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

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 3:24 PM / News
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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.
MORNING SKATE PHOTOS
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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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