Postgame Notes and Quotes: Jan. 11 at PHX
Anaheim 5 vs. Coyotes 3
Jan. 11, 2014
34-8-5, 73 Standings Points
The league-leading Ducks (34-8-5, 73 points) are the seventh team in NHL history to win 16+ games in a 17-game span (16-1-0). Anaheim is 8-0-0 at Honda Center and 8-1-0 on the road during the stretch, including a league-high six-game winning streak overall. The club has come back from a deficit in 10 of the 16 wins.
Teams to win 16+ games in 17-game stretch, NHL history*
Anaheim Ducks#: 2013-14, 17 G, 16 W
Washington Capitals#: 2009-10, 17 GP, 16 W
Pittsburgh Penguins^: 1992-93, 17 GP, 17 W
Philadelphia Flyers: 1984-85, 17 GP, 16 W
New York Islanders: 1981-82, 17 GP, 16 W
Montreal Canadiens: 1967-68, 17 GP, 16 W
Boston Bruins: 1929-30, 17 GP, 16 W
* Stats Inc.
# Coached by Bruce Boudreau
^ NHL Record 17-game win streak
Goaltender Jonas Hiller is the eighth goalie to win 13 straight decisions in a single year. (Elias Sports Bureau).
The Ducks, who have points in 19 of the last 20 games (17-1-2), are 12-1-2 vs. the Pacific Division and a league-leading 19-3-2 vs. the Western Conference.
The Ducks have scored four goals or more in six consecutive games, a club record.
The Ducks have swept the season series against Phoenix (5-0-0). The Ducks held the Coyotes to two goals in four of the five games, while outscoring them 19-11 (one shootout goal excluded). The last time Anaheim swept a season series with Phoenix was in 1993-94 (4-0-0). The Ducks are 62-32-16 all-time vs. the Coyotes, including 27-17-9 in Arizona.
Anaheim has won eight of its last nine road games (8-1-0) and has earned points in nine of the last 10 (8-1-1).
With a 16-8-3 road record, Anaheim leads the NHL in road points (35) and wins.
In addition to being 19-3-4 when scoring the first goal, the Ducks are a league-best 15-5-1 when their opponent scores first.
On 13 consecutive victories
It’s great to be winning so many games. It proves I play consistent and the team plays consistent over the last month and a half. I was a little worried tonight was going to be the night where something doesn’t go right, but I’m really happy it worked out again.
On getting down a goal early, then responding with four unanswered goals
We talked about having a good start. Sure, we got scored on for the first goal, but I thought we had a pretty decent first period. We found a way to score in the second period. In the third, it was a little more action than I wished for, but we found a way to win. We’ll take the two points.
On the turning point in the game
I thought we had a better first period than we did in the past couple games. In the second period, we scored four goals and took over the game. Then, we got a power-play goal. Our second period made it for us.
On winning 16 of the past 17 games
It can’t get any better when you’re winning like that. Everyone has a smile on their face. It’s fun to come to the rink every day. We’ve been enjoying ourselves quite a bit lately.
On the depth in the forward position
Guys are in and out of the lineup. We have so many good players here. Players understand it’s about whatever it takes for the team to win. If it’s to sit one game, that’s what it is. I’ve sat a game, myself. I think almost half the guys on the team have sat a game. It’s for the good of the team.
On the team’s system
[Head coach] Bruce [Boudreau] has a great way to run things here. We all buy into his system, and we’ve been playing it to a tee. We’ve seen the results.