Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 6 at Dallas

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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 6 at Dallas
Postgame notes and quotes following Anaheim\'s 5-4 overtime victory in Game 6 at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2014.
POSTGAME NOTES
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).

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Devante Smith-Pelly
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.

Andrew Cogliano
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.

Nick Bonino
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.

DALLAS STARS

Jamie Benn 
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.

Kari Lehtonen 

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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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