Anaheim 3 vs. Calgary 1
April 3, 2019
34-37-10, 78 points
The Ducks concluded their penultimate game of the 2018-19 regular season with a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames at Honda Center. The Ducks improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games and have won five of their last seven home games (5-2-0). Anaheim is also 10-5-1 for 21 points in its last 16 games, which ranks tied for first among NHL teams in points during that stretch. The Ducks have scored 52 goals (tied for fifth in the NHL) since then and gone 11-for-42 on the power play (26.2%, third in the NHL).
Sam Steel scored his fifth goal of the season and his fourth in as many games at the 5:01 mark of the first period. The Anaheim center has points in five of his last six NHL games (4-3=7). Rickard Rakell collected his 24th assist, which gave him point in five of his last six games (7-2=9). Jakob Silfverberg registered his 18th assist of 2018-19 and his 17th point (7-10=17) in his last 16 games.
Max Jones scored his second career NHL goal and first career game-winning goal at 6:58 of the first period. Derek Grant collected his ninth assist on the tally by Jones.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his 14th goal at the 4:57 mark of the second period. The Anaheim captain, who leads the team with 14-34=48 points this season, has 2-5=7 points in his last five games.
Carter Rowney earned his second multi-assist game of the season (0-2=2). Rowney has set career highs in scoring (6-13=19), assists, goals and games played (61) this season.
Ryan Miller stopped 25-of-26 shots for his eighth win. The all-time winningest U.S.-born goaltender earned his 378th career victory in the contest.
Jacob Larsson finished with a career-high +3 rating.
Anaheim has won 28 of the last 29 home games (28-1-0) against Calgary and improved to 35-13-2 overall dating to Nov. 29, 2007. In addition, the Ducks went to 13-5-0 in their last 18 games vs. the Flames dating to Nov. 24, 2015.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout. Anaheim will play its final game of the 2018-19 regular season this Friday vs. the LA Kings at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT).
On his goal
We were controlling the puck in the offensive zone. I knew they were tired. Figured if I got the puck down low, I'd try to make a power move to the net. I caught the goalie cheating, so I threw it short side.
On leaving an impression in the final games of the season
I think I've done a really good job. They know the way I can play, score goals and make things happen. They wanted me to tune up the small parts of my game, defensively. Just making sure I'm playing the right way. That's what I've been working on.
On the response victory
It's big. You want to win every night. But when a team beats you that bad, you definitely want to come back and have a better showing.
On his line with Rakell and Silfverberg
It's fun playing with those guys. They're creative, smart and skilled players. I'm just trying to help out in any way I can.
On the victory
I'm happy to bounce back after a couple disappointing starts. It means a lot to end the season on a win and a positive note as a goaltender.
Assistant Coach Marty Wilford
On the response victory
We wanted to respond to that score [6-1 loss in Calgary on March 29]. We didn't play the greatest game. With all due respect to them, they played well in Calgary. We wanted to bounce back tonight. We got out to a really good start.
On the young players making an impact
You could tell with more experience and ice time, they're getting more comfortable with the puck making plays. They're not just getting rid of the puck. They're making heads-up plays. You can see some of the skill starting to come out. Sam Steel made some nice little short passes. Quick heads-up plays. Max Jones was on the puck all night. I really liked both of their games.
On tonight's game
I didn't think we had a lot of jump or a lot of fire. Obviously, not our best game. It's kind of tough to play in a game like this, but still have to find a way to be professional. We had our chances, but just kind of a lackluster performance in my opinion.
On not capitalizing more on the power play
Definitely, you have to take advantage of those. Especially moving into playoffs, special teams are huge. Good opportunities on the Power Play, you have to take advantage of it. Obviously a lot of our main Power Play guys not in the lineup tonight so that makes a big difference, but moving forward that Power Play is going to be huge for us.
On tonight's game
I thought they took advantage of us early there in the first, scored a couple goals. We didn't capitalize on the Power Play, which hurt us. It's a new day tomorrow.
On the possibility of getting 100 points this season
Yeah, it would be cool, obviously. It's something that I try not to focus on too too much, but I realize how close I am. That's not the reason why I'm playing though right now. I feel good. You guys have known me long enough, I like to be on the ice. I want to be out there when we are playing games rather than sitting in the press box watching my teammates play. So, I feel rested. I feel ready to go.
Head Coach Bill Peters
On the game
I thought it was good. I thought we got behind a little bit and then we chased it. We could've been a little bit more competitive on faceoffs. A lot of ice time for some young guys, and a lot of opportunity for some guys that they don't usually get.
On their power plays
There was some looks. There was an entry, it was Neal to Backs [Mikael Backlund], that was a real good play. Mangie [Andrew Mangiapane] had a couple good looks on the power play. Obviously not our power play unit, it's not what you're gonna see moving forward, but that's what we had here tonight.