Anaheim 3 vs. Tampa Bay 4
Jan. 31, 2020
20-26-5, 45 points
The Ducks concluded a two-game homestand with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Honda Center.
Michael Del Zotto posted a season-high 1-1=2 points, including his second goal of the season. Del Zotto owns 1-3=4 points in his last nine games.
Rickard Rakell posted his sixth multi-point game (1-1=2), including his 13th goal at the 8:42 mark of the first period. Rakell, who has 8-11=19 points in his last 26 games, ranks second on the Ducks in points (13-17=30) and third in goals.
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his eighth multi-point game and third multi-assist contest following his team-leading 23rd and 24th assists. With the helpers, Getzlaf has 1-9=10 points in his last 11 games and 4-19=23 points in his last 29 contests. Getzlaf leads the Ducks in points (11-24=35) and assists.
Troy Terry scored his fourth goal with 12 seconds remaining in regulation. With the goal, Terry has points in two straight games (1-1=2).
Tonight's attendance was 16,032. Anaheim begins a five-game road trip Saturday, Feb. 1 in Los Angeles (7:30 p.m.).
Michael Del Zotto
On the Lightning
They've been a contender. As long as I've been in the league, they've been in the mix every year. They have 50-goal scorers and guys that have been doing it for a long time. It showed tonight. We played some really good hockey, but one or two mistakes and they capitalized. Very opportunistic team. They don't need much to score. We're in a good spot at 2-2 with a minute and a half in the second [period]. A few costly errors, and it's 3-2 and we're trying to chase the game in the third.
On using this as a learning experience
You take the lesson. The situation might not be the same tomorrow, but it'll happen again at some point. Having it at the back of your mind and knowing the game situation. Time management. It may not be that exact scenario, but it happens every game.
On their performances over the last handful of games
We're playing a little bit better hockey now, but when we turn the puck over, something dangerous is happening against us all the time. I don't know why, but it feels like we're playing really well from time to time, or most times in the game, and then something happens and it's in the back of the net. We still have things to work on.
On tonight's game
I thought we played really well as a [five-man unit], especially when we were chasing the game. I think we were probably playing at our best when we were playing like that. We were interchanging positions, our [defense] was very aggressive and our third guy is filling in for our defensemen when they're pinching. That's when we're hardest to play against. We created a lot of motion in the offensive zone.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On processing the game
Right now, it's hard to take. You're right there in the game, and we have a couple of missed plays and they end up in our net. We had plenty of opportunities. We had a couple wide-open nets, and we couldn't get it in. That's the frustrating part. We're trying to take strides. I thought we played a solid game, but the result is not what we want.
On Del Zotto's performance
I thought he was excellent. It was maybe the best game he's played for us this [season]. He was certainly engaged. He was transitioning the puck very well. He made some great reads in the offensive zone, as well.
Tampa Bay Lightning
On getting goals against the Ducks and playing his former team
I don't know. I just find ways to get points. I wish we played them all the time. Obviously, you find ways. You get up for games and teams that you played for. You find ways to get up for them. You always have to find a way to have a really good game against a team like that.
On what it's like coming back to where he started here in Anaheim
I mean it's been so many years since I've played here. Made a lot of good memories here. First team I ever played for. First team that gave me a chance, but obviously like you said, you always have an extra boost when you are playing your former team. It doesn't matter who it is.
On tonight's game
A little bit of back and forth game there. You know, we had our swings in momentum where we were pressuring a lot. They had their chances too coming down on us. It was a battle until the end there.
On his goal
I just tried to be in front of the net there and create some havoc. Great shot by [Rutta] to get it on net there and luckily it hit off me.
Head Coach Jon Cooper
On the momentum shifts in this game
Yeah, it was a weird one. Especially in the first period, back and forth, the way it went. The big one was getting that late goal in the second, for us.
On Kucherov's goal
Well, first of all, Manson is hunting him down. He [Manson] goes out, he hits people that guy. So, you gotta be fearless to go through the middle like he [Kucherov] did. He bounced of it [the check by Manson] and then you watch him, he takes that backhand. Every day he is practicing that and to be able to do that in tight against an elite goalie [Gibson] like that, not too many guys can do that.