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Postgame Notes and Quotes: February 3 vs. Carolina

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 5 vs. Carolina 4 OT
Feb. 3, 2015
Honda Center
33-12-6, 72 Standings Points


Ryan Getzlaf (1-1=2) scored his sixth career overtime goal to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Honda Center. Getzlaf, who also picked up his team-leading 37th assist on Perry’s third-period goal, earned his first OT winner since Nov. 22, 2013 vs. Tampa Bay. It marked Anaheim’s fifth overtime goal of the season, tied for third in the NHL.

The Ducks lead the NHL with 23 wins in one-goal games (23-0-6) and are the only NHL team without a regulation loss in a game decided by one goal. Anaheim also ranks second among NHL teams for winning percentage in one-goal games (.793). Since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Ducks are 64-6-20 in one-goal games for the NHL's top record by points percentage (.822). Overall, 20 of the club’s last 26 victories have been one-goal games dating to a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at Chicago.

Anaheim, which co-leads the NHL in standings points and wins, played its 18th overtime/shootout game of the season tonight to match its entire 2013-14 season total in only its 51st game. The Ducks have won seven of the last nine games (7-2-0) and gone 11-4-1 in the last 16. The club has also not lost in regulation when tied after two periods (6-0-4).

Frederik Andersen (48-12-5) joined Montreal’s Bill Durnan as the fastest goaltenders in NHL history to 48 wins, accomplishing the feat in 65 career decisions. Durnan also won 48 in 65 decisions in Dec. 1944. Andersen has won eight of his last nine starts (8-1-0) and ranks second among NHL goaltenders with 28 wins this season, eight shy of the club record set by J.S. Giguere (36) in 2006-07. Andersen faced his second career penalty shot in the third period, a successful attempt by Carolina’s Brad Malone.

With his 46th career multi-goal game (2-1=3), Corey Perry recorded his seventh career 20-goal season, the second-most in franchise history (Teemu Selanne had a club-record eleven 20-goal seasons with Anaheim). Perry, who leads Anaheim in goals (21) and ranks third among league leaders in goals-per-game (.58), has points in six of the last eight games (6-5=11) and 7-6=13 points in his last 11.

Ryan Kesler (1-1=2) collected his 196th career NHL goal on the power play at 14:21 of the second period. Kesler has points in three of his last four games (2-3=5), while Kyle Palmieri’s seventh assist gave him points in four of his last five games (2-2=4).

Jakob Silfverberg set a career high with his 14th assist of the season on Devante Smith-Pelly’s fifth goal halfway through the third period.

Tonight’s attendance was 16,274.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Corey Perry

On the comeback victory
We found a way. It was never pretty, but we’ll take it. This was a good win to get under our belt before we go on a tough road trip. It’s going to probably be the toughest one of the season and it starts Thursday night.

On his game-tying goal
It was about going to the net because pucks were just lying there. Sami [Vatanen] made a play to come down the middle and get a shot off. The puck came right back to me and I just tried to get it on net. When you’re in that situation, you have to shoot the puck.

Ryan Getzlaf
On the comeback
We knew we had to keep playing. We’ve been a resilient group throughout the whole season. We just have to keep playing all the time. It wasn’t our best game, but throughout the year you’re going to have a little bit of a lull out of our group. The fact that we found a way to win the hockey game is a good thing. Maybe it’s a wakeup call before we go on the road.

On finding ways to win
That’s the difference between good teams and mediocre teams. When we lose two, we try not to let it get to the third one. Most of the time, we’ve been able to stop it at two, but we played two good teams the last couple. Tonight we were able to put an end to that.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On killing off two separate 5-on-3s
If you usually kill them off, it’s funny how it works because you usually end up winning the game. They had their opportunities to bury us, but when a team doesn’t put another team away, bad things usually happen.

On the Hurricanes
They’ve been resilient for the past month. We warned the team about how good they’ve been playing. It was no surprise to me that they played as well as they did.

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Jordan Staal

On the first 5-on-3
They carried some momentum off of it. Obviously we would have liked to get a goal but we got two quick ones after that which was big for us. It wasn’t all bad things, we had chances.

On tonight's game
That was a good match. They’re a good team. It’s unfortunate that we gave them those quick two ones to get back in it. It is what it is.

Brad Malone

On confidence
I’m starting to understand my role and know what it takes to be consistent every night in this league. That’s the biggest thing that’s been a challenge. Once you understand what it takes I think it helps in the preparation and it shows on the ice.

On scoring
It’s just opportunity. Once you get an opportunity you obviously want to make the most of it. That’s what I’m trying to do. To stay in the lineup I have to do the little things to make our team better. Whether it’s blocking shots or hitting. If I’m fortunate enough to get a bounce and find the back of the net, that’s obviously an added bonus.

Head Coach Bill Peters
On the power play
We have to continue to work on it and continue evaluate your personnel. Are they the right guys on it? If they are, then they have to execute better. Obviously that was the difference in the game. Two 5-on-3s and we came out dry. It was a 4-2 game and you’re on a 5-on-3, you think you’d get a win out of that.

On tonight's game
You have to learn. You have to learn how to put games away. This isn’t the first time this year that we’ve done it. We have to have more guys, all hands on deck, finding a way to get pucks out, get pucks deep and block shots. I think we could have done a better job playing with a lead.
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