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Postgame Notes and Quotes - November 7 vs. LA

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 3 vs Los Angeles 4 (OT)
Nov. 7, 2017
Honda Center
6-6-3, 15 points

Rickard Rakell collected a team-high 1-1=2 points to become the first Duck to reach double-digits in scoring (11) this season. Rakell, who recorded his third multi-point game tonight, also leads Anaheim in goals (6).

Derek Grant extended his career best point streak to five games with the secondary assist on Rakell's tally. Grant's scoring streak is the longest by a Ducks player this season. Grant also has nine points in as many games (3-6=9) dating to October 20 vs. Montreal.

Josh Manson earned his sixth point (assist) of the season on Rakell's tally. Manson paces Anaheim defensemen in assists.

Sami Vatanen scored his first goal and point of the season at 12:26 in the first period.

Jared Boll opened the scoring at 6:01 of the first, notching his first goal and point of the season. Brandon Montour earned his career-high eighth point with the primary assist, while Logan Shaw collected his third helper.

Several milestones were reached in tonight's game, including Hampus Lindholm matching Niclas Havelid (310) for ninth on the franchise's all-time games played list for defensemen. Francois Beauchemin also appeared in his 850th career NHL game (539 in an Anaheim Ducks uniform).

The Ducks continue their five-game homestand on Thursday when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT).

Tonight's attendance was 16,637.

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

Francois Beauchemin
On the penalties in the third period
We have to play with the new rules. The emotion got high in the third period and we were still playing to win the game. We want to be physical at the same time, so we will take penalties, but have to limit those for sure.

On special teams
I thought we had some momentum in the first period. We had that five-minute power play. We created a lot of chances and had a lot of shots on net. We had a goal at the end of that one. Same thing in the second period. We were strong on the power play and had a few good chances. PK [penalty kill] was strong all night. Our goalies made the big saves.

Rickard Rakell
On cutting down penalties
We talk about discipline, but it's still tough. Everybody in here is trying to work their [rear] off and try their hardest. We just have to be more careful with our sticks.

On special teams
I thought our PK guys did pretty good today. They have a really good power play. Sometimes our power play looked good, too. We had some scoring chances, but it wasn't good enough in the end. If we would've been more effective there, we probably would've won the game.

Assistant Coach Trent Yawney
On the momentum shift
You have to be in control. The goal at the end of the second period kind of deflated us a little bit. We never got any traction against a really good team.

On the power play
I thought the first one was pretty good. We just didn't finish off the play. The other thing I'd say is their penalty kill is like 93 or 94 percent. That's pretty good. When it got down to it, they kind of shut us down. You have to give them credit, too.

LA Kings

Nick Shore
On the game-winning goal
It was a big game for us, it took everyone. We got down early there and battled back. We had two-on-one coming down the ice and Brownie [Dustin Brown] made a really good play. We got the D [defense] and the goalie to bite and we were fortunate it went in.

On playing in playoff-like atmosphere
It was a really good atmosphere tonight. It was an emotional game for both sides. That's what you look for and tend to see when it's a division game like this.

Anze Kopitar
On Alex Iafallo's performance
He's definitely not shy to go right into the thick of things. He's been doing that all season. My goal was really his work. He was in there by himself and he somehow got the puck and sent it to me. That's what makes him a really special player.

On playing from behind
There's really no quit in here. We get down two goals early, but it seemed like there was a sense of calmness on the bench. Nobody panicked, nobody was running around like a maniac. We just kept our cool, kept our composure and started plugging away.

Head Coach John Stevens
On fighting and clawing their way through the game
Certainly a lot of elements to the game. The penalty kill was really taxed with the five minute major and the four minute, but at the end of the day, I thought our PK [penalty kill] did a really good job and I thought our power play scored a huge goal. Certainly gratifying that the guys just stuck with it. There's lots of times where we could have thought that it wasn't our night.

On the team's resilience
I thought it was terrific. We got some big efforts by lots of people. Quicker [Jonathan Quick] shut the door in the third period, PK really dug in on that four minute penalty, goals called back and there was a lot of emotion in the game. I think that's a good thing. We had guys step-up and picked up the pieces for the short bench.

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