"Those things are what character teams are made of," forward Corey Perry said after slipping a shot under goalie
Overtime happened only because center
"Our will and our character in the last two periods, never say die, was really tremendous," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If you believe you can win, you're always in the game."
After trailing, 2-0, in the first period and 3-2 for most of the third, the
Falling behind, playing a lackadaisical first period "are things you learn from, you can't do that against good teams," Perry said. "But we never backed down, we kept grinding.
"We weren't ready to play, but something triggered us … to keep doing the things we've been doing. We're going to keep coming at you."
The Ducks out-shot Vancouver by a 20-2 margin in the second period, getting goals from
"It was [getting late], but we knew if we kept doing those things we were doing after the [first] break, we couldn't be denied," Perry said. "You're going to get those breaks, those chances. We created those. That's what good teams do."
Bonino's tying shot, set up by a
"Probably the hardest shot I've taken in awhile," Bonino said of his 12th goal.
In overtime, Bonino drew Bieksa into a hooking penalty by getting past him with 1:06 left, matching members of the Canucks' NHL-best penalty-killing unit against the Ducks' 26th-ranked power-play group.
As the final seconds dwindled, Boudreau said he began to craft his shootout lineup. But center
Perry, now with a team-best 23 goals, hadn't scored in seven games and was denied by Lack on five previous shots.
"Sometimes, you get in that mindset as a goalie, you feel you can stop anything, and he pretty much did," Boudreau said of Lack.
Perry said his winning shot "wasn't hard, that's for sure. I saw a couple seconds on the clock … and knew I had to shoot right away. It probably fooled [Lack] and found a way to go in. Of all the places I shot, a trickler was the one that went in."
The puck went between Lack's legs.
After giving up two power-play goals in the first period, Hiller has won 11 starts in a row, the first NHL goalie to do so since Phoenix's