POSTGAME NOTES 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final Game 1 Ducks lead series 1-0
Anaheim 4 vs. Chicago 1 May 17, 2015 Honda Center
The Anaheim Ducks opened the 2015 Western Conference Final with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center. The Ducks have won nine of 10 playoff games (9-1), continuing their best postseason stretch in franchise history. The club remains the only NHL team in the playoffs with one loss.
Anaheim’s six-game home win streak is the second-longest in franchise history and longest of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2003, the Ducks won seven straight at home from Apr. 30-June 7. The Ducks lead the Stanley Cup Playoffs in goals (39), goals-per-game (3.90) in even-strength goals (26). Anaheim also ranks second in GAA (1.90) and fourth in PK% (88.2%).
The Ducks have won their last four Western Conference Final games dating to Game 4 of the WCF, May 17, 2007 vs. Detroit. Anaheim also pushed its all-time record in Western Conference Final games to 9-6 (5-4 at home).
The Ducks have outscored their opponents 18-3 in the third period this postseason. Their 18 goals lead the NHL and their +15 differential also pace the playoffs (no other team is better than +4). In addition, the Ducks rank first in third period goals-per-game (1.80) and third-period goals against-per-game (0.30).
Anaheim improved to 3-0 in Game 1s this postseason and 14-10 all-time.
Nate Thompson earned a postseason career-high two points (1-1=2) in today’s victory. In his 28th career playoff game, Thompson notched his first assist of the postseason in the first period and second goal in the third.
Kyle Palmieri recorded his first goal of the playoffs at 4:17 of the second period. Palmieri’s goal also represented his first career playoff GWG, giving the Ducks seven skaters with a GWG this postseason (tied for second among NHL teams).
Frederik Andersen stopped 32-of-33 shots to improve to 9-1. Andersen now co-leads NHL playoff goaltenders in wins with NYR’s Henrik Lundqvist.
Jakob Silfverberg’s fourth goal (empty net) and ninth assist of the postseason pushed his point streak to three games (2-4=6). Silfverberg recorded his third consecutive multi-point game (1-1=2) and fifth of the playoffs. He now has 4-9=13 points in his last nine playoff games and ranks tied for second among league leaders in postseason scoring.
Matt Beleskey extended his playoff scoring streak to six games (5-1=6) with his first assist of the playoffs. Beleskey’s six-game point streak is the second-longest in the NHL this postseason, behind only Patrick Kane’s seven-game scoring streak (6-4=10).
Ryan Getzlaf added an assist on Silfverberg’s empty-net goal. Getzlaf leads the league with 11 assists and ranks tied for second in points (2-11=13).
Hampus Lindholm also recorded his first career playoff multi-point game (1-1=2), collecting his second goal of the playoffs in the first period and sixth assist in the third. Lindholm has 2-6=8 points in 10 games this postseason and ranks tied for second among NHL defensemen in scoring and tied for fifth in assists.
Today’s attendance was 17,291, a sellout including standing room only.
Frederik Andersen On his performance I felt good, felt sharp early on. They gave me some shots to feel early in the game. We played a lot better in the second and third, and that gave us a bit of momentum.
On his paddle save on Kane He picked up a loose puck and I didn’t really see how much time he had in the beginning. I played aggressive, but he was patient and tried to get me moving laterally. I knew I had to throw my stick over and take away as much of the net as I could. Luckily, he hit the stick.
Kyle Palmieri On the game I don’t think we got off to the start we wanted. We took a penalty early on, but we had a couple of minutes in the first that were our game. For the most part, it was pretty run and gun, and that fits their style. Once we got to the second period, we played the majority the way we wanted to. In the third, we kept our foot on the gas. They were going to get great chances; they’re a great team. Moving forward, we need to have a better start and go from there.
On the importance of secondary scoring It feels nice to get that first one of the playoffs. We had a couple of chances tonight, and could’ve had a couple more. We played well on the forecheck and we went out there played our style of game. We capitalized on a couple of their mistakes and hopefully we can keep that going moving forward. Nate Thompson On secondary scoring It’s always a plus when we can contribute and take some pressure off guys like Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler and Beleskey. They’ve been running the ship offensively for us. Whenever we can contribute and help out the team, it definitely bodes well for our team.
On Andersen’s paddle save on Kane, and overall performance It’s huge. Whenever he can make big saves like that, you can tell on the bench that we kind of calmed down. We relaxed, we rebounded. Those are timely saves he’s making for us, and it helps our team out in the long run.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the importance of secondary scoring In all playoffs, there is somebody throughout history in any sport who comes up and plays better – and their numbers are better – than in the regular season. You’re not going to win unless you have four lines playing. Palmieri, Thompson and Cogliano were very good today. Those guys played really good, but you need it if you want to be successful.
On the adjustments made during the game We weren’t very good in the first period. We got lucky a few times that they didn’t score a couple of goals. We made a couple of adjustments and played better in the second and third. I still don’t think it was our A game. You allow over 30 shots; we got lucky when we scored. We were opportunistic tonight. We’re going to have to play better if we want to continue to stay with these guys.
Corey Crawford On both teams not showing rust The crowd was pretty loud so I think both teams kind of played off of that. We got the start we wanted and we played well. We had our chances and it was a hard-fought game. It was really close.
On Anaheim’s secondary scoring I think that was the difference for them. Their bottom lines played well. They got some key goals for them. That happens in the playoffs sometimes when you shut down the top line.
Patrick Kane On regrouping for Game 2 I think we have to take it as it’s one game. We still have a chance to come here and do what we want to do to and take one from them. Try to get home ice back in our favor. We still have that opportunity. Obviously the next game is huge and we have to come ready to play.
On Frederik Andersen He’s a good goaltender. I think we expected that. He’s a battler. He had numerous, numerous saves tonight where it seems like we had a good chance to score where he gets a leg or a stick on it. I think with the scouting report on him we have to just bear down on him on those opportunities.
Head Coach Joel Quenneville On the first period I thought we had a real good start to the game. The second period I thought we played all right too, but then the second goal turned out to be a big goal and gave them the lead. We put ourselves within a chance in the third with a big goal late. In the third period I don’t think we generated that much compared to the first two periods. We were playing catch up. At the same time, it’s a good hockey team.
On Anaheim’s secondary scoring They’re a dangerous team. All four lines can score. All four lines can skate. They attack and push the pace. They’re dangerous off of the rush. So I think no matter who is on the ice, they’re capable of making plays and you have to be aware of that as well. They generated offense with all four lines.