Anaheim 4 vs. Pittsburgh 7
Jan. 11, 2019
19-18-8, 46 points
The Ducks concluded their six-game homestand with a 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Honda Center.
Jakob Silfverberg scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season shorthanded at the 14:39 mark of the second period. Silfverberg has goals in two consecutive games (2-0=2).
Ryan Getzlaf registered his 11th multi-point game of 2018-19 with a goal and an assist. Getzlaf leads the team with 31 points this season (10-21=31).
Daniel Sprong collected his sixth goal of 2018-19 at 12:23 of the first period. Sprong has six goals in 16 games with Anaheim this season.
Nick Ritchie scored his sixth goal of the season at the 1:27 mark of the first period. The Anaheim winger has collected 2-4=6 points in his last seven games.
Adam Henrique earned his first multi-assist game of the season (0-2=2). Henrique is second on the team in scoring with 8-17=25 points in 2018-19.
Ondrej Kase, Andrew Cogliano, and Rickard Rakell registered single assists in the contest.
Tonight's attendance was 17,473, a sellout including standing room only. Anaheim begins a five-game road trip this Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place (3 p.m. PT).
On the emotions of letting a three-goal lead slip away
Terrible. It's awful. Not being able to finish a game you start 3-0.
On what it's going to take to get back on track
We have to go to work. I've done 12 of these interviews in the last three weeks. Message is the same. We have to make a decision - a conscious decision. It won't just happen. You have to think about it, go through the motion and go through the whole process.
On the second period
We stopped playing. They're a good hockey club. They're not going to let us win. We came out a little flat, started taking penalties, started running around in our zone and not making strong plays in crucial times.
On the second period
We let them get back into it. We took penalties and we stopped playing the way we were playing in the first period.
On the toughest part of this winless streak
Losing. When you're up like that. They're a great team, but we need to learn how to play with a lead. Whether it's one goal, two or three at any point of the game, we need to be tight and keep your foot on the gas.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On how the Penguins got back into the game
They started to rotate five guys into the play and they held us in our zone for extended periods of time. We didn't stop progression or physically get involved in stopping them.
On the second period
We just stopped playing. It looked like we were out of gas. They were in a faster gear than we were. It seems like when we have to reach back for more energy or stiffness with our group, we're unable to do it. We just seem to be lacking energy. You can see that with players with the puck, standing still and making backhanded, soft plays versus skating with it. Those are the things that are perplexing to everybody.
On the resilience of this team
I think it comes with confidence. We are getting confident playing on the road. That's obviously a big two points against a pretty good hockey team. So, obviously it's huge for us.
On the team effort
It's nice when our goaltender is playing well and our defense are coming out and making that first pass. All four lines are chipping in, so it's just playing good hockey right now.
On the comeback
To get that one early in the second. I don't know if it ended up being a power play or not, but that was good to get that one early and give us some life. We played a pretty good game. I know it was three to nothing, but we still felt like we did some good things in the first period.
On how they got six goals past Gibson despite his great goaltending
Yeah. I don't know. I mean, I think we just kept going the same way. We didn't get away from our game or open up too much. For the most part, we were pretty solid and found ways to generate chances consistently.
Head Coach Mike Sullivan
On the resiliency of the team
I think any time you come back from a three-goal deficit I think it's a great character builder. Having said that, I thought the first period we played pretty well. They got two kinda quirky goals that ended up going in the net on us, one of them was a good goal, they made a pretty good play on it. We felt like we were playing well and that's what we said to the players after the first period. We got a lot of hockey left, we have the fire power to come back, let's just stay with it, let's not become a high-risk team. Play within our self, and stick to the game plan, and we can come back.
On Crosby's line dominating
Yeah, they really were, they had a strong game I thought. They're just so hard to defend against down underneath the hashmarks. They support each other so well, they hang on to pucks, they protect pucks, they don't throw them away. They're patient, they wait for their opportunities.