Anaheim Ducks 4 vs. New York Rangers 3 SO
Dec. 14, 2019
14-15-4, 32 points
The Ducks erased a two-goal deficit and Jakob Silfverberg scored his 20th career shootout goal and sixth career game-deciding goal in a 4-3 comeback win over the New York Rangers today at Honda Center. The Ducks recorded a season-high 42 shots on net as the club improved to 11-4-3 all-time at home vs. the Rangers.
The Ducks scored a season-high two power-play goals and extended their PPG streak to a season-high three straight games. In those three games, Anaheim is posting a 40.0% PP% (4-for-10).
Along with his shootout winner, Silfverberg scored his team-leading 12th goal on the power play at the 8:53 mark of the first period. The goal extended Silfverberg's point streak to a season-tying four games (2-2=4).
Hampus Lindholm tied the game at 3-3 with a power-play goal, marking his first goal of the season, at the 18:14 mark of the third period. With 1-1=2 points, Lindholm leads Ducks defensemen in assists (13) and ranks second in points (1-13=14).
Rickard Rakell posted a career-tying three assists (second time, 0-3=3). Rakell, who co-leads the Ducks in assists (15) and ranks second in points (9-15=24), has 4-9=13 points in his last 14 games. Rakell also owns a four-game home point streak (2-4=6) against the Rangers.
Erik Gudbranson tied the game at 2-2 with his second goal 1:02 into the second period. Gudbranson has 2-3=5 points and a +9 rating in 22 games with Anaheim.
Adam Henrique collected his seventh assist on Gudbranson's goal.
John Gibson turned aside 29-of-32 shots and 3-of-4 shootout attempts to earn his 10th win of the season.
Today's attendance was 14,707. Anaheim begins a four-game road trip Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Philadelphia (4 p.m. PT).
On tonight's game, getting the shootout goal, and win
Obviously, good. I think even tonight again we did a lot of good stuff and it came down to the last minute to tie it up, and then obviously win in the shootout. You never really know what's going to happen. Obviously, a nice two points for us heading out on the road and getting some confidence.
On going up against a goalie like Henrik Lundqvist in a shootout
I don't know. Just think of a move ahead and just try to execute it, and hope it beats him. Obviously, he's a good goalie so I was happy to see that went in.
On getting down two goals early and coming back
We know we've been playing some good hockey lately. It's been going that way the last few games, I feel like. We've been playing good and outshooting teams, but haven't really gotten those pucks going in for us. We stuck with it tonight and it shows that if you just keep going, night in and night out, game after game you can get rewarded.
On what they can improve when they play the Rangers again next weekend
You want to be hard on them and not let them have the puck and too much time on their hands.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On if the power play is finally coming through
We're not going to have a parade yet on it. I still think we've got lots of work to do there, but kudos to those young men. They've really taken a real interest in it, they're working together for their own solutions on top of ours and that's important, and great to see our team get rewarded by it tonight because we certainly needed it.
On Gibson not getting down and his goaltending keeping the Ducks in it
You get down like that, it's easy for the goalie, you're down 2-0 and I don't think there's four minutes or three minutes gone on the clock yet. He dug in and right when he needed to be big, he was as big as a house and that really lifted our bench a number of times.
New York Rangers
On the result tonight being less than satisfying
Yeah, lost a 2-0 lead, lost a 3-2 lead. We had a chance on the power play to kind of close it out, we don't. They capitalize on their power play. Some chances in overtime. This one stings.
On the second period
The puck management from our side was just not good. I really believe in this group. I think when we're playing our game, obviously teams are gonna get their momentum and what not, but I think we're feeding into it a little bit too much. If we clean that up it's gonna look a little bit different, rather than the win one lose one.
On the Ducks' third goal
It was more the screen. It became a reaction shot instead of, most shots you read, and that became a reaction shot and I was just too slow to pick it up.
On the second period
I think we had a little more turnovers in the second, both in our end and around their blue line. That's why they kept coming back at us. A lot of their chances were from our mistakes. You manage to get out of the period 2-2, and we put ourselves in a pretty good spot. 2-2 on the road and Mika [Zibanejad] scores another big goal. Right now it's very disappointing.
Head Coach David Quinn
On finishing the road trip with this loss
It was disappointing. We had an opportunity to end this on a really positive note. We ended it on a disappointing note. Obviously I thought we got off to a good start, we had a really good first period. I thought we really struggled in the second. We were fortunate to get out of that period 2-2. I thought we had a really strong third. Had some great chances in overtime that just weren't able to capitalize.
On the second period
You always wanna give the other team credit, because they picked the pace up, they fed off their second goal. I thought we got a little demoralized by the fact that we gave up that goal so early in the period. The penalties also played a factor in the way the period evolved. I liked how we kind of put a stop to it and had a really good third period.