Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 6 at Dallas
2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Game 6
Anaheim 5 vs. Dallas 4 (OT)
Apr. 27, 2014
American Airlines Center
Ducks win series, 4-2
Tonight marks the latest multi-goal comeback in Ducks playoff franchise history. The Ducks once previously won a playoff game when coming from two goals down, however that rally began early in the second period (5/1/07, WCSF @ VAN; 3-2 final).
The Ducks became the fifth NHL team since 1977 to rally from a multiple-goal deficit in the final 2:10 of regulation to win a playoff game. The previous four instances: BOS vs. TOR, 5/13/13 (BOS won 5-4 OT, 1:22 remaining when rally started), DAL @ EDM, 4/15/01 (DAL won 3-2 OT, 1:03 remaining), QUE vs. MTL, 4/18/93 (QUE won 3-2 OT, 1:19 remaining), PHI @ TOR, 4/17/77 (PHI won 6-5 OT, 1:49 remaining).*
With 0-2=2 points tonight, Teemu Selanne (43 years and 207 days) became the second oldest player to record a multi-assist game in the playoffs (Chris Chelios of Detroit, 45 years and 102 days; 0-2=2, 5/7/07 @ SJ) and the third oldest player to record a multi-point game (the aforementioned Chelios and Gordie Howe of Hartford, 52 years and 9 days; 1-1=2, 4/9/1980 @ MTL).*
This marked Anaheim's 12th all time series win (12-8 overall series record), but just the third time they have clinched a series on the road (2006 CQF vs. CGY & 2006 CSF vs. COL). Anaheim now has an all-time record of 62-49 in the postseason (37-20 at Honda Center, 25-29 on the road).
On moving on to the second round
It’s a good feeling. The boys battled hard, and to come back from two down was a lot of fun. I’m happy for everyone.
On his two goals
The first one was from a perfect pass from “T” [Teemu Selanne]. I didn’t even really need to do anything. It just hit my stick and it went in. On the second one, it was just me standing at the side of the net. I pulled it out and had the whole net. I was at the right place at the right time.
On advancing to the second round
It’s a really good time. It’s the first time for a lot of guys to win a playoff series. It’s an unbelievable feeling that’s hard to describe. To do it down two goals, and to get a big goal in overtime, is pretty special.
On the never-say-die attitude of the team
We just wanted to stay in the game and keep things close. Things turn so quickly and momentum changes in a heartbeat. For us to stick with it, get a couple goals at the end of the game, and anything can happen in overtime. It’s pretty cool. Hopefully we can build off of that.
On tonight’s game
No one was down. We believed the whole time. It’s easy to say that now, but we have a lot of character, and it showed. We’ve done it all year. We’ve had so many guys step up at different times. It could’ve been anyone on that team to score the goal. You don’t quit, you don’t stop fighting.
On his overtime goal
Cogs [Andrew Cogliano] and Patty [Patrick Maroon] did great work down low. I just cut to the net and Cogs put it right on my stick. I didn’t even look. I just put it on net, and I think Patty made a great screen.
On Anaheim coming back
It happened so fast so it’s a bit of a shock, but I’m proud of our guys. We battled hard all year. We battled hard to get into the playoffs and I thought we played a pretty good series against a pretty good team.
On what the difference was in the series
A couple of mental mistakes. They had a pretty good (power play) throughout the series and that can make such a big difference in a playoff game.
On tonight’s loss
It’s hard to say…we played hard and it turned quickly there in the third and it’s just the way it goes. That’s it.
On what the team can learn from a loss like this
It’s too early to say. It takes some time to realize what happened and why it went that way. We couldn’t finish them today and we had a great chance to do so. We played well enough to get the win and keep this thing going and we weren’t able to.
Head coach Lindy Ruff
On holding off Anaheim late in the game
It breaks down to just being a penalty-killing situation. That third one snuck in from a very tough angle and there wasn’t a lot you could do structure-wise against that. Then, they got a pretty good bounce on the fourth goal to tie it up.
On losing the series despite being competitive
I would say that it’s tough to lose considering how well we played the whole series. We would just dominate periods where the only thing missing was a little bit of finish. You can go back to game two where we were dominating and we could have been the team that scored late. We had a couple of opportunities to tie it up and we missed those opportunities. We talked this morning about our finish and we had it right there tonight at 4-2 with two minutes. But it’s a cruel way – sometimes hockey is cruel and it was to a bunch of guys that worked really hard tonight.