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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 5 vs. Calgary

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

POSTGAME NOTES
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Game 5
Ducks win series 4-1

Anaheim 3 vs. Calgary 2 (OT)
May 10, 2015
Honda Center

With tonight’s overtime victory, the Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the fourth time in club history (also 2003, 2006 & 2007). Since 2003, the club’s four appearances in the Conference Finals are the second-most in the NHL (Chicago leads with 5, Anaheim 4, Detroit/Los Angeles/Philadelphia/Pittsburgh/San Jose have 3).
 
The Ducks are now 14-9 (all-time) in playoff games when they can eliminate their opponent, including a 10-2 mark at home. In playoff games where EITHER team could be eliminated, the Ducks have an all-time mark of 20-14, including a 14-5 record at Honda Center.

Tonight was the Ducks' sixth comeback win of the playoffs after 24 in the regular season.

Corey Perry’s overtime tally was the first of his playoff career and the fourth series-winning OT goal in club history. The others were by Steve Rucchin (3-2 score, Apr. 16, 2003 vs. DET, Game 4 of CQF), Scott Niedermayer (2-1 score in 2OT, May 3, 2007 vs. VAN, Game 5 of CSF) and Nick Bonino (5-4 score, Apr. 27, 2014 @ DAL, Game 6 of First Round).

Anaheim is now 14-9 in series play (cumulative 73-54 record).
 
The Ducks are 8-1 in the postseason, marking the first time in club history that Anaheim has won 8-of-9 at any point in the playoffs.
 
The Ducks lead the NHL in goals (35) and goals-per-game (3.89) in the playoffs. They also lead the league in PP% (31.0), rank tied for second in GAA (2.00) and fifth in PK% (87.1).
 
Anaheim has outscored the opposition 16-3 in the third period this postseason. The Ducks lead the league in third period goals/game (1.78) and third period goals against/game (0.33). 
 
Anaheim has a league-leading 12 different players with 5+ points this postseason (Calgary ranks second with 8).

Matt Beleskey established a franchise playoff record by extending his goal-scoring streak to five games (5-0=5). Beleskey’s five-game goal streak matches the league high this postseason (also Patrick Kane).

Francois Beauchemin tied Scott Niedermayer for the all-time franchise lead in postseason assists by a defenseman (26). Beauchemin has 10-26=36 points in 90 career playoff games with Anaheim.

Jakob Silfverberg recorded his second consecutive multi-point game and fourth of the playoffs. Silfverberg has 1-3=4 points in his last two games and 1-4=5 in his last four. He now ranks tied for second among Stanley Cup Playoff leaders in assists (8) and tied for fifth in scoring (3-8=11).

Ryan Kesler collected his fourth goal of the playoffs on the power play at 4:59 of the second period. Kesler extended his scoring streak to four games (1-3=4), his longest in the playoffs since a career-best six-game streak (5-7=12) from Apr. 30-May 15, 2011 with Vancouver.

Tonight’s attendance was 17,284, a sellout including standing room only.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Corey Perry
On his overtime winner
It was my first career overtime playoff goal. It feels pretty good. That fourth win is always the hardest one. They were desperate, and they were going to throw everything at us, but we played our game. We really started taking over in the second half, and we found a way.

On the hit
It didn’t feel great when it happened. I wasn’t sure what was going on. It calmed down after a few minutes. You do anything to come back and help the team win at any part of the season, especially in the playoffs.

Ryan Kesler
On the overtime victory
We like to make it interesting, but this group has been special all year. We did it again tonight. I’m proud of these guys right now, but saying that, we’re only halfway through.

On what changed the momentum
We knew what we had to do. We talked about it in the second intermission, and we came out and completely dominated. In overtime, we just continued. We knew if we kept throwing shots and going to the net, something was going to go in.

On Perry’s resiliency
It lifts [us] up. You never want to see one of your star players get hit like that. He’s a warrior. He came back and scored the winning goal.

Frederik Andersen
On advancing to the Western Conference Final
It’s a very good feeling knowing you don’t have to go Calgary for Game 6. It’s nice to know we’re playing in the next round, so now we focus on that.

On Perry’s resiliency
It’s awesome to see him come back. It’s great to see a guy like that coming through in these moments.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On his emotions following Perry’s OT winner
Relieved. It was pretty cool. I was telling the guys I thought I was pretty calm in the third period and overtime, and then Beauchemin missed a chance. It just went wide and I jumped a solid four inches. Maybe I’m not so calm. It was relief because I thought it was one of those games when you press, and you press, and you press, and then they get a break and they score the goal.

On the ability to close out series
They’re determined. We’re committed and we’re determined. Not to say Chicago isn’t committed or determined. They’re going to prove to be as tough a foe as you could possibly want. At the same time, when these guys have had a chance all year, that’s why our third period record – and one-goal situations – is so good.

CALGARY FLAMES

Matt Stajan
On the series loss
It doesn’t feel really good right now, it’s a tough way to lose. [Karri Ramo] played a heck of a game. Their power play got two big goals for them. It’s never easy when the season’s over but give them credit, they’re a heck of a hockey team. I don’t really know what to else say right now.
 
On the team progressing through the series
We were getting better as the series went on for sure. Last game was tough, and obviously losing in overtime is tough. A few plays, a few bounces, a series could turn around quickly in the playoffs. We gave it our all, we can’t fault our effort. They were one better than us tonight in overtime and they found a way to win. Give them credit.
 
Karri Ramo
On the series
We had a chance but you lose a game, you lose a game. It doesn’t matter right now. It’s a pretty empty feeling. It’s a tough team we played against. I think we can be proud. The first game we got run over and we played pretty well and kept playing and getting better and better all the time. It’s a pretty bad feeling right now, the way we were playing and battling. Now it’s over. I think everybody had a lot more to give. We gave everything but right now it’s really tough.
 
On the game
In order to win against this kind of team, to win a series in the playoffs, you have to be able to give up less than three goals. That’s the bottom line. It’s a lot of things that I think we can do better.

Head Coach Bob Hartley
On the team’s effort
Great effort. It’s sad that our season is over. The boys battled hard. There are lots of long faces in this locker room. They wanted to keep going. I’m very proud of our group. Tonight, it’s a tough one but it going to be a good lesson. Looking at the season, looking at the playoffs, especially tonight’s game, the Ducks stepped it up. In the third period and OT, we had no answers for them.
 
On the value of playoff experience
The investment that we put into those young players in the playoffs, whether against the Canucks or this one against the Ducks, it’s priceless. Now they know how hard you need to suffer to win some games. The pace, how unbelievable the pace is. Now they know. It doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed success. It’s another page in our book. Obviously I liked the way this group moved forward this year. We still have a long way to go. This playoffs was a huge investment for them and also for the entire organization.
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