Anaheim 4 vs. LA 2
Dec. 2, 2019
12-12-4, 28 points
The Ducks won the opening game of the 2019-20 Freeway Faceoff with a 4-2 victory over the LA Kings tonight at Honda Center. With the victory, the Ducks picked up standings points for the third time in their last four games (5 pts., 2-1-1).
Carter Rowney posted his second multi-point game of the season (1-1=2), including his fifth goal of the season. Rowney's second-period tally finished as his second career game-winning goal and his first since a 6-4 Pittsburgh win Mar. 17, 2017 vs. New Jersey (1-1=2).
Jakob Silfverberg scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season, his second power-play goal, to double Anaheim's lead at 9:47 of the first period.
Derek Grant recorded his second multi-goal game of the season and third of his career to help the Ducks to victory. Grant has six goals in his last eight games (6-0=6).
Hampus Lindholm posted a career-tying three assists (0-3=3, second time) and his 18th career multi-assist contest. Lindholm leads Ducks defensemen in assists (12) and ranks second in points (0-12=12).
Ryan Getzlaf, Michael Del Zotto, Nicolas Deslauriers and Rickard Rakell recorded single assists in the win. With the helper, Rakell now has points in seven of his last nine games (3-5=8) and ranks tied for second on the Ducks in scoring (8-11=19).
Ryan Miller stopped 34-of-36 shots to earn his fourth win of the season.
Anaheim has gone 19-6-5 in the last 30 regular-season games vs. LA. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Ducks have scored 119 goals to the Kings' 107 (shootout goals excluded) in 46 games. In that time span, the two teams have posted 26-13-7 (Anaheim) and 20-18-8 (LA) records. These two clubs will meet again in 10 days back at Honda Center on Thursday, Dec. 12 (7 p.m. PT).
Tonight's attendance was 15,434. Anaheim concludes its three-game homestand Friday, Dec. 5 vs. the Washington Capitals at Honda Center (7 p.m.).
On the rivalry with the Kings
We treated it like it's a normal NHL game you want to win, but there's a little something there. There's pride. I've played in both areas, so definitely want to win.
On bragging rights being at stake
Yeah, for sure, but we try and have fun with it that way. It's satisfying for me to kind of get back in the win column.
On finishing strong in the third period
We were moving forward a lot more. I thought we didn't stall our game out. We were advancing the puck a lot better.
On their line contributing tonight
I think we, as a line, played pretty solid tonight. These type of games, those are fun ones to play. We know our role. We know we gotta bring energy and play simple and play direct, and make things tough for the other team and their D [defensemen], and I thought tonight we did a good job of that.
On their line making an impact this season
As a team, when you're struggling to score goals, you're going to take them from anywhere. It's something that for our team to be successful, we need all four lines to chip in at different times. We did that tonight. I thought as a group we played well in the third with a lead, and we were able to come out on top.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On their start tonight
It was good. Obviously we talk about that a lot, each and every night. We thought it was important, especially against a team that had been playing well as of late, to do our best to get ahead in that game.
On the consistency of the fourth line
Well, they're to be trusted, that's for sure. They just do everything that's asked of them. They play a very, very simple game and I think playing a simple game has a great advantage, and again tonight those guys leading the way was very important to our success.
On their start
If you want to win on the road you need a good start. Home teams like playing in their own building, they come out strong. Obviously we got to play better at the beginning and I think that's going to build momentum throughout the game.
On how they were able to get some momentum back
We focused in on three or four things we wanted to be really good at tonight. I think as the game went on we got better at that, and we started winning those battles.
Head coach Todd McLellan
On fighting to stay in the game
The fight is the end part in picking ourselves up off the mat. Disappointed in the start. It's been that way on the road for a little while. Reflect back to the games where we won on the road, we came out swinging. We were a very aggressive team. It seems to me like we don't bring the same energy on the road as we do at home.
On the play of Nikolai Prokhorkin
Good shifts, he got moved up, scored a great goal. Had an impact on the game. Approached it like he wanted to move up in the game. We still had some guys at the end of the night that didn't have a big impact, and they're guys that we count on. I understand there's some off nights but we gotta get more guys having on nights when it comes to road games.