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Ducks' Bonino thrilled to be back for playoffs

Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 5:55 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / Ducks-Red Wings series blog

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Ducks' Bonino thrilled to be back for playoffs

ANAHEIM -- Nick Bonino admits he's a little over-the-top with his goal celebrations.

"I always get a hard time for this, but every goal I score I celebrate like I’ve never scored before," said Bonino, who scored the first Stanley Cup Playoff goal of his career in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. "Honestly, I get so happy. I guess the playoffs amps it up a little bit. I didn’t really know where to go. I just sort of skated as fast as I could somewhere and I ended up into the glass. I like that corner, apparently."

Bonino can be forgiven for his enthusiasm. The goal came after he missed six weeks with a lower-body injury. His young career has had some ups and downs but he’s now playing with Teemu Selanne on the Ducks' second line and on the first power-play unit. After a long recovery, Bonino is grateful to be back for the playoffs.

"It would be frustrating, but I knew I kind of had a goal in mind," he said. "And that was the playoffs."

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He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.

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