Anaheim 2 vs. Colorado 1
Jan. 19, 2017
26-13-9, 61 Standings Points
Nick Ritchie broke a 1-1 deadlock with his 11th goal of the season to give the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center. The Ducks finished the homestand with points in all three games, going 2-0-1 (5 of a possible 6 points).
Anaheim's nine wins and 21 points since Christmas (9-1-3) ranks second in the NHL behind only Washington (10-1-2, 22 pts.).
Anaheim improved to 8-1-1 in January, matching its win total from November (8-4-2, most wins in a single month for the Ducks this season). The Ducks have points in 13 of the last 14 games (9-1-4), including the last six consecutive games (5-0-1). Anaheim is also 10-1-2 in the last 13 games at Honda Center, picking up points in 12 of those 13 contests (22 pts.).
The Ducks have held the opposition to two goals-or-less in nine consecutive games (9 GA total).
John Gibson stopped 21-of-22 shots en route to his 19th win of the season. Gibson has won seven of his last nine starts and helped Anaheim earn points in 13 of his last 14 starts.
Ritchie's goal with 2:02 remaining in regulation marked his third career GWG and his second goal in his last four games. Ondrej Kase picked up the lone assist on the GWG, representing his second assist in the last four games.
Hampus Lindholm tied the game at one with a PPG at 7:17 of the third period, his third goal of the season. With the goal, Lindholm tied Ruslan Salei (26) for 10th on the franchise's all-time goals list for defensemen. Lindholm has two goals in his last four games as the Ducks improved to 11-0-0 when Lindholm scores a goal since Jan. 1, 2016.
Rickard Rakell and Antoine Vermette each earned an assist on Lindholm's PPG. Rakell extends his point streak to three games (2-1=3) and has 3-2=5 points in his last five games.
Anaheim improves to 39-33-12 all-time and 21-16-5 at Honda Center against the Avalanche.
Tonight's attendance was 15,414.
On his goal
It was kind of a broken play. Kase made a good pass. I was just in the slot and shot it through a bunch of guys.
On the comeback victory
There was a little bit of a delay, but we rallied around it. Ended up not being too bad, and it helped us out in the end.
On the game
Even if you're playing against a goalie who's playing on top of his head, if you have a guy in front and [the goalie] can't see the puck, you're going to score. You just have to keep shooting and having guys going to the net.
On handling the delay
You just want to keep yourself warm. Going into the locker room, we just kept our bodies ready.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the delay
It helped us. We weren't playing very good in the second period. They were coming at us, and it broke up the period. It gave us an opportunity to reset ourselves. It did us a favor.
On the Avs
You have to give them credit. They're a proud group. They made a decision they were going to play much differently [after the first period], and we didn't respond properly. We were fortunate to get a break.
On the game delay
I've seen it a couple times before. You have to keep your mind in it. Everybody on their team and everybody on our team are in the same boat. It's no excuse. You have to get back out there and be ready to compete.
On his play
I'm happy with the way I've played the last few games. I want to go back out there next game and have the same effort. If I play that way and feel confident and comfortable, the result will take care of itself.
On Pickard's play
The whole first period he kept us scoreless, even with their 23 shots. The second period we dominated and took over the game, and the third, it is what it is. [Pickard] played great. He played unbelievable and gave us a chance to win.
On the game delay
It was a long break and a different third period. Other than that I thought it was pretty funny. Most of us did. We didn't take it too seriously. I'm sure the crew was doing their best to fix the glass, and it's unfortunate that they cut it too short the first time. As players, I don't think we put too much thought into it.
Head Coach Jared Bednar
He was good. First period especially and then it was a pretty evenly matched game from then on. He did a real good job. So did Gibson. I thought both those guys made some big saves.
On the delay
It just is what it is. That's out of our control. I didn't think we slowed down that much after the delay. I thought we had a good third period. I know they got the two goals. We took a penalty. Like I said, our penalty kill did a good job. They made a great shot on that one. The final one is just is just a bad bounce, that's all it is. We're trading a couple chances here and there. It's a tight checking game and that one, like I said, just took a bad bounce off Zadorov and ended up in the back of our net.