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Postgame Notes and Quotes - April 6 vs. Chicago

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 4 vs. Chicago 0
April 6, 2017
Honda Center
45-23-13, 103 Standings Points

The Ducks clinched home ice in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center. Anaheim stretched its point streak to 13 games (10-0-3), representing the longest active streak in the NHL and tied for the third-longest streak in franchise history.

The Ducks, who have won five consecutive games at Honda Center, extended their home point streak to nine games (8-0-1). Anaheim also improved to 13-2-3 since the end of its bye week on March 3, leading the NHL in points (29) and co-leading in wins during that stretch.

Corey Perry scored his 19th goal of the season on the power play to open the scoring at 6:53 of the first period. Perry's tally marked his third GWG of the season, giving him seven points (5-2=7) in his last eight games.

Ryan Kesler scored his 22nd goal to give him 1-3=4 points in his last three games and 1-7=8 points in his last eight games.

Andrew Cogliano recorded his 100th assist as a Duck on the Kesler goal.

Jakob Silfverberg also earned an assist on the goal, giving him 2-3=5 points in his last five games.

Ryan Getzlaf reached 70 points for the sixth time in his NHL career, second only in franchise history to Teemu Selanne's seven seasons with 70-or-more points. Getzlaf's 55th assist extended his point streak to four games (1-3=4).

Rickard Rakell recorded his 11th multi-point game of the season (1-1=2), including his team-leading 33rd goal. Rakell has 1-3=4 points in his last seven games, while his 28 even-strength goals rank tied for fourth in the NHL this season.

Chris Wagner scored for the second time in as many games at 17:08 of the second period. Wagner has goals in consecutive games for the second time in his career. Logan Shaw pushed his point streak to a career-best three consecutive games (1-2=3) with his seventh assist of the season.  

John Gibson stopped all 37 shots he faced to earn his sixth shutout of the season.

Tonight's attendance was 16,462.

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Kesler
On the team's goals
We already made the playoffs. That was the only goal this team had. Everything else is just a bonus. For us, we're playing really good hockey. We continued that tonight.

On home ice advantage
It's a bonus. We said at the beginning of the year, all we wanted to do was make the playoffs. We did that a couple of weeks ago. We're playing good hockey.

John Gibson
On his performance
I'm just playing my game. I've said it before - I didn't forget how to play. I just got hurt. Sometimes I think people might think you kinda lose it or something, but you put in a lot of work when you're hurt to make sure you don't miss a step.

On his 37-save shutout
They had some chances, but they had some guys out so it was a little different than we're used to playing against them.

On the team's confidence
We're playing well. At this time of the year, you want to be playing well to carry the momentum into the playoffs.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the keys of the game
[Gibson] played outstanding. We left him high and dry in some situations and he made some big stops for us. That's the most encouraging sign on the night. Our penalty killing was good. We didn't give up any goals, but they sure had enough chances.

On the 13-game point streak
It's a feel-good story, but when the first game of the playoffs starts, it means nothing because everybody goes back to zero. You feel better about your group, but there is going to be another intensity coming. Teams automatically become 20 percent better defensively, so it's going to be that much harder to score in the playoffs, to find space in the playoffs and compete to a higher level. All that is coming.

Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane
On the team's performance
You always play to win. For the most part guys had good shifts in here, and we had chances to score. It would've been nice to capitalize on a few. We had a few tough breaks where pucks are lying there, and [Gibson] made some good saves, and we hit a couple posts too. I would've been nice to get on the board and play with a lead. It's a good team and they're playing for first tonight, so it was a big game for them tonight too. You live and learn from every game, and try to get better. We'll use this to improve for the next one.

On the implications of tonight's game
It's another opportunity to play another game, another challenger and another opportunity for us to test ourselves against a good hockey team. We have a lot of guys that are trying to fill playoff positions and present themselves to the coaches for a spot in the lineup. There's a lot of motivation from that. We had a good effort. Sometimes a few mistakes can end up with it in your net. We'll try to learn from them and as these games go on we'll get some momentum for the playoffs too.

Ryan Hartman
On the game
It was a tough game. Pucks weren't going in for us, but we made some good plays. We didn't capitalize on the power play, but we have a game Saturday that we're looking forward to.

On the implications of tonight's game
Playoffs are coming up. You don't want to think too hard about games like these and carry them on your shoulders going into the playoffs. We're looking forward to Saturday's game.

Head Coach Joel Quenneville
On the team's performance
We didn't get the results we had in Colorado, we were fortunate to get a point. Today we played all right. We had a chance to win the game, but they were opportunistic on their chances.

On the implications of tonight's game
Every game is different. It gives opportunity for us to make sure we're making the right decisions when we begin evaluating our guys. We're coming back on Saturday with one more game. We'll try to do the right things and get ready. We still have to play one more game, and that's the focus. In the past, we've played in this situation before. Playing for keeps is what our team likes to do, but let's not look past LA.

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