Postgame Notes and Quotes: Dec. 31 vs. SJ

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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Dec. 31 vs. SJ
Postgame notes and quotes following Anaheim\'s 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center on Dec. 31, 2013.
Postgame notes and quotes following Anaheim's 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center on Dec. 31, 2013.

POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 6 vs. San Jose 3
Dec. 31, 2013
Honda Center
29-8-5, 63 Standings Points

The Ducks hit the New Year with the top record in the NHL at 29-8-5 (63 points). This marks the club’s best record ever through 42 games (previous best was 28-8-6, 62 points in 2006-07).

The Ducks are now 15-0-2 at Honda Center this year, becoming the third NHL team in 25 years to start a season with a home standings point streak of 17 games-or-more. The two others are San Jose (20-0-2 in 2008-09) and Calgary (unbeaten streak of 14-0-3 in 1988-89). The Ducks’ streak is also their longest home standings point streak in club history at any point during a season (previous best was 14 games).
*Elias Sports Bureau

This also just the second time in club history the Ducks have won 11-or-more games in a 12-game stretch (11-1-0). The only other time was Feb. 5-Mar. 3, 2008 (also 11-1-0). Anaheim went 11-1-1 this month, the best December in club history and matching the team record for the most wins in any month (set three times previously). The Ducks also have points in 14 of their last 15 games (12-1-2).

Jonas Hiller set a club record with his ninth straight win, while also extending his career high. The last NHL netminder to win nine-or-more consecutive starts was Chicago’s Ray Emery, who won 10 straight starts from Jan. 20-Mar. 6, 2013.

The Ducks’ 25 shots in the second period was a club record for shots in the middle frame (club record for any period is 26).

Andrew Cogliano is the fifth player in NHL history and first since Doug Jarvis to play 500 straight NHL games from the start of his NHL career.* After leaving the University of Michigan and joining the Edmonton Oilers, Cogliano played his first NHL game in Edmonton’s season opener on Oct. 4, 2007 vs. San Jose. He has not missed a game since. Jarvis is the NHL’s all-time “Ironman” with 964 consecutive NHL games played (1975-88).

Players With 500+ Consecutive NHL Games Played to Begin Career, All-Time

Player

Years

Team

GP

Doug Jarvis

1975-76 - 1987-88

MON/WAS/HAR

964

Andy Heberton

1955-56 - 1963-64

NYR/BOS

630

Bill Harris

1972-73 - 1979-80

NYI

576

Murray Murdoch

1926-27 - 1936-37

NYR

508

Andrew Cogliano

2007-08 - 2013-14

EDM/ANA

500

*Elias Sports Bureau

Ryan Getzlaf recorded his fifth game with three-or-more points (1-2=3) and now ranks third among NHL leaders in scoring (20-27=47), tied for eighth in goals and tied for ninth in assists. His third-period goal was his 20th of the season, marking his fourth career season with 20 goals-or-more.

Four Anaheim skaters recorded multi-point games, including Ryan Getzlaf (1-2=3), Cam Fowler (0-2=2), Nick Bonino (1-1=2) and Matt Beleskey (1-1=2). Andrew Cogliano scored his sixth career shorthanded goal at 2:25 of the third period, his first since Apr. 25, 2013 at Vancouver and Anaheim’s fourth of the season.

Tonight’s attendance was a 17,424, a sellout including standing-room only.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ryan Getzlaf
On the Ducks’ three-goal second period

We came out with a one-goal lead after one against a pretty good hockey team. We caught a break at the end of the period, and that was good for our group. We came out the way we wanted to in the second period. We just talked about standing around a little bit too much. When you play a team like that, that skates so well, if you stand and watch them, then they have the puck all night long. We came out in the second period, skated, hit a little bit more, and got some shots on the net.

On withstanding the Sharks’ initial push
If you look at their numbers, they’re crazy in the first period. Our goalie [Jonas Hiller] did an unbelievable job keeping us in the first period. We could’ve easily been down a couple goals, at least. That’s what it takes to beat good teams. You need good goaltending, and our guys reacted well.

Jonas Hiller
On withstanding the Sharks’ initial push

We knew they were going to come out hard. We weren’t 100-percent ready. It was definitely good to come out with a lead after the first period. At the end, the score counts. We picked it up in the second and the third, and we found a way to push back.

On winning nine consecutive starts, a club record
It’s definitely a great thing. It’s more fun winning hockey games. You might have the best stats, but if you lose, it’s still not really fun. It’s been a lot of fun, especially the whole month of December.

Andrew Cogliano
On playing in 500 consecutive games from the start of his NHL career

There’s really not much to say. A lot of it has to do with luck. I do think I take care of myself off the ice in the summers. I’ve been lucky enough to do that. It’s a proud moment for me. As a young kid, to be an NHL player and have a start like that is something special. It’s something I’ll always remember.

On coming out strong in the second period
We weren’t playing our game plan. They took the play to us in the first, but I think we really turned that around in the second. We were really hard to play against. It was a good game, overall, for us. It was big to get a win at the end of the year, and go into the new year with fresh look.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On where the game was won

I think Hilly [Jonas Hiller] won the game for us in the first period. They could’ve had a 5-1 lead at the end of one, and we end up leading 1-0. That’s the biggest part of the game. I think [Ben] Lovejoy stopping that puck in the empty net was a big momentum boost.

On the play of Lovejoy and Cam Fowler
Those guys, from the start to the finish, have been very good this year. I have so much faith putting them on the ice against anybody. They’ve reacted the same. They’ve been great.

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Joe Thornton
On the game
We had a good push, and then nothing would come out of it and boom they score, but I think we came out with early energy, but the second period we just got out played, it killed the game plan.

You obviously want to keep the momentum going, but the second period we just were caught staring and it definitely cost us.

We are usually good with dealing with pressure, we just weren’t getting pucks out. We had it on our stick a couple times we just couldn’t get it out and they are a good team, they make you pay if you don’t get the puck out.

Bracken Kearns
On the game
I thought we had a really good first period, we really took it to them. They did the same to us in the second period and they got rewarded for it. Maybe we didn’t in the first, but we weren’t good enough in the second and by the end of it he wasn’t trusting all of us and that’s no good.

On a letdown after not getting rewarded in the first period
I don’t think on this team, these guys have been there so much that I don’t think it bugs them. It’s just too bad, it would have been nice to get out of that period with a lead and it didn’t happen. We know this team starts really well, we knew that and we did a job in the first, we just couldn’t sustain it.

Head coach Todd McLellan
On what happened in the second period

It’s hard for me to answer. What happened? We can start with getting pushed off the puck, getting pushed around your net, losing races, playing soft, I could go on and on but we can stop at that.

On getting surprised by Anaheim’s burst
It was not a surprise to Anaheim. They came out and decided they want to play. So it was not a surprise to them, maybe a surprise to us.

We were on our toes. We were winning the races. We were doing some of those things in the first. Where did it go in the second? I guess that’s the big question we have to ask our group. You have to look at yourself individually. I challenged them to do that on the plane on the way home. What do you do? What do you bring to the team? Are you an energy guy, do you hit, block shots or do you just take up space. We have got some guys right now that it has been going on for a little while, and they need to perform a little bit better.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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