2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Game 4 Ducks win series 4-0
Anaheim 5 vs. Winnipeg 2 Apr. 22, 2015 MTS Centre
The Ducks advanced to the Second Round with tonight's win at Winnipeg. Anaheim's series sweep was the fourth in club history (also COL in 2006 CSF, MIN in 2003 WCF and DET in 2003 CQF).
The win also marks the Ducks' first four-game playoff winning streak since a five-game streak from May 17-30, 2007 (Games 4-6 WCF vs. DET & Games 1-2 of SCF vs. OTT).
Anaheim is now 13-9 in series play (cumulative 69-53 record). The Ducks have advanced to the second round for the sixth time in the last 12 NHL seasons (also 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014).
Ryan Kesler recorded his fourth career multi-goal game in the playoffs (last: May 3, 2014 with VAN vs SJ. (2-0=2)).
Comeback notes: * The Ducks are the first team to win four straight postseason games via comeback (trailing at any point in game) since 2012, when NJ did so vs. PHI in the CSF (May 1-8, 2012). * Anaheim had already become the first team in NHL history to win three straight playoff games (at any point in the postseason) when trailing at any point in the third period (Games 1-3). * The Ducks were also the first team in NHL history to hold a 2-0 series advantage when trailing to start the third period in each of the first two games of a series. (Elias Sports Bureau) POSTGAME QUOTES
Ryan Kesler On the game It’s a building I know from back in the day. It was nice to come back and be successful. We just never give up. We keep going. You saw in the third period, we didn’t stop pushing.
On silencing the crowd It’s amazing, especially when they’re heckling and booing you. I wanted to silence the crowd tonight, and that’s what we did.
Corey Perry On Etem’s game-tying goal late in the first period That’s what we’ve done all season. That was a huge goal to get us back into the hockey game. They had a little bit of momentum and they were pushing forward, and [Etem] found a way to get one. That’s an all-world play to make that goal happen. It was a great response by everybody.
On the difficulties of sweeping a team It’s tough. Those games weren’t easy. It was a lot closer than it appeared, so you have to give them a lot of credit. We found a way and hopefully it continues.
Frederik Andersen On the benefit of winning in four You don’t give them any hope. If we went back to Anaheim, it’s a new series. You have to put them away when you can. That’s the bottom line.
Ryan Getzlaf On the series We didn’t have to play as long as I thought we would. We thought this might’ve been a little bit longer of a series. I was happy with the way our group responded. It was a hard-fought series. There were a lot of bodies thrown around. We have to bruises to prove it. It’s nice to have a little rest now.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On sweeping the series There are a lot of benefits to it. We’ve got some guys on the injured list that are probably going to be close to healthy by the time the next series starts. The physicality of this series… we’ve got a lot of guys with bumps and bruises. When it comes playoff time, they play, and if it was the regular season, they wouldn’t play. I don’t know how much the time off is going to be, but I’ve got to assume it’ll be five days anyway just because the Minnesota-St. Louis series is 2-2. I’m just guessing at this point. We had a lot of time off in April, so we got into a pretty good practice rhythm. We know how to do that with this group.
On if he was surprised the series only went four games Winnipeg was the one team with the hardest schedule down the stretch. They kept beating all these good teams, and you knew it was going to be a real battle. I never expected it to be 4-0, quite frankly, in my wildest dreams. I thought it was going to be a six- or seven-game series.
WINNIPEG JETS Ondrej Pavelec On the series They played a very good game, another close game. We made some mistakes, but, it’s hard to say some things. It’s a disappointing, disappointing loss. We lost the series four-nothing. There’s not much to say. I think, we played a really good game. Four-nothing seems a little bad, but I think we deserve the credit too. I mean we played against a really good team. That’s a team that can win the cup, and we battled so hard against them, but it ends up four-nothing.
Head Coach Paul Maurice On the game You’re not going to get that on a regular season game, but we get it better than anybody else. I do believe, and I’ll say this as much just from people that I talk to on the street, people that will come up to you and talk about your hockey team — that they did appreciate the effort. We’re going to try and make things better next year beyond our effort. But there was an appreciation there, the fans showed it, the playoffs. I’d like to have them cheering at the end of the game for a different reason, but we weren’t able to that. That was special, the players appreciate it — they appreciated it in game one. Just the number of unsolicited comments by the players today about how great that was. I certainly appreciated the end of the game, it wasn’t the result we wanted. It wasn’t the series that we wanted to give our fans, but I thought it was great.