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The Ducks flew to Kelowna, BC, during the two-day break between Games 3 and 4

by Paul Gazzola /

With a two-day break before Game 4 against the Oilers, the Anaheim Ducks decided to go to Kelowna, BC.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan commented on Anaheim's decision to flee Edmonton.

"I think that's a personal choice that each and every team has," said McLellan. "They get to decide that. I don't think they're wrong in doing that."

Edmonton's bench boss noted that the Oilers could do something similar if and when they deem it's necessary.

"We may - if we're fortunate enough to go on - do something like that down the road," he said. "We did that in '08 with two days off in Pittsburgh. We wandered out to a resort, we relaxed and got away. So, each team gets to do what it does."

The hockey-crazed city of Edmonton has been enthusiastic ever since the puck dropped on the NHL playoffs, making it difficult for opposing teams to feel comfortable in Oil Country. 

"I can tell you that being in a playoff series here in '05 or '06, whatever it was, it wasn't always a comfortable city to be in and walk around downtown," said McLellan. "Oilers fans are pretty emotional, pretty rabid. They're everywhere; they're like ants, which is great for us. It's not an easy community to be involved in.

"Calgary was the same way. We played them the following year and I think they had a fire truck outside our hotel with a horn that went off every 20 minutes."

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