Postgame Notes and Quotes: Jan. 7 vs. BOS
Anaheim 5 vs. Boston 2
Jan. 7, 2014
32-8-5, 69 Standings Points
The NHL-leading Ducks improved to 32-8-5 with tonight’s 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at Honda Center. The 32-8-5 record for 69 points is Anaheim’s best ever start to a season through 45 games, besting the previous mark of 29-9-7 for 65 points in 2006-07.
The league-leading Ducks are the fifth team in 40 NHL seasons (since 1973-74) to record points in each of their first 20+ home games of a season (18-0-2). The Ducks’ 20-game streak is also their longest home standings point streak in club history at any point during a season (previous best was 14 games).
LONGEST HOME POINT STREAKS TO START NHL SEASON – SINCE 1973-74
|New York Islanders||1978-79||23||19-0-4|
|San Jose Sharks||2008-09||22||20-0-2|
* NHL Record
(Elias Sports Bureau)
The Ducks have also won eight consecutive home games for the second time this season. The last team to record two separate home winning streaks of eight-or-more games in a single season was the Calgary Flames in 2006-07 (10, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 2006 and 8, Jan. 4-Feb. 3, 2007).
Jonas Hiller extended his club-record winning streak to 12-0-0, while also improving on his career best. The last NHL goaltender to win 12 consecutive starts/games in a single season was New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who won 12 straight from Oct. 23-Nov. 20, 1997 (Stats Inc.).
Teemu Selanne earned his 763rd career assist in the second period, moving him into a tie with Chris Chelios for 38th place on the all-time assist list.
Andrew Cogliano scored his career-tying (third time) second shorthanded goal of 2013-14, moving him into a share of second place among NHL leaders in SHG. Cogliano now has points in a career-tying four straight games (3-1=4) and in six of his last seven games (5-2=7). Cogliano’s 14 goals is his highest total in five seasons and best since scoring a career-high 18 in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Mathieu Perreault recorded his first multi-goal game of the season with his eighth and ninth goals of 2013-14, marking the second-highest total of his NHL career. Perreault’s career best is 16 goals, established in 2011-12 with Washington.
Nick Bonino’s second consecutive multi-point game (1-1=2) and third in four games extended his point/assist streak to four consecutive games (3-4=7, +6). His four-game assist streak represents a career best, while the point streak matches a career high set earlier this season (Nov. 23-30, 1-4=5).
Corey Perry scored his team-leading 24th goal of the season, giving him goals in two straight games (2-1=3) and points in four of five games (2-3=5).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,238, Anaheim’s fifth consecutive sellout.
On the first period
Sometimes it’s easier to get a lot of shots, so you feel right in the game. It definitely felt like I made a couple good saves. You definitely don’t want to give up the first goal. I wasn’t too happy with the last two games. My first periods seemed a little slow, so I wanted to make sure I played well in the first tonight. It worked out pretty well.
On the second and third periods
No one was happy with the first period. Everybody knew we had to play better. We lost too many battles in the first. We talked about it and said we have to be stronger. We calmed things down.
On the team scoring three power-play goals
We talked about it a lot. We wanted to keep it more simple. The goals were nothing pretty. Just guys going to the net and getting shots. It worked for us tonight.
On beating a team like the Boston Bruins
It shows we can play with anybody. Even when we play the better teams in the league, we’re able to stand up and win games. It feels like we find ways to win games no matter what.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On Jonas Hiller’s 12-game winning streak
What he showed was he kept us in the game, as he did last game in the first period. He’s 12-0 during this and it’s incredible goaltending when you think of the consistency. Usually, you can play a lot of good games in a row, and then have a clunker, but he hasn’t had a clunker. It’s a real testament to him.
On scoring in a variety of different ways on the power play
We didn’t want to change a lot. Even though the numbers aren’t there, we’re doing a lot of good things and getting a lot of good chances. So, just persevere and keep doing what you’re doing. They did, and they finally went in.
On the game
I think we had a really good first period and it was kind of opposite in the second period. Maybe the penalties or something. Those two power-play goals in the second period, they have all the momentum and we’re sitting back.
On his goal
I saw them getting tired. I think our three forwards were dominating them down low. Krejci made a really nice pass to Iginla and he brought it to the net. I saw my opportunity to move in and was hoping that it came up to me. Last game I got robbed in the same situation so I tried to take my time a little bit and I am lucky it went in.
On his assist
Fighting is one of those things where you get a little momentum back for us. It was a great job by him. It was a great play by Campbell on the wall and Paille driving the net. It was a great play by Campbell I think and we got a little momentum as a team there. McQuaid started the whole thing so it’s good for him.
On his performance
I felt pretty good out there. It was good to get back in the game and get a little momentum for the team. It was a tough one. It is hard to be positive about it but I think we put a pretty good effort out there, just not the finish we wanted.
Head coach Claude Julien
On the final score
It is unfortunate that the final score doesn’t indicate it but I thought we played a good solid game. In the first period I thought we should have come out with at least a couple goal lead with the quality chances that we had. Unfortunately those power play goals that they got in the second period got them a comfortable lead but we scored a goal late in the second. We get ourselves back in the game. It’s a 3-2 hockey game and you get a power play and then get a call like that against you. It is mind-boggling some times. We could have tied that game. It is not like he pushed it; he is skating backwards. I think it is based on a reputation. It is as simple as that.
On the penalty kill
The first one we didn’t have the right player assignment. Our D should have had that shooter and Marchand should have had the back door so we could have cut that pass off. Second one we got caught maybe cheating a little bit, opened up that lane, and left our D with a 2 on 1. We have nobody but ourselves to blame on those. I thought we didn’t do a very good job there on the PK tonight. It set us back a little bit but again we battled right to the end and again, I wish we would have had a better chance at tying that game up.