Anaheim 4 vs. Los Angeles 3 OT
April 9, 2017
46-23-13, 105 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks won their fifth consecutive Pacific Division title with a 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center. Anaheim became the first team to win five straight Pacific Division titles and the first team to win any division in five straight years since Vancouver (2009-13).
With the win, Anaheim stretched its point streak to 14 games (11-0-3), representing the NHL's longest at the end of the regular season and the third-longest streak in franchise history.
Anaheim's 29-8-4 record and 62 points at Honda Center tied franchise records in both categories. The Ducks won their final six home games (6-0-0) and closed the season with a 10-game point streak (9-0-1) at Honda Center. Anaheim also went 14-2-3 from the end of its bye week on Mar. 3 through the remainder of the schedule, ranking second the NHL in points (31) and wins.
Shea Theodore scored 53 seconds into overtime to give Anaheim the come-from-behind victory. The goal marked Theodore's first career overtime goal and GWG. Rickard Rakell had two assists in the game, including the primary assist on Theodore's overtime winner.
Nate Thompson scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3 with 9:26 remaining in the third period. The goal gave Thompson 1-1=2 points in his final two games. Hampus Lindholm collected his 14th assist on the Thompson goal, giving him three assists in his last four games and 1-5=6 points in his final seven contests.
Patrick Eaves extended his point streak to five games (4-1=5) with his 32nd goal of the season, which came 27 seconds into the first period. Eaves posted 9-1=10 points in his final 11 games.
Ryan Getzlaf pushed his point streak to five games (1-6=7) as he recorded three assists for the fourth time in 2016-17. Getzlaf earned 1-10=11 points in his last seven games and finished the season ranked third in the NHL in assists.
Antoine Vermette scored his ninth goal of the season and collected 1-5=6 points in his final seven games.
Randy Carlyle earned his 410 victory, surpassing Jacques Demers (409-468-130) for sole possession of 33rd place all-time among NHL coaches in wins
Jonathan Bernier stopped 15-of-18 shots to earn his 21st win of the season. Bernier improved to 12-1-2 from the end of the bye week on Mar. 3 through the remainder of the schedule, leading the NHL in wins and ranking tied for third in SV% (.933) and fifth in GAA (1.98) (min. 9 starts).
The Ducks improved to 14-4-2 in the last 20 regular season meetings with the Kings.
Tonight's attendance was 16,564.
On clinching the Pacific Division
We went through a lot of ups and downs this year. A lot of different things. We grew as a group as we went along. That was a good sign. The second half of the year we did a lot better job with our composure. We built towards this.
On the game
This was a weird game. Games against the Kings are usually at a high intensity, but tonight was toe in, toe out. We had something to play for, but they did not. Our guys stuck with it and got a big goal from Thommer [Thompson], got the point and went on to win the division like we wanted to.
On his overtime-winning goal
I knew to just shoot the puck and hope for the best.
On being with the NHL club
It's a great time to get called up and join for the remaining games. We're really rolling going into the playoffs. Playoffs are when it really counts. Time to really show it.
On winning the Pacific Division title
It was exciting. It is what it is. We've won a few here and we don't get too excited anymore. We've come back a long way. We deserve where we are. We wanted to win to finish the season on the right note. That is what is came down to.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On winning the Pacific Division title
You have to credit our players with their commitment. These aren't easy things to do. You start out in September with a plan. In the end, we found a way to achieve it. But that's only one part of it. The most important games are coming.
On the emergence of the team's young defensemen
We're going to have other people step up and share those minutes. Those are tough minutes that Cam has played. He was our go-to guy. Other people have to step in and make a contribution.
On the season's changing lineup
That's what happens. Teams change the faces within a locker-room. It's tough to see your friends and the players you've won with go, but if that's the case you can't really mope about it. You have to create new memories and get fired up in that way and make sure you play to the best of your ability.
On the Ducks' playoffs run
I'll follow it, but I don't know if I'll sit down and watch it. They've been doing damage, but couldn't quite go all the way. We'll see if they've got it this year.
On his 1,300th point
I've been very blessed in my career and I've got to play for a long time and with great players and great situations. I got to play with Kopi [Kopitar] or Carts [Carter] for the most part, and Brownie [Brown] since I've been here. It's been a lot of fun. When you get to a 99, you want to get to the next one. The guys were great, and for the last few games have been trying to help me get there. It was nice. Everyone feels good about it. It's one you think about a little bit. It's important and it's a neat milestone and the guys were great and pulling for me.
Head Coach Darryl Sutter
On the Kings' season
We hung in there, I've said that lots. We didn't score enough goals this year. We were 20-25 goals off the last few years. We didn't have enough goal scorers in our lineup.
On improvements for next season
We're not looking into next season yet. We lost a lot of goals out of our lineup last year. We added a bunch of kids into our lineup, but they weren't looked at as goal scorers. There are a couple guys that didn't work out, that's for sure.