducks know tomorrow’s Game 3 matchup will have plenty of energy.

“In the playoffs, playing at home, you can thrive off your fans and get a lot of energy for them,” defenseman Cam Fowler said. “We know that they’re going to be pumped up and ready to go. We need to be ready to meet their push.”

The Ducks enter tomorrow with a 2-0 series advantage thanks to two wins at Honda Center. Already down in the series, and returning to a building that hasn’t seen playoff hockey since 2008, Anaheim expects an improved performance from Dallas.

“The closer a team gets to elimination, the harder they’re going to play and the better they’re going to play,” center Nick Bonino said. “If we want to get a three-game series lead, we have to play hard and better than we did last game.”

The Ducks protected home ice with a 3-2 win in Game 2; a win that came with its fair share of tense moments. After allowing the first goal, Anaheim scored three times to carry a 3-1 lead in the third period. Ryan Garbutt would bring Dallas within one, and it took a stellar defensive effort with less than a minute remaining in regulation to ice the win.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wants to see his team put forth a complete game tomorrow.

“We need to be better than we were the first 10 minutes and the last 20 [minutes of Game 2],” he said. “If we can play the way we did the last 10 minutes of the first and the second period, I think we’ll be in the game. They came at us pretty good and we made a lot of unforced errors. That’s a lot of the stuff we worked on today.”

One of the areas the team discussed is discipline. Through two games, the Ducks have been whistled for 11 minor penalties, surpassing their season average. In what is expected to be a loud building tomorrow night, Boudreau wants his team to stay mindful on the ice.

“We need to be in control,” he said, “because they’ll be pretty ramped up.”

ETEM UP
Emerson Etem
joined the team in Dallas after being recalled from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. Etem, who recorded 11 points (7g/4a) in 29 games, knows what the coaches expect.

“I think I know what [Boudreau] wants from me,” he said. “That’s energy, being first on the forecheck and providing energy for the guys.”

Etem was a key contributor in Norfolk, helping the Admirals secure a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs against the Manchester Monarchs. In 50 games, Etem collected 54 points (24g/30a) and led all active skaters in goals, points and assists.

It’s that performance he hopes to carry over into the Ducks lineup.

“Offensively, I built a lot more confidence and hopefully I’ll take it into these playoffs,” he said.

Etem skated in all seven games of last year’s playoff series with the Detroit Red Wings, finishing tied for the team lead in goals (3) and tied for second in points (5).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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