Postgame Notes and Quotes: December 3 vs. LA
Anaheim 2 vs. Los Angeles 3 SO
Dec. 3, 2013
18-7-5, 41 Standings Points
The Ducks are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at HOME, going 10-0-2 at Honda Center this season. It marks the third time since the implementation of the shootout (2005-06 season) that an NHL club has gone through its first 12 home games without a regulation defeat (also Chicago in 2012-13 (11-0-1) and San Jose in 2008-09 (20-0-2)).
Anaheim’s 41 points through 30 games this season (18-7-5) rank third in the NHL behind only Chicago (44) and San Jose (43).
The Freeway Faceoff will resume on Jan. 23 at Honda Center, two days before the two clubs meet again at Dodger Stadium for the much-anticipated 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series contest on Jan. 25. The final meeting of the 2013-14 regular season will take place at Staples Center on Mar. 15.
Ryan Getzlaf has picked up points in each of his last seven games at HOME (8-7=15 with a +7 rating, missed one contest due to injury). In addition, he has earned points in 10 of the 11 home contests in which he has appeared in all season (10-9=19). Getzlaf’s 14-18=32 points this season rank tied for third in the NHL (with NYI’s Tavares and CHI’s Kane). He is on pace for a 41-goal season, which would establish a new career high (currently 25). Getzlaf has also collected points in five straight games vs. Los Angeles, notching 3-2=5 points since Mar. 16, 2012.
Dustin Penner has points in five straight games (5-2=7), his second such streak of the season. Penner’s 9-13=22 points through his 23 games this season are already the most he has scored since the 2010-11 season (23-22=45 points in 81 contests with Edmonton and Los Angeles).
Corey Perry has extended his point streak to five games, collecting 4-3=7 points in that span. His 16 goals this season rank tied for third in the NHL (with CHI’s Kane).
Jonas Hiller stopped a season high 49-of-51 shots (two short of his career high of 51 saves on Dec. 19, 2008 at Edmonton), the most saves and shots faced since Apr. 8, 2010 at Dallas (also 49-for-51). At HOME this season, Hiller has posted a 1.74 GAA and a .938 SV% (6-0-2, one ND).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,294, a sellout including standing-room only.
On tonight’s game
You want to put teams behind you. Our division has five teams in the top-nine in the West. It’s a tough division to get out of. It’s a fun division to play in because of that. But games like these, tight games, we need to close out if we have a lead in the third, or if we have chances to win in a shootout.
On Dwight King’s shootout goal
It’s tough to lose that way. I don’t know if he missed a shot a little bit, but it kind of caught me right between the pad and my glove. It’s a tough one.
On the play of Hiller
He was tremendous. He was the reason we got a point tonight. When you have the opportunity on your stick whether you deserve to win the game or not, you’ve got to put it away. That killer instinct has been eluding us for a little bit now. We’ve got to find it somewhere.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
On his shootout goal
Basically, a lot of guys shot glove, some guys hit iron. My look when I was going down was to try to surprise him with a quick shot.
On picking up shootout win
It was great. Obviously these guys are close to home and there’s a little bit of a rivalry there so it’s nice to come away with two points.
I’ve been in that situation before. Obviously the shooters are a little bit of a higher level, but I just wanted to stick with what I’ve been doing and what I’ve been working on…and I was able to make a couple of saves there.
On win in his NHL debut
It was awesome. The first 25 minutes or so of the game I barely had any shots, so they [defense] did a great job. Then in overtime, killing penalties and blocking shots, they did a great job.
We’d like to score more goals, but don’t let that deter us.
On club’s 51 shots on goal
Ultimately that didn’t come into play because it went into a shootout. The other team got one point and we got two.