• PRINT
  • RSS

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

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 10:46 AM PT / News
X
Share with your Friends


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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

AnaheimDucks.com is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and AnaheimDucks.com are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy     Contact Us    Jobs     Honda Center    Corporate Partnerships   Terms of Use   NHL TicketExchange  Site Map AdChoices