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Postgame Notes and Quotes - Nov. 5 vs. Minnesota

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 2 vs. Minnesota 4
Nov. 5, 2019
Honda Center
9-7-1, 19 points

The Ducks' three-game point streak was snapped with a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild tonight at Honda Center.

Rickard Rakell opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season at 1:27 of the second period. With the goal, Rakell has 3-6=9 points and a +8 rating in his last 13 games. Twenty-five seconds after Rakell's goal, Jacob Larsson scored his first career NHL goal at the 1:52 mark of the second period. Larsson's goal represented his seventh career NHL point.

Jakob Silfverberg and Sam Steel each posted their sixth assist of the season on Rakell's goal. Silfverberg leads the Ducks with 7-6=13 points while Steel has earned three assists in his last two games (0-3=3). Adam Henrique's assist on Larsson's goal gave the Anaheim center points in four of his last six games (3-1=4).

Tonight's attendance was 15,526. Anaheim continues a season-long seven-game homestand against the Edmonton Oilers Sunday Nov. 10 (6 p.m.).

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell
On letting a lead slip away
Tonight was a tough loss. We kind of felt like we gave them their goals, and especially when we have that power play, I have to know the time better and know they have a guy coming out of the box, and not force that play in the middle. Other than that, I thought we played a good game. We were hungry on the puck and hungry on the forecheck. We definitely had our chances tonight.

Jacob Larsson
On his first career NHL goal
It's a good feeling, but obviously it would've been nice if we had a win, but a good feeling. Nice to have it over with.

On if the thought of scoring his first NHL goal was always on his mind
I think you can't think about it that much because it would just destroy your game a little bit and block your game. I just try to focus on my play out there, try to be stable and all that, and then I'm happy the goal came.

Head coach Dallas Eakins
On tonight's game
It's a tale of two stories. We did so many great things in that first period. Our shift length was incredible. That gave us great energy. We were out-changing them and everything was in our favor. Their [Minnesota's] first goal against [the Ducks], we had a player on the ice way, way too long and you're basically playing shorthanded. Even on the shorthanded one, we were out there a little too long, we tried to force a play, and it's as simple as that. Those are two, they're self-inflicted wounds. You can play as well as you want, but if you're going to self-inflict it's not going to go your way.

On the opportunity to rest and refresh over the four-day break
Yeah, we need both. The one thing I've felt here over the last week is we're a tired team. I think we've been kind of hanging on by a thread and we need some much needed practice time. So, we'll use the next four days for both.

Minnesota Wild

Alex Stalock
On the team's response after going down 2-0
I think we kinda got ticked off a little bit, and kinda took over the period from there, essentially the game. Got a big kill at the end of the period and kind of kept the momentum going. Got some big goals, so it was fun to be a part of.

On not falling into playing bad after going down
I think we gotta learn. Another time tonight it happens again where it's bang-bang. I don't know what the answer is, and if we did we'd fix it. It's starting to become an issue and we've gotta figure that out.

Kevin Fiala
On the team's response after going down 2-0
We got mad, we didn't know what was going on. Just played better, played more simple I think and got more pucks on the net. I think after the first goal we really got going.

On the effect of his goal
I think it was huge. After that goal, like I said, we were buzzing, had so many chances to make it 2-2 before the period. We just continued on, had a big kill there in the third period. We had a little luck there, good play, [Mats] Zuccarello had a [breakaway] by himself and he scored so it was great timing for us and we just kept going.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On the team's response after going down 2-0
I think it was anger. They got mad, we didn't play very good in the first period, but we got away with it. Then when they got their two goals it was like, okay. Just like some other teams have done to us they got mad and they started taking the play to them a little bit. I think that first goal by Kevin [Fiala] was a real goal that said hey we can do this.

On what it meant when Zuccarello tied the game
You could see the bench erupt when they scored. When you haven't won a lot of games those are the kind of games that you really get excited about.

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