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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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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