Anaheim 5 vs. Arizona 4
Oct. 5, 2017
1-0-0, 2 points
The Ducks overcame a three-goal deficit to win in regulation for the first time since March 22, 2006 vs. Colorado (5-4 victory). The 5-4 win over Arizona also marked Anaheim's first comeback of three goals-or-more (of any kind) since March 31, 2014 vs. Winnipeg (franchise-record four-goal comeback in a 5-4 win in OT) and the ninth overall in franchise history.
Corey Perry scored his 350th and 351st career NHL goals, second only to Teemu Selanne (457) among franchise leaders, and added an assist for a three-point night (2-1=3). Perry has scored Anaheim's first goal of a regular season on two occasions, including Oct. 6, 2006 vs. LA, a 4-3 Ducks victory. The last Duck to record a multi-goal game in a season opener was Perry himself when he netted a hat trick on Oct. 9, 2014 at Pittsburgh.
Rickard Rakell completed the comeback with the game-winning goal at 16:30 of the third period. Rakell collected 1-2=3 points in the win, tying his career high in assists (eighth time). He also matched his career best with a +3 rating (third time).
Andrew Cogliano matched his career high with three points (1-2=3, sixth time), including his goal at 13:54 of the third that tied the game at 4-4.
Ondrej Kase tallied his first goal of the season, bringing the deficit to within one at 15:54 of the second period.
Brandon Montour, who earned his first point of the season (assist) on Kase's goal, recorded a career-high +3 rating in tonight's win.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout. The Ducks' next game is Saturday vs. the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT).
On the comeback
We had a pretty slow start to this game, but we still had a good feeling after the first period. We just wanted to restart and focus on the things we could do better. When we got the first goal and second goal, I thought we changed the momentum. It was really nice. We just kept coming.
On scoring the game winner in front of Katie Hawley (21st Duck)
It's kind of a Cinderella story. It couldn't have ended in any better way.
On the comeback
That's not the way we wanted to start a hockey game, but at the end of the day they found some bounces and played well in the first half of the game. We didn't do what we wanted to do. The last eight minutes of the second period we started to find our legs and started getting involved emotionally. It carried over into the third period.
On finding a way to win with all the injuries
There are a lot of guys sitting out right now. We're a team that has a lot of youth in the lineup. A lot of new faces and a lot of guys playing different roles they might not be used to. It's exciting because you can see what they're all about.
On Corey Perry's performance
You want [Perry] to feel it. When he does, he usually keeps it going. We're a team here and we need contributions from each guy. One night it might be him or it might be another guy. He did a great job tonight. He was around the puck all night.
On his line with Perry and Rickard Rakell
Raks [Rakell] is a pretty underrated player. He opens up a lot of ice. If I can complement him with getting on the forecheck, turning pucks over and creating some zone time, when you get pucks for Perry in the [offensive] zone, he can create damage.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the comeback
We weren't happy with our first period and probably the first five minutes of the second period. We found a way to sneak one in. We got the emotions going in the right direction because it was frustration for the better part of the game, specifically early. When we scored the two quick ones, it was a one-goal hockey game.
On Perry's performance
We believe in Corey Perry. The commitment we're trying to portray to him is if he plays in a top role and continues to do the things we ask you to do, we think you're going to score goals. It's our job to prop him up, not tear him down.
On how the lead got away
We did it to ourselves. We win a faceoff in our D zone and five seconds later the puck is in the back of our net. We missed on coverage. Simple things. They didn't do anything no one else is going to do to us. It was a tough lesson.
On what he learned on playing with a lead
There was a little scrum there and all of the sudden all of the momentum turns. I think we just lost focus for a little bit and it spiraled out of control a little bit. Good teams don't do that.
On what they did right
We looked like a fast team, we were moving the puck to the right spots. We created some problems for them with the speed.
On the third period
We were on our heels a little bit and not executing. We had a lot of guys looking around. Not enough guys taking charge.
On playing with the lead
You just got to keep doing what you've been doing the whole game. You can't play a safe game and expect to get anything from that.
On his individual game
It was good. Our team is more important so I'm not really worried about my performance.
On confidence built during preseason
I have two great linemates that make it easy on me. I think we just got to keep moving forward.
Head Coach Rick Tocchet
On tonight's game
Up 4-1 and we started to back off. It's hard to win in this league, really hard. You got to be able to play hard and I thought we started to back up. Certain individuals backing up. Couple of key players making some bad giveaways and that's what happened.
On the game-winning goal
We were playing north which we want to do and all of a sudden we started taking the puck back. It's a learning lesson. It's a tough one. It's a game we should have had. I liked the way we were playing until that time, 4-1. It just seemed like Anaheim made a push. That's why they're a good team. That's why they've won a lot of games.