POSTGAME NOTES 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final Game 5 Ducks lead series 3-2
Anaheim 5 vs. Chicago 4 OT May 25, 2015 Honda Center
The Anaheim Ducks took a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference Final with a 5-4 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center. With 11 wins and three overtime losses, the Ducks tied an NHL record by going 14 consecutive games to start the playoffs without losing in regulation (the 1979 New York Rangers also with 11 wins and three overtime losses). Anaheim has extended its second-best start in franchise playoff history, trailing only the 12-2 Ducks in 2003. The club has also won six of its last eight Western Conference Final games dating to Game 4 of the WCF on May 17, 2007 vs. DET. The Ducks have gone to overtime six times in 2015, one shy of the club record in a single playoff season (seven OT games in 2003).
Matt Beleskey scored his first career overtime goal at 45 seconds of the extra frame, marking the second-fastest goal to begin an overtime in franchise history (Elias Sports Bureau). The fastest was scored by Steve Thomas at 39 seconds into OT for a 1-0 win in Game 4 of the SCF on June 2, 2003 vs. NJ. Beleskey is tied for second among playoff leaders in GWG (3).
Ryan Getzlaf (2-17=19) has established a franchise record for most points in a playoff campaign with his 19th of the 2015 postseason (14 games). Getzlaf surpassed his own club record set in 2009 when he notched 4-14=18 points in 13 games. He has pushed his point/assist streak to five games (0-7=7), marking the NHL’s longest postseason assist streak since LA’s Jeff Carter from May 16-28, 2014 (six games, 5-7=12). Getzlaf also owns the longest active point streak of the 2015 playoffs (tied for the fourth-longest overall this postseason). He leads the playoffs with 17 assists, five more than any other skater. With 0-2=2 points tonight, Getzlaf also shares the team lead with six multi-point games this postseason.
Stopping 24-of-28 shots, Frederik Andersen recorded his 11th win of the postseason to move into a share of the league lead with TB’s Ben Bishop. Andersen has not lost consecutive games since Mar. 6-9, 2015 and has since posted a 16-5 record (regular season and playoffs).
Jakob Silfverberg (0-2=2) recorded his sixth multi-point game, tied for the team lead with Ryan Getzlaf. Silfverberg’s 12 assists rank second among NHL Playoff leaders.
Ryan Kesler (1-1=2) notched his third multi-point game. Kesler has two goals in as many games and six this postseason, one shy of his career best in goals set in 2011 with Vancouver (25 games).
Andrew Cogliano has matched a career high in assists (6) and continues to extend his personal best in points (3-6=9).
Nate Thompson set a career high with his fifth point of the playoffs (2-3=5) and matched his personal best in assists.
Sami Vatanen (1-1=2) collected his third multi-point game of the playoffs and third goal. His three goals and 10 points are both tied for second among league defensemen.
Cam Fowler’s second goal of the postseason pushed him into a share of fourth place for NHL defensemen in goals.
Francois Beauchemin extended a career high with his eighth assist.
Anaheim tied a club postseason record for fewest shots in a period by limiting Chicago to three in the first period. The Ducks have allowed a franchise-low three shots in a period on five other occasions, most recently in the third period of Game 4 of the CQF on Apr. 20, 2011 @ NSH.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,286, a sellout including standing room only.
Ryan Kesler On the mindset heading into overtime We were mad coming in here. When this team gets mad, we make strides on the ice. You can see right off the bat. We were mad, we played mad and we scored right away. Good game. We wanted to end it early and throw everything at them right away.
On the game-winner Silfvy [Jakob Silfverberg] made a pass to me. It looked like they were in the middle of a change, and we caught them off guard. It was a pad pass right to ‘Skey [Matt Beleskey] and he buried it. It’s a big goal for this team.
Matt Beleskey On the emotions of scoring the game-winning OT goal That’s the biggest goal I’ve ever scored. It’s a great feeling any time you do that, especially at home. We’re one game away from a Stanley Cup berth. It was a huge goal and it felt unbelievable. Ryan Getzlaf On what a victory like this does for the confidence of the team You’re playing elite teams that aren’t going to give up at any point. Giving up two late goals like that and being able to come back into our locker room, regroup and get behind each other, and make a big play like [Beleskey] did there, it means a lot to our team.
On the emotion in the room before overtime When you initially get in, everyone is down, talking about giving up two goals in the last two minutes of the game. It’s not fun for anybody, but the biggest thing we try to preach is to keep going. Keep doing what we’re doing and learn from our mistakes. We’ve had two overtime games against them that we’ve lost, and in those games we went into overtime trying not to lose. We went out there and executed what we wanted to do. We came up with a big play early on.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On what was said before overtime We said it was our turn. Don’t be upset and hang your heads. Get angry. Get really mad because we [threw] it away a little bit. Just come back and do what you did in the first period. Things will work out.
On Andersen’s performance He’s played so many good games in a row and he’s bailed us out so often. He had an unfortunate couple of goals against him today, and Freddie would be the first one to tell you he should’ve had them. It was time we bailed him out. He’ll be back to his normal, great self in two days. It was good to see that if he had a bad game we’d be able to help him out a little bit.
Patrick Sharp On the emotions of the third period and overtime We’ve been through that before. We won the Stanley Cup with two goals in 17 seconds. They don’t get much higher than that. It’s a good series; a good team over there, a good one in here. We expect that going forward. We expect a long series.
On not getting too high or too low That’s probably as good of a lesson as you’re going to get on keeping your emotions even keel. It was a good hard-fought game. Tough to lose it quickly in overtime like that but they’re a good team. We expect them to play hard and win games. We just have to make sure we win at home. Jonathan Toews On the game You never want to go down three goals right off the bat. I think we always show that we can always dig ourselves out of those holes. We did it tonight and still find a way to push it to overtime. I think going into overtime we were feeling that the game was in our hands and we’re going to get that next break so it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t take advantage of it.
On the emotions of the third period and overtime Even midway through that game when we scored the first goal and then second one at the end of the second, we were feeling good about ourselves. I think we kind of returned the favor and stole the momentum to a certain degree. Even though they scored three goals early in the first we knew there was a lot of time and we just had to find our game and get our four lines rolling. I don’t think it matters who you’re playing at this stage of the playoffs. If we were up three goals, we would for sure expect that their team would come back hard and try to dominate the next two periods.
Head Coach Joel Quenneville On the game That was a great comeback and great second, great third. Amazing finish and tough in the overtime. But certainly we didn’t start on time for the first time in this series. They talked about being ready and it might have been the difference. But great comeback.
On the emotions of the series It was a big game tonight and the next game gets bigger. They’re ready to rise to that challenge going home and just trying to win one game.