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Ducks Appear Loose, Jovial Going Into Tonight's Game 7

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 10:46 AM PT / News
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Ducks Appear Loose, Jovial Going Into Tonight\'s Game 7
“We’ve got a really fun team, and we’ve been that way all year,” Bonino said. “When the time comes, you’re focused and dialed in, but morning is a time to get loose and get ready for the game. You want to do what you’ve done all year.”
By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com

Ducks fans across the county are distracted at work and school, expressing their stress levels on social media and going through various superstitious rituals in the hours before tonight’s Game 7 against the hated Kings. But the Ducks themselves appear cool as … well, ice.

The vibe at today’s morning skate was loose, culminating with about 10 players and coaches crowding around goalie Jonas Hiller for a kind of friendly shooting competition – complete with over-the-top goal celebrations.

“We’ve got a really fun team, and we’ve been that way all year,” said Ducks forward Nick Bonino. “When the time comes, you’re focused and dialed in, but morning is a time to get loose and get ready for the game. You want to do what you’ve done all year.”

Despite the magnitude of playing their bitter rivals in a playoff series for the first time, Bonino says they’ve remained upbeat the entire time.

“I think we’ve had a great mood all series,” Bonino said this morning. “After we were down 2-nothing, you wouldn’t have known by the mood in our locker room that that was the case. We’ve had confidence all series, all season, and it doesn’t make much sense to abandon that now.”

While the Ducks would have loved to close out this series two nights ago in LA, after that game their focus quickly shifted to getting it done tonight. “After Game 6, we all probably wished we could have played Game 7 right away,” Bonino said. “We’re in a pretty eager mood and we’re excited to play. I can’t wait.”

Despite the fact that a loss tonight would make this his last game in the NHL, Teemu Selanne was his usual jovial self while surrounded by a gaggle of reporters in front of his locker. He was asked if former teammate Paul Kariya would be in the building tonight, just as he was (surprisingly so) for Selanne’s last regular season game on April 13. “Oh no no no, that was already a miracle,” Selanne said, drawing a hardy laugh from the gathering.

“You’ve got to enjoy this,” Selanne said. “It’s a very special time…The experience of facing this before, I really believe it’s going to help us now.”

Andrew Cogliano, one of the more intense Ducks, shared the sentiment of his teammates. “We were down 2-nothing in the series, and if someone gave us an option of going to Game 7 at that point, a lot of guys would’ve taken it.”

“I think we’ve had a great mood all series,” Bonino said. “After we were down 2-nothing, you wouldn’t have known by the mood in our locker room that that was the case. We’ve had confidence all series, all season, and it doesn’t make much sense to abandon that now.”

The Ducks know full well that home teams are 1-4 in Game 7s in this year’s playoffs, partly because those teams have come out of the gate timidly.

“At the end of the day, you have to seize the moment,” Cogliano said. “We just have to go for it. When you play safe, especially against good teams, you have no chance of winning. When we’ve been successful, especially in the playoffs, we’ve really pushed the issue. There’s nothing to be nervous about.”

The looseness extended this morning to head coach Bruce Boudreau, who despite making a small tweak to his forward lines, isn’t making dramatic changes for this one game.

“We don’t want to change anything to make it special,” Boudreau said. “I don’t want to sit here and act like I’m inventing the wheel and say, ‘Bruce, you’ve got to do something outlandish to win this game. Every game has been basically a one-goal game. We’ve just got to go out there and play just as hard as we have done, and hope we get the breaks and not them.”

Boudreau acknowledged that for anyone engaged in this historical series, they want it to go as long as possible, and hockey fans are getting their wish.

“I think for hockey people it’s a real exciting time, and it’s a real exciting time for California,” Boudreau said. “You either fear it or embrace it. We want to embrace it. We want to go after it.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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