Anaheim 2 vs. Minnesota 1
Oct. 17, 2014
4-1-0, 8 Standings Points
Corey Perry scored his 51st career GWG and first of the season to lead the Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at Honda Center. Perry’s goal extended his season-opening point streak to five games (5-2=7), marking his best start to a season.
The Ducks improved to 4-1-0, matching the best start of the season by wins (also 2013-14, 2011-12) and by points (also 2013-14, 2011-12, 2006-07). The club has won four consecutive games (4-0-0), matching the win streak the 2013-14 team closed the season with (also four games, Apr. 7-13, 2014).
Anaheim is 12-9-0 all-time in Honda Center openers, including winning four of the last five (4-1-0). Against the Wild, the Ducks have won six of the last seven (6-1-0) dating to the start of the 2012-13 season.
Frederik Andersen stopped 27-of-28 shots to earn his fourth consecutive win and improve his career record to 24-5-0. Andersen’s career high win streak is six games, set Oct. 20-Nov. 10, 2014. He has started Anaheim’s last four games, setting a career high.
Andrew Cogliano scored his ninth career SHG - sixth as a Duck - to tie the game, 1-1, at 4:02 of the third period. The SHG marked Cogliano’s first goal and point of the season, and also the team’s first SHG of 2014-15. Anaheim’s last SHG was scored by Jakob Silfverberg on Apr. 9, 2014 vs. SJ.
Cam Fowler extended his point/assist streak to three games (0-3=3) with his third assist of the season on Cogliano’s goal. Nate Thompson drew an assist on the Perry GWG, marking his second assist in as many games. In addition, Devante Smith-Pelly picked up his first assist of the season on the Cogliano SHG.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,306, a standing-room sellout.
On tonight’s comeback victory
It was nice to come out and battle back in the third period. I thought in the last half of the game, we started to show some emotion. It turned into our favor. We got some big saves from Freddie [Frederik Andersen] early on, and he held us in the game. At any time, we can come back and keep the game going. It’s not exactly the way we drew it up, but we’ll take the two points.
On building a winning streak early in the season
Every point counts in this division, especially in this conference. It’s one of the toughest in hockey, and we know each and every night will be a battle. This is a test, and we have to keep getting better.
On playing a conference foe
As things get down to it, and you start getting near the end of the season, you’re going to start playing against teams like this. They just aren’t going to give you much. It’s whoever is going to make more mistakes that is going to lose the game. Freddie kept us in it tonight. He played a great game and made some top-end saves that put us in a spot to win.
On this being an early test
We felt like this was one of our biggest tests of the year, if not the biggest. It’s only going to get tougher with St. Louis coming in next. [Minnesota] was very strong. They are much improved over last year.
On his mindset when trailing 1-0
I just have to make the next save. I knew I let in a weak one, and the guys bailed me out. I had to try to keep them in the game. They did their job for me. It’s a two-way street for this team. I just wanted to keep them within one.
On the ability to come back from deficits
We’re resilient. We have a really good group. It’s only one goal, but you have to battle until the end. We did that tonight.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On the comeback
The shorthanded goal livened up the bench and the crowd. It propelled us for the rest of the game. Before that, we weren’t very good. We were getting dominated.
On the four-game winning streak
The size of the win is based on what really good teams are capable of doing. We have to get better if we want to stay at that level. That was the lesson that we learned. That’s why it was a big game. They were a very good team. We’re grateful for the win, but we know we have to get better.
On the third period and the game getting away
Obviously they turned it on and they got better as the game went on. We just have to do a better job of weathering the storm. They got a few minutes of offensive time and we have to hold our ground and fight back.
On Darcy Kuemper
He’s been great for us. A few bounces either way and it’s in the back of the net. He’s playing great, and he should keep his head up. We have a lot of confidence in him and he should keep that confidence going forward.
On giving up two goals in the third period
That shorthanded goal doesn’t help. We were in pretty good control of the game until then, and then the game-winner. We had the right idea to make the right play and we didn’t execute it, and it’s in the back of the net and that’s the game.
On the game getting away in the third
A couple mistakes on our part and that was it. I don’t think the game got away from us at all.
Head coach Mike Yeo
On the game
That to me is the big story of the game. It’s hard to be too upset right now. Obviously you want to win the game. Our guys put a lot into that game. For the most part we were playing a great game. There were empty nets and opportunities that were bouncing off of our sticks. We weren’t quite sharp in the hose situations and that’s when you need to make a play.
On the team’s six-day layoff
We had a long layoff but there were so many other parts of our game where we were really good. It was just the finish. It was just burying those chances. We had empty nets right from the first period, a couple in particular in the second period. We’re making great plays to make those plays happen, to create those chances, but you have to finish.
On Anaheim’s goals
Obviously the power play is the first one. I think the biggest factor is why we make that mistake. There’s frustration that we haven’t scored up to that point and then it’s at the end of the penalty kill, and then we lose our focus which is a big mistake on our part. We’ve got to get that in order because we’ve got the personnel, but it’s just a mindset, an attack mentality that’s missing right now.