Postgame Notes and Quotes: April 2 vs. EDM
Anaheim 3 vs. Edmonton 2
Apr. 2, 2014
50-18-8, 108 Standings Points
Tonight’s win marks the first time in franchise history the Ducks have won 50 games in a single season. The Ducks, who broke the franchise single-season record with their 49th win on Mar. 31 vs. Winnipeg, is the third NHL team to 50 wins this season (joining Boston and St. Louis). Anaheim has earned points in six straight games (5-0-1), are 7-2-1 in their last 10 contests, 22-10-3 in their last 35 games and 35-12-5 in their last 52 contests. Tonight was also the Ducks’ 27th win at home this season, one shy of tying the club record for home wins in a season (28, 2007-08).
This remains Anaheim’s best season (now through 76 games), topping the previous mark of 44-20-12 for 100 points in 2006-07. With 245 goals scored this season, the Ducks have scored the most goals through 76 games in club history.
Corey Perry scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season for his second career 40+ goal season (50 in 2010-11). It is the 10th 40+ goal season in franchise history (also Kariya, three times; Selanne, five times). Perry is the second player in the NHL to reach the 40-goal plateau this season, trailing only Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (48). Perry’s two goals and assist tonight marked his sixth game with three points or more this season.
Francois Beauchemin collected his 10th career game-winning goal at 18:39 of the third period. The tally marked Beaucehmin’s fourth goal of the season and 49th of his career.
Teemu Selanne surpassed Tim Horton (1,446) for sole possession of 22nd in all-time games played (1,447).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout. Tonight marked Anaheim’s 10th consecutive sellout, continuing their longest streak of the season (previously six, Dec. 28-Jan. 12).
On the key to the comeback
It was a huge save by Freddie [Frederik Andersen], and we turn around and score. Those are momentum boosts and confidence plays for everybody on the ice.
On if confidence fuels comebacks
We’ve been a team that’s worked hard all year. We have that never-say-die attitude. If we can continue to push and play the right way for a full 60 minutes, we’ll be all right.
On his game-winning goal
Their team was taking away the far side, so I just tried to shoot it as hard as I could. I knew Pears [Corey Perry] was going for a rebound if it was there. Fortunately, it went in. I was pretty happy with that one.
On the team’s confidence
We always know we have a chance. We’re pretty good playing with the lead, as well. It’s a lot less stressful playing with a lead. We killed a big penalty just before my goal. That was a big momentum change.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On the team reaching 50 wins
The idea of reaching 50 wins is pretty cool, quite frankly. There’s only going to be a few teams that do it, and when you’re one of them, it’s quite an accomplishment. I’m pretty proud of the guys for 50 wins.
On the play of Frederik Andersen
That’s twice he’s come up with a big save. He made a big save when it was 2-0 right after their goal. Then we score right away. What a swing. There’s no way we would’ve come back from 3-0, but Freddie stood tall and made a great save.
On his play
In the first period I was a little bit rusty, then I kind of got into the game the longer it went. But I have to do better for us to win. That’s a tough loss.
On coming back to Honda Center
There were a lot of emotions. I had been playing with the guys on the other side for over a year. It was a special feeling. It's tough.
On Andersen's big save
They come back and they score right away like that. Instead of making it 3-0, it’s 2-1. That could have been a game-changer.
On tonight's game
I thought we played really well. We were in sync the whole night. We were breaking the puck out well. We were playing together as a team. For me, it really felt like we had a type of game that was a force to be reckoned with. I think the shots were 12 to 1 to start the game. I can’t remember the last time we did that against an opponent like these guys. You can take some positives for sure but just the way we lost, it’s crazy.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On tonight's game
It’s heartbreaking. It’s games like these that you want your players to feel the reward of the points. When we had it 2-0, we had an unbelievable chance in front of the net and a rebound that, if it would have went to three, it would have been over for sure. But then again, with the Ducks, you never know. They seem to be very, very good at never being out of the game. Great compete, but we have to find a way to close it out.
On tonight's effort
I don’t know what they’re proving to the people watching but they’re definitely proving something to me. We’ve got an extremely banged-up lineup. We have some defensemen in there with very little experience, call ups. And these guys are battling. I think there are a lot of people in our market that were wondering if they were going to start mailing it in. I am not going to sit here and accept losing games by a goal but it is hard to critique that group when they’re fighting so hard.