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Postgame Notes and Quotes: February 27 vs. LA

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 4 vs. Los Angeles 2
Feb. 27, 2015
Honda Center
39-17-7, 85 Standings Points


The Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period for the fifth time this season (twice vs. Los Angeles) and first time in regulation with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center. The Ducks have won seven of the last eight regular-season games vs. the Kings dating to 2013-14. Including tonight, seven of the last eight Ducks-Kings games have been decided by one goal (discounting empty-net goals). The lone exception was the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium, a 3-0 Ducks win on Jan. 25, 2014. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Ducks have scored 63 goals to the Kings’ 61 (shootouts excluded) and own a 14-7-4 record vs. LA’s 11-9-5 mark in the Freeway Faceoff.

Anaheim is 4-1-0 in the last five games and improved to 26-7-5 vs. the Western Conference, tops among intra-conference teams. Tonight’s comeback marked Anaheim’s 10th win when trailing after two periods, co-leading the league with Calgary.

Corey Perry’s game-high two goals (2-0=2) represented his sixth multi-goal game of the season. Perry leads the team 26 goals in 2014-15.

Emerson Etem collected his fourth goal of the season and second in three games, tying the score at 2-2 six minutes into the third period.

Ryan Kesler opened the scoring for Anaheim with his 16th of the year and fourth against Los Angeles at 4:37 of the third period.

Making his nine consecutive start for Anaheim, John Gibson improved to 4-1-0 in his last five games and 5-3-0 since his recall from Norfolk (AHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ryan Kesler

On the third period
We kept with it. We didn’t let being down 2-0 going into the third period deter us from our main goal, which was winning the game. We played well all game and got rewarded in the end.

On the game
We turned the corner tonight. That’s the kind of hockey we need to start playing. Not just against LA, but against every team. We knew how well they were playing up until this game, and how few goals they were giving up. We were upbeat and we definitely took it to them in the third period.

Corey Perry
On the game
It was the game plan that was set before we got out there. I don’t think we got discouraged when they got the second goal. We stuck with it. We just needed that one little spark to get us going. Kes [Ryan Kesler] got us going early. Those are big moments in a game that can turn the tide for us.

On the ability to erase deficits in the third period
It gives us confidence, but you’re not going to come back 2-0 every single night in the third period. This is a tough league. You just have to keep with your game plan. Good things are going to happen.

Ryan Getzlaf
On the message before the third period
Just keep going. We were able to keep our composure and play the game all the way through. We got to the net and into the dirty areas to score some goals.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the game
For 60 minutes, we played the right way. We didn’t get anything out of it the first 40, but it’s one of those things where you have to keep at it. Eventually we got one, and the crowd got into it.

On the Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg line
That line has done a great job in the last two weeks against any line we’ve put them up against. They’ve also scored, so it’s a double blessing.

On what this victory does for the team
If we play the right way and we bring our ‘A’ game, we’re capable of playing against anybody. It’s just a reminder that when we do that, we’re pretty good. We’ve gotten away from it for the past couple of weeks, so this, hopefully, brings us back as a group.

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Matt Greene

On the game
We just have to keep winning. I think we got ourselves in a position where we’re back in the hunt and we can’t let our foot off the gas. The last two games haven’t been to the level where we were at. We have to get back to that level in a hurry here with two more on the road.

On giving up the lead in the third period
There’s not a single team that you can sit back and just collect points against and not play the third period. That’s case and point tonight. They’re a good team but you can’t do that against anybody. We have to be better than that. We have to continue playing our game, continue getting pucks deep and forecheck teams. That’s how we play and that’s how we have success grinding teams down.

Jeff Carter

On the game
I think we slowly got away from our game a little bit, got away from the things that were winning us games previously. This is a tough one. [Martin Jones] played really good for us tonight and gave us a chance to get ahead. It’s tough to take.

On the Ducks’ physical play
I think they did what they normally do. They’re just as big and physical as us. Every time we play them, they’re on the forecheck hard and they did a good job of it. They played a solid game.

Head Coach Darryl Sutter
On the game
I think their forecheck overwhelmed us the whole night and it just caught up with us.
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