Practice Report: Ducks Upbeat, Re-energized for Tomorrow's Game 3 at LA

Wednesday, 05.7.2014 / 1:32 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Ducks Upbeat, Re-energized for Tomorrow\'s Game 3 at LA
With Game 3 at Staples Center on the horizon, the Ducks got in a spirited practice this afternoon at Honda Center. A day away from the rink appeared to rejuvenate and re-energize the players, and head coach Bruce Boudreau says he felt the same way.\r\n
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

With Game 3 at Staples Center on the horizon, the Ducks got in a spirited practice this afternoon at Honda Center. A day away from the rink appeared to rejuvenate and re-energize the players, and head coach Bruce Boudreau says he felt the same way.

“It was good for us,” he said. “When you’re down 2-0, the next day and night you’re depressed. Then, you start building yourself up. You saw it today. They were really upbeat and raring to go. If you’ve never been down in a series, it’s not hard to hang your head and say ‘Woe is me.’ We’re going to be determined. We’re playing a great team, but we’re going to give it our best shot.

“They never quit. They believe in themselves. There have been so many times when we’ve been behind the eight ball and come back.”

Speaking of eight, Ducks forward Teemu Selanne says anything to help boost the confidence of the team is a plus, and that includes their perfect road record at Staples Center during the regular season. “The way we look at it…the series starts right now,” he said. “It’s a best-of-five now. It’s a big game. We want to have a good start and have fun.”

Forward Patrick Maroon says he and his teammates know they can take back two games in LA.

“We’re very excited for [Game 3],” he said. “They took two from us, but we believe in here. We strongly believe we can take one there, and even two. We need to focus on tomorrow. Once we get the first one out of the way, we’ll get the second one out of the way.”

CROWD FACTOR
Though Honda Center was predominantly clad in orange, the Kings faithful still managed to make their presence known. Now with the scene shifting up the 5 freeway for Games 3 and 4, the Ducks want their fans to make an impact on enemy territory.

As always, Ducks fans are encouraged to “Paint it Orange” wherever they are, and that includes Staples Center. For fans attending Game 3, head to the Anaheim Ducks Team Store Powered by Reebok at Honda Center tomorrow between the hours of 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. to pick up orange rally towels and 'Beat LA' thundersticks (while supplies last). You will need to show your ticket(s) or will call confirmation.

"Hopefully they can be as loud as they were in our barn,” said Maroon. “Hopefully our Ducks fans are cheering us on in LA. It gets us excited when the away barn is going because we’re trying to shut [Kings fans] down, too.”

Adds Nick Bonino, “I’d expect we’ll have a lot of Ducks fans there. There were a lot of Kings fans here for the first two games, so I’m expecting Ducks nation to be in the Staples Center and be loud.”

Selanne used one of his patented responses when asked if he expects a strong Ducks presence in the stands tomorrow night. “Absolutely,” he said. “When we play here, there are Kings fans, and when we play there, there are Ducks fans. It goes both ways.”

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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