Anaheim 3 vs. Calgary 2
April 15, 2017
Ducks lead First Round series, 2-0
Ryan Getzlaf scored his sixth career postseason GWG with 4:46 remaining in the third period as the Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 at Honda Center in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Ducks have not lost in regulation in 16 games (11-0-3 regular season; 2-0 playoffs). The club's last regulation loss was March 10 at St. Louis, a game lost on a goal with 20 seconds left in the third period (Joel Edmundson broke a 3-3 tie). Anaheim has also posted a 31-11-7 record in the last 49 games (29-11-7 regular season, 2-0 playoffs) and 16-2-3 in the last 21 contests (14-2-3 regular season, 2-0 playoffs). The Ducks have won eight consecutive games at Honda Center (6 regular season, 2 playoff) and have not lost in regulation in 12 games at home (9-0-1 regular season, 2-0 playoffs).
The Ducks improved to 10-0 in their last 10 playoff games and 13-1 in their last 14 when scoring three goals or more.
Jakob Silfverberg gave the Ducks the early lead 3:21 into the first period, marking his second goal in as many games and third point of the playoffs. With the goal, Silfverberg surpassed Rob Niedermayer (27) for eighth on the all-time franchise postseason scoring list.
Rickard Rakell added his second goal of the postseason just 3:23 after the Silfverberg tally. This marks the first time Rakell has scored in consecutive playoff games and the second time for Silfverberg (last: April 18-20, 2015 First Round vs. WPG).
Shea Theodore collected his team-leading third assist on the Silfverberg goal while fellow rookie Brandon Montour registered his first career playoff point with the primary assist.
Patrick Eaves and Kevin Bieksa each earned assists for the second consecutive game.
John Gibson stopped 35-of-37 shots for his fourth career postseason victory.
Getzlaf recorded his second consecutive multi-point game (1-1=2) and won 86% of his faceoffs, marking a postseason career high.
Anaheim improved to 81-62 all-time in the playoffs and 16-10 in Game 2.
Including regular season and playoff games, the Ducks have won 29 consecutive home games against the Flames (22 regular season and seven playoff contests), the longest such streak in NHL history. The last Flames win in Anaheim was in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 25, 2006. All-time, the Ducks are 56-36-9 vs. Calgary in the regular season (36-8-6 at home, 20-28-3 on road), and 10-4 in the playoffs (7-1 at home, 3-3 on the road).
Tonight's attendance was 17,271, a sellout, including standing room only.
On turning it around
The second period ended, so that helped. That was an ugly period for us. They came out with an attitude in the second period that they were going to try to push us. They did a great job. They got us off our game a little bit. When the period ended, we were able to come in here composed. We took a few deep breaths and got back at it.
On if there was anything specific said in the second intermission
We're all professionals in here. We're all players. It's our job, as a locker room, to just breathe. Sometimes that's all it takes. You don't have to have a magical phrase or whatever. Just breathe and get ready to go. Our group has been around long enough. We know what we need to do, and we did it.
On describing his goal
Lucky. We worked hard for the faceoff to get the puck back. Sometimes luck is on your side.
On the second period
I thought we did a good job coming in here, regrouping, and not getting too down. We did a good job coming out for the third period. We started making plays again.
On forcing the Flames into penalties
When we're taking care of the puck and trying to beat their defensemen, playing hard on the puck, it's hard to play with us. That's when they start taking penalties.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On Getzlaf's power-play goal
You always ask your players to shoot the puck because you never know what's going to happen. I can guarantee you 99.9 percent of the goals that go in, somebody has to shoot the puck or direct the puck towards the net. Sometimes it works out in your favor. We feel fortunate we got a bounce that went our way.
On the second intermission
We just experienced one of our worst periods in a long time. We just stood around and watched what they did. We couldn't complete two passes and gave up 15 shots. It was just time to reset our group. Just forget about it. What we needed to do was establish our game again right at the start of the third period, and I thought we did that. We turned the page on the second period and first period. If you can't win a hockey game in your own building, tied, in a playoff game, well, that's on us.
On Anaheim's game winning goal
[Lance Bouma] made the right play. He was taking away the seam pass. If they hit the seam there, it's probably a goal anyways. He took away the seam, there was a bad bounce. I bet if you did that play 100 more times, 99 times it wouldn't go in the net like that. We played a good game. We have to win the next one. We have our backs against the wall now.
On the series
We've lost two one-goal games here. We had moments in the first game, where I thought we were the better team. Tonight, I thought we had a lot more moments where we pushed the pace. We have to take less penalties. They won on a bounce tonight. We had a lot of positives. I know it's playoffs, so moral victory doesn't matter, but if we stick to our game and not let that after-the-whistle stuff come into play, we'll be fine.
On the game
It was a [bad] bounce in the goal and a cross-checking penalty with two minutes left in the game, a playoff game, so that's kind of tough there. Those things will happen. We still had our opportunity at the end. We need to stick with it. We had a great game tonight and we'll be ready for the next one.
On Anaheim's early lead
They're a great team that starts. They've done it all year, and they've done it for a long time. We're ready to play, but maybe they settle in right away. They're a good veteran team like that. We're a team learning to be great, and we've had our chances. Next game we'll be fine. If we keep playing the way we are, we'll be fine.
Head Coach Glen Gulutzan
On his team's performance
I thought we played well, after the first few minutes there in the first. We didn't play poorly in the first. We controlled most of the game in the second, then the third was pretty even until the last few minutes.
On the game
We could have won the game. It was a close game. It was a hard fought game. That's just the way it goes. They get a bounce and it goes their way. It's a game of bounces when things are this tight.
On Anaheim's game winning goal
It's absolutely not [Bouma's] fault. He was doing his job. It was part of the structure of the penalty kill. They're trying to seam us, he gets in the seam, it ricochets off his foot and goes in the net. There's nothing you can say. He's doing his job. It's just hockey. They got a bounce.