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Morning Report: All Hands on Deck for Crucial Game 5

Friday, 04.25.2014 / 11:44 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: All Hands on Deck for Crucial Game 5
By Kyle Shohara

In what has now become a best-of-3 series, the Ducks will look to take advantage of home ice, and the support of their dedicated fanbase, as they clash with the Stars tonight at Honda Center.

The Ducks have emphasized quick, strong starts all throughout the season and that mentality has carried over into this series. Through the first four games, the Ducks have outscored the Stars 6-2 in the first period. But the Ducks have been outscored 10-3 in the second and third periods combined, prompting head coach Bruce Boudreau to say “I don’t think the league will commission games down to 20 minutes, so we’re going to have to start playing for 60.”

Defenseman Mark Fistric says the home crowd will undoubtedly give the team a lift tonight. “It’s important for us to feed off of our crowd,” he said. “We have great fans. We have to get off to a great start and not look back.”

With both teams winning their games on home ice, Fistric says it’s all the more important to take care of business at Honda Center.

“It shows just how tight the Western Conference has been all season long,” he said. “Home ice can be the difference. You get the matchups you want, but it’s still up to the players to make sure they’re executing their job.”

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf took part in the morning skate, but his status for tonight still remains up in the air. Getzlaf remained coy about his injury, only to stay of his status for Game 5, “We’ll see tonight.

“This is part of our process. We won’t really know until game time tonight.”

Getzlaf says he “feels good” and is where he wants to be in terms of recovery. “Everything is about getting clearance and getting back onto the ice. It’s part of the process. We’ve had to go through some steps, and [the morning skate] was one of them.”

After being a healthy scratch for Game 4 in Dallas, Teemu Selanne will be back in action tonight. The 43-year-old says he can’t wait for puck drop.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m a very positive guy, and it wasn’t the end of the world. It’s a new opportunity today and there are no hard feelings. It’s a business. It’ll be fun.”

Selanne says tonight is an opportunity to make a statement in this series. “It’s a huge game,” he said. “We know what to do. We didn’t expect this to be easy, so we want to turn this ship around tonight play our best game of the series. That’s our goal.”

Selanne skated with his familiar linemates Mathieu Perreault and Patrick Maroon, and Boudreau says he isn’t about to fix something that isn’t broken. “They've played together, and played well together,” he said. “I didn't see why we'd break up another line that's going good. We did win 54 games and those guys played together in most of them.”

Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen will have a shot at redemption tonight, as Boudreau confirmed the 24-year-old will get the start. Andersen was yanked from Game 4’s loss in Dallas midway through the third period, but Boudreau expressed full confidence in the young goaltender.

“That might’ve been his first bad game in an awful long time,” he said. “But I think he’ll bounce back and do a real good job tonight. I think he knows I have full confidence in him. I started him in the playoffs. I don't think I had to go over it. That's sort of a given from the amount of time he’s played this year, and the amount of big games he’s played in.”

Luca Sbisa
is expected to make his first appearance in this series. With how physical the past four games have been, Sbisa says that style fits him perfectly. “It’s been really physical. It’s one of those series,” he said. “I think I can bring that aspect to the game. If they give me the green light, I’m just going to be hard to play against and do my best to help the team.”

“There's a good chance he's in,” said Boudreau. “He's got experience and he's played in these games before. He can be a physical defenseman when needed. He's had a rough year because of injuries, but when he's been at his best, he's a top-four defenseman. We're hoping that's going to happen tonight.”




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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