Anaheim 3 vs. Calgary 2
April 13, 2017
Ducks lead First Round series, 1-0
The Anaheim Ducks claimed a Game 1 victory with a 3-2 decision over the Calgary Flames at Honda Center. Dating to the regular season, the Ducks have not lost in regulation in 15 games (11-0-3 regular season; 1-0 playoffs). The club's last loss in regulation was March 10 at St. Louis, a game it lost on a goal with 20 seconds left in the third period (Joel Edmundson broke a 3-3 tie). Anaheim has also posted a 30-11-7 record in the last 48 games (29-11-7 regular season, 1-0 playoffs) and 15-2-3 in the last 20 contests (14-2-3 regular season, 1-0 playoffs). The Ducks have won seven consecutive games at Honda Center (6 regular season, 1 playoff) and have not lost in regulation in 11 games at home (9-0-1 regular season, 1-0 playoffs).
The Ducks are 9-0 in their last nine playoff games and 12-1 in their last 13 when scoring three goals or more.
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his 31st multi-point playoff game (1-1=2) to become the first player in franchise history and the 12th active player to reach 100 points in the postseason. Getzlaf scored the opening tally on the power play 52 seconds into the game before earning the primary assist on Rickard Rakell's game-tying goal in the second period.
Jakob Silfverberg added a pair of power-play points for his ninth career multi-point playoff game (1-1=2). Silfverberg's goal marked his third career postseason GWG and first since a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the First Round on April 18, 2015 vs. Winnipeg. Silfverberg's two points moved him into a tie with Rob Niedermayer (27) for eighth on the all-time franchise playoff scoring list and also a tie with Cam Fowler (20) for seventh on the all-time club playoff assists list.
Rakell scored his fourth career playoff goal to tie the game at the 13:53 mark of the second period and Patrick Eaves earned his first postseason point as a Duck (assist) on the Silfverberg PPG.
Shea Theodore earned his first career playoff points (0-2=2) with a pair of assists on the power play.
Corey Perry appeared in his 98th career playoff game, surpassing Francois Beauchemin (97) for sole possession of second on the all-time franchise games played list. In addition, Andrew Cogliano surpassed Sean O'Donnell (43) for sole possession of 10th on the all-time franchise games played list.
Ondrej Kase and Brandon Montour each made their NHL playoff debut tonight.
John Gibson stopped 30-of-32 shots for his third career postseason victory.
Anaheim improved to 80-62 all-time in the playoffs and 15-11 in Game 1.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On taking Game 1
We talk about home ice and battling for it, but it's only home ice if you use it. We got our win tonight and we're going to move on to the next one.
On killing off the late penalties
We got tested tonight, that's for sure. When you're taking late penalties and the 5-on-3 late, we did a good job keeping our focus and working through it as opposed to working against it.
On the game
We're going to have to be better. We were sloppy in some areas. They're going to be better. We know that group over there. They're going to respond. We're going to make sure we're ready to go.
On keeping their composure
As far as the game within the game, the scrums and all that stuff after the whistle, we were on the right end of it. It's one thing to be the guy knocking guys over in scrums, but at the end of the day, you'd rather be the guy getting the power play. We did a good job of absorbing punishment and drawing penalties.
On the importance of winning Game 1
The first game is very important. It puts you up. Now we'll go about our business in Game 2. They'll be pressing for a win to get a split out of here. We looked comfortable from start to finish. There was a little period in the second period where they had some momentum, but we got through that pretty well.
On his performance
I don't think it was my best, but as the game went on I felt better. Guys did a really good job in front of me clearing the rebounds out. When I left pucks around, they did a really good job clearing it out.
On his late-game save on Gaudreau
I missed catching it, so I had to make up for it. I had to make the second save. I made it a little harder on myself.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On Gibson's late save on Gaudreau
He found a way to get in front of it. Big stop. Your best penalty killer is your goalie, anyways.
On Getzlaf's performance
Tonight was an example of our guy making a difference. I wouldn't normally use him on a 5-on-3 [penalty kill] in the regular season. When you're playing in the playoffs, you ask those players to elevate their game because there is so much on the line.
On the team's performance
It was a choppy game and that messes the flow of the game up a little bit. We had every chance in the world to tie it up in the end with a 5-on-3. They capitalized and we didn't in the end.
On the Ducks' second goal
I have to watch it from a different angle, because all I saw was three guys coming. You try to stand your ground, but that can't happen this time of year. We have to protect ourselves on changes, especially in the second period. We have to learn from that one pretty quick here.
On the final minutes of the game
A couple grade-A scoring chances there. Gibson made some big saves in the final couple seconds. When you get a 5-on-3 with two minutes left and you're down a goal, you have to find the net. We didn't, but it's a seven-game series so we have to regroup and come back for Game 2.
On the Ducks' second goal
We can't do that, especially with the skilled players they have on their team. They do a great job screening [Elliott], and [Elliott] battled really well. We hung him out to dry a couple times. You have to stay out of the box. You can't win games with seven penalties. We have to do a better job of that.
Head Coach Glen Gulutzan
On the Ducks' second goal
That was a big game changer. I think there was twice in the game where we stopped playing for a second thinking that was icing, then hesitated coming to the bench, and it cost us. That's something we talked about, line changes, at length over the last couple of days because those details become important. I think we stopped playing on the too-many men in the first period as well, where it hit their skate with their six guys on, and we took a penalty after that which kind of set us back too. We have to keep playing. Those were just mistakes we made.
On the Flames' number of penalties
We have some youthful exuberance there and we took too many. That first one set us back a bit. We couldn't stop playing there. Once it hit their guys' foot we had to keep playing. We stopped, we take that penalty, they score right off the draw. We'll lose our rhythm if we take six minors a game. It affects our top guys' ice time and you lose your rhythm. We're a team that needs to play with pace and some rhythm, and we didn't get it tonight.