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Practice Report: Ducks Reflect on Game 1, Preview Remaining Series

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


By Kyle Shohara
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Following their thrilling 4-2 victory over the Jets in Game 1, the Ducks got back to work this afternoon with a brisk 45-minute practice at Honda Center. Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn’t give an inch when asked if the lineup used last night will be the same for Game 2. “I don’t know if they’re going to make any changes, but I haven’t seen them practice,” he said with a wry smile. “Oh, you’re talking about our team? I don’t know. We’ll see.”

This series was predicted to be physical and nasty, and Game 1 lived up to the hype. In all, 83 hits were delivered last night, including 46 from the Ducks. Today, the Ducks reflected on Game 1 and what they expect for the rest of the series.

Clayton Stoner, on the physical nature of the series: “It’ll continue throughout the series. Whether every guy is in the lineup at the end of the series, we’ll see. I expect it to keep up. It was right up there with other playoff games we’ve been in. You prepare yourself for a physical series, but in the back of your mind you’re not thinking about how tough it’s going to be. You don’t really put judgment on how many hits there are going to be.”

On getting under the opponent’s skin: “I’m just playing my game, playing physical and having fun. That’s what it’s all about. Going at each other and seeing who will break first. That’s the way playoff hockey is, and it’s been like that for years. I don’t see that changing any time soon.”

On getting Game 1 out of the way: “We were sitting around without many games at the end of the season. We didn’t start until Thursday when other teams were starting Wednesday, so you’re antsy. It felt good to get a game under your belt. I’m sure everybody in the room is happy to get Game 1 out of the way and settle in for the rest of the series.”

Matt Beleskey, on getting Game 1 out of the way: “Those four days were a long time between games. It was nice to get that first shift and first hit out of the way. Obviously, the first one is huge for us. I thought it was a good, physical game. I don’t think we’d expect anything less than that."

On the physicality of Game 1: “Any playoff battle is going to be hard and physical, especially out in the West. It’s going to be the same way all series. I’m sure it’s going to get a little bit nastier.”

Patrick Maroon, on being physical: “We know, going forward, it’s going to be physical game from here on out however long it goes. They’re going to bring it every night and we’re going to have to match their intensity. The physicality is always going to be there. Yesterday was a big, physical game, and it’s going to continue that way. By throwing the body around, we’re letting them know we’re coming with more intensity. We need to continue laying the body. We can’t stop what we’re doing. If we go to sleep, we know they have some good goal scorers and big guys who can be just as physical. We just have to keep playing Ducks hockey.”

On being able to take a punch and not respond: “It’s difficult, but it’s the right play. Playing between the whistles, playing smart hockey … that’s what playoff hockey is all about. Not always going in there grabbing guys and punching guys. We did a good job of that last night. We need to continue that because we’re going to get mad and frustrated, too. We can’t take those stupid penalties.”

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, on if both teams can sustain this level of physicality: “I think it’s the DNA of both teams to play like that. They’re both going to play as long as they can. We’re both physical teams. There were a lot of hits. That’s what makes seven-game series so interesting. I don’t think too much will change. If anything, it’ll ramp up. When you haven’t played a team since January, usually what happens in a series like this is you start to really dislike other people. That becomes more evident as games go on.”

On taking advantage of undisciplined penalties: “That’s the way to stop people from doing those things. We had two goals on the power play last night. Hopefully for us it’s not an anomaly. It hasn’t happened in a long time.”

On Kesler’s Game 1 performance: “He’s always been a really good faceoff guy. That was important. If you looked at our team last year, we were under 50 percent as a team in faceoffs. So to get a good faceoff guy, it makes everybody around him better. Getzlaf’s faceoffs are better, Rakell’s faceoffs are better. It makes you a better faceoff team altogether. He does so many of the little things that don’t end up on the scoreboard. That’s what makes him valuable. He’s a really solid second-line center who can play against any team’s top-line center.”

On Perry’s second goal of the game: “There aren’t many people who have hands like he has. The second goal was pretty evident. Ninety-eight percent of the players in the league would’ve made that first play and kept going. He stayed with it, saw the puck come off the pad and put it back in. That’s a pretty special play.”

On Jackman’s postseason debut: “We see the same thing every night from him. He works really hard. He finishes his checks. He’s going to do whatever it takes for the team to be successful. We’ve talked about it for the last couple days, where it’s [481] regular season games before getting in the playoffs. I’m glad he played. He’s a big part of our team, and we seem to play better when he’s in the lineup. It’s three games under the belt since he’s had his injury, and he’s getting stronger every day. So, we’ll keep him in the lineup. We’ll keep him in the lineup. He’s a good player.”

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