Postgame Notes and Quotes: November 20 at Vancouver
/ Anaheim Ducks
POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 4 vs. Vancouver 3 (SO) Nov. 20, 2014 Rogers Arena 12-4-5, 29 Standings Points
The Ducks have won five straight games in Vancouver and are 8-1-1 in their past 10 meetings overall.
Corey Perry scored his 26th career shootout goal and 11th game-deciding tally (26-for-72, 36.1%); he leads active Ducks skaters in both categories.
Jakob Silfverberg clinched the win with his League-leading fourth shootout goal of the season (on six attempts). Silfverberg’s career conversion rate of 56.3% (9-for-16) is the second-highest among active skaters with a minimum of 15 attempts, behind only Toronto’s Tyler Bozak (57.9%, 11-for-19) (Elias Sports Bureau).
Ryan Getzlaf (1-1=2) posted his seventh multi-point game of the season and now paces the Ducks with 6-13=19 in 20 GP this season.
Ryan Kesler played 19:36 in his first game in Vancouver since being traded to the Ducks in the offseason. Kesler, the 23rd overall selection by the Canucks in the 2003 NHL Draft, tallied 182-211—393 in 655 games over his 10 NHL seasons in Vancouver.
Ryan Kesler On hearing the fan reaction during his shootout attempt I was enjoying the moment. It’s not every day that you can come back and go into a shootout against your former team. It was a great win by the boys tonight.
On battling back to earn the victory It feels good. There is history there. It wasn’t a great second period, but we stayed resilient. We came out hard in the third and ‘sky [Matt Beleskey] had a great goal to tie it up. We had a couple of good shootouts in the shootout, and Freddie [Frederik Andersen] shut the door.
On earning points We’re playing well enough to get a point. We just have to keep leads and hold onto leads better. We’re going to do that. It’s a long year, and it was our 21st game of the year. We have a long way to go before playoffs.
Matt Beleskey On tonight’s game Those are two huge points. It makes the plane ride home a lot better.
On his strong start to the season I’m just going to the net, and pucks seem to be going to in. I just have to keep doing it.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On tonight’s game I’d like to see a [60-minute game], but I give our guys credit. We’ve played a lot of hockey lately. When we didn’t have a lot of energy, we still came back in the third to tie it up. I thought we had a couple of good chances to win it.
On Beleskey’s tying goal in the third period It lifted us up because they were really trying to slow the game down. They weren’t playing an energy period like they did in the second period. Once that happened, and we started to come on, I thought we might take it in regulation, but we didn’t. We’re just happy that we’re finally going home with an overtime win, whether it’s in a shootout or overtime.
On 8 of the past 10 games going into overtime/shootout We’re giving points, but if you look at the glass half-full, we’re getting points every game even when we’re not playing at our best. We’ve gotten points in nine of the past ten games. Eventually, that’s going to turn.
On Kesler getting booed in his return I’m sure he loved it. Players loved to get booed. That means people know that they’re out there.