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A rundown on what was discussed during this morning's media availability

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 /

On getting ready for tonight's Game 1:

"They're a big team who has a lot of skill, they make plays off the rush and have individuals who can really change the game with a play. You have to eliminate that, you have to try and play as fast as you can. Especially in executing our breakouts and through the neutral zone, that's got to be our game plan. - Mark Giordano

"We have to come in with the right attitude and do our job. This is Game 1, that's all our focus right now and we know that we have to win a game in this building. Everyone knows their job so it's for everyone to get ready and bring it tonight. You can look at it whatever way you want, we have to win four games. Obviously it would be nice to get off the right foot tonight. That's our focus." - Matt Stajan

"We just need to go out there and play our game, make sure we're focused and use our energy and be smart. They're a good cycle team, we have to make sure we spend more time in their zone instead of ours. You never can really quit, they really are one of the best teams. We need to be smart and play a whole 60 minutes, play every shift like it's that last one and we'll be good." - Michael Frolik

Tkachuk on playing first NHL playoff game:

"I haven't played any NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games before, I'm going in with the same approach. I know throughout my last years, whether it's playing in gold-medal games or Memorial Cup I don't feel any different. I just go out play and I love it and have fun. Games tighten up but for myself it's you have to go in the same way and you get a little excited at first but eventually you'll be brought down to where you're comfortable playing at. You don't want to be too high or too low in these. You have to have a level-head."

Giordano on the defence jumping up:

"We want to push the pace. It's such a tough league to get anything off the rush, the ways team back check, and you need that third or fourth guy jumping in. There's a fine line between playing safe and playing too aggressive. When we have a chance, we have the green light to jump in."

Ducks on Game 1 mentality:

"We just want to go out and play, this is Game 1. We're going to go out with our best effort with what we have created in the last month or so. Other than that nothing really changes for us, we have to go out and execute. We have to respect our opponent because they're going to come out flying. The biggest thing with our group has been staying level-headed, staying in the moment, staying in the game. Earlier on in the season our group got distracted, we didn't respond that well after a bad call or goal against. Throughout the second half we've made it a focal point to stay calm." - Ryan Getzlaf

"Tonight is a new game and we know we're playing a really good team. If we're going to get a W here we have to play our best game, it's going to be tough. You need everyone to contribute. We've got some good young guys and got a good core, we're going to need everyone to contribute." - Hampus Lindholm

"It's a fresh start, it's a different team this year and you say that every year. You can't let previous years affect how you come out and how you feel about yourself, you have to be confident. I think we're probably more level-headed and even-keeled. We don't expect to go out there and shut them out and win the series 4-0. If it takes six or seven games, we'll do whatever it takes to win the series." - Kevin Bieksa 

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