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Practice Report: Ducks Prepare for Upcoming Second Round Showdown

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 4:26 PM / News
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Practice Report: Ducks Prepare for Upcoming Second Round Showdown
While the Ducks await their second-round opponent, the team got in a high paced practice at Honda Center on this hot and blustery afternoon.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

While the Ducks await their second-round opponent, the team got in a high paced practice at Honda Center on this hot and blustery afternoon.

They’ll have at least a few more days to get in some work before the second round begins, courtesy of the LA Kings making an improbable comeback in the series they once trailed 3-0. Game 7 will be tomorrow at San Jose. Regardless of who wins, it’ll be an all-California showdown, something Andrew Cogliano is very much looking forward to.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said. “Both the Kings and Sharks are very good. They both have different strengths and are tough opponents. It’s going to get a lot of press, and it’ll be a lot of fun for the fans. They’re going to enjoy themselves. There will be much more bragging rights when you play teams like that.”

Never before have the Ducks and Kings met in the postseason. A Freeway Faceoff (postseason style) will surely be one of the most exciting and physical series in recent memory, considering the rivals have played 117 regular season games against each other all-time. The Ducks and Sharks have battled once in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (2009). The series marked just the second NHL playoff meeting between two California teams and the first since 1969. The Ducks eliminated the Sharks in six games, becoming the fifth team to upset the NHL’s best regular season team (by standings points) in the first round since the Expansion Era began (1967-68).

“It’s going to be an intense series that builds a lot of emotion and talk around California,” said Bryan Allen. “It’s going to be great. There’s a lot at stake. It’s going to be fun.”

Goaltender Jonas Hiller, who played a big role in Anaheim’s series-clinching comeback victory in Game 6 at Dallas, says the team will use these extra days to rest and prepare for what figures to be a long and grinding series.

“It’s nice to have these extra days to relax and take care of some bruises,” he said. “But at the same time, we have to be ready. You can’t just sit back and wait. No matter who we play, they’re going to be coming off a Game 7. If you’re not ready for the first puck drop, it might cost us.”

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Matt Beleskey
took part in the practice, but got off the ice early. Beleskey played 16:36 TOI in Game 6, but has been hampered by a nagging lower-body injury that kept him out of Games 2-5. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said Beleskey’s early departure today was just precautionary. “It wasn’t a setback,” he said. “I told them that if anybody is feeling anything, get off the ice because it’s going to be a tough skate. I didn’t want anybody pulling anything or tweaking anything that was already sore. That’s the benefit of clinching earlier than some teams.”

Boudreau says he’s hoping Mathieu Perreault will be available for Game 1 of the second round. Perreault was a late scratch for Game 6 last Sunday due to a lower-body injury. “Everything is day to day,” Boudreau said. “You have to put Beleskey, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and all of those guys day to day right now until they get back onto the ice and start skating.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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