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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
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 - 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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