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Morning Report: Hostile Environment Awaits Ducks in Game 3

Monday, 04.21.2014 / 2:49 PM / News
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Morning Report: Hostile Environment Awaits Ducks in Game 3
We\u2019re hours away from a pivotal Game 3, as the Ducks and Stars clash in Game 3 tonight at American Airlines Center. 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.
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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69

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