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 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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