Anaheim 5 vs. LA 2
April 5, 2019
35-37-10, 80 points
Anaheim concluded the 2018-19 regular season with a 5-2 victory over the LA Kings at Honda Center. The Ducks finished the regular season with three straight victories (3-0-0), improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games and 5-1-0 in their final six home games. Anaheim was also 11-5-1 for 23 points in its last 17 games, which ranks first among NHL teams in points during that stretch. The Ducks scored 57 goals (fourth in the NHL) since then and went 11-for-43 on the power play (25.6%, third in the NHL).
Carter Rowney scored his seventh goal at the 14:02 mark of the first period and his third point in two games (1-2=3). Derek Grant registered his 10th assist of the season, his second in as many games, on the Rowney tally.
Korbinian Holzer scored his first goal of the season and his first goal since Apr. 2, 2017 at 10:38 of the second period.
Jakob Silfverberg set a career high with his 24th goal of the season and added an assist for his seventh multi-point game (1-1=2). Silfverberg collected points in three straight games (1-3=4) and had 19 points (8-11=19) in his last 17 games.
Max Jones set career highs in points (0-2=2) and assists for his first career multi-point game. The multi-assist effort provided Jones with his first career point streak (two games; 1-2=3).
Daniel Sprong scored his 14th goal to extend Anaheim's lead to two at the 16:42 mark of the second period. Devin Shore collected his 19th assist, which gave him points in two of his last three games (1-1=2).
Sam Steel scored his first career short-handed goal at 8:34 of the third period. Steel scored five goals in his last five games and extended his point streak to a career-high three games (2-1=3).
Cam Fowler earned his third multi-assist game of the season (0-2=2), giving the Anaheim blueliner seven points (1-6=7) in his last 10 games.
John Gibson earned his 26th win of 2018-19 and his 29th start in which he allowed two goals or less, stopping 44-of-46 shots. Gibson posted an 8-1-0 record with a 2.45 GAA and a .929 SV% in his final nine starts of the season.
Hampus Lindholm became the 13th player in franchise history to record a franchise-tying +5 rating (Last: Brandon Montour, Dec. 12, 2018 vs. Dallas).
Anaheim earned points for the eighth time in the last 10 games vs. Los Angeles (5-2-3, 13 pts.) and improved to 18-6-5 in the last 29 regular-season games vs. their Pacific Division opponent.
Tonight's attendance was 17,306, a sellout including standing room only.
On not having meaningful games down the stretch
That's the hardest thing in sports. We've gotten used to playing in the playoffs and having those stretch drives late where we're competing for spots. When you're out that early, and that far behind, that's a tough way to play hockey at the end of the year.
On the impact the young players made
You never want to miss the playoffs, but when you do, at least you have the opportunity to bring some of the kids up and give them experience. Let them earn their stripes here. That way, in training camp, they know what to expect when they push for spots.
On his goal
I kind of still knew how to do it. Jonesy made a great play. He gets most of the credit. I just had to put it in the open net. I slid down, and luckily he found me. It feels good in the last game to get a goal to get rid of the donut on the stat sheet. Always feels good when you score and contribute. I'm not the biggest goal scorer, so it's nice to be a part of that.
On finishing the season strong
We just wanted to make sure we were playing the right way. Changed things up a bit and executed our system night in, night out. I thought we did a really good job.
Assistant Coach Mark Morrison
On finishing the season with a win
I think we ended this thing on the right note in the last 20 games. There was a big change. We were harder to play against. Good on the guys in the room. They did a good job to finish it off. I know we're not in the playoffs, and that's a sad point for us, but we played the right way in the last 20-25 games.
On setting the foundation for what's to come
That was the point for the last couple months, to try to build for next season. We saw some young players come in and do a good job. Some of the older guys found their game. We played better. That's all we can ask for.
On the Ducks and Kings rivalry
Regardless of wherever everyone is in the standings, you know it's always going to be an emotional battle. It's always going to be a revved-up environment. That's what it was tonight.
On Michael Amadio's play and getting more ice time
He's played really well for us whenever he's been up this year. He's a good, young centerman. He's a smart player. He can make good plays. It's good to see him getting a couple goals and he clearly can finish as well.
On the rivalry
It's huge. Every time we play them, it always seems to end the way it did tonight. We knew that coming in. We knew that both teams we going to come in and battle hard.
On getting six points in his last six games
I think I am just playing a little more loose. Just trying to go out there and do what I can and make plays with the puck.
Head Coach Willie Desjardins
On the feeling with one game left
You wanna play well at home. You always try to find a way to get better. I think it's a chance for the younger guys to show what they can do. I think it's a tough situation for some of the veteran players, but it's a home game so I look forward to it. We gotta be ready to play well.
On their defensive play not being as good as the last meeting between the two teams
We had lots of shots tonight. I think the difference a little bit there was specialty teams, if we would've capitalized there it would've been a different game. It happens some nights. I thought the first period was good. I thought they got a little bit of momentum in the second, but it wasn't that they outplayed us, the game was pretty even.