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

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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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