Anaheim 6 vs. Florida 2
Mar. 23, 2014
46-18-7, 99 Standings Points
The Ducks are 18-10-2 in their last 30 games and 31-12-4 in their last 47 contests. This is Anaheim’s 17th win in their last 27 games at Honda Center (17-7-3). It’s also the Ducks best home (25-6-4) and road (21-10-3) records at this stage of the season in club history.
This remains Anaheim’s best ever start to a season (now through 71 games), topping the previous mark of 42-17-12 for 96 points in 2006-07.
With 226 goals scored this season, the Ducks have scored the most goals through 71 games in club history. It is also the fewest goals allowed at home through 35 games.
With 1-2=3 points, Ryan Getzlaf became the third player in franchise history to score 600 points as a Duck (182-418=600). The two Anaheim players to reach this milestone previously were Teemu Selanne (457-528=985) and Paul Kariya (300-369=669). Getzlaf's three-point game also marks the first time he has reached 30 goals in a season in his NHL career. Getzlaf is currently on a three game point/assist streak (1-5=6), has 1-10=11 points in his last eight games and 11-24=35 points in his last 29 games. Getzlaf has eight games with three-or-more points this season, trailing only PIT’s Sidney Crosby (13 games) in that category. His 79 points rank second in the NHL.
Defensemen Francois Beauchemin, Bryan Allen and Ben Lovejoy all competed in milestone games tonight. Beauchemin played in his 600th career NHL game, while Lovejoy and Allen each appeared in their 100th game as a Duck.
Patrick Maroon scored his first career PPG (1-0=1) and logged his first career multi-point game (1-1=2). He has 2-3=5 points in his last seven games.
Corey Perry has had assists in each of the last two games (0-4=4). This marks the third time in his career that he has reached 70 points (36-35=71) and the first time since the 2010-11 season (50-48=98).
Teemu Selanne had a 1-1=2 point night, scoring a goal for the second consecutive game (2-1=2).
With a second period assist Mathieu Perreault extended his point streak to a career-high five straight games (3-2=5). He has had a plus-or-even rating over that span (+4).
Jakob Silfverberg scored his second career SHG (1-0=1), in the second period, his first since Feb. 21, 2013 vs. NYR (w/OTT).
Kyle Palmieri scored his 12th goal of the season (1-0=1) and now has 3-1=4 points in the last four games.
Stephane Robidas recorded his first point as a Duck (0-1=1) and first point since Nov. 26 vs. ANA (w/DAL, 1-0=1).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,281, a sellout including standing room only. Tonight marked Anaheim’s eighth consecutive sellout, continuing their longest streak of the season (previously six, Dec. 28-Jan. 12).
On getting back on track at home
It was big. These are the tough games, when you’re playing teams in the East that you don’t see very often. Our guys did a great job rebounding after that timeout. We played the way we wanted to.
On the top line developing chemistry
Tonight, things were clicker better. We played with the puck more and that was the big thing. The biggest thing for me, when I have Teemu [Selanne] on my line, is I want to get him the puck all the time instead of holding on to it a little bit at first.
On his play
Today we were really clicking and reading each other well. The more time we spend together, the more you’re going to learn from one another. It was fun to play with those guys. They’re so dangerous and talented, so you have to be ready.
On his line with Getzlaf and Selanne
All three of us played a good game tonight. We had the puck and didn’t turn it over too much. We played with the puck and found each other. Everybody was moving.
On the upcoming stretch of games
If we keep playing, it’s not going to be over until Game 82. We know as a group how good we can be. If we play the style we have to play to be successful, we’re going to be all right. We just need to keep pushing forward.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On Patrick Maroon’s status
I don’t think it’s that bad. To me, it was more precautionary than anything else. It was 5-2 at the end of the second. I didn’t want to do anything that might hamper him and put him out longer than maybe not playing Wednesday.
On Selanne’s performance
That was a nice shot. He got all of it. He made a really good play to Ryan [Getzlaf] for his goal.
It’s a good hockey team. They are one of the top teams in the West and the West is arguably stronger than the East. They’ve had a little adversity lately but you had to be ready for a big push out of them. They are desperate for playoff position, to get home ice, and to continue a good push for their run. They played us hard. I needed to make some key saves at key times and I didn’t.
On allowing 40 shots
It’s a lot of shots but it’s more so the time of the goals. That first one at the start of the second period, it’s just a tough way to begin a period for any team. Whether you are experienced or inexperienced, you have to work on the timing of goals. I got a piece of it. I thought I stopped it, but it went right off me, off the post and in. Like I said, it is more so the timing of the goals. You’re going to have to make some saves when you have a young team and I just didn’t make enough tonight.
On the younger players
It is a measuring stick. You look at San Jose, you look at Phoenix, you look at LA, you look at these guys here, they are veteran teams. It is a measuring stick for a lot of these young guys if you are in a top six role and playing big minutes. It is one thing beating Buffalo and the Islanders. It is a different ballgame when you are coming in and playing against guys that are literally vying for the Stanley Cup.
On 3-2 in the second period
At that point, they had 14 shots, ended up with 40. Obviously they’re out-matched a little bit when you get the Getzlaf-Perry-Selanne line out there. It really goes back on to us and how we played it. Even the first goal in the second period Fifteen seconds in, we have a player that goes down and gives them a three-on-two. It goes back to our D and then goes back to them again and then a two-on-one with Perry and Selanne. You don’t go sliding over at them, you just let them have the outside lane and shoot it. We left Dan Ellis hanging out there. He worked hard and you can’t blame him on all those situations. They are obviously one of the best teams in the West and competing for a Stanley Cup but obviously that one line is special.
On the momentum shift
The first period was a pretty good period. It was a good pace to the period. We out-shot them. We actually out chanced them. But when they scored the first power play goal, which I don’t think was much of a call, it changed everything. That is what our team is doing right now. It’s always that first penalty that goes “we are not handling it very well.” That first power play that the other team is getting. They moved the puck pretty well and then they scored and it changed things a little bit. It changed momentum and it changed the way the game was.
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