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Postgame Notes and Quotes - Dec. 29 vs. Philadelphia

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 1 vs. Philadelphia 2 OT
Dec. 29, 2019
Honda Center
16-18-5, 37 points

The Ducks earned a standings point for the third time in the last four games with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Honda Center.

Erik Gudbranson opened the scoring 35 seconds into the first period with his third goal of the year. With the goal, Gudbranson has 3-3=6 points on the season and is one goal shy of his career high (4, 2014-15 with Florida).

Adam Henrique collected the lone assist on the Gudbranson goal and now has points in four of his last five games (3-2=5).

John Gibson stopped 33-of-35 shots in his 29th start.

Tonight's attendance was 16,248. The Ducks begin a stretch of two consecutive road games Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Vegas (12 p.m.).

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

John Gibson
On the game
We had a good third period. It seems like we're a little inconsistent. We have a lot of young guys. It's tough to be good every night. We're learning it the hard way. If you want to be an NHL player, you have to bring it every night. Some nights you aren't going to feel great or have the best legs, but you have to find a way. We're learning that the hard way.

On the difficulty of winning consecutive games
It's about consistency. Vegas was one of the best games we've played in a long time. As the game goes on, we have to find our legs more, and at least make passes. It's going to happen, but it's happened a little bit too much recently.

Erik Gudbranson
On the inconsistent play
We did some really good things tonight, but we didn't get enough pucks at the net at the right times. Towards the end of it, we were a little bit separate and gave them opportunities. It was tough to lose.

On the difficulty of winning consecutive games
It's a hard thing to do. You have to realize that feeling of when you do it right, when you take the two points home, remember that feeling. Remember how that game went. Remember the small things that happened in that game, build off those and bring it the next day. We have to find a way to do that. We did some good things today, but there were some holes in our game that prevented us from winning.

Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the takeaways from this game
We didn't have the execution, that's for sure. I'm not sure why. That game should've been the first game out of the break. We had it coming out of the break, and not to have it tonight is disappointing. With better execution, I think we could've won the game.

On how to build consistency
Sticking on the message and sticking with good habits. We're not going to come off our messaging or the things we think are important in our game. But we have to get that feeling where we can play with these teams that are very good. We can win multiple games. It seems like we take a step forward and a step back constantly. That's part of the grind. That's part of the challenge of this league, especially with us transitioning as an organization.

Philadelphia Flyers

Kevin Hayes
On redeeming themselves after last night's game
We talked yesterday, that wasn't the right way to play yesterday. Less than 24 hours you have a chance to turn the attitude around. We came in here before the game and knew this was kind of a must win. We've been struggling on the road, the way we lost last night didn't help. I thought tonight, starting with Moose [Brian Elliott], we played a good game all around, played a good 60, 64.

On his goal
They came down for a chance, and then I think they changed, so I figured I could cheat a little bit. Jake [Jakub Voracek] made a great pass, and just went backhand forehand, it just went in.

Sean Couturier
On if tonight's game was a response to last night's game
Yeah definitely. I thought we battled hard, we skated better, we competed more, we won more battles. I thought we responded really well after giving up that first one. We got rewarded with that extra point.

On his goal
I think there was a broken play at the blue line. Just tried to go to the net for a screen. Jake [Jakub Voracek] got it through and it bounced off me. Just jammed it in and it squeaked through his legs.

Head Coach Alain Vigneault
On this game compared to last night
There's no doubt that's a lot more like it. We started off by giving up that early goal, and just kept playing. Really liked our compete level, liked our battle level in the one on ones. Thought the second period we should've had a couple goal leads there, but give credit to their goaltender [John Gibson] he played an outstanding game. For us to play back to back, travel, come in here the way we had played last night, it was a great response. This is a big win for us.

On Brian Elliott
He's a battler, he's a competitive young man. Obviously not the way he wanted to start the game, especially after the way we played yesterday, but I liked the way he stuck with it. I liked the way our team stuck with it. We played hard, we played north south, we played fast. Got a lot of good looks. I don't think this game should've gone into OT, but it did and we found a way to win.

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