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Quotes from Practice at Boston University

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks held practice at Agganis Arena (Boston University) earlier today as they prepare for tomorrow’s game against the Boston Bruins. On the ice with the team was defenseman Simon Despres (pictured above), who returned from his long-term injury conditioning loan with the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. Despres had a goal and an assist with six penalty minutes in four games with the Gulls. His status for tomorrow’s game, however, remains uncertain.

Frederik Andersen could get the start tomorrow night, as hinted by Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. Andersen last appeared in a game 10 days ago, a 22-save performance in Anaheim's 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. Andersen has won his past two games.

Following practice, Kevin Bieksa, David Perron, Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg shared their thoughts on the team’s mental toughness, balanced scoring and the importance of winning tomorrow’s game.

Kevin Bieksa
On responding to early adversity against Detroit
I think our mentality has changed over the course of the season. We’re confident in our abilities. We knew that even though there was a little bit of a coverage error on the first goal a minute in, we were still confident we weren’t going to let in much more than one or two more. Two tops, one maybe. We know we have the ability to shut it down the rest of the game defensively. With the way we've been going lately, we’re scoring goals and the power play has been moving the puck around and scoring some goals, too. An early goal doesn't faze us as much as it probably would have earlier in the season.

David Perron
On the importance of winning the final game before the All-Star break
It would be great to go into the break with a nice win streak feeling good about ourselves. With games in hand on some teams, those are two big points for us. Having a great feeling going into the break would be nice.

Rickard Rakell
On the team’s increased scoring
We’ve found some [chemistry] with the lines. We’re just hungry for goals all the time. Before, we were just thinking we were playing good defense. But, really, we want to score goals, too. That's what hockey is all about. Scoring goals and winning. That's the most fun. It's clicking right now for most lines. We just want to keep it going.

On his chemistry with Corey Perry

Even though we might let in a goal, we’re still confident in ourselves that we can turn it around and help the team get back in games. I've been playing with Perry most of the season. It's that little extra second that you gain all the time because I know where he's going to be. He also knows where I'm going to be, so that's when it starts clicking. You don't have to think that much out there.

Jakob Silfverberg
On getting balanced scoring
All the lines are going and that’s a good thing. That's how we have to play if we want to be a successful team. All the lines have to contribute in any kind of way.
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