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Postgame Notes and Quotes: October 13 at Buffalo

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Postgame notes and quotes following Anaheim's 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Oct. 13, 2014
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William Karlsson scored his first two career NHL goals to help the Ducks to their third straight win over the Buffalo Sabres, 5-1, at First Niagara Center.

Karlsson's first goal at 8:15 of the second period proved to be the game winner, marking his first career game-winning goal.

Jakob Silfverberg assisted on both Karlsson goals for his first career multi-assist game, while Corey Perry scored his team-leading fourth of the season and Matt Beleskey collected his second of the year.

Ryan Kesler converted on his first career penalty shot, a successful attempt against Buffalo's Michal Neuvirth.

Making his second consecutive start, Frederik Andersen stopped 11-of-12 shots for his second win of 2014-15.

Buffalo’s 12 shots allowed were the fewest yielded by Anaheim since Feb. 13, 2011 at Edmonton (also 12) and fell only one shy of the franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a game (11, Jan. 23, 2004 vs. Minnesota).

Three Stars: 1. Karlsson 2. Getzlaf 3. Fowler

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ryan Kesler
On tonight’s game
We knew that team was going to be hungry. We nipped it in the bud right off the bat. We played a full 60 minutes. It was a solid offensive effort, but our defensive effort was pretty incredible, as well.

On putting 44 shots on net

We’re a team that wants to shoot the puck, and get second and third opportunities. That’s why we had so many pucks. We were dogging the puck all night, and we were getting those second and third opportunities.

Ben Lovejoy

On the defense tonight
Like everything, we’ve had to work at it. We want to be good in the defensive zone. We didn’t feel like we were terrible in our d-zone against Pittsburgh, but we had a really hard practice after that. Since then, we’ve gone to work and have been much more disciplined and focused.

On putting 44 shots on net
That’s a lot of fun. It’s fun to play that way. It means you’re in the offensive zone for the majority of the game. We had a travel day yesterday, and the guys wanted to go out and prove that we’re worthy of doing that again someday. It was very nice. We played a real 60-minute game tonight.

On William Karlsson’s two-goal performance
He’s been great. You cheer for that any time. After hitting the post against Detroit, I told him he has to start aiming for the net, not the post. He hit a bunch in preseason, too. Obviously, he took my advice. He’s been bearing down and putting them in. It’s fun to be on the ice with him. He’s a good player.

On generating momentum
We’re doing a lot of good things. We’re getting some great goaltending as of late, and we’re winning almost every faceoff. That makes such a difference. It makes it easier for the rest of the guys on the ice. We’ll hopefully continue doing those things – and more – tomorrow in Philly.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On the quick start
We did what we planned to do. I was a little worried after the [first period] when you outplay an opponent that bad and it’s only a 1-0 game. You have to give our guys a ton of credit because they did the same thing in the second period. They came out with the same energy. There was no let up. That’s a 60-minute game, and that’s what you need to survive.

On allowing 12 shots
You only give up 12 shots, and it’s pretty hard to complain, especially when they have a few power plays. It was a really good effort by 20 guys.

On Patrick Maroon’s status

I don’t have an update. It didn’t look good when he went down. We’ll have a better idea tomorrow morning.

On Karlsson’s two-goal game
That’s what you need from a guy like him. We need that third line pivot to do that short of time. I hope that really brought his confidence up. We’ll see how he does tomorrow.
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