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Postgame Notes and Quotes: November 23 vs. Arizona

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 2 vs. Arizona 1
Nov. 23, 2014
Honda Center
13-4-5, 31 Standings Points

 
The Ducks improved to 13-4-5 with a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center. Anaheim has now earned standing points in seven straight games vs. the Coyotes (6-0-1) and 10 of their last 11 games overall (15 pts.).

With St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester missing what would have been his 738th consecutive NHL game tonight, Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano is now the active Ironman leader in the NHL. Appearing in his 562nd consecutive contest tonight, Cogliano has not missed a game since his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007.

Frederik Andersen recorded his ninth win of the season, stopping 26-of-27 shots.

Ryan Kesler collected his 10th and 11th assists of the season. Kesler now has 6-11=17 points in 22 games and ranks third on the team in points and assists.

Patrick Maroon recorded 1-1=2 points, his first goal and seventh assist of the season. Maroon’s eight points (1-7=8) this season mark the fastest start to his career in both points and assists.

With his second goal of the season, Kyle Palmieri now has two goals (2-0=2) in his last three games. 

Collecting his 13th assist of the season on Palmieri’s second-period goal, Sami Vatanen now has 5-13=18 points, marking the fastest start to his career. He co-leads the club in assists, ranks second in points and leads team defensemen in goals, assists and points.

Rene Bourque appeared in his first game with Anaheim, notching three shots and three hits.

Hampus Lindholm reached the 100-game NHL milestone in tonight’s victory.

Tonight’s attendance was 15,928.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Kyle Palmieri

On his goal
That was nice. I went to the front of the net and Kes [Ryan Kesler] happened to find my stick. That was definitely a lucky one, but I’ll take it.

On tonight’s game
We were getting our opportunities and Smith was making some nice saves. We knew he was seeing the puck, so we had to get guys in front to make it tough on him. It was a lucky bounce, but sometimes that’s what you need.

Frederik Andersen
On tonight’s effort
I’ve been feeling pretty good for the last three games, and I wanted to build on that. I wasn’t needed too much in the first two periods, but once we got that two-goal lead, we gave away the initiative again. We have to learn to play with the lead a little better, and finish them off. But we did a good job for 40 minutes.

On winning in regulation
We were finally able to get a good win. It’s two in a row now, and we want to keep building.

Patrick Maroon
On his first goal of the season
It feels good. I haven’t been playing good hockey the past few games I’ve been back. I’ve been trying too hard, I guess. I just need to get back to my game, and I thought I did okay. There is always improvement for my game. That’s just one game.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On tonight’s game
We’re still way too tentative in the third period with a lead, but that comes with playing so many overtime games and close games. The more we get to hold these leads, the better we’ll be going forward.

On Andersen’s performance
This was the first real performance we’ve seen like we know how he can play. He made some big saves in the third period when he needed to. That’s what we’ve come accustomed to watching. He was fairly well rested in the first two periods, but in the third he was needed.

ARIZONA COYOTES

Keith Yandle

On the game
I think obviously we had to find it in the third because of how bad we were in the first two. It’s one of those things that you can’t place blame on fatigue. I think it was more mental than anything. It was us not making the right plays. I can only speak for myself. I was bad in the first two (periods) not making plays that you have to make to be successful. Areas that you can’t have in your game, especially against a team like this.

On Mike Smith
They were dominating us and the only reason it wasn’t 3-, 4-0 after the first was because of him. He made huge saves, timely saves. To get out of that period it was one of those things that we should have recognized that we needed to be better. We weren’t able to do that in the second. He was awesome for us and we weren’t able to help him out.

Mike Smith
On the first period
I understand the situation, back-to back (games) against these two teams. Obviously it’s a tough stretch in the schedule but I knew I needed to come out with a good performance. For the most part, it was there.

On his play tonight
It’s a results-based industry. At the end of the day we lost the game. It would be easy for me to say I feel good about it, but realistically it’s not. It’s not good enough. We have to get back on track here. As a group, we need to find consistency in our game.

Head Coach Dave Tippett
On tonight's game
We weren’t very good the first two (periods) and there was lots left in the tank. We didn’t muster anything in the first couple periods. We turned the puck over numerous times. It just put us in trouble. It was the last period of a tough weekend and we went out and pushed. It’s too bad we couldn’t get the one (goal) we needed. I think if we would have played a little harder the first two periods, we would have found a better result.

On Mike Smith
Mike was excellent. He took the responsibility. He knew we were going to be in a tough situation, a tough turnaround. I loved the way he came out and played. He battled. Without him there in the first couple periods, that’s not a game that we can even come close to getting into. He did his job.
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