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

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Practice Report: Ducks Eager to Face Kings in \"Battle for Southern California\"
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 \u201CBattle for Southern California.\u201D After practice this morning, the Ducks shared their thoughts on taking their rivalry with the Kings to a new and unprecedented level.
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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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