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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 2 vs. Winnipeg

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Game 2
Ducks lead 2-0

Anaheim 2 vs. Winnipeg 1
Apr. 18, 2015
Honda Center

 
The Anaheim Ducks earned a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of their First Round series. With a 2-0 series lead, the Ducks travel to Winnipeg for Game 3 on Monday, Apr. 20 and Game 4 on Wednesday, Apr. 22.

The Ducks earned their second consecutive comeback victory and have rallied from a one-goal third-period deficit in both games of the series. The Ducks had an NHL-record 18 wins when trailing at any point in the third period during the regular season. Anaheim 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 %).
 
Jakob Silfverberg notched his first goal of the postseason and second career playoff GWG with 21 seconds remaining in the game to lead Anaheim to a 2-1 victory. Silfverberg, who has 5-2=7 career postseason points, earned his first career playoff GWG in Game 5 of the Second Round on May 12, 2014 vs. LA.

Patrick Maroon collected his third career playoff goal and first of the 2015 postseason to tie the game, 1-1, at 10:43 in the third period. Maroon, who recorded an assist in Game 1, has 1-1=2 points in as many games.

Simon Despres recorded his first career postseason point, an assist on Silfverberg’s GWG.

Ryan Kesler collected his first postseason point in an Anaheim uniform on Silfverberg’s winner. Kesler, who won 16-of-23 faceoffs (69.6%) tonight, improved to 32-for-44 (72.7%) in the faceoff circle this series.

Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler each added assists on Maroon’s game-tying goal. Getzlaf has 1-3=4 points thus far this postseason, while Fowler posted his first assist.

Tonight’s attendance was 17,415, a sellout including standing room only.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Jakob Silfverberg

On the comeback victory
We were very strong in the third period. I don’t think we can do it too often, but we did it tonight. Getting that goal with (21) seconds left is huge. I’m very happy.

On the game
It was a team effort tonight. All the lines produced and played really hard for 60 minutes. It was a big goal and I was happy with it.

Patrick Maroon
On the game
I thought we played hard all game. Once we started throwing pucks on net and getting [Pavelec] moving around, it created some extra second chances. We got our goals.

On his game-tying goal
We just battled hard. The puck was along the boards, we got it up to the top and Cam [Fowler] one-timed it, it went off of me and went in. That’s what we needed – dirty goals in the playoffs. We’re not going to score the nice ones. We have to go in front of the net and make the goalie work for them.

Cam Fowler
On taking a 2-0 series lead
You have to protect your home building when you have home ice advantage. I’m proud of the way the guys battled today. It’s a great effort by everybody in this locker room. It took all 20 guys. Going down 1-0 heading into the third isn’t the easiest thing to do, to stay with it. I’m proud of the guys. It was a big win for us.

On the confidence when trailing in the third period
It’s something for whatever reason we’ve had a lot of experience with this season. Whether it’s protecting a one-goal lead or pushing to get a goal back. It definitely helps to have some regular season experience to fall back on when you find yourself in those situations. We’re a confident group. We believe no matter what.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On Games 1 and 2
Both games have been extremely even and right down to the wire. There is no give and take on either side. Both teams are battling as hard as they can. Consequently, you get one-goal games that come down to the last second.

On Silfverberg
He was playing great. He had a couple of opportunities to shoot early on and missed the net. He has such a quick release. When he gets it off, it’s hard to pick up. I still don’t know how this one went in, but I assume it went short side. He was rewarded. He played a great game and killed a lot of penalties.

WINNIPEG JETS

Adam Pardy

On the Ducks’ play in the third period
I don’t know if it’s one thing or I don’t think it’s anything we’re doing wrong or anything they’re doing specifically right. It’s just the way the game goes. They made a big push, they were down one and they made a big push in the third. They got that goal to tie the game and I guess after that you’re kind of into overtime at that point. You get that feeling in the rink and on the bench that you have to get that next one. They were able to pull it off.

On the Ducks
They’re a good team, just look at their record. They’re a pretty good team and they know how to win games. We knew they were going to come and we know they were going to push us back. We have to find a way to be able to shut it down in the third. We’re not going to go and sit on leads or try and sit on a 1-0 lead against this team, especially with all the firepower they have. We have to keep pushing and try to get that second goal and keep staying aggressive.

Mathieu Perreault
On the game
It is what it is. It’s playoff hockey. They still have the home-ice advantage and we still can go home and win two games and we’re back even. It’s obviously not what we’re looking for but we’re still looking good.

On getting back into the lineup
It felt good. I managed to get back into things. At first I thought things were going pretty fast but I managed to find myself going.

On the advantage of going back home
It’s huge. We feel like we have one of the best fan bases in the league so we’re excited to come home. We’ve been a great home team all year, so we can come home and play better.

Head Coach Paul Maurice
On his evaluation of the team tonight
We came out strong, got a couple of big [penalty] kills. We were behind a bit for the first 10 minutes and then evened it out. In the second period, we had more of a sustained offensive zonetime. We had a chance to make it 2-0 at the start of the third, gave up a penalty and a goal. We weren’t quite as strong on the puck as we probably wanted to be in some areas that led to some problems for us.

On how critical the third-period penalty was that led to the tying goal
It’s a puck in your net in a tight game, so it’s an important one from my point of view.
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