Anaheim 5 vs. Nashville 4 SO
Jan. 5, 2020
17-20-5, 39 points
The Ducks kicked off their first homestand of 2020 with a 5-4 shootout win over the Nashville Predators tonight at Honda Center. Anaheim has won eight of its last nine home games against Nashville (8-1-0) and has home wins in 10 of its last 12 contests (10-2-0) dating to Jan. 26, 2013.
Anaheim posted 36 shots on goal through two periods, trailing only Oct. 13, 2013 at Buffalo (45) for the highest such total through 40 minutes of a game in franchise history. The Ducks' 21 shots on goal in the first period represented a season high for shots on goal in a single period.
The Ducks scored two PPG in the second period, which gave the club seven PPG in its last five home games (7-for-19, 36.8%).
Ryan Getzlaf (0-3=3) recorded his first three-assist game since Mar. 4, 2018 vs. Chicago, while Adam Henrique (2-1=3) matched a single-game career high for points (seventh time) and goals (18th time). Getzlaf also recorded his seventh career game-deciding goal in the shootout.
Daniel Sprong posted his sixth career multi-point game (1-1=2), including his third career PPG.
Cam Fowler recorded a season-tying 1-1=2 points, marking his fourth multi-point effort of the season. Fowler paces Ducks defensemen in points (9-13=22), goals, shots (88) and plus/minus (+4).
Erik Gudbranson and Sam Steel both posted an assist in the win.
Tonight's attendance was 15,858. The Ducks continue a three-game homestand Tuesday against Columbus (7 p.m.).
On the offense coming to life
It was good. The power play, too, to get that going a bit was good. We were shooting the puck. We were skating. We were on the puck. We were trying to get pucks in traffic, both 5-on-5 and on the power play. It was good to get the two-goal lead. We still had to do a little more in the third period to shut that down.
On sticking with the game plan
We stuck with it. That was the key. We kept pushing. We didn't get frustrated. Eventually we got a few. That was big for us.
On the game
I loved the way we started the game. Desi [Nicolas Deslauriers] comes out and gets us going on a Sunday. Our group responded properly and shot everything we saw in the first period. We built our game through there. In this league, it's going to be hard to win giving up four goals, but we found a way tonight.
On exiting the zone with success
You need to break out of your zone. I thought our D did a good job tonight getting gaps and executing the game plan we wanted. We didn't spend as much time in our zone.
On the team's shot-first mentality
When you shoot the puck, you're going to create second and third chances. Especially in the first [period]. We had  shots after one. We just built off that. Every line was building momentum. That's the way we need to play as a group.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On coming out to a fast start
We caught a team that played last night. We wanted to jump on them early, and we did. Still, you come out of that first period and it's an even ballgame. That's what we need to do on a nightly basis. If it's going to take us twice as many chances as the other team to score, then that's what we need to create.
On Getzlaf's performance tonight
You might not see it every night, but the reality is every night he steps onto the ice, he could be a big danger for the other team coming down at their net and giving us offense. I said after the shootout, 'That's what our captain is for.' He was ready to shoot. In 5-on-5, he's just a big presence out there. When he's on, it's certainly fun to watch.
On tonight's game
I think the first we came out flat. Next [going into period two] it was 1-1. It was obviously a big goal for us [at the end of period one]. I thought in the second we actually played better 5-on-5, but took too many penalties that kind of cost us. It was great for us to comeback. I thought we had some chances in OT too. Wish we got the two points and we should have.
On getting three out of four points in two nights of back-to-back games against LA and ANA
It was a good comeback tonight. Like I said, we weren't happy with the way we were playing in the first and I thought we battled back and we stayed with it. You always want all four points, but like I said, it was good character coming back and you just have to find a way to win.
On battling back to salvage getting one point tonight
We were a little flat in the first period, no excuse for it. I thought for a group that, you know, we have gotten down in some games and haven't been able to claw our way back and then let them get out of hand a little bit. I thought for our group it was a real big gut check to be able to come out and get two goals there [in the third period to tie it and send it to OT] and get a point.
On the California road trip so far
We are taking steps in the right direction. Played a really good, solid game in LA. Got a point in a back-to-back situation and we'll just keep grinding. We gotta get points. We gotta get wins and we can't stop, but we can't take a step back at all. We gotta keep going.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On the game
The first period didn't go the way we wanted. Then we came out in the second, I thought we were doing the right things, we got caught into penalty trouble. They were generating a lot of chances on their power play. Really good third period, first wasn't any good, third was really good, second was split.
On the weekend
Well, the two games are different. Last night's game was start to finish, I thought we were strong, but tonight was inconsistent.