Postgame Notes and Quotes: Jan. 23 vs. LA

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 1:36 AM

Postgame notes and quotes following Anaheim's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center on Jan. 23, 2014.

POSTGAME NOTES

Anaheim 2 vs. Los Angeles 1

Jan. 23, 2014

Honda Center

38-10-5, 81 Standings Points

Anaheim is now 21-1-2 at Honda Center this season, equaling the second-best home start in NHL history.

The Ducks improved to 38-10-5 (81 points) overall. This marks Anaheim’s best ever start to a season through 53 games, improving upon the previous mark of 32-13-8 for 72 points in 2006-07. This marks the deepest into a season (53 games) that the Ducks have ever led the league in points. (Previously 48 games, 2006-07)

The Ducks are 10-2-0 in their last 12 games and 20-3-0 in their last 23 games. This is Anaheim’s 11th win in the last 12 games at Honda Center (11-1-0).

With 177 goals scored this season, the Ducks have scored the most goals through 53 games in club history. In addition Anaheim’s 126 goals allowed are the fewest in club history. At home, Anaheim’s 93 goals are the most ever scored at Honda Center through 24 games. Also, the club’s 43 goals allowed at home match the fewest in club history.

Patrick Maroon scored his first career NHL game winning goal (1-0=1). He now has 1-4=5 points in the last eight games he has played.

Frederik Anderson won his 13th game of the season, moving into the lead among NHL rookie goaltenders in wins. He currently ranks second in GAA (1.87) and SV% (.933).

Nick Bonino’s earned his team-leading 19th power play point, extended his point streak to three games (1-3=4).

With his assist tonight, Mark Fistric now has 0-3=3 points in his last four games.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Patrick Maroon

On what sparked the team’s offense

I think we knew what we did in the first period wasn’t good enough. After we got pucks deep in the second period, we were physical all over the ice. We worked their defense down low. We know they’ve played a lot of games these past few days, so we knew what we had to do.

On his game-winning goal

Tim Jackman forechecked really hard and I came in second. Then, [Kings defenseman] Willie Mitchell turned it over, and Fisty [Mark Fistric] threw it on net. My first instinct was to wrap the puck, and fortunately it went in.

Ben Lovejoy

On winning in a variety of ways

We can play any style. We can play with speed teams because we have that speed and skill. And we can match up with the big, physical teams like LA. I don’t think we beat them at their own game. I think we imposed the kind of game we wanted in the second and third. We need to continue to do that if we want to beat good teams like that.

On the Kings

One game in January doesn’t mean we’re a better team than them. They played a great game tonight. We were one goal better than them, barely. We’re two very evenly matched teams, and we need to bring it on Saturday in order to be successful.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau

On tonight’s game

I know every time we play this team, it’s a man’s game. You better be prepared to hit, and be hit, because they’re so good. Even if we got outplayed in the first period, we can come back. Once we got our legs underneath us, I thought we played pretty good the last two periods.

On playing a grinding, physical game tonight

We had 48 hits tonight, which is a team record. You have to play that way against these guys. If we make the playoffs, that’s what we’re going to have do. We’re going to have to grind it out.

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Justin Williams

On the team's performance

Some good, some bad. We lost the special teams battle again, which is crucial. We got the lead which was important, but we weren’t able to get the next one with the power plays that we had. We didn’t get it done. Gave them two easy goals in front of the net. We scored one goal.

On Saturday's game at Dodger Stadium

We should have some fire in our belly and be upset. You have a home and a home with a team, especially a team in our division, and the top of the league right now, you better have some fire in your belly and we’ll have that.

Anze Kopitar

On tonight's game

We came up short. That’s something we have to learn from. We can’t just give up soft goals and easy goals.

On Saturday's game at Dodger Stadium

Two points are going to be on the line just like any other game. Yes, we are going to play outdoors. It is a different venue, a different atmosphere but at the end of the day we are going to try and get the two points.

Darryl Sutter

On tonight's game

It was a good hockey game. You go on the road and you win a period, lose a period, and tie a period. That’s a pretty good hockey game.

On Saturday's game at Dodger Stadium

Obviously we’re looking forward to it. Not many guys have played an outdoor game. The way the schedule is jammed in, in a lot of ways it’s just another road game. We get home, play, and leave again.

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