POSTGAME NOTES 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Game 4 Ducks lead 3-1
Anaheim 4 vs. Calgary 2 May 8, 2015 Scotiabank Saddledome
Matt Beleskey has now scored in four consecutive games (4-0—4). According to Elias, his four-game goal streak matches a postseason franchise record set by Teemu Selanne (April 13-20, 2011) and Corey Perry (April 23-May 1, 2009).
Beleskey’s four goals have come in each of the first four games of Anaheim’s Second Round series with Calgary. Beleskey is just the second player in franchise history to register goals in each of the first four games of a playoff series, joining Selanne (Games 1-4 of 2011 CQF vs. NSH) (Elias).
Beleskey has scored two game-winning goals in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (8 GP) after leading the Ducks with eight deciding tallies during the regular season (65 GP).
Jakob Silfverberg recorded his third multi-point game of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with all three coming on the road. Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson is the only other player with three multi-point road games this postseason (Elias).
With two assists, Francois Beauchemin became the franchise’s all-time leader in playoff points by a defenseman (10-25=35 in 89 GP), passing Scott Niedermayer (8-26=34 in 56 GP).
Frederik Andersen made 25 saves to improve to 7-1 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
The Ducks improved to 7-1 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 3-1 mark on the road. No other team this postseason has fewer than two losses on their record.
Andrew Cogliano On sticking to the game plan I thought they came out really hard. It was tough for us to get anything early. They did a great job of getting on the forecheck early and taking it to us. As the game went on, we gained more traction and zone time. We got a couple big goals at the right time and our power play took over on a four-minute penalty. That’s the difference. When you look at the penalty kills late in the game, that’s the playoffs right there.
On Frederik Andersen’s performance He was great. He’s definitely in a zone right now. It could’ve been 3-1 and it would’ve opened up the game, but he made a big save at the right time. We were able to continue to push and get a goal late in the second period.
On his goal I snuck up on [Johnny] Gaudreau who had the puck. I was behind a guy and I don’t think he saw me. I was able to strip him from the puck and [Kyle] Palmieri made a great play. I tried to make a quick shot on [Karri] Ramo.
On what it’s going to take to close out the series It’s going to be tough. They’re a resilient team and they’ve been that team all year. We’re very comfortable in our building. The fans are ready to go. It’s a big game. This is to get into the conference finals. This is as big as it gets for us.
Ryan Getzlaf On the strategy for the four-minute power play The main thing we were trying to preach was short shifts. We rolled them over a couple of times and that allowed us to stay fresh. Those guys got a big goal for us. The power play was effective again for us tonight.
On the 5-on-3 penalty kill We went out prepared for it. We were calm and ready to work on our kill, do the things we can do. Our goaltender made some big saves.
On the importance of closing out the series on Sunday It’s really important. You never want to let anybody back into the game. They had a big win the other night and we were able to rebound the way we wanted to. We have to do much of the same in a couple of days in our building.
Matt Beleskey On executing the game plan Maybe early [in the game] we were sitting back, but the last eight minutes of the first period we started playing our game. We were getting on the body and getting our forecheck going. We carried it through the last minute of the game.
On what it’s going to take to close out the series It’s going to take a lot more than it took tonight. We’re going to have to come out and play a full 60-minute game the same way. We have a day of rest, so we’ll get ready to go.
Frederik Andersen On the 5-on-3 penalty kill We just had to battle. It was a good, long minute, but we did a really good job filling lanes and taking away their passes. Once they got a shot off, we were quick to get it and throw it down the ice. It was a big moment for this team. It’s a big win. Everyone knows it’s a big difference to be 3-1 than 2-2. It’s a good step for us.
On the defining moment of the game Once they got to 2-1, we started going into their end again. We were forechecking a little more. In the last seven or eight minutes in the first period, we got back to that, and it carried through the game.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the penalty kill They are huge momentum changers when you can kill a 5-on-3. You watch most games – teams that kill the 5-on-3s win, and teams that don’t score on them usually don’t succeed. We got lucky and had a great kill.
On Andersen’s save on Gaudreau That was Freddie’s turning point. He looked shaky in the first period, and I was wondering how he was handling the pressure. After that save he made on Gaudreau, all of a sudden there was a calmness that seemed to come over him. For the rest of the game, he was spectacular.