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Ducks Land in Dallas Looking to Close Series in Game 6

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Ducks Land in Dallas Looking to Close Series in Game 6
DALLAS - After a physical Game 5 win over the Dallas Stars, the Ducks flew to Texas and spent the day off the ice preparing for Game 6 tomorrow night at American Airlines Center.
By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

DALLAS - After a physical Game 5 win over the Dallas Stars, the Ducks flew to Texas and spent the day off the ice preparing for Game 6 tomorrow night at American Airlines Center.

The two teams continued their physical play last night, with Anaheim throwing 40 hits and continually finishing checks from the opening puck drop to the final horn. It’s a style the Ducks want to play, and they know they can find success when they execute.

“We were physical, we put the pucks in deep and we finished our checks on the forecheck,” Corey Perry said. “When we didn’t do that, the puck was in our zone. It’s not rocket science – when we play that way, we’re going to be successful.”

Added Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, “We played our brand of hockey. We played well within our system and did the things we wanted to do.”

Perry acknowledged towing the fine line between physical play and undisciplined penalties played an instrumental role in the win.

“There’s a fine line you don’t want to cross,” he said. “Sometimes, you get caught up in the moment and you cross it. Other times, you walk it and help propel your team to better things.”

CLOSING TIME
You can’t blame the Ducks for feeling a sense of déjà vu. They enter tomorrow night’s game with the opportunity to close out the opponent and move into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the exact same scenario the team experienced last season against the Detroit Red Wings.

That series ended with an overtime loss in Game 6 and heartbreaking loss on home ice that eliminated Anaheim from the playoffs. The team understands the importance of ending the series tomorrow night.

“The hardest game to win is the fourth one,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “That experience, with most of the guys that were here last year, I hope works for tomorrow. We don’t want to wait for a seventh game if we can help it.”

With that being said, the Ducks know the Stars won’t go down without a fight.

“Teams don’t play their best hockey until their backs are against the wall and they can be out,” center Nick Bonino said. “We expect nothing less from Dallas than their best game and we’re going to need ours to win it.”

PUTTING THE 'POWER' IN POWER PLAY
After scoring twice with the man advantage in Game 1, the Ducks went 0-for-11 on the power play in Games 2, 3 and 4. The unit, which has run hot and cold for most of the season, wanted to get going to stem the Stars’ propensity for post-whistle scrums.

The Ducks did just that in Game 5, going a perfect 4-for-4 with the man advantage. It was the first time the Ducks recorded three or more power-play goals since January 21, when the team scored six in a rout of the Vancouver Canucks.

It was the perfect response for the style Dallas has played throughout the series. “Our powerplay hasn’t clicked all year,” Perry said, “but it found a way to propel us into the next game. Those are the ways you get back at the other team. You get on the power play and you make them pay that way. That’s the way we want to play.”

It was a relief for Bonino, one of the main cogs on the power-play unit. “We’ve been working it well for a month now,” he said. “Games like that, when it all goes in, it feels good.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 34 22 7 5 99 90 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 33 10 25 7 35
R. Kesler 34 11 15 0 26
S. Vatanen 34 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 34 15 3 12 18
C. Fowler 33 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 34 4 12 6 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 26 2 12 -6 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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