Anaheim 4 vs. Chicago 2
Dec. 5, 2018
15-10-5, 35 points
The Ducks opened their four-game homestand with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim has won a season-high five straight games (5-0-0, 10 pts.) and seven of their last eight (7-1-0, 14 pts.). The Ducks also have points in nine of their last 10 games (7-1-2, 16 pts.) and in 10 of their last 12 (8-2-2, 18 pts.). Anaheim's five-game win streak is tied for the longest active streak in the NHL.
Ondrej Kase scored his eighth career GWG at the 4:03 mark of the third period. The game-winner gave Kase points in seven of his last nine games (4-4=8). Carter Rowney earned his second assist of the season, which gave him points in three of his last five games (1-2=3). Kiefer Sherwood also registered an assist that extended his point/assist streak to two games (0-2=2).
In his Anaheim debut, Daniel Sprong scored his first goal as a Duck and first goal of the season at the 6:01 mark of the first period. Adam Henrique earned his 11th assist of the season to extend his assist streak to a career-high five games (0-5=5) and his overall point streak to a season-high six games (1-5=6). Nick Ritchie collected his sixth assist of the season on the Sprong goal, giving him 4-5=9 points in his last 10 games.
Brandon Montour scored his third goal of the season at 5:01 of the first period. Pontus Aberg registered his sixth assist of 2018-19, giving him points in three straight games (3-2=5) and four of his last five (3-4=7). Hampus Lindholm earned his 11th assist of the season to push his point/assist streak to three consecutive games (1-3=4).
Jakob Silfverberg added an empty-net tally for his 99th career NHL goal.
John Gibson earned his 11th win of the season stopping 25-of-27 shots. Gibson has allowed two-goals-or-less in 15 starts this season.
Anaheim has now won three straight games (3-0-0) against the Blackhawks at Honda Center, outscoring their Central Division opponent 14-5.
Tonight's attendance was 15,696. Anaheim will continue their four-game homestand on Friday vs. the Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. PT).
On generating offense through a successful breakout
We've been doing a good job managing the puck. Our defense has been really good at not just throwing it into areas that are crowded when they get the puck. We take our time and make sure we come together. That's the kind of speed we need. We need to create offense as a five-man unit up the ice.
On what a five-game winning streak does to the team's confidence
It does a lot. You can tell. Our first period was really good. We were playing with a lot of confidence. That comes from building off earlier games knowing we're playing really good right now. That's a big boost for the whole team. We need to keep it going.
On his Ducks debut
I felt good out there. Rico [Adam Henrique] and Ritchie really helped me along the way, shift by shift by talking a lot. All the guys really helped me out to make me feel comfortable. I just tried to play my game. I'm glad we won.
On his goal
I've scored many goals like that in juniors and in the American Hockey League. I saw the hole and decided to let it go. It was a great play by Rico chipping it off the wall to give me that space.
On his new opportunity
I'm really excited for the new opportunity. When I found out I got traded to Anaheim, I was really excited. I'm really excited to be here and help the team win.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On what stands out from the five-game winning streak
Just finding ways. We're feeling good about ourselves. We're not proclaiming we're anything more than a work in progress. We're a hockey club that has confidence, [we] can go in and have success in any building. We're not intimidated by the buildings we go in. That's an important mindset.
On Sprong's debut
He made a contribution. Big-time shot. That's been his history in the American league and junior hockey. He's going to get an opportunity to play in those areas with us. The shot was a welcomed sight because he looks like he can provide some offense if he shoots the puck like that.
On tonight's game
It's frustrating. I think we did a lot of good things, but hit a few posts that could have gone in, could have gone the other way.
On the frustration of hitting four posts tonight
It's really frustrating, I think. A few inches the other way it's in the net. Can't do anything about it. We are getting closer to the result we want. We just gotta find a way to win some games.
On if they look at this game as progress
You have to look at the positive. Even if you don't score, just like I said, we hit four posts. Next game, maybe it goes in and we have four goals. We gotta stay positive.
On establishing himself after being a healthy scratch
I think, I had to show them that I want to be out there. I know I haven't been the best D [defenseman] out there a couple games. I wanted to show myself too that I can be on a higher level than I was in the last four games.
Head Coach Jeremy Colliton
On the game overall
Tonight was as good an effort as we probably have had since I've been here. So, it's frustrating not to get the points, but nothing to do but keep digging and keep playing.
On playing from behind
I thought we had a decent start the first shift aside. We had a pretty good start and were down again, so that was tough. But maybe stopped playing a couple minutes after that, after we went down, but I thought as the first period went on, we showed some life again. I thought the second period was excellent. I don't think they're better than us just the puck went in the net. Frustrating.