At 36-16-7 (79 points), the Ducks moved within five points of the idle Predators (39-13-6, 84 points) for first place in the Western Conference and NHL standings.
The Ducks’ five goals in the third period matched a franchise record established Jan. 23, 2004, when they also rallied from a 2-1 deficit after 40 minutes to pick up a 6-2 victory vs. MIN. The franchise record for goals in any period is six, set during the second period of a 6-4 win on March 14, 2014 at COL.
Four players registered multi-point games for the Ducks: Andrew Cogliano (1-1—2), Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2), Hampus Lindholm (1-1—2) and Patrick Maroon (0-2—2).
John Gibson made 25 saves to improve to 7-4-0 in his career with a 2.52 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and two shutouts.
Francois Beauchemin and Hampus Lindholm each tied career highs with a +4 rating tonight (fourth time for Beauchemin, second for Lindholm). The last time each player was +4 was Oct. 13, 2013 vs. Ottawa.
With his goal in the third period, Francois Beauchemin tied Oleg Tverdovsky (170) for second on the club's all-time scoring list for defensemen. POSTGAME QUOTES
Kyle Palmieri On Andrew Cogliano kick starting the offense The first goal was a hard-working goal by him driving the middle. It was a lucky one to go off his stomach and in, but the second goal was all him. He drove the d-man wide and threw it to Beauch [Francois Beauchemin] who put it home. He was the little spark we needed him to be. Especially with the way things have been going lately, this one feels great.
On erasing a two-goal deficit We were still confident because we weren’t playing that bad. Obviously we were down two goals, but we were doing a lot of good things. Going forward, we just have to stay with it and play the same way we did tonight.
On the penalty kill It was huge. They killed off that 5-on-3 in the first period. That was a big momentum builder. They did a great job tonight.
Ryan Getzlaf On getting back into the win column It’s nice. When you’re working and playing the way we did, it’s nice to get rewarded for it.
On the shift in momentum We’ve had a hard time finding goals. I didn’t think we played that bad in the first half of the game, but we weren’t scoring goals. That’s something we have to do here.
On the penalty kill Our guys worked hard. We had a few breakdowns and our goaltender made some big stops, and we had guys blocking shots.
On the defensemen chipping in on offense Any time they can get involved, it’s going to be a plus for us. Our defense does such a good job back there most of the time. When they can get involved in the offense, it’s big for us. Obviously you don’t want to be giving up too many 4-on-1s, but it was a nice save [by Hampus Lindholm]. I’m sure Gibby [John Gibson] was grateful.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On breaking out for six goals overall, including five in the third period I thought we still played good when we were down 2-0. We had two bad turnovers and it cost us. From that point on, it looked like they got angry. They turned it up and played the way they’re capable of playing. We got a couple of breaks and ended up with six of them. On not losing confidence when trailing 2-0 They felt determined. We felt we were playing good from the start, so it wasn’t one of those things where we were like, Here we go again. We hung in there tonight. We got a break on the first goal, and then Cogliano made a great play on the second goal. You could really feel the bench come alive after that. After that, we peppered [Jonas Hiller] pretty good. I can’t remember the last time we had 35-plus shots. It was a good game all around. On if there was a weight lifted off the shoulders I think it’ll feel a lot better if we have success tomorrow night because anybody can win one some time. We want to put something together. Tomorrow night would be another great start.
On the third period comeback Everybody forgets we’re the second-best team in the NHL to come back in the third period. We play under the radar a little bit in that situation.