Anaheim 2 vs. Washington 3
Dec. 6, 2019
12-13-4, 28 points
The Ducks concluded a three-game homestand with a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals tonight at Honda Center.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his 10th goal of the season, cutting the Ducks' deficit to 2-1 at the 17:03 mark of the second period. With 1-1=2 points, Getzlaf extended his point streak against Washington to eight games (4-13=17, +8).
Adam Henrique tied the game 45 seconds into the third period, marking his ninth goal of the season. Getzlaf and Ondrej Kase assisted on the goal. With the helper, Kase has collected 2-2=4 points in his last six games.
Troy Terry collected his fourth assist of the season on Getzlaf's second-period goal. Terry has points in three of his last five games (1-2=3).
Ryan Miller stopped 33-of-36 shots in his eighth start of the season.
Tonight's attendance was 15,945. The Ducks begin a two-game road trip Saturday, Dec. 8 in Winnipeg (12 p.m.).
On the game
I thought we handled ourselves really well in the game. Despite some hiccups throughout the game, I thought we played really hard. We had lots of opportunities. They're a good hockey team. They're opportunistic. We came out on the wrong end of it.
On managing emotions
I thought we did really well. [Garnet] Hathaway could've done a lot better of a job sticking up for himself and answering the bell when he should've. All in all, I thought our guys did a good job challenging without being stupid. Unfortunately, our two guys that ended up fighting, it's one of those tough situations (receiving extra penalties).
On Hathaway's actions in tonight's game
The way [Hathaway] handled it tonight, I never would've done that. Never in a million years. I've never met another hockey player who would've handled that situation the way he did tonight. He ended up fighting, and I'll give him that. Could've just gotten it over with to begin with. I can't leave satisfied that he did that today. That's the frustrating part about it regardless of what happened in the third period.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the takeaway from tonight's game
I thought it was a great game. From our side, I thought it was one of those nights. We've had a number of them tonight. We were a true team. The guys were all in it together. Lots of talk on the bench and between periods. Lots of positives. It was a true team effort. Those are heartbreaking when you can't get the win.
On if he had an issue with certain instances in the game
I have a great issue with the [Radko] Gudas hit [on Nick Ritchie]. It seems to be something that happens quite regularly from that young man, and a player I've admired going back to when he used to play in Norfolk in the American [Hockey] League. There's no reason for a hit there. We've given up the puck. Ritchie doesn't have the puck. All of a sudden, it's a hip into his knee.
On the play of his line
Obviously tonight was our first goal, I think we've been creating chances every single night. Sometimes they just don't go in and you gotta stay with it. We were lucky enough to get one in tonight.
On the importance of getting the first goal of the game
Especially on the road, we knew it was gonna be a battle out there tonight. We talked about trying to get off to a good start here. I'm able to get the first goal and instead of playing behind, got a little bit ahead of the game.
On his goal
Pretty much the whole game we tried to put pucks deep there and forecheck their D [defense] and create turnovers. As you could see that was the one, and it ended up right on my tape so I just tried to finish it off.
On not giving up on his shots
Once you shoot it it's tough to control the rebound, right? But this one ends up right around the net, so I'm just gonna follow the shot. That's what I did.
Head Coach Todd Reirden
On the team sweeping their California road trip
That was impressive work by our team. Found three totally different games, three totally different ways to try to win and get the outcome we wanted. Tonight kind of sums it up for me, that's what we are right now. We've been able to kinda get this special connection I'd say from training camp on really.
On the physical play and tension in this game
Obviously our last game against them was heated. Sometimes you never know going into these type of games. Sometimes it'll be nothing, sometimes it'll be even more heated. Our guys were prepared. I have no trouble with my team playing any type of style of hockey that anyone wants to play against us. We'll take care of ourselves in those situations.