Postgame Notes and Quotes: Game 5 vs. LA
2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Game 5
Anaheim 4 vs. Los Angeles 3
May 12, 2014
Ducks lead series, 3-2
With tonight’s win, the Ducks have won three straight games and five of their last seven dating back to Game 5 of the First Round vs. Dallas. The last time the Ducks won at least three straight playoff games was in 2007, winning Games 4-6 of the WCF vs. Detroit and Games 1-2 of the SCF vs. Ottawa (five straight).
Ryan Getzlaf extended his point/assist streak to five games (1-6=7). He has 2-8=10 points in the last six games. With 4-10=14 points this postseason, he ranks tied for second in the league in scoring and assists.
John Gibson stopped a career-high (regular-season and playoffs) 39 of 42 shots. He is 2-0 in the postseason with a .957 SV% and 1.50 GAA. In his five career games (three regular-season and two postseason), he is 5-0-0 with a .955 SV% and 1.40 GAA.
With 2-0=2 points, Devante Smith-Pelly recorded his second multi-goal game of the season (2-0=2, Apr. 27 @ DAL; Game 6 of the First Round). His five playoff goals lead the team and rank tied for fifth in the NHL.
With his second-period assist, Teemu Selanne now has 2-3=5 points in the last six games.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,233, a sellout including standing room only. Tonight marked Anaheim’s 19th consecutive sellout (13 regular-season and six postseason), continuing their longest streak of the season (previously seven, Dec. 28-Jan. 15).
On tonight’s game
I think I got tested more. I got more shots, and the guys did a really good job in front of me again. That’s why we’re winning.
On the final minute
We knew they were capable of coming back. It’s happened before in this series, so we knew what to expect. We just had to get the job done and we found a way.
On Game 6 Wednesday at Staples Center
It’s huge. That’s a pretty good team over there and we don’t want to give them too many chances to get off the mat. We’re going to be ready for that game, for sure.
On the play of John Gibson
I’ve said it earlier, it doesn’t surprise me. I’ve seen it all year. He’s doing very well so far, and I know he’s going to continue doing well.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On depth scoring
We got three different lines scoring. We had to. It’s something that’s been going on all year. We need that depth to score because sometimes it’s not that difficult to check one line. But when you have four lines with the ability to score, you come out on top.
On the young players making an impact
Those guys have come up and played such big roles. You look at tonight, Gibson was the second star and Smith-Pelly was the first star. Sami Vatanen is playing 20 minutes. The youth is really carrying us right now. They’re solid NHL players.
On the series
I have to believe they think they were robbed again tonight. They’ll be ready on Wednesday. As far as the strangeness of the series, I can’t explain it. I can explain that to win four games against this team is going to be the toughest job our team has ever had.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
On facing elimination
Now we have to go home and win a home game. That’s the bottom line. There is no secret to it. We want to come back here and give us a chance.
We didn’t manage the puck too well. They really put the pressure on us. We have to clean that up for Game 6.
On Game 6
We just have to come out and play. There is no secret recipe. We know what we have to do. It is a matter of executing our X’s and O’s. The other side of it is the emotional and the stuff you can’t really teach.
On the Ducks' success
They have been a very opportunistic team. I believe it was Game 3, we gave up maybe two odd man rushes and they scored on both of them. That is a credit to being opportunistic, but when we are playing our hockey we don’t give up odd man rushes.
On John Gibson
He has been really good. He made a lot of really big saves for them tonight. I thought we did a better job of traffic and as a result we scored goals. It’s about getting more of that next game.
Head coach Darryl Sutter
On turnovers leading to goals
I think on the first (goal), it’s a bad corner. Muzzin falls in the Zamboni corner and that’s just bad luck, that goal. I think similar to last game probably, the second and third goal were close together. One was a power play goal, and then the turnover to Ryan Getzlaf. A player can’t make that play, that’s for sure.
On injuries on the blueline
When you have injuries on the backend, you’re never able to support it as much as you want. And that’s the way it works with every team. I think what happens is that you play guys up in different situations. You have to accept that challenge and I’ve said that before. It’s part of the challenge when you have (injuries) on your backend.