Ducks Greeted by Fans upon Returning to Honda Center Following Game 4

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Ducks Greeted by Fans upon Returning to Honda Center Following Game 4
After evening the series at two games apiece, the Ducks boarded buses bound for Honda Center. Upon their arrival, they were met by a mass of loyal fans that came to show their support.
"It was so cool. It was so fun to see how passionate they are, and how into they were even two hours after the game last night." -- Ben Lovejoy
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

It was one of those games the Ducks had to win, and sure enough, they found a way. Led by their cool-as-ice rookie goaltender John Gibson, the Ducks took Game 4 by a 2-0 score in front of a stunned Kings crowd at Staples Center. The victory evened the series at two games apiece, with Game 5 set for tomorrow night at Honda Center.

After the game, the Ducks boarded buses for the 40-minute drive back to Honda Center where their cars remained. What greeted them upon their arrival was every bit exciting and surprising.

There was word on the bus, the players said, of a potential gathering of fans at Honda Center, but none of them expected the amount that actually showed up.

“That was a pretty cool feeling, seeing them there,” said defenseman Hampus Lindholm. “There were more people than I thought there would be. It was a fun feeling. We feel like we have their support, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what they bring tomorrow.”

Fan videos posted on Twitter and Vine reveal the speech defenseman Ben Lovejoy gave upon exiting the bus to a mass of adoring fans. Lovejoy credits the Ducks media relations department for that decision. “They have realized that I can handle things like that,” he joked. “I feel like I’m pretty comfortable doing things like that, and it was a special moment. That was certainly an honor.”

"It was nice to see the orange shirts and towels waving at Staples Center. They follow us everywhere we go, and we certainly appreciate them always having our back and supporting us." -- Cam Fowler

Lovejoy has endeared himself to Ducks fans ever since coming over in a trade last season from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nicknamed “The Rev” in reference to The Simpsons character with the same last name, Lovejoy has emerged as one of the breakout players in this postseason. The 30-year-old defenseman scored a huge goal in Game 3 at Staples Center that stood up as the game winner. For Lovejoy, coming home to such a dedicated fanbase means the world to him and his teammates.

“We had just come off an incredibly emotional win against our – and our fans’ – archrival, and they wanted to stick around and celebrate with us,” he said. “It was so cool. It was so fun to see how passionate they are, and how into it they were even two hours after the game last night.

“It truly is a fun place to play. When you think of passionate hockey fans in the NHL, Southern California and Honda Center isn’t your first thought. But we’re certainly proving everybody wrong. It’s such a fun crowd to play in front of, and it makes playing hockey here so cool.”

“Our fans have been incredible, and we know they’re behind us no matter what,” said defenseman Cam Fowler. “I think we scared them when we lost our first two at home, but they stuck with us. It was nice to see the orange shirts and towels waving at Staples Center. They follow us everywhere we go, and we certainly appreciate them always having our back and supporting us.”

There were unconfirmed rumors last night on Twitter of Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau running by the fans and giving out high fives. Did it actually happen? We went to the players for answers.

“I didn’t see it, but knowing Bruce, it wouldn’t surprise me if he did something like that,” said Fowler. “That would’ve been funny to see, but unfortunately I didn’t see it.”

Defenseman Bryan Allen had a big grin on his face when asked about the rumor. “That’s the first I’ve heard that,” he said. “I haven’t seen that, but if he did, that’s great.”

“I didn’t see that, but I wish I did…trust me,” said Lindholm. “I’ll have to ask around to see if that’s true or not.”

Below is a fan-recorded video (@SoCalAvsFan) from last night.

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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 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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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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