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Practice Report: Ducks Prepare for Game 3 Matchup in Dallas

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 5:00 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Ducks Prepare for Game 3 Matchup in Dallas
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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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