Anaheim 2 vs. Detroit 0
Jan. 4, 2017
20-12-8, 48 Standings Points
The Ducks extended their standings point streak to a season-high six consecutive games (3-0-3, nine of a possible 12 points) with a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center. The streak is Anaheim's longest since a 14-game point streak from Feb. 9-Mar. 7, 2016 (12-0-2).
With the win, Anaheim moved to 8-4-0 in the last 12 meetings with the Red Wings. The Ducks also improved to 15-3-2 when scoring first, 11-2-1 when leading after one period and 13-0-1 when leading after two.
John Gibson stopped all 23 shots en route to his second shutout of the season and eighth of his career. Gibson has not lost a start in regulation since Dec. 19 at Toronto, helping Anaheim earn at least one point in his last seven starts (4-0-3).
Nick Ritchie opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season (1-0=1). Ritchie now has four goals (4-3=7) in his last 14 games. Antoine Vermette, who appeared in his 950th NHL game tonight, assisted on both goals for his first multi-assist game of the season (0-2=2). Vermette has 1-5=6 points in his last six contests.
Ondrej Kase earned an assist and added the insurance goal late in the third period on way to recording his first career multi-point game (1-1=2). Kase has 2-2=4 points in his last eight games.
In addition to Vermette's 950th career game, Ryan Kesler appeared in his 200th game as a Duck.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On his line with Vermette and Kase
We're all on the same page and we have chemistry from playing together. We all do different things on the ice. We complement each other. It was good tonight. Hopefully we can string together a couple of games and stay together.
On his goal
I was just going to the net. If the puck came, I was going to clean it up. I guess I was in the right spot.
On the defensive effort
That's the kind of effort we want to produce. We take a lot of pride in our defensive play, so tonight we were more solid in that regard. We allowed less shots but also less scoring chances.
On his line with Kase and Ritchie
I didn't see why we couldn't have a good game. We believe we have a lot of players who can have strong games for our team. It doesn't matter who's doing what. These guys were good tonight.
On the game
We held ourselves accountable to have a bounce-back game and I wanted to keep doing what I was doing. The guys did a good job slowing them down in the neutral zone. They're a fast team and that's where they get a lot of offense. I thought we executed our game plan really well.
On the importance of stringing wins together
Big picture, we just wanted to get back on track and not give points away in overtime. We wanted to make sure every game we're going into we're finding a way to win. Or if we lose, know we gave it our best effort and we didn't hand the points away.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the defensive effort
We only gave up nine scoring chances from our tabulations, and that's a far cry from what we did the other night. That's the type of hockey we're going to have to play. We played a desperate team tonight. We know they're a skating team. We tried to eliminate as many of their offensive chances off their skating game as possible, and we were able to pot a couple of goals. Gibby stood tall in net for us and the Vermette line scored both goals. You have to be happy with that.
On Gibson's performance
Young goaltender who's cutting his teeth and trying to establish himself in the league as a true No. 1. Those are the challenges on a day-to-day basis. One day we gave up 25 scoring chances and this one we only gave up nine.
Detroit Red Wings
On Ritchie's goal
I saw at the last second it went back to him. I tried to push harder, but it was a quick shot by him.
On the Red Wings' overturned goal
It was good luck for them, bad luck for us. We had to keep going and build momentum, but we couldn't score.
On losing two defensemen in the third period
It's not easy to play with four defensemen. The third period was tough for them, but I think they did a good job.
On the overturned goal
It would've been nice if that goal stood, but it didn't. We got some momentum. We played decent in the first period. The first period was some of the best playing we've done in a long time. It would be nice if we could get some goals there. It would've been a different game. After losing some guys in the end, we couldn't find a way to get another one in.
On generating scoring chances
We had more chances in the beginning when we had our power plays and our guys. We had a few looks, but we have to be better. We keep doing the same things, and they're not working.
Head Coach Jeff Blashill
On tonight's loss
First of all, really good game by Petr (Mrazek). I thought he was a real bright spot. I thought he looked on top of his game, similar to what he has done when he's really done a good job. That was a real positive. I thought early in the game we were really skating. I thought our [defense] got away from getting the puck to our forwards at the right times so it slowed us down a little bit. As the game went along I thought there weren't enough guys driving, too many passengers. I'd say half our forwards were going, have were not so that's not good enough.
On the team not having enough guys pushing
It was disappointing. We have to be better than that for sure. I think everyone recognizes the importance of the games. You would want to be at your optimal performance every night. That's not reality, nobody is at their optimal every night. But the nights that you're not you want to make sure it's a real good B+ game. I can't say anybody was bad but we need to be a little bit better. We need to be better coming tomorrow night.