Anaheim 4 vs. Arizona 2
Jan. 29, 2020
20-25-5, 45 points
The Ducks earned their third win in the last four games (3-1-0) following a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes tonight at Honda Center. With the win, Anaheim completed the season series against Arizona with a 2-1-1 record, earning five of a possible eight standings points.
Adam Henrique scored a career-tying two goals (2-0=2, 19th time) to lead Anaheim to victory. Henrique owns 5-1=6 points in his last eight games and leads the Ducks in goals (17).
Hampus Lindholm extended the Ducks' lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 5:25 of the second period. The goal marked Lindholm's 12th career PPG, his second of the season, and extended his point streak to a season-tying three games (1-2=3, +4). Lindholm also recorded his ninth career game-winning goal, his first such goal since Mar. 25, 2018 at Edmonton.
Carter Rowney scored his sixth goal, his second shorthanded tally, to put Anaheim ahead 4-2 in the final minute of the second period. With the goal, Rowney is one shy of his career high (seven in 2018-19). Rowney also scored Anaheim's ninth shorthanded goal of the season, one shy of the franchise record (three times; 1995-96, 2013-14, 2017-18).
Derek Grant posted a season-high two assists (0-2=2) and now owns 1-2=3 points in his last four games. With the primary assist on Rowney's shorthanded goal, Grant moved into a tie for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded points (3-1=4).
Nicolas Deslauriers, Ondrej Kase and Troy Terry each collected an assist. With his assist, Kase has 3-3=6 points in his last eight games.
John Gibson stopped 25-of-27 shots to earn his 15th win of the season.
Tonight's attendance was 16,730. Anaheim concludes its two-game homestand Friday, Jan. 31 vs. Tampa Bay (7 p.m.).
On maintaining the lead
You want to play with the lead, and you want to keep pushing. I thought we did a good job after getting the lead, coming back and getting the next one to get back up by two. It was big for us. Rowney and Grant, big moment in the game for us.
On Ondrej Kase's spin-around pass for his second goal
He does that all the time. [Laughs]. It was a great play. He has that skill in his game. I tried to make a play in the middle for him, and he makes that next play. I just tried to get to the net and get a good stick on it.
On the execution level
I thought we did a good job playing pretty quick defense and being able to turn pucks over, and catch them going the wrong way. We did a good job playing fast out of own zone.
On the penalty kill
You have to try and limit their time and space, and try to work as a tandem. I thought we did a good job of that. We created a few chances offensively because of that.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On tonight's game
Our execution was back, that's for sure. For us to play well and be able to play with teams like that, it has to start there. It was something we keyed on in practice. With execution comes pace. We had some pace. Lastly, the thing I liked was that we had some snarl in our game. We never want to lose that in our organization. We're going to continue getting quicker and more skilled, but we certainly want to keep that kind of intensity in our game.
On the pregame tribute
That's just an unbelievable tragedy for all those families. Kobe Bryant's family has had an unbelievable, positive effect and influence on Southern California. To honor him tonight, I thought that was incredible right from the players on the ice to what our organization did. But more importantly, those fans up there. It was very surreal, somber and humbling standing on that bench during that moment of silence.
On Rowney (No. 24) scoring on the 24th shot on goal in the team's 24th home game of the season
For that to happen, I'm not sure what to believe sometimes when it comes to religion and things like that. But I do wonder, Did that happen by accident? Or, was that part of the night? I get goosebumps just standing here talking about it, that it actually happened tonight.
On the game
I think we could've played much better. We had a long time off there to kind of regroup and gather our energy. Obviously, it's a little upsetting coming back and playing that way. That's not to our identity. We need to play better.
On the team's power play not capitalizing
I don't want to talk bad about them. They go out and they're trying to work hard. At the end of the day, it's those bounces, and you just gotta stick with it. You gotta get pucks to the net. I'm sure they'll get clicking here for us.
On the game
I think we didn't play our best game today, and we know that. We can make all the excuses we want for first game back from break, but really we had three great practices and we should've had a better effort out there tonight. Good thing about hockey is we have another one tomorrow and we can try to get back on the right pace.
On the physicality of the game
I think this is the time of year where everyone's trying to be there at the end of the year, trying to fight for a playoff spot. These games are gonna get pretty rough and we love that. It helps you get engaged in the game and definitely not gonna shy away.
Head Coach Rick Tocchet
On tonight's game
You know, we gave them two or three goals, and chasing the game. We needed a little bit more from the veterans tonight. We just gave them two or three goals. It's hard to chase the game.
On if the attention to detail was lacking tonight
Yep. Yep. You can use that nine-day [break] as an excuse, but you have to stop using excuses.
On their power play giving up a shorthanded goal tonight and not performing well
Ask those guys [the players]. I'm tired of answering questions about the power play, I really am.