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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Nov. 1 vs. Nashville

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim 4 vs. Nashville 2
Nov. 1, 2015
Honda Center
2-7-2, 6 Standings Points

The Ducks scored three times in the first period en route to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators at Honda Center. Anaheim scored twice 12 seconds apart (Sami Vatanen & Andrew Cogliano) in the first for their fastest two goals scored since Jan. 19, 2013 at Vancouver (two goals in 11 seconds, Corey Perry & Kyle Palmieri). Several season firsts were recorded by Anaheim skaters, including Cogliano (first goal of season), Chris Stewart (first points as a Duck, 1-2=3), Clayton Stoner (first assist of season), Vatanen (first assist of season) and Korbinian Holzer (first point as a Duck, 0-1=1). The Ducks had three players record multi-point games (Stewart, Vatanen, Rakell), the most since Apr. 1, 2015 vs. Edmonton (also three players).

The Ducks have won two straight home games (2-0-0) and improved to 23-6-3 against the Predators all-time at Honda Center. Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Anaheim has gone 9-2-0 vs. Nashville.

Rickard Rakell and Chris Stewart led all skaters with a +3 rating in the victory. The +3 was a career high for Rakell and matched a personal best for Stewart (10th time, last: Mar. 28, 2015 w/MIN vs. LA).

Andrew Cogliano recorded his 24th career game-winning goal and 10th as a Duck.

Frederik Andersen earned his first win of the season, stopping 40-of-42 shots. It marked his second 40-save performance of the season (also Oct. 10 @ SJ, 42-of-44).

Tonight’s attendance was 16,276.



Chris Stewart

On the first period
That’s how we have to play. We were on our toes. We dictated [the play]. We came out in waves. The whole team fed off it.

On ending his scoring drought
When you tend to lose games, you definitely look in the mirror first. My play wasn’t good enough. I have to be better for this team.

Rickard Rakell

On his goal
I was thinking about shooting it, but I saw the guy went down sliding, so I just held onto it. I think I was a little lucky on the shot, but it was nice to see it go in.

On the importance of getting a goal early in the game

It was huge for us in this game. It gives you a good feeling to build off throughout the game. Especially with my line, we scored early, got good pressure early and just stayed on each other to keep it up.

Frederik Andersen

On the effort tonight
We kept battling. We came out hard and worked for each other. We got some bounces our way and pucks started going in. Even when they scored their goals, we kept going. We didn’t sit back and feel sorry for ourselves.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On what impressed him in the opening 20 minutes
We had a lot of energy to start the game. They came out and Freddie made three really great saves in the first two minutes. Rakell had a really nice goal. We came right back. Cogs [Andrew Cogliano] had a chance and he scored, which I thought was great.

On the importance of being rewarded with a win
It’s OK as long as we don’t think that’s the be-all and end-all. We have to build on it. We have to put things together. The next game we play is going to be just as tough. Florida beat us pretty good last year. It’s not going to be easy.


Mike Fisher

On whether the score at the end of the first period was indicative of his team’s efforts
No. I thought we were fine. We out-chanced them 12-6 in the first period and they buried some chances when they got them. I thought we battled and I thought we played a pretty good, solid game. In the third period we had tons of chances, zone time. Just wasn’t our night, but our effort was really good.

On Nashville going 10 games before allowing a first-period goal this season
Our starts have been really good. We’re trying to make sure we come ready to compete and that’s one of the reasons why we were 7-1-2. Because we came out ready to play, competed and we got the first goal in a lot of those games. Tonight was just one of those nights where it didn’t go your way, but thought we were ready to play.

Shea Weber
On his team’s effort in the first period
We had a couple lapses within in our end and mistakes in front of our net. That cost us. Other than that I thought we (did) a lot of good things. We had a lot of chances. Their goaltender played well. We battled in front of him and we just couldn’t battle back once we got down that far.

Head Coach Peter Laviolette

On the game’s first 20 minutes
They were opportunistic. When we called a timeout at the 10-minute mark we were still up 2-1 in chances. Our guys played hard. I’ve told the guys that I’ve been in games where the first 10 minutes you’re down 3-0 because you forgot to come out of the locker room. That wasn’t the case tonight. Our guys played hard from start to finish and their goaltender played well. They were opportunistic, they came out hungry and I thought our guys played a hard game for 60 minutes.
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