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Patrick Eaves makes Ducks debut

Forward plays 16 minutes in loss to Kings after trade from Stars

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Fortunately for Patrick Eaves, the madcap merry-go-round should stop spinning now.

Eaves was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday afternoon and made his debut with them Saturday, a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

"I got in at like midnight and met everyone at breakfast this morning," said Eaves, who played the past three seasons for the Dallas Stars.

The right wing played 16:09, was minus-1 and had five shots on goal Saturday. Only Andrew Cogliano (six) had more shots for the Ducks.

"I think I got my legs under me halfway through the first period," Eaves said. "I am really excited to be here and be a part of this group. It has only been one game and I feel like I have been a part of it. The guys have been great and I have played against a lot of these guys for a while, so it's finally nice to join them."

The Ducks start a five-day break and next play Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"The coaching staff did a great job getting me up to speed for the game," the 32-year-old said. "Obviously over this break, I'll get brought up even more. Systems are a little different, but you're still playing hockey."

The Ducks were 0-for-4 on the power play; Eaves played 2:42. Eleven of his 21 goals with Dallas this season were on the power play, and his 37 points in 60 games are an NHL career high.

"I tried to get my legs going and [to] give our top guys the opportunity on the power play is big," he said. "If we can win the special teams battle and get them out there more, the better team we'll be."

Anaheim gave Dallas the conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft the Ducks got from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the trade that involved goaltender Frederik Andersen made June 20. If Anaheim advances to the Western Conference Final, and Eaves plays in at least half of their games in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Stars get the Ducks' first-round pick.

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