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Practice Report: Ducks Eager to Face Kings in "Battle for Southern California"

Thursday, 05.1.2014 / 1:02 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Ducks Eager to Face Kings in \"Battle for Southern California\"
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

For the first time in hockey history, the Ducks will face the rival LA Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. All the action begins on Saturday night here inside Honda Center in the “Battle for Southern California.” After practice this morning, the Ducks shared their thoughts on taking their rivalry with the Kings to a new and unprecedented level.

“It’s exciting,” said Matt Beleskey. “Ducks-Kings has never happened, so it’s going to be fun and exciting series for everyone. The fans might be able to see a couple of games on the road and at home. It’s going to be a great series.”

“It’s very intense,” said Nick Bonino on the rivalry. “It’s a physical rivalry. There are so many hits, fights, and everything. It definitely brings the intensity up and it’s a lot like the regular season when we play these guys.

“They’ve got tons of Kings fans in our building, and we’ve got Ducks fans in theirs. I’m expecting to see more of that.”

Cam Fowler says the Kings play an old school style of hockey that, at its core, is simple, smart and physical. “They play with big bodies and finish all of their checks,” he said. “They’re going to do things simple, and that’s what’s made them so successful. They play a very tight system and they’re tough to score goals on.”

“We’ve played against the Kings so many times, we all know each other,” said Ryan Getzlaf. “It’s just going to be a good, hard-fought battle. There are no surprises. We’re excited to get things started.”

Head coach Bruce Boudreau says LA’s impressive comeback against the Sharks reminds him of the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup run. “They just kept coming, and didn’t deviate from the way they played,” he said. “They had four lines playing. And [Jonathan] Quick was looking so much more like Quick in the last four games than he did in the first three. That’s good for them.”

HART TROPHY FINALIST
Earlier today, the Ducks announced that captain Ryan Getzlaf has been named a finalist for the 2013-14 Hart Memorial Trophy by the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA). The Hart Trophy is awarded annually “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.” The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

Getzlaf, 28, is the fourth player in Ducks history to be named a finalist for the award, joining Corey Perry in 2010-11, Teemu Selanne in 1997-98 (finished third in voting) and Paul Kariya in 1996-97 (second in voting). Only seven other players from California-based teams have been Hart Trophy finalists in the history of the NHL.

“It’s an honor to be a part of a group like that,” Getzlaf said. “With the success our team has had, it’s a real honor for me. It’s been a great year.”

Getzlaf scored 31-56=87 points with a +28 rating in 77 regular-season games. The 6-1, 221-pound center led the Ducks in scoring, assists and power-play points (23), and ranked third in plus/minus. He set career highs in goals and game-winning goals (7), while finishing second in the NHL in scoring, fifth in assists, tied for sixth in even-strength goals (26), and tied for second among forwards in blocked shots (87).

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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