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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 1 vs. Winnipeg

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

POSTGAME NOTES
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Game 1
Ducks lead 1-0

Anaheim 4 vs. Winnipeg 2
Apr. 16, 2015
Honda Center

The Anaheim Ducks took Game 1 of their First Round series vs. the Winnipeg Jets with a final score of 4-2. The Ducks improved their record in Game 1s to 12-10 with tonight’s comeback victory.

The Ducks, who trailed the Jets, 2-1, going into the third period, set a regular season record for most wins when trailing at any point in the third period. Anaheim had 18 wins in such situations, surpassing the previous mark of 15 wins set by Dallas in 2005-06 and matched by Dallas in 2006-07. The Ducks earned 24 comeback victories in 2014-15 after posting 26 in 2013-14. The 26 comebacks in 2013-14 were the most in the NHL since Detroit and Nashville in 2005-06 (26). In total, the 50 comebacks over the last two seasons led the NHL (NYI second with 41). Anaheim also led the NHL with a .343 win percentage and 12 wins (12-23-0) when down after two (DET ranked second with a .333 win %).

Corey Perry set a single-game playoff career high with 2-2=4 points and matched single-game playoff career best in goals (second time, last: May 7, 2009 vs. DET, CSF Game 4; 2-0=2) and assists (sixth time, last: Apr. 20, 2011@ NSH, CQF Game 4). Perry earned his seventh career PPG, fourth career GWG and 35th and 36th career assists. With his three-point night, Perry surpassed Teemu Selanne for sole possession of second on the franchise’s all-time postseason assists list, matched Samuel Pahlsson (4) for fourth on the all-time franchise GWG list and tied Andy McDonald (7) for fourth on the all-time franchise PPG list. Perry tied franchise record with four points (2-2=4) in a playoff game. The mark was established twice previously by Joffrey Lupul (4-0=4, Game 3 of CSF, May 9, 2006 @ COL) and Andy McDonald (3-1=4, Game 1 of CSF, Apr. 25, 2007 vs. VAN).

Ryan Getzlaf notched 1-2=3 points, matching single-game playoff career highs in assists (eighth time, last: May 3, 2014 vs. LA, Second Round Game 1) and points (fourth time, last: Apr. 25, 2014 vs. DAL, First Round Game 5; 1-2=3). Getzlaf’s two assists marked the 50th and 51st of his career, while his goal was his 26th. Getzlaf continues to pace franchise leaders in postseason scoring with 26-51=77 points.

Sami Vatanen recorded his first career postseason goal to open scoring in the first period. Vatanen, who led team defensemen in goals and points during the regular season, also added two third-period assists, setting a single-game playoff career high with 1-2=3 points.

Frederik Andersen stopped 25-of-27 shots, including all 10 faced in the third period, for his fourth career postseason victory.

Chris Wagner and Tim Jackman both made their Stanley Cup Playoff debuts tonight. Jackman recorded two hits in 8:54 TOI, while Wagner had four hits in 9:15 TOI.

Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Corey Perry

On his goal that went under review
I had a feeling it was in. I eventually asked our assistant coach, and our video guy confirmed it was in. You never know until they announce it.

On the confidence of coming back
We’ve done this all year. We keep playing the same way all season. It doesn’t change just because of the playoffs. It doesn’t change. I thought the second half of the second period we started playing our game.

Ryan Getzlaf
On the game
We played steady throughout the game. There were different points in the game where I thought they controlled it, but I thought we did a good job responding. Like most of the year, we just kept playing our game and got rewarded in the end.

On the power play
It’s the same thing we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks. We’ve been doing a great job getting pucks and bodies to the net.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the game
I thought it was a really hard game from the drop of the puck to the last second. We haven’t played in a game like that in a long time. There was a lot of hitting. I’m sure a lot of guys on both teams are feeling it tonight. That’s the beginning of potentially seven [games]. We know what we’re up against.

On the physical play
When they’re playing physical, we have to match it right away. If you’re playing a skating team that doesn’t want to hit, it’s hard to get involved in that game. They play a physical game and we play a physical game. They’re a big team, we’re a big team. That’s what happens when two big teams meet.

WINNIPEG JETS

Andrew Ladd
On if the Ducks came out the way the team expected
For us, I liked our first two periods, the third we kind of got watching a little more and got on our heels and got in trouble there. We had some good chance to make it 3-1 in the second. Their goaltender made some good saves. They’re a team that’s first in the West for a reason and we know it’s going to be a long, hard series. We’ll get better next game.

On if discipline was an issue
We obviously want to stay out of the box as much as possible. It’s such an important part of the postseason, especially when they’ve had that success against us. We want to play hard in between the whistles and that’s pretty much it.

Tyler Myers
On discipline
They have a good power play and I’m not saying we’re not going to take any penalties this series. We’re going to have to kill some off and battle those out. We can definitely be more disciplined.

On the physicality of Game 1

It was physical. I mean, it’s what we expected. They’re a pretty big team, we’re a big team. It’s playoff hockey. Everyone’s amped up for Game 1 and we expected a physical game.

Head Coach Paul Maurice
On the game
It’s in some ways quite a bit less devastating than the losses we faced two or three weeks ago. They’re a good team. Their first game at home we expect the best out of them.

On how his top players performed
I was happy with the game for the most part. I thought five-on-five we did a lot of really good things and our top end guys played very, very well. The story will be the power-play goals.
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