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On the Road with the Ducks (Minnesota)

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Adam Brady

Updated April 18 at 3:05 a.m.
The Ducks arrived back at Honda Center at just before 3 a.m. They will practice later today and get focused for a Game 5 here Thursday night.

 Updated April 17 at 6:56 p.m.
Here's a picture shot during the 1st intermission of Ducks scratches Ric Jackman, Mark Hartigan and George Parros, enjoying the game from the press box: CLICK HERE 

Updated April 17 at 5:51 p.m.

We're just minutes away from opening faceoff as the Xcel Energy Center fill up and
the Ducks and Wild warm-up skate to the tune of bad heavy metal music.

Updated April 17 at 4:53 p.m.
The Ducks arrived at Xcel Energy Center about an hour ago and are warming up for tonight's Game 4. Win or lose tonight, they head directly from the arena to the airport and embark on the approximately 3-hour flight home. They should arrive back in town around 2 a.m.

Depending on what happens tonight, they either play Thursday or not until April 25.

We will again have a live game log during tonight's contest, complete with our thoughts on the goings-on between the Ducks and Wild - and whatever else is happening around Xcel Energy Center. Click here to take a look.

 Updated April 17 at 11:12 a.m.
Francois Beauchemin is not expected to play in tonight's Game 4 after taking a puck to the face in Game 3 on Sunday night. His status for the rest of the postseason is uncertain.

Hear Randy Carlyle's thoughts on that and the rest of his Tuesday press conference.

 Updated April 17 at 9:03 a.m.
The Ducks will hit the Xcel Energy Center ice for their morning skate in a few minutes, with the noticeably quiet Wild team having held their's just a few minutes prior.

We will have word on the status of Francois Beauchemin after the Ducks' morning skate. We will also have audio from Coach Carlyle from his pregame press conference.

Updated April 16 at 11:58 a.m. (PDT)

The Ducks are currently on the ice for practice at Xcel Energy Center. Francois Beauchemin is not on the ice after taking stitches to his jaw following his injury in last night's game. His status for Game 4 is unknown.

Joe Motzko and Drew Miller, who were with the Ducks affiliate in Portland, flew in this morning to add depth to the Ducks roster. They are practicing with the team today.

A few looks inside the numbers from this series:

The number of shots on goal by Wild standout forwards Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra in Game 3.  

The Wild's power play success in this series, after they got a PP goal in Game 3 with 38.2 seconds remaining

The number of consecutive power plays the Ducks had killed before the Wild goal last night.

The number of goals the Ducks have given up in seven playoff games against the Wild (including the sweep in 2003).

The date of Rob Niedermayer's last goal before he netted the game-winner last night.

Among the items the Ducks brought with them from home

 Updated April 16 at 9:23 a.m. (PDT)

After grinding out a 2-1 victory over the Wild and earning a three games to none lead, the Ducks practice today at 2 p.m. Minnesota time. We will have pictures from that practice and update you on the status of Francois Beauchemin, who took a puck to the jaw last night and required stitches. We will also update any other Ducks injury situations.

Video highlights from Game 3 as well as video of Randy Carlyle's postgame press conference are available. We have also posted more photos from the game. Just visit Ducks Playoff Central to see it all.

 Updated April 15 at 3:05 p.m.

With about an hour to go before faceoff, several Ducks were engaging in their typical routine of kicking the soccer ball around to warm up. If you're wondering how tense players are before a big playoff game, you should see the temperament of the Ducks when they do this. It's a lot of yelling and laughing and making fun of each other.

Updated April 15 at 12:54 p.m.

A column in the Pioneer Press newspaper out here encouraged the fans coming to tonight's game to holler every time they feel the Ducks commit an obstruction penalty that isn't called. The writer (and Wild coach Jacques Lemair) are of the opinion that the Ducks have been getting away with a lot over the first two games. They call their fans the Team of 18,000 here and the column urged them to get involved tonight:

"Hey, it's about time the Team of 18,000 did something besides eat popcorn, drink beer and wave pennants. The Wild need them to get in the game."

To read the story, click here

Updated April 15 at 12:40 p.m.

The Ducks skated this morning at 11 a.m. at Xcel Energy Center. The big talk around the arena is whether the change of venue will better serve the Wild, who had a much better record at home than on the road this season. The ice surface is much faster here than at Honda Center, which many say benefits the Wild. But don't forget that the Ducks are also one of the best skating teams in the league.

Xcel Energy Center, by the way, is a gorgeous arena right in downtown St. Paul. And the crowd there tonight should be incedibly loud.

Check out tonight for a live game log and commentary on Game 3. And visit this page throughout the road trip for photos, sound bites and more updates on the Ducks.

Updated April 14 at 12:03 p.m. (PDT)

The Ducks fly out today, headed to Minnesota for the next two games of this Western Conference Quarterfinals series. They will be in the air for about three hours, get into St. Paul around 6, have some dinner and rest up for the morning skate tomorrow.

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