Anaheim 3 vs. Columbus 4
Jan. 7, 2020
17-21-5, 39 points
The Ducks had a four-game home point streak snapped following a 4-3 setback to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center.
Ondrej Kase scored a team-best two goals, marking his fifth career multi-goal game and first since Dec. 29, 2018 vs. Arizona (2-0=2).
Ryan Getzlaf opened the scoring for Anaheim with his 11th goal at 3:06 of the first period and added an assist for his second consecutive multi-point game (1-1=2). With the goal, Getzlaf has collected 4-14=18 points in his last 21 games. Getzlaf leads the Ducks in points (11-19=30) and assists and ranks third in goals.
Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist on Getzlaf's goal, representing his third point (0-3=3) in his last five games. Cam Fowler's assist on Kase's third-period tally marked his 14th helper of 2019-20.
Tonight's attendance was 16,153. Anaheim concludes its three-game homestand Thursday, Jan. 9 against Dallas (7 p.m.).
On the reviewed goal
It's just one of those things. It could've gone either way. I don't have a full understanding of the rule and the call, and us bringing it back into the zone. We were prepared for it to go either way. Unfortunately, it went in their favor. Just one of those things. Sometimes it bounces your way and sometimes it doesn't.
On the rarity of the call
There was enough evidence for it to hold up as a goal. There's nothing we can do after that. You have to focus on killing the penalty, and unfortunately they got one there in a span of a minute in real hockey time. We were scrambling after that.
On the reviewed goal
Maybe it was a little questionable. I can't say I know exactly the rules. I think it was a battle and he was already in the zone. Maybe it was offside. Who knows? They're hired for a reason to make the right call. I put my trust in them. It's out of my control. Every man has an opinion. You can probably ask people and they'll say it wasn't offside. And there's going to be people that say it's offside. It's a tough call that's out of my control.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the game
Overall, I liked our effort. I thought we were really good in the first period, excellent in the third and the second was more of an even tilt. Overall, I liked the effort. We needed to have a huge kill late in the period, but we were unable to get it done. I liked the way we came out in the third after being delivered a blow like that.
On if he's had a chance to look at the reviewed goal with the coaching staff
We haven't quite gotten there yet this quickly after the game. The amount of time you have to look at that is incredibly fast. Let's be very clear - that's my call in the end. That's my responsibility and no one else's.
Columbus Blue Jackets
On this win tonight being the team's identity
I think that's the identity of this team through the whole stretch. It's hard work, competitiveness, and smart play. I think we showed that towards the end there. We were sitting back there, blocked shots, and Elvis [Merzlikins] played a heck of a game, especially in the first keeping us in it and throughout the end he played great.
On having to defend a lot in their zone at the end of the game
That's going to happen. Teams are going to come with a lot of energy there. We've got the lead so we are trying to play smart and not give up any big mistakes there, so just playing smart and blocking shots.
On the team playing so well and winning a lot of games
I think we have a belief in here that we are a good hockey team. I think we show that. Everyone that comes up here and everyone that is playing is just working hard and playing with energy and it's been a lot of fun lately. We are finding ways to win games and this has been a fun stretch for us, and we just have to keep it going.
On the Ducks coming out hard, but Columbus sticking with it to come back
Elvis played great for us, they scored one, but he stood tall there. They had a lot of chances and they came out hard in their building. It's a big goal there [for us] obviously, to even things up. Found two goals late in the second period to take the lead and from that point on I think we felt pretty comfortable.
Head Coach John Tortorella
On the play of the fourth line
Probably our most consistent line, I thought they gave us some juice in the second period to start playing the right way. They were very good.
On their point streak
There's been no conversation about a streak. We are just trying to ride it and try to play the right way. I think we have defined a little bit how you have to play as a team. That's all we talk about how to play as a team. The streak doesn't really matter, it is just trying to play the right way.