POSTGAME NOTES 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Game 1 Ducks lead 1-0
Anaheim 6 vs. Calgary 1 Apr. 30, 2015 Honda Center
The Anaheim Ducks took Game 1 of their Second Round series vs. the Calgary Flames with a final score of 6-1. The Ducks, who have won five consecutive playoff games for the first time since May 17-30, 2007 (Games 4-6 WCF & Games 1-2 of SCF vs. OTT), improved their record in Game 1s to 13-10 with tonight’s victory.
Corey Perry (2-2=4) and Ryan Getzlaf (1-3=4) both tied a franchise record for points in a playoff game. It marked the fourth and fifth four-point games in club history and the second career by Perry (2015 First Round Game 1 vs. WPG). Getzlaf set personal single-game playoff career highs in both points and assists tonight. Tonight also marked Perry’s third career multi-goal playoff game and second this season (last: 2015 First Round Game 1 vs. WPG). Perry’s 5-6=11 points currently lead the Stanley Cup Playoffs while Getzlaf’s six assists ranks second among league leaders.
Emerson Etem added his second goal of the playoffs. Etem has two goals in as many games, matching his postseason scoring streak set in 2013. Patrick Maroon recorded his second goal of the playoffs, matching his career high set last postseason. Maroon has 1-1=2 points in as many games and 2-2=4 points in his last five. In addition, Matt Beleskey notched his first point (goal) of the 2015 postseason to open scoring in the first period.
Frederik Andersen collected his fifth straight win of the 2015 playoffs, stopping 23-of-24 shots faced. Andersen’s five straight wins is the most by an Anaheim goaltender J.S. Giguere from May 17-30, 2007.
Hampus Lindholm collected his fourth and fifth assists of the postseason. Lindholm is currently riding a three-game point/assist streak (0-4=4). POSTGAME QUOTES
Corey Perry On the start I thought the guys came out and played well in the first period. It could’ve gone either way, but we got that goal to get us going. It definitely paid off.
On creating space in the offensive zone That’s our game plan, especially our line [with Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Maroon]. We have to play down low. We’re not a rush-up-and-down-the-ice kind of line. We grind it out behind the net.
Ryan Getzlaf On the strong start Our preparation paid off. We came out playing and we skated well. We definitely executed our game plan for the most part. It went really well, and we got a win tonight.
On getting back into playoff mode after an eight-day break We went out and executed. That was a big thing. We were able to get our changes, and guys changed on time. We were able to hem them in at times.
Frederik Andersen On the game We didn’t really give them much except for the breakaway. That was it. They got lucky off a bounce. Other than that, I think we played great.
On his breakaway save early in the first period It’s about making big saves at the right time. That was a good save at the right time. Everyone else fed off that.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On Andersen’s save early in the first period The save was the big thing for us. That got us going. We came out with a lot of energy, but if that puck goes in, it’s a whole different game. It changes the complexion of everything. He had to make a few of those.
On keeping up the pressure It’s something we try to do. We’ve had so many letdowns throughout the course of the year. As coaches, we keep telling them to keep the foot on the gas, especially a team like Calgary. If you give them one little inch, they find a way to come back.
Jonas Hiller On the game That kind of result was our staple to outwork your opponent and we just don’t have the skills to kind of let them outwork us. But the thing, at the end it doesn’t matter if it’s 1-0 or 6-1, it just counts as one win. We have a chance to be better next game.
On the extra pressure in front of his net I thought they were able to walk in from the slot and had quite a few good scoring chances. I think we have to work harder there. At the end, if I can make one or two more saves the game could be different.
On opening the series in this fashion I think in the end, you lost the first game so you’re down 1-0 in the series. Sure you want to win. I think you could tell they were ready. They wanted it more than us tonight. It’s going to be a wakeup call for us to know that we have to play better than we did tonight, be more hungry, be more ready and then work harder, way harder than tonight to have a chance to win.
Sean Monahan On the response needed after tonight Obviously we have to come together as a team and figure out why it happened. I think we figured out why early and they played well. We’re looking at it right now as they’re up in the series 1-0 and we’re going to do everything to make it 1-1 going back to Calgary.
On if the silver lining is that the team didn’t play its best We didn’t play our game and we know we can complete harder and do little things well. It got away from us there but we know we’ve got a lot more here in the tank.
On the Ducks We know they’ve got guys that are dangerous around the net. They have the puck in tight and have a good chance of putting it in. I think we have to be better on sticks and make little plays to keep them from scoring goals.
Head Coach Bob Hartley On regrouping for Game 2 To go far in the playoffs, I think one of the most important assets that you have in your deck is that you have to rebound from defeats. Whether we lost 2-1 in OT tonight or the way that they beat us, it only counts as one game. So they fully deserve credit. They were the much better team tonight. Andersen came up with a big save early on and they took advantage of a couple of turnovers and basically the game was over.
On defending the Getzlaf line Their size, their skill tonight, they put on a show. They came to play and they’re dominant players. They’re world-class athletes. They’re franchise players and tonight they really showed it.