Postgame Notes and Quotes: Nov. 10 vs. Vancouver
Anaheim 3 vs. Vancouver 1
Nov. 10, 2013
15-3-1, 31 Standings Points
Anaheim’s league-leading 15-3-1 record (31 points) matches the club record for best-ever start through 19 games (also 15-3-1 in 2012-13).
The Ducks’ 65 goals this season lead the NHL and is the second-best mark through 19 games in club history (66 through 19 in 1995-96). In addition, the club leads the league with 52 five-on-five goals this season.
Anaheim’s nine-game standings point streak (8-0-1) is the longest current streak in the NHL and matches San Jose for the longest this season (Oct. 3-21, 8-0-1). In addition, the club’s five-game winning streak (5-0-0) is the league’s longest active win streak.
The Ducks are 8-0-0 at Honda Center this season, the best HOME start in club history (prior to the start of the season, the club never won more than two straight at home). The Ducks are the only NHL club with a perfect start at HOME this season. The Ducks are the first team since 2010-11 to start a season with a perfect 8-0-0 record (Los Angeles, also 8-0-0). In addition, the club has outscored its opposition 35-13 in those eight contests.
The Ducks have scored 35 goals through the first eight HOME contests, marking the most through eight in club history. The club has allowed just 13 goals against its opponents at HOME, the fewest allowed at HOME in franchise history.
Dustin Penner is now +18 in his 12 games this season. That is the highest rating by any NHL player in his first 12 games of a season four players in 1984-85 had a +12-or-better (Wayne Gretzky (EDM) +28, Jari Kurri (EDM) +28, Mike Bossy (NYI) +19, Mike Krushelnyski (EDM) +19).
In addition, Hampus Lindholm is now +15 in his 17 games this season. That’s the highest rating by any NHL defenseman in his first 17 career games since Andrej Meszaros of Ottawa was a +17 in 2005-06.
*Historical research for two notes above courtesy Elias Sports Bureau
Frederik Andersen became the first goaltender to win his first six NHL games since December, 1993 (Toronto’s Damian Rhodes from Mar. 22, 1991-Dec. 2, 1993). Andersen is also the only ACTIVE goaltender to do so. Andersen is also the first netminder in club history to win his first six NHL games (Viktor Fasth won his first eight DECISIONS last year). Among all NHL goalies, Andersen ranks second in SV% (.952) and third in GAA (1.41). Among rookies, he leads in wins, GAA, SV% and appearances. (min. 4 games).
*Historical research courtesy STATS, LLC
Corey Perry extended his point streak to five games (5-3=8) and now ranks tied for fourth in the NHL with 11 goals this season. Perry has 6-6=12 points with a +11 rating over the last nine contests.
Andrew Cogliano is riding a career-tying three-game goal streak (3-0=3). It’s his third career three-game streak with the most recent taking place from Feb. 9-15, 2013 (4-0=4).
With an assist tonight, Devante Smith-Pelly has now picked up 1-4=5 points in the last six games.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On why the team has been so successful
You look around this room and there are a lot of new faces, but there are a lot of guys in here with a lot of character who want to win, who want to prove they go out there each and every night and work as hard as they can.
On the depth of the team
It’s huge. We’ve been playing without some guys for a little while now, and some guys have stepped up and played different roles, and played some big minutes for us in key situations. It’s definitely been an added bonus that guys that step in and play as well as they have.
On tonight’s win
Freddy [Frederik Andersen] held strong and it speaks to our resilience. We find ways to win. We get a couple goals and then we shut the door. We have to win in every way in this league, and we did tonight.
On having a strong start to the season
That’s definitely one of the things Bruce stressed when he came here, was getting off to a good start, and getting as far above .500 as you can get. He always says there are going to be points in the year where you slump. If you can set yourself up like we are, you’re going to be able to stay at the top of the standings.
On Daniel Winnik’s defensive stop in the crease
We know he’s a good defensive player, and that’s why we had him at center the whole training camp. Below the circles, he’s really intelligent. I wasn’t surprised he made that play.
On the team stepping up without Ryan Getzlaf
When you’re missing the second-leading scorer in the league, your captain, and arguably one of the best players in the world, you’re always going to miss him. But I thought we did a good job of battling. The team wanted to show we can survive injuries because we have good depth. It gave others guys a chance to play and I think they stepped up to the plate.
On final minute of game
We could have taken over. We gave up a third goal when we were close to scoring a second tonight. I thought we played well. We made a few mistakes and it costs us.
On the Pacific Division
It is a tough division, but we have showed that we can play with the best. I don’t think we came up to the standard where we want to be, in the last two games, but we are still in the games and we are battling. But it wasn’t enough.
On tonight’s effort
It happens in games like this. I think we were pretty stingy in what we were going to give them with a short turnaround there. I thought we played well, had a couple bad bounces, and we ended up losing the game like that.
We want to win every game, but our division is tough this year. When they come to our place we have to beat them.
On top line
It has been a struggle, the past two games it has. We know what they are as people, we know what they are as players. It has been a struggle the past 2-3 games here, but they are going to bounce out of it. They are going to be the players we know they are.