Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 5 vs. Dallas
2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Game 5
Anaheim 6 vs. Dallas 2
Apr. 25, 2014
Ducks lead series, 3-2
The Ducks tied a playoff franchise record for most goals in a game with six (fourth time, last was Apr. 20, 2011 @ NSH in Game 4 of the CQF).
The Anaheim Ducks set a franchise record for most PPG in a single playoff game, scoring four power-play goals tonight (had never scored more than two PPG in one playoff game prior to tonight).
With tonight’s win, the Ducks are 61-49 all-time in the postseason and 37-20 at home. They lead the all-time playoff series against the Stars, 9-8.
Dating back to the regular season, the Ducks have won five consecutive home games (two regular season plus three playoff games).
With his first-period PPG (1-0=1), Rickard Rakell tallied his first career NHL goal. Rakell is the first Ducks player to record his first career goal in the playoffs (courtesy Elias Sports Bureau).
Ryan Getzlaf (1-2=3) tied a postseason career high in points and assists (third time for points and sixth time for assists). He now has a team-leading seven points in the playoffs (3-4=7). Tonight marked his 20th career multi-point game in the playoffs and his sixth multi-assist performance. Getzlaf tallied his 64th, 65th and 66th career playoff points, moving him ahead of Teemu Selanne (64) for most points playoff points as a Duck all-time. Also, Getzlaf tied Rob Niedermayer (73) for second in all-time in games played as a Duck.
Corey Perry tied his playoff career high in points (3, fourth time) and assists (2, sixth time).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,334, a sellout including standing room only. Tonight marked Anaheim’s 15th consecutive sellout, continuing their longest streak of the season (previously seven, Dec. 28-Jan. 15).
On his three-point night
I thought I got better as the game went on. I felt more and more comfortable. The crowd was unbelievable. Everything was fired right up. They give us so much energy when we come out and have that kind of support with us.
On Game 6 in Dallas
It’s about maintaining our focus. When we got to Dallas last time, we got a little revved up and got into some things that weren’t part of our game. Tonight, we did a better job of focusing on what we need to do, and we need to do that next game.
On finishing chances
We responded and came back when they made a push. We got goals, and that’s what you have to do in the playoffs. When momentum starts going the other way, you have to take it back and keep pushing the other direction. I thought we did that tonight.
On the strong third period
It’s huge for us. Tonight, to get a big goal to start the period and get [Kari] Lehtonen out of the net was a big confidence boost for us. It was a picture-perfect third period for us.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the play of Getzlaf
Every time you get your captain back, it’s going to make you feel better. It’s like your big brother is back. Guys felt a little more secure, and he came out and played a really great game, as well as the other guys.
On Frederik Andersen
He made the saves he had to make at the right time. When they were pushing and it was 2-1 or 3-2, he stood tall. That’s what good goalies do. I’m happy for him that he was able to come back in a tough atmosphere and do what he did.
On Ryan Garbutt's absence
It is tough losing a player early in the game. Garbutt has been a good player for us all year. It is never easy losing a guy like that.
On Game 6
Now it’s our turn to go back into our barn. We are going to forget about this one and focus on the next.
On tonight's game
I thought our second period was pretty good. We came in here, tried to regroup and come out with the same but they jumped on us early. We took a stupid penalty, and that was it.
On taking penalties
It’s been physical. I think once the game got a little bit out of hand, little scrums like that are going to happen and that’s when the penalties are going to mount. It’s been a physical series, that’s for certain.
On Ryan Garbutt's absence
It happened. I thought at the time we did a good job of hanging in there. Garbutt is a hard-nosed player. He is important to our team and we obviously need him on the ice. I think he is going to learn a valuable lesson from that. We’ll move on from that.
Head coach Lindy Ruff
On the physicality and penalties
I thought we reacted great to it. The second period, we just utterly dominated. We hit post, we hit crossbar. Spent the whole time down in there end. It’s tough. We lost the special teams battle which was the difference tonight.