Postgame notes and quotes following Anaheim's 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Honda Center on Monday, Dec. 9.
Anaheim 5 vs. NY Islanders 2
Dec. 9, 2013
21-7-5, 47 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks improved their season record to 21-7-5 for 47 points, tied for the overall NHL lead with Chicago (47 points). Anaheim has picked up points in six straight games (4-0-2, 10 points) and in eight of their last nine (6-1-2, 14 points). The Ducks also pushed their home record to 11-0-2, marking the club’s best home start in franchise history. Anaheim remains the only NHL club to remain undefeated in regulation this season. In addition, this marks just the second time since the implementation of the shootout (2005-06) that an NHL club has gone at least 13 games without a regulation loss at home to start a season (San Jose, 20-0-2 in 2008-09).
Anaheim has won four consecutive home games vs. the New York Islanders dating back to a 5-4 overtime victory on Mar. 19, 2010 (Koivu OT goal).
Corey Perry extended his goal streak to a career-high six consecutive games (7-2=9), besting his previous mark of five games set Mar. 19-26, 2011 (8-2=10). Perry’s goal streak matches the longest goal streak of the season with St. Louis’ Alexander Steen and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos. Perry is now tied for second among league leaders with 20 goals this season (also Steen).
With one assist tonight (0-1=1), Ryan Getzlaf owns an official 12-game point streak (6-9=15), the longest active streak in the league and one game shy of matching the NHL’s longest this season (Alexander Steen, 13 games from Oct. 17-Nov. 16). Including the two games he played prior to a three-game absence due to injury, Getzlaf has points in the last 14 games he has appeared in (10-21=21). While the 14-game streak is not an official point streak because he missed three games, this still marks the first time since Dec. 22, 2007-Jan. 23, 2008 (15-game streak, 6-16=22) that he has points in 14 consecutive games that he has played in.
The line of Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have combined for 21-19=40 points over the last 12 games (since Nov. 15). The trio has scored 45 goals this season, the highest goal total among any three teammates in the league. Their 95 combined points ranks second in the NHL only to Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (112). In addition, Getzlaf and Perry lead the league in goals scored by a duo on the same team (36). They are second in combined points (72) behind only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (81).
Cam Fowler tied his career high with 1-2=3 points for the third time (last: Nov. 1, 2011 @ WSH). It marked his fourth multi-point game of the season and 15th of his career.
Daniel Winnik set a career best with three assists (0-3=3).
Jonas Hiller stopped 35-of-37 shots to improve to 11-4-4 in 20 starts this season.
Tonight’s attendance was 14,830.
On what was said during the first intermission
There was a lot said about our composure and playing a hockey game. We didn’t come out and play hockey. We weren’t ready to go. We weren’t making the plays we normally make. It was very uncharacteristic. Our goaltender played well and we got timely goals.
On the success of the special teams
We started to focus a little bit. At the start of the year, we were so focused on getting off to a good start. We weren’t really practicing our special teams much. We did a great job focusing in on those and understanding that in order to be successful long-term, you need to get those at their best.
On his highlight-reel goal
Winnie [Daniel Winnik] just dropped it to me and I knew there were only seconds left, so I had to make a move. The guy tripped me, and as I was falling on my knees, I got it and found a way to squeak it in.
On his chemistry with Getzlaf and Dustin Penner
You’ve got to give a lot of credit to those around me. Getzy and Pens, we’ve established ourselves and we want to play the same way each and every night, and I think we’ve been doing that lately.
On earning the two points
You’re always pleased when you get two points. Whether you play good or not, the two points are important. They came out and played really hard. We weren’t ready for them. But it seemed like every time they were outplaying us, we got a goal. We just hung around long enough to get our legs, and once we got to 3-2 and 4-2 on the same shift, I think it took the heart out of them a little bit.
On the improved special teams
We’ve worked at it really hard. The first 15 games, we were atrocious on both of them. But the last 18 games, we’ve been really good at both of them. We work hard and get on the same page. In the end, your goalie has got to be your best penalty killer, and he was again tonight. I thought Hiller was great. He was probably the difference in the whole scheme of things.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
On tonight’s game
We had a lot of chances tonight. Obviously we’re not getting some bounces and when we make our mistakes, they’re costing us. We can’t seem to figure out some of our breakdowns. Times when you hope things can go your way, they’re just not. Did some good things but like I said in the last few weeks, good things aren’t what we want. We want wins, points, and to move up in the standings. That’s what matters. It’s disappointing once again.
It’s been the story of the last few weeks for us, and a lot of games this season. There have been games where we haven’t played well at all but we’ve come out hard and we just haven’t been able to carry for 60 minutes. When things don’t go your way we need to find a way to get some momentum back. We’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot plenty of times.
On tonight’s game
It’s the same story. Bottom line is we just have to win. It has to be the end result. It’s no longer what you did good, you got to win. It is frustrating as hell and it’s tough right now. I think we have to play 60 perfect minutes, honestly, to win one. And then it will get easier. But right now it’s not that way.
If you can’t beat these teams, these are all playoff teams, they you can’t be in the playoffs. It’s a challenge for us but it’s not really who we’re playing right now, we just have to put together the 60 minutes that we know we can and then win a hockey game. With all due respect, these are very good hockey teams, but it’s about us right now.
On tonight’s game
We generate a lot, we can’t score. I don’t know what to tell you. We get chances that other teams, when they get them, they score. Right now it’s just Johnny Tavares line. That’s the only line that is finding the back of the net and then everything gets magnified but the turning point in the game, obviously, is the shorthanded goal. There is no question.
We try to play fast. We try to utilize what we’ve got in the lineup. That’s the way that we play. I’m not a coach that is going to sit back. We don’t have that type of team that’s going to sit back. We don’t have great size on the back end. We want to push the pace, we want to play fast. We try to play in the offensive zone as much as we can and try to defend as little as we can. I thought we did that for the most part tonight. We had our opportunities on the power play. Special teams is a huge part in this league. Goaltending and special teams. Tonight we were right where we wanted to be. There was only a minute left in the second period. Obviously the Perry goal was a skill goal but the shorthanded goal hurt us.
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