Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm joined NHL Live to discuss their 3-2 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday and success in the third period this season.
Lindholm had an assist in the victory. His 34 points are second among Ducks defensemen.
"It was a very good test for us," Lindholm said. "We played a Kings team that was desperate because they're in a desperate situation. It was a real playoff atmosphere.
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GOALS: 7 | ASST: 26 | PTS: 33
SOG: 96 | +/-: 23
"Every time we play the Kings anytime during the season I feel like it's a playoff spirit. The crowd really gets into it and it's really fun to be out there. Every game is always tight, like the one-goal game [Wednesday], and it's real fun games to play.”
Anaheim, whose 97 points lead the Presidents' Trophy race, is 28-1-7 in one-goal games and leads the League with 12 wins when trailing after two periods (12-20-0).
"We just stick to the game," Lindholm said. "We believe in ourselves in the locker room. We feel like if we get one or two [goals] it's going to be a different game. Sometimes it would be nice being the team having the lead 2-0 or 1-0 coming into the third but our group is very, very tight, strong, and we know even if we're down a couple of goals we can come back and I think that's real important to have that belief in a group."
The Ducks conclude a three-game homestand Friday against the Colorado Avalanche before beginning a five-game road trip Sunday at the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN).