Anaheim 5 vs. Colorado 1
Jan. 31, 2017
28-15-9, 65 Standings Points
The Ducks defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, at Honda Center to complete the season series sweep (3-0-0).
Anaheim's 11 wins and 25 points since Christmas (11-3-3) rank tied for second in the NHL behind only Washington (13-3-2, 28 pts.). The Ducks improve to 24-2-0 when scoring first and 19-1-1 when leading after two.
The Ducks concluded the month of January with a 10-3-1 record, marking their first double-digit win month since Feb. 2016 (12-1-1).
Corey Perry recorded his 700th career point (assist on Rakell's goal), becoming the third Duck all-time to reach the milestone behind only Teemu Selanne (988) and Ryan Getzlaf (779). Perry is the third player from the 2003 draft class to record 700 NHL points, a group that includes Eric Staal (822) and Getzlaf. He is also the ninth NHL player to collect 700 points and 300 goals since his NHL debut season in 2005-06.
Jakob Silfverberg scored two goals and added an assist in his return to the lineup, giving him 4-2=6 points with a +3 rating in his last seven games and 7-4=11 points with a +6 rating in his last 15 games. Silfverberg now has three multi-goal games on the season (11 career), which ranks second among Ducks skaters behind only Ryan Kesler (4).
Rickard Rakell scored his team-leading and career-high 21st goal of the season, giving him two goals in his last three games and 5-2=7 points in his last nine games. Korbinian Holzer added his first goal of the season and his first goal since Feb. 9, 2013 (100 games).
With his 45th career goal and career-high 11th of the season, Cam Fowler matched Oleg Tverdovsky (45) for third on the franchise's all-time goals list for defensemen.
John Gibson stopped 28-of-29 shots en route to his 20th win of the season. Gibson has won eight of his last 12 starts and helped Anaheim earn points in 14 of his last 17 starts.
Tonight's attendance was 15,963.
On his three-point performance
Two goals and an assist. It's a good night. Our line started moving our feet and making some plays in the third period. We played really good. That's how we have to continue to play.
On the win
Tough start. First period wasn't good, but we controlled the last two. It's a big win for us especially going on this long road trip.
On the win
A win's a win no matter how you get it. First period was a little bit sloppy. We gave them some momentum in the game, but I liked our game in the second and third periods. We got the win and that's all that matters heading into the road trip.
On setting a career high in goals
It's exciting. As players, you want to keep improving and building on previous seasons. It was a meaningless goal at the end of the game, but it helped me pass my career high. I'm excited about that.
On if he remembers his last goal (100 games ago)
I remember. It's been a while. I remember both of them before that. It's a good feeling to get the monkey off my back. I'm probably not going to turn into a goal scorer, but it's nice for me. I'm happy I can help the team win.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On Silfverberg's performance
Along with being a responsible defensive player, he finds a way to make a contribution on the offensive side. It was a welcome addition to our hockey club because we haven't really scored a lot of 5-on-5 goals.
On beating teams beneath them in the standings
You have to win no matter who you play. If you're going to be a top team, you're going to have to win your share of games. You can't give points away. It's a vast importance to win your home games. Your home record has to be strong. We want to make this a tough place to come into.
On tonight's game
We had a pretty good start to the game, but they got the first goal and we kind of lost our game.
Head Coach Jared Bednar
On tonight's game
I liked our first period. I thought we were on our toes. I thought we were the better team in the first and earned some of those power-play chances. We created a couple good looks at the net, a couple good opportunities. We even snuck a couple through them throughout the course of the game, but unfortunately we didn't capitalize on them. They were the better team in the second period, no question about it, and we got a little loose defensively. They capitalize on their chances. The third period turns into a run-and-gun and that's really not going to turn out well for us against a team like that tonight. When you give them an odd-man rush coming one way, they make plays and put it in the back of the net.
On Calvin Pickard's confidence in net
We will look at the game with him and talk to him about it and see how he's feeling. It's no different than any other player that we have right now. You have to find a way to put it behind you and try to keep battling. Find something to build on. It starts with a good work ethic at practice and taking it into the game and just concentrating on what his job is, instead of what everyone else's is.