Playing in the
"The only fun part would've been the skills part, when you get to shoot into an empty net," the goalie joked Monday as the
"I don't think the goalies had too much fun there. Everyone knows how [the game] is. It's not really for goalies."
Andersen, ranked second in the NHL with 26 wins, said he was told by General Manager Bob Murray that the league had asked if Andersen could replace injured Columbus goalie
But Andersen fell ill before Wednesday's home victory over the
"I wish I would have gone, but when you're battling something like that, you've got to prioritize the team here. Maybe next year," Andersen said. "Still a little tired, tough coming back after not skating and being sick."
After needing intravenous fluids to make it through the Calgary game, Andersen said he spent most of the break alternating between his bed and the couch.
Stiff tests await
The Ducks (31-10-6) confront a post-break week of road games against their nearest
"Tough three games," center
Near the end, Boudreau told the group, "Let's not be satisfied where we are."
"It's a fine line," Boudreau said. "They had four days off. Do you push 'em really hard? But then they're all stiff and not ready to go because they've had four days off. Or have your normal practice, add in a couple drills and hopefully they have their legs … and it's back to normal?"
He chose the latter.
Clayton Stoner returned to practice from a lower-body injury that the team would not disclose and had kept him out of Wednesday's game. The defenseman said he expects to play Tuesday.
Getzlaf had a goal and assist in the All-Star game and was accompanied by his 4-year-old son, Ryder.
"Having my son there, he enjoyed it more than anybody," Getzlaf said. "He loved it, got to be around the locker room. His favorite thing, I think, was the mascot game, more than the actual game. First time I got to share it with my family."
DUCKS AT VANCOUVER
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