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Postgame Notes and Quotes - November 19 vs. Florida

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 3 vs. Florida 2
Nov. 19, 2017
Honda Center
9-7-3, 21 points

The Ducks earned their second straight victory with a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers at Honda Center. Anaheim has won three of its last four games (3-1-0) and earned points in five of the last six (8 pts., 3-1-2). The Ducks are now three points shy of 2,000 standings points all-time for the NHL club (874-716-249).

John Gibson stopped 50-of-52 shots for his second consecutive win and seventh of the season. Gibson's 50 saves fell one shy from the franchise record of 51 (four times, Mikhail Shtalenkov, Mar. 22, 1998 at OTT 51-of-53; Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Mar. 21, 2004 vs. DET 51-of-57; Jonas Hiller, Dec. 19, 2008 at EDM 51-of-53; John Gibson, Jan 1, 2017 vs. PHI 51-of-54). Gibson has now allowed two goals or less in three consecutive starts.

Josh Manson, who appeared in his 200th NHL contest, tallied his second goal in as many games to open up the scoring at 18:57 of the first. Manson's two-game goal streak is the first of his career.

Rickard Rakell scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season at 5:22 on the power play. Rakell now has points in six of his last seven games (2-7=9).

Brandon Montour netted his career-high sixth goal of the season, which ranks tied for second among NHL defensemen this season. Montour has also recorded points in three of his last five games (2-1=3).

Corey Perry collected his third multi-assist game in his last four contests (0-2=2 tonight). Perry has six points overall (0-6=6) in those four games.

Sami Vatanen assisted on Montour's third-period goal, recording his third assist and fourth point in his last five games.

Chris Wagner earned his seventh assist of the season, extending his career high in points (9).

Anaheim will complete its third set of back-to-back games tomorrow night against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center (7:30 p.m. PT). The Ducks are currently 3-1-1 in back-to-back games this season.

Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell
On the power play finding success
We've been working on it a lot in practice. We're feeling more comfortable and not as stressed throwing pucks away. Everybody is trying to be a threat all the time. We're battling hard.

On his goal
You're just trying to get open. You're hoping the puck is going to find your stick.

John Gibson
On facing 52 shots tonight
You don't have a choice. When you come into a game, you might get 10 or you might get 50. You have to be ready to play every night.

On the extended breaks between games
You get days off like that and you pay for it like we have now. That's the way it is. We have to find a way to get points.

Head coach Randy Carlyle
On Gibson's performance
He was the first star. He saved our butts. We didn't have a very good outing from a standpoint of management of the puck. We turned the puck over 16 times in the second period alone. We were fortunate that our power play won the special teams battle. We got a stellar performance from out goaltender, simple as that.

On the power play finding success
We were starving for offense in the first 10 games of the season. Our power play was popgun offense. It really wasn't a power play. It wasn't enough. Now, these are the types of situations that you need your power play to deliver. We were nowhere near where we needed to be tonight and our power play scored two important goals for us. Our penalty killing saved our butts. Our goaltender saved our butts. We have a lot of areas to be thankful for. We have to clean those things up. It's a win and we'll move on.

Florida Panthers

Vincent Trocheck
On the inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities
Obviously we want to capitalize on all our chances. We are definitely putting in the work right now and getting those chances. Puck luck definitely has something to do with it and obviously we have to keep the puck out of our own net. The goals that they did score tonight were on us.

On playing from behind
We've played way too many games this year from behind. Coming into the game and being ready to play in the first period like we do in the second and third.

Keith Yandle
On the inability to score against Gibson
We're running into hot goalies. We are getting opportunities and it comes down to a couple bounces here and there. I thought our effort was great and we played hard. It's never fun losing.

On playing from behind
It's one of those things where you got to be good whether you're up or down goals. I don't think we had to change the way we played. We played the right way the full 60 minutes.

Head Coach Bob Boughner
On coming away with no points
Same story, different night. My message after the game was we threw everything we had at them, keep our heads up, we are not getting any puck luck right now. It's on us too. We got a few chances on breakaways where we missed the net or blew it over the net on some chances. That is probably the only negative thing I can say.

On special teams
Our power play cashed in on one. Obviously, on the penalty kill we had a bad change and it cost us. The second one was a bit of a broken play off of Louie's [Luongo] head and right on their stick.

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