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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 5 vs. Nashville

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 5 vs. Nashville 2
Apr. 23, 2016
Honda Center
Ducks lead First Round series, 3-2

 
The Anaheim Ducks won their sixth consecutive Game 5, 5-2, to take a 3-2 series lead in their First Round matchup with the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon at Honda Center. Anaheim’s last three-game win streak in the playoffs was May 8-17, 2015, between Game 4 of the Second Round at Calgary and Game 1 of the Western Conference Final vs. Chicago.

Anaheim improved to 5-0 in postseason day games over the last 10 years and 6-0-1 since the start of the 2015-16 regular season.

Going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, the Ducks pushed their PK% to 95.5, second among NHL playoff teams.

Frederik Andersen stopped 27-of-29 shots to win his third consecutive game (3-0) and improve his GAA to 1.00 and his SV% to .966.

David Perron opened the scoring for the Ducks with an unassisted tally at 14:35 of the second period. Perron went on to tie his career high in playoffs points (1-1=2; last: Apr. 19, 2012 w/STL @ SJ, 0-2=2) with an assist on Ryan Garbutt’s goal at 16:23 of the middle frame. Garbutt’s goal was his first postseason point as a Duck.

Sami Vatanen and Cam Fowler both registered their first goals of the playoffs at 8:34 and 16:37 of the third period, respectively. Both Fowler (4) and Vatanen (4) are tied for fifth on the club’s all-time playoff goals list for defensemen, passing Sean O’Donnell (3).

Ryan Kesler capped the victory off with an empty net goal, his second of the postseason, at 18:14 of the third period.

Ryan Getzlaf (0-2=2), Jakob Silfverberg (0-2=2) and Sami Vatanen (1-1=2) all finished with multi-point games for the first time this postseason.

Hampus Lindholm tied Joe Dipenta (32) for eighth on the franchise’ sall-time playoff games played list for defensemen.

Tonight's attendance was 17,360, a sellout including standing room only.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Cam Fowler

On special teams
Our penalty kill has been phenomenal. Tonight was no different. We were able to kill off some big penalties in the third period. As a power play, we wanted to go out and make a difference with three or four minutes left. I was happy to see that one go in. Hopefully that can get the ball rolling for our power play.

On David Perron’s game-tying goal
One of our focuses is trying to get the puck to net as much as we can. [Pekka Rinne] is a world-class goaltender, so we have to challenge him as much as we can. You’re not going to rely on the puck to bounce up like that and him not seeing it. Big goal for our group, so we’ll take it any way we can get it.

Ryan Garbutt
On his goal
I was just trying to put it on net as quickly as possible. I’ve scored a couple of goals like that before where you just try to put the puck on net from a bad angle. Sometimes you can catch the goalie off the post a bit. I was lucky for that.

On playing on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and David Perron
It’s been fun so far. I’m just trying to keep playing to my strengths. Those guys make it pretty easy to do that.

On his goal and Perron’s goal
Those are the kind of goals you have to score to win. With the way things have gone in the playoffs, the home teams have been having a tough time winning. It’s goals like that, that are going to be huge for us.

David Perron

On the team’s first two goals
They’re not the greatest goals, but we were glad to get some momentum back after they scored that big goal. I thought they played well, but we found a way to win. We have a chance to go there and close it. We have to do it.

On his goal being the turning point

They scored that goal and were playing pretty well. I don’t think we were playing our best. Bruce [Boudreau] was trying to change things up, and he did a good job of waking guys up. It was a big goal, and then we followed up the next shift with Garbutt. He’s a guy who works really hard, blocks a lot of shots and plays the right way. It was fun to see him get rewarded.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the turnaround
When it goes nothing-nothing for such a long time and you get a goal, you think it’s going to be a 1-0 or 2-1 game, at most. Getting that fluke goal sort of jump-started us. And then we get another one. We were feeling good with our record going into the third period.

On Garbutt’s goal

That was hard work. He raced down the boards and beat [Mike Fisher and Shea Weber] to a puck. And then he finished it behind the net. That’s just hard work and determination, and that’s all him. When he plays like that, he’s very effective.

On Frederik Andersen’s performance
He’s showing a lot of confidence, but I’ve seen him play like this. There have been pockets of time where you just know nothing is going to beat him unless it’s something he can’t see. Hopefully he can continue playing like that.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Ryan Johansen

On the loss
It’s a funny game. You get some bounces sometimes. They got theirs tonight and hopefully we can keep up our same effort and battle level and get some bounces our way.

On the Predators play
It doesn’t matter if we played a better game, we lost. It’s do or die. It’s about finding a way to get it in the net and keeping them from scoring. We have to throw them everything we’ve got.

Roman Josi
On the Predators play
We played a pretty good game tonight. We had a lot of chances in the first and second period. They got a bounce and it went in the net, and that changed the game.

On the series
Game three we didn’t play well at all. We had a bad game. Game four was better, and tonight we played a good game. It’s not over. We’re going to go back and get better next game.

On Andersen’s play
He’s playing well. Today we had chances and he made some big saves. We have to find a way to score.

Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On the game
I thought we did a lot of good things tonight. It’s difficult when you score one and it’s a tight game. I felt like we were doing the right things, getting good opportunities, defending well. We get a lead and then they get one back right away. It’s a really tough goal like that. That’s kind of a real fluke redirect that goes up and over like that. Another one [after] that’s an unfortunate bounce as well.
 
On the series
We’re going to take the good things from this game. We’re going to go home and regroup and be ready to play. I have no questions that our guys will be ready.
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