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Player Preview: Ben Lovejoy

Wednesday, 08.27.2014 / 11:55 AM / News
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Player Preview: Ben Lovejoy
As we approach training camp and the start of the 2014-15 season, AnaheimDucks.com will preview each player on the roster, highlighting last season\u2019s accomplishments and providing insight into what you can expect this season. Our preview continues with defenseman Ben Lovejoy.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

As we approach training camp and the start of the 2014-15 season, AnaheimDucks.com will preview each player on the roster, highlighting last season’s accomplishments and providing insight into what you can expect this season. Our preview continues with defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

Lovejoy embarks on the upcoming season after having a career year in 2013-14. A six-year veteran who’s been with the Ducks for the past two seasons, Lovejoy established career highs in goals (5), game-winning goals (2), points (18), plus/minus (+21), appearances (78) and shots (107).

Lovejoy, who was acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Feb. 6, 2013, has been paired with Cam Fowler for most of his time in Anaheim. The duo instantly clicked, giving head coach Bruce Boudreau a top-pairing unit to face the opposition’s most formidable lines.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Enfield, New Hampshire was Anaheim’s most physical blueliner, as evidenced by his team-leading 215 hits, which also ranked seventh overall among league defensemen. Lovejoy also led the Ducks in blocked shots, with 150.

“Lovey” posted a career-best five-game point/assist streak (5a) from December 17-28, becoming the first Ducks defenseman to accomplish the feat since Lubomir Visnovsky (1g/8a) from Jan. 7-16, 2011. The Ducks posted wins in all five of those games, culminating in their 10th consecutive victory on December 28 vs. Phoenix.

Lovejoy appeared in all 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games against the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings, finishing with two goals, a +1 rating and eight penalty minutes. His second goal of the postseason served as the game winner in Anaheim’s 3-2 victory over the Kings at Staples Center in Game 3 of the second round. It was a fantastic individual effort from Lovejoy, and it gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead in the late stages of regulation. Lovejoy finished the game with two hits, two blocked shots and one takeaway in 19:35 time-on-ice.

Lovejoy celebrated his goal in grand style, dropping to a knee and sweeping the ice before being mobbed his teammates. On his celebration, Lovejoy said, “That was the first [fist] pump of my life. That was a pretty special goal for me. It’s not necessarily my job, but it was fun.”

Lovejoy has spent the summer in his native New Hampshire, enjoying time with his family (wife Avery and daughter Lila) while preparing for the upcoming season. He says the sting of last season’s shortcoming still burns.

“We all left last season with an awful taste in our mouth, and it’s still there. We are desperate to get back on the ice and play that first game, that 40th game and that 82nd game. I want to get back in the swing of things. I’m ready to go. I love summer, but I’m over it. I’m ready for training camp and that first game. I’m ready to get competitive again.”

You can read more of his offseason Q&A here.

HIGHLIGHT
The highlight of Lovejoy’s season came in the early hours of New Year’s Eve. That morning, his wife, Avery, gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Lila. Lovejoy and his teammates had a home game later that night against the San Jose Sharks, and he said he never had any thoughts about not playing the game. “Not in my mind,” he said at the time. “I’m sure Avery thought differently [laughs]. I had gotten texts at 8:30 that morning from Bruce wondering how things were going. I was very impressed with how supportive everyone was, throughout the whole team.

“Nobody expected me here for pregame skate or the game. They were like, Take care of things with your family. But I think they, like me, were extremely excited that it happened well before the game and that I was able to get here.”

In that game against the Sharks, Lovejoy made the save of the game, a diving stop on Joe Thornton. Lovejoy reached out in desperation and got the shaft of his stick on Thornton’s shot, preventing a goal on a wide open net. Sure enough, the Ducks gained possession of the puck, rushed up the ice and scored. The Ducks went on to win, 6-3.

BY THE NUMBERS
47 – Lovejoy’s career plus-minus (+47) in 208 NHL games.

30,084 – The number of Lovejoy’s Twitter followers (@RevLovejoy6).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 36 23 8 5 104 98 51
2 CHI 35 23 10 2 107 72 48
3 NSH 33 22 9 2 95 70 46
4 STL 34 21 10 3 100 86 45
5 SJS 35 19 11 5 99 90 43
6 WPG 35 18 10 7 88 81 43
7 VAN 33 20 11 2 99 91 42
8 LAK 35 17 11 7 97 88 41
9 CGY 36 18 15 3 104 98 39
10 MIN 32 16 13 3 93 89 35
11 COL 34 13 13 8 90 101 34
12 DAL 33 14 14 5 95 113 33
13 ARI 34 12 18 4 80 112 28
14 EDM 35 7 21 7 75 121 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 35 12 27 9 39
R. Kesler 36 12 15 -1 27
S. Vatanen 36 9 15 1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 36 15 4 12 19
C. Fowler 35 4 14 2 18
J. Silfverberg 36 4 12 2 16
H. Lindholm 35 4 11 11 15
P. Maroon 28 2 13 -4 15
D. Smith-Pelly 32 4 9 4 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 19 5 4 .914 2.39

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