Morning Report: Ducks Find Themselves in Similar Scenario Heading into Game 6

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Morning Report: Ducks Find Themselves in Similar Scenario Heading into Game 6
Much like Game 6 of their first round series against the Dallas Stars, the Ducks find themselves in an elimination game on the road, this time just up the freeway at Staples Center. The Ducks can move on to the Western Conference Final with a victory tonight against the LA Kings, which would mark their fourth consecutive win in Southern California\'s first ever playoff series between two major local teams.
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

LOS ANGELES – Much like Game 6 of their first round series against the Dallas Stars, the Ducks find themselves in an elimination game on the road, this time just up the freeway at Staples Center. The Ducks can move on to the Western Conference Final with a victory tonight against the LA Kings, which would mark their fourth consecutive win in Southern California's first ever playoff series between two major local teams.

It appears the Kings will once again go with Jonathan Quick in net, who the Ducks victimized by putting up four goals in the first two periods of their 4-3 victory in Game 5 at Honda Center. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said he expected the Kings to bring their best effort in that game, and tonight, he says, will be no different.

“They’re comfortable in this position,” Boudreau said. “They’re not a young group that’s panicking. They’re more determined. They change their game when they get down. I expect them to be sitting there thinking they got us where they want us.”

Similarly, Boudreau says his team will have to bring its best effort of the series. “We have to play as hard as we can, and just be responsible,” he said. “There are going to be mistakes because hockey is about mistakes. We want to make as few as possible, but be doing it through effort.”

SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY
Prior to Game 6 at Dallas, the players talked about seizing the opportunity in an elimination game. The Ducks don’t want to give the Kings another chance because anything can happen in a Game 7.

“Any time you have a chance to do that, you don’t want to wait,” said defenseman Francois Beauchemin. “If you have a 3-2 lead, you want to keep it going. We want to build momentum. I know we’ve won three in a row, but we want to make it four.”

Said winger Patrick Maroon, “No one wants to go a Game 7 in this locker room. Once we seize the opportunity, we try and grab it. We’ve done a good job of that all year. We have an opportunity tonight to close this series out.

“I believe in this group. We’re very confident. We’re going to have our best effort tonight.”

SUCCESS AT STAPLES CENTER
The Ducks are 4-0 at Staples Center this season, with wins in Games 3 and 4 of this series and twice during the regular season. But never have they faced the Kings in this situation. LA became only the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit when they reeled off four straight against the Sharks in the first round.

“You want to know you can win in another team’s building,” said center Nick Bonino. “But we’ve never played LA when their backs are against the wall and one game away from elimination. It’s an unknown for both teams. We’re going to see how hard they come out. We’ll have to match that and play a little harder.”

“Any time you have success in one building, you have the confidence in knowing you can win,” said Beauchemin. “It’s always a big plus, especially going into a Game 6. But we know what they did against San Jose. We know they can do it with all the characters they have. We want to make sure we’re ready.”

OUTDOOR WATCH PARTY
Fans interested in watching tonight’s game with fellow Ducks fans can head to Honda Center at 6:30 p.m. Bring your chairs and sit outside in front of the big screens at Honda Center or watch the game at the Playoff Spot or Puck's Tavern. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid-90s at puck drop so plan accordingly and be sure to keep yourself hydrated throughout the evening. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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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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