POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 3 vs. Colorado 2 OT Mar. 20, 2015 Honda Center 46-20-7, 99 Standings Points
The Ducks staged their third consecutive third-period comeback to move into sole possession of the NHL standings with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Anaheim has now won a league-leading 17 games this season when trailing at any point in the third period (Calgary ranks second with 11). The Ducks pace the NHL with 99 standings points and 46 wins.
Corey Perry connected for his sixth career overtime goal (last: Feb. 12, 2012 @ CBJ) 1:25 into the extra frame. Perry’s OT winner moved him into a share for the franchise lead in overtime goals with Teemu Selanne (6) and Ryan Getzlaf (6). Perry is now one goal shy of his fifth career 30-goal campaign.
Tonight’s victory marked the Ducks’ league-leading 29th win in one-goal games. Anaheim leads the NHL with both a 29-1-7 record and a .784 winning percentage in games decided by one goal.
The Ducks have won four consecutive games (4-0-0) and improved to 11-4-0 in its last 15 games, scoring 29 third-period goals in those 15 contests (1.9 per game).
The 3-2 win improved Anaheim’s record vs. Central teams to 16-3-0, tops among NHL clubs in wins and second in points percentage (.842). The Ducks have won four straight games vs. the Avalanche dating to Mar. 14, 2014 (4-0-0).
The Ducks have gone beyond regulation in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch from Dec. 22-28, 2014 (2-0-1). Anaheim leads the NHL with 15 OT/shootout wins this season (15-2-6).
Rickard Rakell posted his fourth career multi-point game (1-1=2), notching his seventh goal and 21st assist of the season. Jiri Sekac also recorded his third career multi-point game (1-1=2), including his first goal as a Duck.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,313, a sellout including standing room only.
Corey Perry On his overtime goal Sami [Vatanen] made a great play at the blueline, making a play on that puck and just poking it ahead. I was fortunate to have that breakaway, and I had an idea of what I wanted to do.
Rickard Rakell On his game-tying goal I just saw the puck bounce in front of their net, and I just tried to get a stick on it and get it to the net as quick as possible.
On the chemistry with linemates Tomas Fleischmann and Jiri Sekac We play with a lot of speed and puck control. We knew that if we get the puck down, and start twisting and turning, we’d get a lot of chances. That’s what happened.
Sami Vatanen On how he felt in his return to the lineup I felt really good, like 100 percent. It’s good to be back and get up to game speed again. It’ll get better. I want to play as much as I can. I’ve been bag skating a lot, so I should be in good shape now.
Frederik Andersen On his performance It was pretty solid. I felt pretty sharp like I wanted to do. My positioning was pretty good and I was seeing the puck really well.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the effort I thought we played really good in the first period. We were tentative in the second period, and in the third period, they were pretty desperate. They took it to us a little bit, but once we got behind, something kicked in. Rakell made a great play. They were our best line all night. We got a break in overtime. We’re playing desperate hockey teams playing at their best, so it’s a good test.
On Andersen’s performance It was good. Nobody was going to stop the [Jarome] Iginla goal and [Ryan] O’Reilly is pretty sharp on breakaways. But other than that, I had all the confidence in the world that he was going to save the day. COLORADO AVALANCHE
Ryan O’Reilly On his breakaway goal It was a nice little bounce. They just mishandled the puck. I just tried to get speed when I saw a clear-cut breakaway, so just trying to get going with speed. He’s a good goalie. I had to do a quick move. I just thought backhand to forehand, get it over the pad and luckily it went in.
Matt Duchene On being satisfied with one point after the first period We don’t really care about the first period. They came out hard, it’s their home game and we’re on a back-to-back. They came out hard and they’re a good team. I wouldn’t say we’re satisfied with one point. I’d say it’s better than nothing. We need as many points as we can this time of year. It’s too bad. We had a great third period, a great second period. They played a great hockey game. They play as well as a team can play. Varly [Semyon Varlamov] was big for us, it’s too bad that’s the way it ended but it’s the way it goes sometimes. On the character of the team We’ve shown a lot of character every game since this last stretch over the past month and a half, two months where we know every night is like a Game 7 for us. We’re playing hard and we’re playing well. It’s too bad we couldn’t have gotten that one, but three out of four on the road in back-to-back situations, it’s not bad.
Head Coach Patrick Roy On being satisfied with one point tonight Yes we are. That was a hard-fought game. It was back-to-back games. They were waiting for us, I mean they played here Wednesday against LA, but they were at home. I’m extremely proud of our players. They compete, even if they scored on early and then the first period. I thought we bounced back and finished strong. That’s a good team. We played against a good team that has really high expectations. I think it’s a good learning process for us at the same time. Learning to play those games. I’m very happy with the performance of the team. It’s an important point for us now. We need to regroup for the next game against Calgary. On what changed in the second period They had a good pace when they started. They play hard. Maybe they caught us a bit off guard. We were a little bit surprised. We adjusted really well to them. We knew when their coach says it’s a playoff hockey game, you know they’re team is going to start strong. I thought that our guys did a good job. It kind of reminds me of my days when you play in Boston where you know you’re going to get peppered in the first period but after that then you knew you would have a chance to get back in the game. It’s a bit what happened here tonight. We had to get out of the first period in good shape. Down one goal everything was possible for us. I thought we had a few good chances in the second period and in the third we scored two big goals.