Anaheim 4 vs. Vegas 3
Dec. 27, 2019
16-18-4, 36 points
The Ducks matched the third-fastest three-goal stretch in franchise history en route to a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center. Anaheim found the back of the net three times in 97 seconds for the fastest three goals scored in a second period.
Below are the fastest three-goal stretches in franchise history:
1. 51 seconds Dec. 23, 2001 at Phoenix (first period)
2. 96 seconds Nov. 27, 2010 at Phoenix (third period)
3. 97 seconds Dec. 27, 2019 vs. Vegas (second period)
97 seconds Oct. 20, 2017 vs. Montreal (third period)
Adam Henrique tied the game for Anaheim with his 12th goal at 9:00 of the second period. Henrique ranks second on the Ducks in goals (12) and has now scored in three of his last four games (3-1=4).
Cam Fowler gave the Ducks the lead with his second power-play goal and eighth overall goal. With 1-1=2 points, Fowler paces Ducks defensemen in goals (8), points (8-12=20) and plus/minus (+6).
Fourteen seconds after Fowler's tally, Max Comtois capped the three-goal outburst with his fourth goal at the 10:37 mark of the second period. Jacob Larsson and Isac Lundestrom collected the assists on the goal.
Devin Shore reached the 100-point milestone with 1-1=2 points in the win, including Anaheim's fourth goal. Shore collected his sixth career GWG and first of the season.
John Gibson stopped 26-of-29 shots to earn his 12th win of the season.
Tonight's attendance was 16,601. The Ducks conclude their two-game homestand Sunday, Dec. 29 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers (5:30 p.m.).
On the game
They got a couple in the end there, but it was a good team win for us. Contributions throughout the lineup. We were playing for each other. We were playing as a team. I thought we did a good job responding after they go up [1-0]. Getting two and three [goals] was big for us.
On the power play
That was big for us. You get the 5-on-3, and then you get it again right away. I thought we did a good job taking advantage of it. We took what they gave us, and it paid off in the end for us.
On the game
There's going to be a little rust after a break, but our energy was there the whole time. We were ready to go. You have to match that team's work ethic. That's a big staple of theirs. Maybe execution-wise, that takes a couple minutes, but I thought our guys were ready right from the start.
On the power play
That was huge. That's what you need from a power play. Get momentum for your team. Make teams pay if they're going to take penalties. We've been working really hard on our power play, but it's nice to see some results coming our way now. It gave our group a little bit of life.
On the game
Our first [period] was pretty good. We traded chances, but we were pretty good in the neutral zone. Our [defense] had amazing gaps all night, so that makes things easy when you can transition the puck. Special teams came through for us and got the momentum going.
On feeding off the energy of linemates Deslauriers and Rowney
It's great. It was nice to get rewarded tonight, but those two guys are bringing it every game. When you jump on a line like that, you try to match that energy and bring what strengths you have to the table and hope it comes together. Not just our line, but as a whole team, if we're skating and grinding like that, it'll give us more time to hang onto the puck and make plays, and give us a better chance of putting some goals in.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the game
That was certainly a much different game than when we went into Vegas quite a while ago. I thought our guys were excellent. They executed the game plan. They competed hard and we finished when we needed to.
On scoring three goals in 1:37
I think that was our first 5-on-3 of the year. Before that, we might've had one for maybe three seconds. To execute that with time remaining, getting that next one is huge. When you can score in bunches, and catch teams like that, it's certainly to your advantage. It was good to keep that momentum rolling at that time because when you're playing an elite team like that, they're never out of the game.
Vegas Golden Knights
On the momentum change in the second period
I felt like in the first period both teams were kind of just getting their legs under them. Felt like we got a lot of pressure for the first period and a half until we took a couple penalties and then they rode the momentum after those two power play goals, and scored another quick third one. Then we are sitting there trying to climb out of a hole. It's tough. It's hard that you put yourself in that type of position because it's hard to climb back especially against a team where they don't give up a lot in the neutral zone, don't give you a lot of speed to make plays, and they've got good goaltenders. It makes it harder when you are trying to climb yourself out of a hole.
On losing their game before the break and the one right after the break
Just forget about it. Move on. You know, they are crucial games especially at the start of breaks and at the end of breaks, and they end up being big difference makers at the end of the season. So, we have to even it up tomorrow night. It's a big game for us and we have to come out with the right mindset.
On having to play Arizona tomorrow night for the Pacific Division lead
Have a good meal, good night's sleep, and then tomorrow is a new day. Simple as that.
On if it is encouraging that they made it close at the end of the game and ran out of time
Better that than nothing, I guess. Just like you said, if we had a little more time. That time, I think we would have had the momentum and really pushed for the tie.
Head Coach Gerard Gallant
On if the third Ducks goal was a killer making it 3-1
Yeah, that was big for them, obviously. I think they scored three goals in what? Two minutes. Two and a half minutes. So that was a big goal, but again there was still half the game left and we could have come back and battled back and just couldn't find a way.
On turning the page and playing Arizona tomorrow
You turn it. That's all. You get ready for tomorrow's game. That's why we play 82 games. You're disappointed you lose, you get on the airplane, and you get ready to play again tomorrow.