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Ducks not changing offensive approach in Game 3

by Corey Masisak /

CHICAGO -- The perception in hockey is that the team on the losing end of a marathon playoff game like the one the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks played Tuesday, a 3-2 triple-overtime victory by the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the 2015 Western Conference Final, ends up feeling the physical and emotional toll more than the winning team.

The Ducks hope that isn't the case. Anaheim will try to reclaim home-ice advantage in Game 3 on Thursday (8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

"We know that we played well," Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm said Thursday. "If we keep doing what we are doing I think it is going to be a fun series."

The Ducks won 25 times away from Honda Center in the regular season, which was second to the New York Rangers' League-high 28 road victories. Anaheim is 3-1 on the road during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We're accustomed to playing and being successful on the road," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I think very similar to Chicago. You go, you do your job, and that's the way we've been. It's hard to put a finger on exactly why you're so successful or why you've been successful on the road. I just know the guys come to play, which is why you win 50-plus games in a year."

The Ducks felt like they played well enough to win Game 2. Chicago scored two power-play goals in the first seven minutes and then did not score again for nearly 100 minutes. Anaheim had more shot attempts at even strength, and according to had 12 more scoring chances (53-41) in all situations.

Anaheim hit a post or crossbar three times after regulation ended.

"I think over those two games [in Anaheim], we played really good 5-on-5 and I think we deserved to have more goals," Lindholm said. "We have to just keep working the same way and we're going to get some more goals here."

Here are the projected lineups:


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Andrew Cogliano - Nate Thompson - Kyle Palmieri

Jiri Sekac - Rickard Rakell - Emerson Etem

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Simon Despres

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

John Gibson

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, James Wisniewski, Chris Wagner, Tomas Fleischmann, Tim Jackman, Jason LaBarbera

Injured: None


Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Bryan Bickell - Brad Richards - Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp - Antoine Vermette - Teuvo Teravainen

Andrew Desjardins - Marcus Kruger - Andrew Shaw

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Johnny Oduya - Kyle Cumiskey

Kimmo Timonen - Brent Seabrook

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Scratched: Daniel Carcillo, Kris Versteeg, David Rundblad, Joakim Nordstrom, Antti Raanta

Injured: Michal Rozsival (ankle)

Status report: Boudreau said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but did note that a couple extra players would take part in the pregame warm-up and a final lineup would be set after that.

Who's hot: Andersen has allowed four goals on 99 shots in the series, and has a .945 save percentage in his past four games (137 saves on 145 shots).


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