Anaheim 2 vs. Dallas 0
Jan. 10, 2017
22-12-8, 52 Standings Points
The Ducks wrapped up a five-game homestand with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. The Ducks have earned standings points in eight of the last nine games (5-1-3) and nine of their last 10 home games (8-1-1). In addition, the club's 5-1-2 record (12 points) since the Christmas break is third in the NHL (Washington and Vancouver both have 13 points). Anaheim concluded its five-game homestand with a 4-1-0 record.
Jakob Silfverberg scored his 12th goal of the season on the power play and added an assist late to earn his fifth multi-point game of the season (1-1=2). Silfverberg has points in consecutive games (1-2=3) and 4-3=7 points with a +4 rating in his last nine games.
Andrew Cogliano added his 10th goal of the season (1-0=1) late in the third period to secure the victory. Cogliano surpassed his 2015-16 goal total, marking his ninth NHL season with 10-or-more goals. Cogliano has 3-3=6 points with a +6 rating in his last 12 games.
Corey Perry and Sami Vatanen each assisted on Silfverberg's PPG (0-1=1). Perry now has five assists in his last nine games (0-5=5), while Vatanen has two assists (0-2=2) in five games since returning to the lineup.
John Gibson stopped all 34 shots en route to his third shutout of the season, second in his last four starts and ninth of his career. Gibson has won four of his last five starts and helped Anaheim earn points in nine of his last 10 starts.
At Honda Center, Anaheim has won three straight games and four of the last five at home against Dallas dating to Oct. 20, 2013.
Tonight's attendance was 15,073.
On his line's offensive production
I've always said we do the job defensively, but we have the aspects to produce and help the team score goals. We've been getting bounces lately. We're shooting pucks and going hard to the net. We're getting rewarded for that.
On Carlyle's belief in them
Confidence is a big key. Any time you know the coach believes in you, that's going to help you play out there and relax. When you're relaxed and have confidence, that's when you play your best hockey.
On his goal
I had the mindset of shooting from the onset, and it ended up working out. Silvy [Jakob Silfverberg] made a good play and I was able to get it off quick. It was one of those games where you came to the game ready and want to play. Our line, right from the start, was good.
On Silfverberg's game
He's on another level right now. I've always thought he was one of the most underrated in the league. When you play with him you appreciate him more about what he does with his stick battles and how hard he is on pucks. When he's playing well, he's usually the best player on the ice. He's taken his game to another level.
On the Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg line
They definitely stepped up with Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] out. They always have a big part every night. Now they're putting the puck in the net more often. They always have the job of shutting down the other team's top line. It kind of goes unnoticed sometimes.
On the shutout victory
We wanted to make sure we ended on a good note with a road trip coming up. We wanted to start some momentum as we go on the road.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
Tonight he was a player possessed. He had the puck and nobody could get it away from him. The way he worked the puck in the offensive zone, especially from the blueline in, he made a big-league play. That's a textbook 3-on-2, but the guy that made the play happen was Ryan Kesler driving the middle lane. Silvy founds Cogs on the backside.
On shutting it down defensively
We had the advantage of a team playing last night. Hopefully we'd have more energy We were a rested group. Our neutral ice was much better tonight than it has been in the past three or four games.
On the game's scoring chances
Scoring chances both ways were pretty low tonight. I think both teams played a pretty tight game. When you're on a back-to-back, the special teams decide it and we didn't get a power-play goal and they did.
On the Stars' pressure after giving up the first goal
We had some looks to tie the game up. We created some chances, but it was a low scoring-chance game, we knew that coming into the game it was going to be like that. They weren't going to give us much off the rush. That power-play goal forced us to open the game up a little bit. I think that's when they scored the last one.
On his performance tonight
I'm happy about my own game. Of course, you don't like to give up those goals, but overall for not playing a full game for a while I have to feel pretty good about that game.
On success in the past against the Ducks
I felt like I could make a lot of saves against them to give us a chance. We weren't able to score any goals, but I felt good overall against them.
Head Coach Lindy Ruff
On how the team has to adjust to the recent injuries
We've been doing it all year, since the start of the year. I thought the guys worked hard. It's a tough back-to-back. Last night was a tough game. I thought we were right there to at least tie the game.
On fatigue during the second period
I thought for a period of time, with five [defense], our [defense] didn't get up the ice enough. That gap didn't allow us a lot of offensive-zone pressure. That hurt us, but I thought once our forwards had a little extra pace our [defense] got up. I thought Klingberg and Lindell were trying to make a difference. Our game looked better again.