Postgame Notes and Quotes: Feb. 28 vs. STL
Anaheim 1 vs. St. Louis 0
Feb. 28, 2014
42-14-5, 89 Standings Points
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau became the fastest coach in NHL history to reach 300 wins, accomplishing the feat in 496 career games (300-137-59). Toe Blake held the record previously, reaching the milestone in 525 games. Boudreau was also the fastest in NHL history to 200 career wins, doing so in 326 games on Nov. 22, 2011 (w/ Washington, 200-86-40).
FASTEST COACH TO 300 WINS*
|Bruce Boudreau||ANA, WSH||300||496|
|Mike Babcock||DET, ANA||300||526|
|Dave Tippett||DAL, PHX||300||543|
The Ducks’ victory marked the first time they shut out St. Louis at home since Oct. 9, 2006 (a 2-0 win) and the first time ever claiming a 1-0 win over the Blues on home ice.
The Ducks are 14-6-0 in their last 20 games and 24-7-0 in their last 31. This is Anaheim’s 15th win in their last 21 games at Honda Center (15-5-1).
This remains Anaheim’s best ever start to a season (now through 61 games), topping the previous mark of 35-16-10 for 80 points in 2006-07. It’s also the deepest into a season that the Ducks have ever led the league in points (previously 48 games, 2006-07).
With 197 goals scored this season, the Ducks have scored the most goals through 61 games in club history. In addition Anaheim’s 143 goals allowed are the fewest in club history.
Jonas Hiller stopped all 18 shots he faced to record his career-tying fifth shutout of the season, moving him into a share for the league lead. Hiller also recorded his 26th win of 2013-14, tying him for fifth in the NHL.
With his 18th goal of the season, Andrew Cogliano has tied his career high (third time, also 2007-08 and 2008-09 w/ Edmonton).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,369, a sellout including standing room only.
On the physical tone throughout the game
It was a good first game for us in terms of the competition. It was really high-paced. It’s good to jump into a game like that for the first one.
On playing a strong defensive game
To hold them to 18 shots is something we’re proud of. They’re a team that creates a lot of offense because they’re so strong and big. It was good to beat them three times this year. That was good for us.
On the tight-checking, physical battle
We knew we had a great hockey club coming in here. For being the first game in 20 days, I thought we did a really good job. Everybody really wanted to win tonight. Everybody was sacrificing their bodies tonight. The guys in front of me had more blocked shots than I had saves.
On playing a strong defensive game
They’re a tough team to play against. They have big guys, and it was quite a battle for all three periods. We didn’t give them too much, especially in front of the net. We did a good job blocking shots and not giving them second opportunities. It was great to get that win.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On blocking shots
That’s how you win. You pay the price. If you don’t block shots in today’s game, you’re not going to be successful. We had guys doing a great job blocking shots. The [Daniel] Winniks and [Matt] Beleskeys were out there getting right in the shooting lanes. That’s part and parcel on why you win.
On how the returning Olympians performed
Well, one got a shutout, and Cam [Fowler] played a lot of minutes. Corey Perry and Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] are always good for us, and I thought ‘T’ [Teemu Selanne] was fine. They were good.”
ST. LOUIS BLUES
On tonight's game
We’re playing really good hockey right now. We just have to put a couple in the net and we’ll be fine. We’ve only given up one goal. We just add a little run support and we’ll be alright.
We’re creating the chances and we’re doing a great job. It’s not a chemistry thing. It’s just a matter of finding some pucks in the back of the net. That is all it is.
On tonight's “playoff-like” game
That’s what it felt like. A lot of stuff was maybe let go. They let the men play. It makes for a good, hard, gritty game. It might be the least shots in an NHL game this year with maybe each team at 20, I don’t know. It was a good hard defensive battle. Both teams really dug in to try and win this and we just came out on the wrong side with one play, 10 minutes into the game that was unfortunately the difference maker.
It is tough when friends leave. When you get to know families and make personal relationships over time with those guys. But, from a hockey standpoint, the management and ownership is really committed to winning and winning now and I think that is partly shown in the move we made. Ryan Miller is an all-world goalie who has shown it time and time again. I’ve seen him in a couple Olympics where he is as good as anyone in the business. Steve Ott, I hate playing against him every time we’re on the ice. He adds that element of grit and kind of that type of player that you would love to have on your team come playoffs.
Head coach Ken Hitchcock
On shots on goal
We missed the net. Between missed nets and blocked shots, we’ve had over 100 in the past two games. That’s the issue. Too many blocked shots, too many missed opportunities, too many shots missed the net. That’s been the story of the past two games.
On the goal
We got caught in transition. We turned the puck over in the neutral zone, early in the game. That’s their game. Cogliano is a fast player. We had an attack, we didn’t get it through, and they really went quick in transition.