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Morning Report: Ducks in Enemy Territory as Game 3 Approaches

Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 4:05 PM / News
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Morning Report: Ducks in Enemy Territory as Game 3 Approaches
The Ducks completed their morning skate here inside Staples Center in preparation for Game 3 of the second round series against the LA Kings. And for the first time in the postseason, the Ducks find themselves in a virtual must-win game.
MORNING SKATE PHOTOS
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

LOS ANGELES – The Ducks completed their morning skate here inside Staples Center in preparation for Game 3 of the second round series against the LA Kings. And for the first time in the postseason, the Ducks find themselves in a virtual must-win game.

Though the all-time record of teams coming back from a two-games-to-none deficit are slim (48 of 289), the Ducks feel confident in themselves and believe they can not only take tonight’s game, but Saturday’s as well. The onus is on them to make that belief a reality.

“This is all about us,” said defenseman Ben Lovejoy. “We feel we have more to give. We feel we’re a much better team than we’ve shown so far. It’s up to us to prove it. We’ve yet to put together a full 60-minute game, and that’s what it takes to beat the Kings.”

The Ducks were undefeated in LA in the regular season, and defenseman Cam Fowler says the success here was attributed to a safe and simple road game. Tonight, they’ll look to come out of the gates strong.

“We want to come out within the first 5 or 10 minutes and weather the storm,” said Fowler. “If we can get out of those first 5 or 10 minutes with a tie or the lead, we’ve put ourselves in a good position. We’ve proven to ourselves that we can win [at Staples Center]. It’s going to be a much different atmosphere tonight for playoff hockey, but it gives us some confidence.”

Though not confirmed, forward Kyle Palmieri is expected to draw back into the lineup tonight. The gritty forward has one point (goal) in four postseason games, and says he hopes to provide a spark in this crucial Game 3. “Just bringing a lot of energy and putting pucks to the net,” he said, of his game. “Hopefully I can help get this series back to 2-1 tonight.”

VATANEN RECALLED
Earlier today, the Ducks announced they recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from Norfolk of the American Hockey League. Vatanen was in the midst of a second-round series against the St. John’s Ice Caps (series tied 1-1) at the time of his recall. Vatanen, 22 (6/3/91), earned 6-15=21 points with a +9 rating and 22 PIM in 48 regular-season games for the Ducks in 2013-14. He finished the regular season tied for fifth among rookie NHL defensemen and co-led Anaheim blueliners in goals. In 56 career NHL games, Vatanen has collected 8-15=23 points with a +12 rating and 22 penalty minutes (PIM).

Vatanen did not appear in last season’s first-round series vs. Detroit, and although neither he nor head coach Bruce Boudreau would confirm him in tonight’s lineup, Vatanen says he’s been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. “It’s one of my dreams to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” he said. “Maybe I have a chance tonight. I have to use it and play my game and help the team win.”

“He’s not as big or physical as the rest of them, but he brings more of an offensive game than other guys,” said Boudreau. “He’s a power-play guy. He’s been on our power play as much as he’s been up here. He’s always played that position.”

PAINT IT ORANGE AT STAPLES CENTER
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 today (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.

WATCH PARTY
For those interested in watching tonight’s game with fellow Ducks fans, head to Tilted Kilt of Orange (1625 W. Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867) for an Official Ducks Watch Party. Enjoy great food and drinks, intermission trivia and the opportunity to win player autographed items.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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