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Postgame Notes and Quotes - October 7 vs. Philadelphia

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 2 vs. Philadelphia 3 OT
Oct. 7, 2017
Honda Center
1-0-1, 3 points

The Ducks earned their third of a possible four points to start the regular season following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center. The Ducks have opened the season with points in consecutive games for only the fourth time in franchise history. The three previous seasons have included 2012-13, 2006-07 and 2005-06.

Antoine Vermette registered his 500th NHL point with a goal at 12:13 of the first period. In 984 career NHL games, Vermette has registered 221-279=500 points. Ondrej Kase earned his first assist of the season on Vermette's goal, becoming the first Duck with points in consecutive games this season (1-1=2). Josh Manson drew the second assist, marking his first point of the season.

Cam Fowler tied the game at 2-2 with his fourth career shorthanded goal at 3:40 of the third period. Fowler's game-tying score represented his first shorthanded tally since a 5-3 Ducks victory over the New York Islanders on Dec. 9, 2013 at Honda Center.

Tonight's attendance was 16,032. The Ducks continue their four-game homestand on Monday against the Calgary Flames (7 p.m. PT).

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

Antoine Vermette
On his goal
It was a great play by these two guys - Josh [Manson] and Kaser [Ondrej Kase] were very strong in that battle. I tried to find open space in front of the net. They made a great play.

On battling back to force overtime
It's no secret. We're facing adversity early on. We don't want to create any excuses for ourselves. We believe in our group and know what we're capable of. In order to be successful, we're going to have to dig in and be well-structured, and work as a five-man group out there. Unfortunately, we didn't get the two points we came here for.

Cam Fowler
On the quality of chances Gibson is facing
He's played great for us and kept us in both hockey games. He's a big reason why we're in the position we are. It's fair to say we're giving up too many Grade-A chances. A lot of that has to do with us turning the puck over. We seem to be on the receiving end quite a bit.

On having to play catch-up
I'd like to see us get on the board first, but we were able to hang in the hockey game. We're not spotting teams two or three goals. You have to look at that as a positive. I'd like to see us come out and put teams on their heels instead of vice versa. We haven't shown that in the first couple of games, but the season is still young. I expect us to improve.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the game
We'll take the point and move on. It wasn't one we could say we played very well in as a whole. We had some spurts, but we didn't really have the consistency going.

On the penalties
We were trying to play too cute in the neutral ice. We turned the puck over. When you play good teams, and they have a very mobile backend, they get up on the rush. They did that for most of the night against us.

Philadelphia Flyers

Wayne Simmonds
On the challenge of creating opportunities
It's tough playing out west, there's a lot of big bodies. These guys were blocking a lot of shots. For us we just wanted to use our speed and keep skating and skating and skating. We came away with two points so we accomplished our goal.

On the third period
The first three games we've rolled four lines pretty consistently. With all the guys that we have on this team that can skate and with the skill that we've added this year, I think that helps us keep fresh for the third period. It allows us to continue to push and push and push.

Brian Elliott
On the third period
I think the speed that we have in this locker room definitely helps, it gives us that extra little push. We know that these are big games no matter what time of year, especially coming into this building. It's a tough place to play. Getting two points out of here was clutch for us.

Head Coach Dave Hakstol
On coming into the second period from the first intermission
We had a couple odd-man rushes that we had to clean up, but we also back-checked. There were a few odd-man rushes coming out of their zone that we did a good job back-checking and tracking those and kind of nullifying those by the time we got to the tops of our circles, but they transition well and their D are up ice quick.

On getting a win in Anaheim
Well, number one it's really important, this is a tough building to get points in. They had some key guys out so you know the guys that are in the line-up are going to be absolutely at their top level. You see that a lot within the game. You have a couple of the top guys out and everyone else picks it up a notch. We knew that we would get that so we just wanted to make sure that we controlled our readiness and determination. I thought we did that.

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