Practice Report: Ducks Staying Positive Despite Trailing Series

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Practice Report: Ducks Staying Positive Despite Trailing Series
An air of optimism hovered in the Ducks locker room this morning after the team finished an optional practice at Honda Center. As disappointing as it is to come out of the first two games down 2-0, the Ducks can get right back into the series with a win in Game 3 on Thursday night at Staples Center.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

An air of optimism hovered in the Ducks locker room this morning after the team finished an optional practice at Honda Center. As disappointing as it is to come out of the first two games down 2-0, the Ducks can get right back into the series with a win in Game 3 on Thursday night at Staples Center.

“We’ve had ups and downs all season, but we’re a good team that can come back,” said winger Patrick Maroon. “We lose two and we bounce back. We can win three or four in a row. That’s what’s good about this team.”

Winger Matt Beleskey says a win on Thursday changes everything. “When you’re down 2-0 and you win one game, it’s 2-1 and it’s a whole different ballgame. There’s no time to get down and be depressed. It’s time to bear down and get ready to go.”

Head coach Bruce Boudreau says he’s “tinkering” with the lineup for Game 3, but doesn’t want to make any rash decisions two days in advance. “We’ll know more tomorrow morning,” he said. “I said to the coaches, ‘Let’s think about what our roster is going to be for Thursday.’ We’ll meet tomorrow morning and see who’s best fitted for the game in LA.”

The Ducks have outshot and outhit the Kings through the first two games of this series. Anaheim has put 72 shots on net compared to LA’s 52, while delivering 107 hits compared to LA’s 83. However, goaltender Jonathan Quick has seen most of those shots with relative ease. Getting traffic in front of the net is an area of improvement the Ducks are focusing on moving forward.

“We need to get in front of the net, get into his eyes and create more traffic,” said Maroon, no stranger to mucking it up in the dirty areas. “We need to get into his head a little bit. We’re a perimeter team right now. We need to crash and bang, throw pucks at his feet and go to the net.”

Maroon says the Ducks will also have to do a better job of winning 1-on-1 battles and being first to loose pucks. “We have to compete. We need everyone in here,” he said. “We can’t have one passenger. We need all 20 of us to carry us along. If one guy is down, we have to push him. We have the character in this locker room to do that.”

Added defenseman Ben Lovejoy, “When we’re grinding and playing beneath their goal line, we’re a tough team to handle. We have some big, strong forwards and we have four lines, but right now Quick is seeing everything. It starts with being smarter and getting to the front of the net.

“We know we can beat this team. We feel we’ve had pretty even games, and they’ve come out on top. I truly believe the playoffs are all about momentum. Right now, we need to put a seed of doubt in their mind. If we win [Game 3], it’s a 2-1 series and we have momentum. We can do that.”

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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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