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Morning Report: Hostile Environment Awaits Ducks in Game 3

Monday, 04.21.2014 / 11:49 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Hostile Environment Awaits Ducks in Game 3
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

We’re hours away from a pivotal Game 3, as the Ducks and Stars clash in Game 3 tonight at American Airlines Center (TV: LA56 KDOC-TV, NBC Sports Network | Radio: 710 KSPN).

If the first two games were any indication of how this series will play out, you can expect another hard-checking, tight contest that will come down to the wire. The Ducks haven’t fared well in Dallas over the years, having lost four consecutive games at American Airlines Center. Anaheim dropped its only game in Dallas this season, 6-3. All-time (regular season), the Ducks are 12-33-7 in Dallas.

But the playoffs are a different beast, and the Ducks will approach tonight’s game as they’ve approached every game this season. “Quite frankly, all we’ve done is hold serve,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “There’s a great saying that says you’re not leading a series until you win a game on the other’s teams’ home ice. With us, let’s just take this one game at a time.”

The news coming out of Dallas yesterday was the recall of Emerson Etem from Norfolk of the American Hockey League. In addition, the Ducks reassigned John Gibson and Sami Vatanen to Norfolk. Mark Fistric also returned from his Long-Term Injury Conditioning Loan with the Admirals and is with the Ducks in Dallas.

Etem recorded 11 points (7g/4a) in 29 games with the Ducks this season. “I think I know what [Boudreau] wants from me,” he said. “That’s being first on the forecheck and providing energy for the guys.”

The 21-year-old was one of Anaheim’s best players in last year’s seven-game series with Detroit. Etem co-led the Ducks in goals (3), ranked tied for third in points (5) and tied for second in plus-minus (+4).

He also emerged as a dominant player in the AHL this season, helping the Admirals secure a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs. In 50 games, Etem collected 54 points (24g/30a) and led all active skaters in goals, points and assists. “Offensively, I built a lot more confidence and hopefully I’ll take it into these playoffs,” he said.

ANDERSEN TO START
Frederik Andersen
will get his third consecutive start in this series. The 24-year-old goaltender is 2-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

Andersen became the youngest goaltender in Ducks history to appear in a postseason game at 24 years and 196 days, the third rookie goaltender in club history to play in a playoff game (Tom Askey, 1999; Ilya Bryzgalov, 2006) and the first rookie goaltender to win his playoff debut.

LONG TIME COMING
Stars fans haven’t seen postseason hockey on home ice since the 2008 playoffs when their team made it to the Western Conference Final against Detroit. They lost that series in six games, and they’ve had to endure mediocre seasons ever since. But it figures to be an electric atmosphere inside American Airlines Center tonight, and Ducks forward Nick Bonino says they’ll be feeling it.

“The crowd will be into it, so I’m sure they’ll be physical again,” Bonino said. “We have to respond. Playoff series get harder as they go along. If we want to get a three-game series lead, we’ve got to play a lot better than we did [in Game 2].”

FOLLOW MY LEAD
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf enters Game 3 ranked tied for third among playoff leaders in points (2g/2a) and plus/minus (+4), and tied for fourth in goals. Getzlaf has points in his last three postseason games (dating to 2013) and has recorded consecutive multi-point games for the first time since May 1-3, 2009 (1-4=5) vs. Detroit.

The Ducks are 9-1 all-time when Getzlaf and Corey Perry score in the same playoff game. Since dropping a 5-3 decision in Game 3 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final on June 2 at Ottawa, Anaheim has won nine consecutive playoff games with Getzlaf and Perry scoring. In those nine wins, the team has outscored its opponents, 38-19. Perry and Getzlaf scored in the same game 13 times in the regular season, tied for the most by a duo with Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin (Elias Sports Bureau).

WATCH PARTY
For those interested in watching tonight’s game with fellow Ducks fans, head to Tilted Kilt of Orange (1625 W. Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867) for an Official Ducks Watch Party. Enjoy great food and drinks, intermission trivia and the opportunity to win player autographed items.

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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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