POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 4 vs. Nashville 2 Mar. 15, 2015 Honda Center 44-20-7, 95 Standings Points
The Ducks earned their league-leading 11th win when trailing after two periods (Calgary ranks second with 10 wins) in tonight’s 4-2 comeback victory over the Nashville Predators. Anaheim also leads the NHL with a .355 win percentage (11-20-0) when down after two (Detroit ranks second with .346 win percentage). The Ducks are 31-2-4 when allowing two goals-or-less this season including a 15-0-2 mark at home.
The Ducks have the second-most wins (44) through 70 games in franchise history, trailing only the 2013-14 team (46). Anaheim is 9-4-0 in its last 13 games and has scored 26 third-period goals in those 13 contests (2.0 per game). The club also improved to 15-3-0 vs. the Central Division this season.
Anaheim leads the Pacific Division by 13 points and co-leads the league with 95 standings points. Including a three-game series sweep in 2014-15, the Ducks have now gone 8-1-0 vs. the Predators since the start of the 2012-13 season and are 22-6-3 all-time at Honda Center.
Nate Thompson collected his sixth career GWG at 9:51 of the third period. Thompson’s goal marks his fourth of the season.
Francois Beauchemin collected his 11th assist of the season, tying Oleg Tverdovsky (125) for second on the club’s all-time assists list for blueliners.
Ryan Getzlaf collected his 23rd goal of the season at 2:12 of the third period. Getzlaf, who leads the team in points (23-41=64), has three goals in his last three games.
Kyle Palmieri notched his 13th goal of the season at 9:16 of the third to tie the game at 2-2. Palmieri has 1-1=2 points in his last three games.
Cam Fowler added his seventh goal of the season, his first PPG, to extend the lead with 5:09 remaining in the game. Fowler has 2-2=4 points in his last seven games.
With an assist on Cam Fowler’s PPG, James Wisniewski collected his first point (assist) as a Duck since Apr. 11, 2010 vs. EDM (0-2=2).
With 0-2=2 points in the win, Hampus Lindholm recorded his third multi-assist game of the season. Patrick Maroon also added 0-2=2 points in the win, setting a career high in points (7-23=30).
Jakob Silfverberg added an assist on Thompson’s GWG. Silfverberg has 1-2=3 points in his last two games.
John Gibson recorded his 14th career win, 11th of the season, stopping 25-of-27 shots faced. Gibson has won six of his last seven decisions.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,295, a sellout including standing room only. POSTGAME QUOTES
Ryan Getzlaf On the game I thought we played a good first period. We came out against a good hockey team that played last night, and we came out even. That’s what your goal is. Our power play and penalty kill were good. We had a few lapses in the second period, but we didn’t play horribly. It was nice to be able to come in our room, regroup, and go back at them in the third period.
Patrick Maroon On the third period When we play like that, we can be unstoppable because our forecheck is so dominant. We’re so big and strong. We have big, strong forwards that can play with the puck down low. That’s an advantage for us. We just need to do that every single night.
Cam Fowler On what this comeback means to the team It’s big. It’s something you want to have confidence in. Any time you go down a couple of goals, you have to have the belief that no matter what happens, you can still come back and make a game of it. We’ve proven throughout the year that that’s something we can do. Come playoff time, things are going to get more difficult. You don’t want to put yourself behind two goals heading into the third period very often.
Nate Thompson On his goal It was a turnover in the neutral zone. I picked it up and could hear Silvy [Jakob Silfverberg] behind me calling for the puck. Cogs [Andrew Cogliano] did a great job going to the net and creating space. Silvy made a great pass and I just tried to get a shot on net. It felt good. It’s been a few months.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the ability to come back in a game When you get the crowd into it, and they get behind them, they always believe they can do it. It makes life a little easier when you believe you can do it. I’ve said that many times. I wouldn’t have thought that because of the way we played in the second period. On scoring four goals on Pekka Rinne I don’t think they’ve lost too many games when leading after two. They know how to shut you down. Pekka is one of the top goalies in the world. He’s a hard guy to beat.
Pekka Rinne On Anaheim’s third-period comeback I don’t know. They seemed to have some life. I don’t know really what happened. Obviously the first goal got them some momentum and after that they scored two other quick goals. I don’t know. That’s a disappointing game on the road. I think the third period, that’s not how you hold a lead. We kept turning pucks over. Just this time, it bites us. It’s disappointing.
On the second of back-to-back games Yeah, it’s back-to-back for us against two tough teams. So, for sure that plays a little bit of a factor. But at the same time, it’s a tough game. You get excited for these ones.
Shea Weber On the third period I think we just sat back. They did a good job, but we weren’t going forward anymore. We weren’t attacking and we weren’t making plays. We let them play in our end a whole lot.
On not getting results the last 10 games Lately I think we’ve been playing well. I think this road trip especially. I think in Arizona and San Jose we played really well. Obviously we won last night in LA. I think it’s been a good road trip for us not counting this last period here.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette On the third period Well, 40 minutes we were solid and we did everything we needed to do to win a hockey game. In the last 20 minutes, we completely got away from what we were doing for the first 40. They picked up their game in the last 20 and our response was not good.
On what the Predators didn’t do well in the third period We didn’t do anything. We didn’t skate. We didn’t get pucks deep and we were second to battles.