Postgame Notes and Quotes: April 13 vs. COL
Anaheim 3 vs. Colorado 2 (OT)
Apr. 13, 2014
54-20-8, 116 Standings Points
The Ducks concluded the 2013-14 regular season with a record of 54-20-8, the best mark in club history. The Ducks set season records for standings points (116), wins (54) and win/points percentage (.707). The Ducks also finished with the best record in the Western Conference (number 1 seed) for the first time in club history.
Anaheim also set club records this season for goals (263*; previously 254, 2006-07), wins (54; previously 48, 2006-07), home wins (29; previously 28, 2007-08) road wins (25; previously 22, 2006-07 and 2008-09), home points (62; previously 61, 2006-07) and road points (54; previously 49, 2006-07).
*does not include shootout goals
Of the Ducks' 54 wins, 51 have come in regulation/overtime (ROW). Anaheim and Boston (also 51) are the only two NHL teams to record as many ROWs since 2005-06 (Detroit, 54).
The Ducks have 26 comeback wins this season, the most in the NHL since 2005-06 (Detroit and Nashville, 26).
Anaheim finished the season with four consecutive wins and went 9-2-1 in the last 12 games. The Ducks were also 26-12-3 in its last 41 games and 39-14-5 in its last 58.
Teemu Selanne ends his regular-season career ranked in the top-15 among all-time NHL leaders in goals (11th with 684), points (15th with 1,457), power-play goals (3rd with 255) and game-winning goals (T-4th with 110).
Nick Bonino scored his first career OT GWG (1-0=1). It marks the second GWG of his career (both this season). He has had a goal in each of the last two games (2-0=2).
With his third-period assist, Ben Lovejoy surpassed his career high with his 18th point of the season (5-13=18). His previous career high was 3-14=17 points set in 2010-11 w/PIT.
Patrick Maroon scored his 11th goal of the season. He has three goals in his last three games.
Sami Vatanen recorded 0-2=2 points and now has 0-7=7 points in his last seven games.
Devante Smith-Pelly had a point (0-1=1) for the second consecutive game (1-1=2).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,528, a sellout including standing room only and the largest crowd of the season. Tonight marks Anaheim’s 12th consecutive sellout, continuing their longest streak of the season (previously six, Dec. 28-Jan. 12).
On the fan reaction
What a great ending. It was really special. The fans are unbelievable for me. All through the years, this franchise and the fans have treated me great. It was a big honor. It’s almost overwhelming. It felt great.
On his emotions
Luckily I didn’t see any family members, so it was a little easier. It wasn’t really the last game because we still have games remaining, so it would’ve been way harder if that was the last time playing. But I’ll remember this night forever.
On Jean-Sebastien Giguere
When I saw him, I said ‘This is the time.’ We’ve had a great journey together, and we’re good friends. It was an honor to share this night with him.
On tonight’s game
It was a lot of fun, and it was a big night for “T” [Teemu Selanne]. The fans were awesome. They cheered every time he was on the ice during the third period. It was really fun to be a part of.
On his overtime goal
That’s going to be the most forgotten-about overtime goal in the history of the Ducks [laughs]. It was a great play by Sami Vatanen and Devante Smith-Pelly, and I’m happy it went in. But it was T’s night, and we’re all happy for him.
On tonight’s game
Sometimes, these games are hard when you’re not playing for much. But when you’re down by two goals against a team that hasn’t lost after two periods shows we’re deep talent-wise and can roll four lines. It was a great boost for our team.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On finishing the regular season with a win
That’s almost our identity of what we’ve been able to do this year. Both teams weren’t playing very well in the first two periods, then all of a sudden we score two, and they turn it up a bit. The third period was a lot more exciting than the rest of the game.
On Teemu being honored by the fans
It worked out great. I was really happy because we knew the game itself wasn’t going to be worth anything in the standings for either team. That’s where it worked out best. We could honor him, honor Jiggy [Jean-Sebastien Giguere], and do it without having to worry about points.
On the emotion
It’s surreal a little bit. I am sure for Teemu, a lot more. He has meant so much for the Ducks. People, every time he was on the ice, gave him a standing ovation. That is very special. For him to think of me and come and get me, that is something that is very special for me and I will never forget that.
On his lap with Teemu
We were just talking about the past. How much it has meant to each other to play with each other. We wished each other good luck for the upcoming playoffs.
We’re ready. We are very excited about the playoffs. Minnesota is going to be a great challenge for us. They are a very good team. We are going to have to be ready and play our ‘A’ game. We are all looking forward to it. For us, we have nothing to lose. We’re a young team. Nobody expected us to even make the playoffs this year. To be where we are at, we should just go in there with no pressure, take it a day at a time, and have fun. Mostly have fun and learn.
On the playoffs
It’s huge. Obviously, it’s great momentum for us. At the start of the year, our goal was just to make the playoffs. As things started going along we realized what we had in here. It’s great.
Any team we play in the West is going to be a big test. We got to just get prepared here, get ready for game one, and take it one game at a time.
Head coach Patrick Roy
On winning division title
We couldn’t ask for any better. This is probably the most surprising division championship that this team has ever had. Nobody expected to see us where we are and finish ahead of Chicago and St. Louis. It is something very special. From the get-go, our guys came to camp and they were ready. They wanted to be different. They wanted to see a change. They play hard. Every day they have been jumping on the ice. They are working hard, they are focused. They want to have a good year. They certainly deserve a lot of credit for what they have been doing and that certainly makes us coaches extremely proud of them.
On tonight's game
This is a very good group. This game meant nothing for us. They came, they played hard. These are really good habits that you like to have. It is fun to see this group playing like this.