Anaheim 2 vs. Tampa Bay 1 OT
Jan. 17, 2017
25-13-9, 59 Standings Points
The Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, in overtime at Honda Center. Anaheim improved to 7-1-1 in January, matching its win total from December (7-4-4). The Ducks have earned points in 12 of the last 13 games (8-1-4), including the last five consecutive games (4-0-1). Anaheim is also 9-1-2 in the last 12 games at Honda Center, picking up points in 11 of those 12 contests (20 pts.).
Anaheim's eight wins and 19 points since Christmas (8-1-3) ranks second in the NHL behind only Washington (9-1-2, 20 pts.).
The Ducks also improved their record when allowing one goal or less to 14-0-0 this season.
Rickard Rakell scored the overtime winner for Anaheim, marking his third career OT goal and Anaheim's second of the season (last: Ondrej Kase in 3-2 win on Jan. 6 vs. Arizona). Rakell's team-leading 19th goal and fifth GWG of the season represented his first OT goal since Mar. 26, 2016 at Ottawa.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his sixth goal of the season to tie the game at one in the second period. Getzlaf has points in four straight games (1-3=4) since returning from injury and also has points in the last six games he has appeared in (2-4=6).
John Gibson stopped 27-of-28 shots en route to his 18th win of the season. Gibson has won six of his last eight starts and helped Anaheim earn points in 12 of his last 13 starts.
Tonight's attendance was 14,763.
On the overtime victory
We try not to get too high in overtimes or shootouts. Our guys did a good job battling tonight. We're finding ways to get points. Tonight we got both.
On overtime strategy
We're all learning as we go with this thing. You play 3-on-3 as a kid and it's almost like pond hockey out there. It's hard to keep your focus on playing both ends of the rink and figuring out what to do. It's the only real situation where you play man-to-man hockey. Tonight we were able to get it done.
On his overtime goal
I'm just trying to jump on the puck after the faceoff. We're on the power play and they only have three guys, so if there's open ice for me, I'm not going to hesitate to shoot. It was nice to see it go in.
On if this overtime victory will start a new trend
I hope we win every game, but I hope we don't have to go to overtime every time. It was sure nice to get it on the power play and get it in overtime.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the victory
The power play didn't look real good and we weren't cohesive in the opportunities we had earlier in the hockey game, but when you get a 4-on-3 in overtime, you're supposed to score. A goal scorer went out and scored a goal. Simple as that. Overall, the view on the game, our goalie was the first star tonight.
On Rakell's scoring touch
He can really make a contribution and not really have a lot of chances. That's the art of a guy who can snipe. It's hard to find goal scorers in the league. Goal scoring is at a premium, and those are the things you like to see out of a young group, specifically a young player.
Tampa Bay Lightning
On tonight's game
I thought we played great. It was a really strong game, especially on a back-to-back. A real tough back-to-back. We played great. A little unlucky in front of the net and didn't get the bounces we needed and the right timing. It hurts to not get the two points, but at the same time when you look at the [big] picture, I think we can be pretty happy with the way we played.
On coming out with one point
It's tough. I think we were the better team tonight. We had chances, it just didn't go in for us. They're a strong team, too. Big team, big bodies, they like to crash the net and it was a good game. We just need to put that in, that's all we need.
On tonight's game
We played a great game. I think we deserved a lot better. We had lots of chances. [John Gibson] wasn't really making saves, we were just missing. Obviously, he made some good saves, but it seems like we had chance after chance and we just couldn't really capitalize. We played a great game. If we keep playing like this, we'll get points. That's all that matters right now. Find a way to get points.
On the team's recent play
We're playing good. Guys are playing well defensively and we're playing well offensively as well. Tonight just wasn't our night. It seemed like we weren't getting the breaks. We played a good game though. Guys should keep their heads high here. We got three out of four points on a back-to-back that's not very easy. We have to watch video here, see what we did right and get ready for San Jose.
Head Coach Jon Cooper
On how he felt after the game
We're feeling really good about ourselves. That was a game we for sure deserved points. It was just whether we were going to get the second one, unfortunately we didn't. We've strung 12 pretty good periods together. You have to feel for the guys. They all are sitting there thinking two points were there for the taking. We had our chances. We missed open nets and posts and everything. There's another goaltender in there and he's trying to stop pucks too and he played extremely well. I'm really, really happy with our effort.
On Bishop's play
He's come back and he's got five of the six points in the games he's played. You want that in the guy. Actually, both our goaltenders have played well. You need that with your guys because they're the last line of defense. You can see the guys have confidence in both our goaltenders. It just makes you play with a little bit more ease up front.