POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 3 vs. Florida 2 SO Nov. 4, 2015 Honda Center 3-7-2, 8 Standings Points
The Ducks extended their home winning streak to three straight games with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers. Tonight’s final marked Anaheim’s first overtime/shootout win of the 2015-16 season.
Chris Stewart scored his seventh career shootout goal and fourth career game-deciding goal in the victory (7-for-21 career). Stewart opened the scoring for Anaheim in the second period with his second goal in as many games (2-2=4, +4), marking his first goal streak since Mar. 8-10, 2015 with Minnesota (2-1=3).
Jakob Silfverberg improved to 16-for-25 in career shootout attempts and pushed his league-leading shootout efficiency rating among active skaters to 64.0%.
Corey Perry scored his first goal of the season on the power play with five seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 2-2. Ryan Kesler drew his third assist and Hampus Lindholm picked up his second helper on the game-tying goal.
Both Kevin Bieksa and Shawn Horcoff earned their second assists of the season on the Stewart tally.
Frederik Andersen stopped 23-of-25 shots in regulation/overtime and 3-of-4 shootout attempts to earn his second consecutive win.
Anaheim went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill to improve its season percentage to 90.5% (38-for-42), ranked second among NHL teams.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,169.
Chris Stewart On the win It was a real gutsy win for the boys. It took a full 65 minutes. Everyone was working hard, and it was good to get that bounce late to get that goal that tied it up.
On the shootout goal I don’t know if I was really ready for that, but I’ve had some decent success in shootouts before, and you’ve got to stay ready. I was happy we got the two points.
Corey Perry On breaking his goal drought There was a lot of frustration in the first couple games, and it adds up after awhile. Tonight I found a way.
On Andersen’s play Freddie has been strong all year, and the last 10 games it’s probably been the strongest he’s played since he’s been here. He made some big saves to keep us in the game in that third period, and we found a way for him.
On the team’s confidence There was no doubt in this dressing room we were going to win. We had almost 40 shots and didn’t give up a whole lot. Those are big character wins.
Frederik Andersen On the comeback I think it was good for us coming back in the third. That’s something we haven’t done yet this year. It feels good to score in the last second there with Corey. It was cool to see the happy faces on the bench.
On Perry’s goal It hasn’t been easy for a lot of guys who haven’t been scoring. It’s always nice to see the guys do well and have success. We want to compete for each other here.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the win It certainly was an important win for us, especially coming from behind, which we hadn’t done all year. Hopefully that gives them a little confidence going forward.
On team confidence I think they’re starting to believe a little bit, but until you get to 3, 4, 5 in a row, it’s still a work in progress. We did some good things, especially in regulation only giving them 22 shots, and especially in the third never quitting, never saying die. That’s been the trademark of our team the last three years. Hopefully that’s something we can get back.
Derek MacKenzie On his frustration over not getting a win despite good play from his goalie Luongo played outstanding and that was a big reason why we were in the game. But, that’s nothing new. We lean on him every night and he always comes up with big games. Like I said, we’ve got to find ways to close it out for him.
On the overtime period I’m sure the fans enjoyed it. A little stressful on the bench, but we had some great chances. You’ve got to kind of dig in and work a little extra hard and get ourselves out of this.
Rocco Grimaldi On Frederik Andersen’s performance He was tremendous, especially the save in overtime. It was a fabulous save, probably save of the year. He definitely did a good job for them. We had some good chances even in the third and into overtime, but sometimes it’s just how the game works.
On playing in front of family in friends It was good. It’s exciting, especially with people that have loved me through thick and thin and have gotten me to this point. Family, friends, trainers, all of those people, it’s tremendous to play in front of them and it’s definitely special, but I wish I would have given them something better with a win instead.
On scoring at Honda Center It was obviously awesome. I definitely wanted the win with it, too. But it was special just to have my family, especially my grandparents, in the stands. They haven’t seen me play for a really long time, so that was cool to have them here.
Head Coach Gerard Gallant On the loss Very frustrating. Obviously, not too happy.
On both goalies’ performance They made some great saves. Andersen, in the overtime, made a great save on a 2-on-0 breakaway. Louie made some key saves for us at key times, especially in the second period. They took it to us I thought. So like I said, disappointing to lose a game like that.