Postgame Notes and Quotes: Jan. 3 vs. EDM
Anaheim 5 vs. Edmonton 2
Jan. 3, 2014
30-8-5, 65 Standings Points
With a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks pushed their record to 30-8-5 (65 points), marking the club’s best record through 43 games (previous best was 28-9-6 in 2006-07, 62 points).
The Ducks improved to 16-0-2 at Honda Center this year, becoming just the third NHL team in 34 years to start a season with a home standings point streak of 18 games-or-more. The two others are San Jose (20-0-2 in 2008-09) and Philadelphia (unbeaten streak of 19-0-7 in 1979-80). 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).
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This also marks the first time in club history the Ducks have won 12-or-more games in a 13-game stretch (12-1-0). The Ducks, who have points in 15 of their last 16 games (13-1-2), are now 10-1-2 vs. the Pacific Division and a league-best 16-3-2 vs. the Western Conference (.810 points percentage).
By scoring twice in 2:43 in the first period, Ben Lovejoy recorded the fastest two goals by a Ducks defenseman in franchise history. The previous mark was held by Tom Kurvers, who scored two goals in 2:59 on Jan. 23, 1995 vs. Edmonton. (Elias) In addition, Lovejoy tied the franchise record for most goals scored in a single period by an Anaheim defenseman. The feat had been accomplished six times previously:
|Ben Lovejoy||Jan. 3, 2014||vs. EDM||2||1|
|Lubomir Visnovsky||Mar. 9, 2011||vs. NYR||2||1|
|Francois Beauchemin||Mar. 14, 2007||vs. CBJ||2||2|
|Chris Pronger||Dec. 12, 2006||@ FLA||2||3|
|Dmitri Mironov||Dec. 7, 1996||@ PIT||2||2|
|Tom Kurvers||Jan. 23, 1995||vs. EDM||2||2|
|Bill Houlder||Jan. 8, 1994||@ STL||2||2|
Lovejoy also recorded his first career multi-goal game tonight. He has points in six of his last eight games, recording 2-5=7 points with a +10 rating.
Jonas Hiller extended his club-record winning streak to 10-0-0, while also improving on his career best. The last NHL netminder to win 10 consecutive starts was Chicago’s Ray Emery, who did so from Jan. 20-Mar. 6, 2013 (10-0-0).
With his 22nd assist of the season, Cam Fowler extended his point/assist streak to a season-high four consecutive games (0-5=5). Fowler’s current streak is his longest since a four-game point/assist streak from Nov. 20-27, 2011 (0-4=4).
Kyle Palmieri recorded his third multi-point game in his last six appearances, scoring 1-1=2 points in tonight’s win. Palmieri has points in two straight games (2-1=3) and 4-3=7 points in his last six.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, Anaheim’s third consecutive sellout.
On his two goals in the first period
Before the game, someone was asking [defenseman] Sami Vatanen where he was shooting to score today and Sami told him mid-blocker, and I just tried to hit the net. Two good shots, great feeling. Great win. It’s been an awesome couple of days, and I would love to keep it going. It was pretty special.
On to get two similar quality chances in a row
It was awesome to get one [laughs]. To get a second very similar pass from Andrew Cogliano, it has to be perfectly in my wheelhouse. And both Cogliano and Cam Fowler were able to find it. It’s a very small sweet spot. I was lucky it went in.
On his goal
At the start of the shift, the way our defense pinched…they’re so good at that. They kept the puck in, and [Jakob] Silfverberg was in there, too, forechecking and throwing pucks behind the net. When [Nick] Bonino gets behind the net, he has such good hands and such good vision that he makes guys miss. It was a great pass.
On his line creating energy and scoring chances
Our line thought we were going to chip in tonight, with the way we were forechecking, with the way we were getting the pucks behind their defense, and cycling. We were able to play in their end for the majority of the shifts we had.
On playing against his old team
Whenever you play a team that trades you, and at the end of the day kind of gets rid of you or doesn’t value you as much as you value yourself, it’s nice when you have a good game. I definitely don’t want to go anywhere. I love playing here. When you’re on a winning team, everything is good and everything is great. When you’re winning games and have good guys around you, and a good organization, it’s a lot of fun.
On Lovejoy’s two-goal game
He’s been playing really good. And having a baby, he deserves everything he’s got. He’s worked hard. He and Fowls [Fowler] have been two big players for us this year. His play deserves a lot of credit, so I’m happy he got a couple goals tonight.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On getting contributions throughout the lineup
[Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry] weren’t going as good as they normally do, and when they’re not going, you need people to pick up the slack. I thought Jackman’s goal was a huge goal at the end of the second. Then you get help from everywhere. That’s why we’re a pretty good team.
On Lovejoy’s two-goal game, and overall performance this season
I think it’s great. He deserves it. It’s been a pretty good week for him all around.
On playing in his first NHL game
I don’t have too much experience, but I thought we came out hard and we got that first goal and everything was going really well. It was a really cool experience personally, but would have been nice to have the win. We just have to bounce back next game.
On playing shorthanded
That’s just unlucky. It’s one of those things that happens throughout a game and it’s hard to get momentum going. The key is just to stay out of the box as much as possible. That way you are not giving their skilled players as much time on the ice.
On playing shorthanded
Every time you give good teams chances like that and good players, little breakdowns here and there. I think it has been like that all year. It was kind of the same case tonight.
On the morale of the team
We just have to find a way to get results. We can’t hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves. We can’t let negativity keep creeping in here. We just need to bear down and get some wins.
On allowing a goal immediately after they scored early in the game
We have been hanging around in games, but we always seem to find a way to blow a lead. But like I said, we can’t sit around and hang our heads. We have to find a way to get the job done.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On the officiating
We can’t spend 16 minutes in the penalty box and expect to win the game. That’s not all on our players, I thought there were some questionable calls, but the officials have a tough job. Things happen fast out there and they have to make their calls. If we are going to spend almost a full period in the box, it’s going to be a rough night. It leaves your best players on the bench, and you are not getting much offense that way. It just killed our momentum even though our PK and our goalie [Bryzgalov] at least kept us in it by killing them off.
On the two fast goals to start the game
It was a little stunning behind the bench. It was great to get that first one and for them to come right back the way they did, it took the wind out of our sails a little bit. It was a bit of a crazy period, back and forth.
On Lovejoy’s two goals at the end of the first period
Their second and third goals were almost identical. Same guy, same place. On the first one [Bryzgalov] was screened and on the second one, I thought we had pretty good coverage. We had five guys below the puck, we were just a split-second late getting there. Like always a goal against any time in the game hurts you, but those ones that are at the end of a period, that’s when you really have to bear down. We could have easily gotten out of the first period even, but those late goals always hurt you.