POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 3 vs. Los Angeles 2 OT Mar. 18, 2015 Honda Center 45-20-7, 97 Standings Points
The Ducks have come from behind in the third period to win for the second consecutive game overall (Mar. 15 vs NSH) and second straight against the Kings (rallied from 2-0 down in third to win 4-2 on Feb. 27). The Ducks own a league-leading 12 wins when trailing after two periods (Calgary ranks second with 10). Anaheim also leads the NHL with a .375 win percentage (12-20-0) when down after two (Detroit ranks second with a .346 win %).
With tonight’s overtime win, Anaheim now leads the NHL with 97 standings points and paces the Pacific Division by 13 points.
Anaheim picked up its league-best 28th win in one-goal games this season (28-1-7). The club also leads the NHL with a .778 win percentage in games decided by one goal.
Ryan Kesler scored his 200th career NHL goal in overtime, his fifth career overtime goal and second of the season. Kesler had 5-2=7 points in five regular-season games vs. Los Angeles this season.
The Ducks are 32-2-4 when allowing two goals-or-less this season including a 16-0-2 mark at home.
Anaheim earned the season series victory over Los Angeles in the 2014-15 Freeway Faceoff, collecting points in all five matchups (4-0-1). The Ducks have posted an 8-0-2 regular-season record vs. the Kings dating to the start of the 2013-14 season.
The Ducks have the second-most wins (45) through 72 games in franchise history, trailing only the 2013-14 team (47). Anaheim is 10-4-0 in its last 14 games and has scored 28 third-period goals in those 14 contests (2.0 per game).
Jakob Silfverberg collected his 12th goal of the season at 7:35 of the third period. Silfverberg now has 2-2=4 points in his last three games.
Patrick Maroon notched his eight goal of the season to tie the game 45 seconds into the third period, 1-1. Maroon has 1-2=3 points in his last two games.
John Gibson recorded his 15th career win and 12th of the season, stopping 29-of-31 shots faced. Gibson has won seven of his last eight decisions.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
Ryan Kesler On his overtime goal I’m not sure who our defenseman was that brought in Marian Gaborik, but that messed up their coverage. I just rounded the corner and saw I had a lot of time to place the puck.
On the game It definitely felt like a playoff atmosphere. The fans were going and the guys were banging out there. It was a good game.
John Gibson On the game They’re fighting to make the playoffs, so we knew we were going to get their best. We wanted to match it with our best.
On Kesler’s overtime goal I had a feeling all game he was going to get one. It was nice, especially with it being his 200th [NHL goal] scored in that fashion.
Jakob Silfverberg On his goal We did a great job in the neutral zone. Hampus [Lindholm] took some ice and kicked it out to the boards. Me and Cogs [Andrew Cogliano] made a drop pass and I just finished through to the net. He made a great shot off the pad and it came straight out to me. I was just putting it into an empty net.
On one-goal games We stick to what we’re good at. We play a simple game. We get pucks deep and work hard. It’s been working out really well so far.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the Kings It’s always a test playing them, whether it’s a preseason game or playoff game. They play with great structure and effort. It’s really difficult, but our team is competing pretty well right now. It makes for a good test.
On Gibson’s performance I thought he was really good. The first goal was off one of our sticks, so there was nothing he could do. He made some great saves in between and right after they scored [in the third period]. He kept us in there for a few minutes.
On Kesler’s performance vs. Los Angeles He’s a smart player and has an assignment every night against these guys. He takes it to heart and does a great job. It was really nice to see him score the overtime goal. I thought he deserved it. He had chances earlier, but he was in the right position all the time. I’m glad he got it.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
Dustin Brown On the game There’s been momentum swings here and there. They’ve been the top team in the league so it comes down to little plays and the little tiny things that make a difference. When you look at their first goal as a communication goal, we lost our communication. There’s an extra man coming out of the box so we didn’t pick it up quick enough. On the emotional response when the Ducks scored to take the lead in the third period Justin [Williams] scored a big goal for us. I thought we carried the play the last four minutes. We had opportunities right before Justin scored and right after to score again. At the end of the day we had a 1-0 lead and had to climb back out of a game late here, and that’s probably something we need to change. Justin Williams On the game In the last two games in this building, we’ve given up third-period leads. Come playoff time, it’s asking for elimination. It’s something we have to look at and shut those guys down.
On the frustration of giving up the third-period lead Well, we talked about it. They scored right away in the third. Listen, they’re obviously a good third-period team. When they get down a goal, they press and it’s a full-blown attack. We’re not an old team. We’re certainly a veteran team. We’ve experienced a lot so we need to find ways to rectify losing these third-period leads and I know we will.
Head Coach Darryl Sutter On the overtime goal Kesler made a good play down low on Drew [Doughty], came all the way around and shot the puck. [Jonathan Quick] didn’t see it. That’s what I saw from the bench.
On Ryan Kesler Kesler has been, I can’t say other than against us, but he’s been a dominant player for sure. These five games against us, if you look before the game, against us the four games coming in, Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler have scored eight, nine goals. He’s been a dominant player for them.