Postgame Notes and Quotes
Anaheim 5 vs. Ottawa 2
March 10, 2020
29-32-9, 67 points
The Ducks extended their point streak to four games with a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators tonight at Honda Center. With the win, the Ducks also picked up points for the seventh time in the last nine games (5-2-2). Anaheim scored four first-period goals, tying a season high for goals in a period (also Oct. 29 vs. WPG, second period). The Ducks also improved to 14-7-0 in all-time home back-to-back games, including wins in six of the last seven (6-1-0).
Nicolas Deslauriers recorded a hat trick in the first 11:49, marking the fastest three goals from the start of a game in the NHL since Mar. 30, 2013, when Taylor Hall (EDM) scored three goals in 7:53 vs. Vancouver. It was also the fifth-fastest NHL hat trick from the start of a game since 1990 and the fastest in Ducks history, besting the previous record held by Teemu Selanne (12:58 on Nov. 10, 1997 vs. SJ). The last NHL player to have his first career hat trick in the opening 11:49 of a game was Dustin Byfuglien of Chicago (Nov. 30, 2007 vs. Phoenix). It was also the third hat trick in club history scored in the first period and the ninth natural hat trick for a Ducks player.
Ryan Miller stopped 40-of-42 shots to earn his ninth win of the season and 387th of his career, moving him two shy of matching Dominik Hasek (389) for 14th place on the NHL's all-time wins list.
Rickard Rakell posted 1-1=2 points, including his third power-play goal. The goal represented Rakell's 28th career PPG, tying him with Andy McDonald for eighth on the franchise all-time PPG list. Rakell, who ranks second among team leaders in points (15-27=42) and assists, owns points in three of his last four games (2-5=7, +4).
Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring with a power-play goal at the 2:02 mark of the first period. Silfverberg, who ranks second on the team in goals (21), has points in two straight games (3-1=4) and 3-2=5 points in his last four contests.
David Backes and Carter Rowney each collected two assists. Rowney, who owns points in four of his last five games (2-3=5), is one point shy of his single-season career high (20, 2018-19). Backes has points in two of his last three games (0-3=3).
Christian Djoos, Adam Henrique and Max Jones each recorded an assist. With his assist, Djoos has points in two straight games (1-1=2) and in three of his last five contests (1-2=3).
Tonight's attendance was 15,044. Anaheim concludes its four-game homestand Wednesday, Mar. 10 vs. St. Louis (7 p.m.).
On his first career NHL hat trick
Just scoring a goal for me is something special. It's pretty weird. It's a first for me. I don't think even when I was a younger kid I scored more than one or two goals. It's special. I just found out it was the quickest one. That's a plus. Often, I'm not a guy that takes credit for anything. You can look at the goals. Two great passes from [Carter] Rowney. As a line, we played good. On the third one, just a faceoff win and a lucky bounce.
On when he had a feeling something special was happening
When I scored two [earlier in my career], it was just luck. It happened to me once maybe two years ago. It were those feelings I had to shoot the puck. It might take me another five games to put a puck on net. I don't know why it happened, but I'm happy.
On Deslauriers' hat trick
If you could hand out goals to guys on the team that deserve them, it's a guy like Des. He does all the hard stuff. He's willing to stick up for his teammates, fight, scrum, get space for other guys and make sure the opponent's on their heels. What a special moment to be a part of. These are the moments that you remember. They make the game special. A guy like that, he's talking about maybe not having one of those in his career - lifetime - and to do it in the NHL in 12 minutes of work in the first period, that was special.
On the reaction from the team
Everybody on that bench has probably never been more happy for a guy on their team than what occurred tonight in the first period. Maybe it led to a little complacency later. I think Ottawa certainly came out in the second and third with a lot more bite. They were on top of us and had great structure.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On jumping out to a big lead after 20 minutes
I've been a part of good teams, bad teams and mediocre teams. As much as you'd die for a lead like we had after the first, it usually throws the game totally off kilter even with the most disciplined teams I've been a part of. It's almost like you want it to be 1-0 until the end of the period or get one in the last minute and go in up 2-0 where it's close enough to still focus. When you get up like that, sometimes you lose your focus. That's our challenge.
On the bench's reaction to Deslauriers' hat trick
Extremely excited. Des does a lot of heavy lifting for this team. He's first to the rink every morning. His work ethic is out of this world. To see a guy get rewarded like that scoring goals when that's not something he's known for, it makes for a great night. The guys were so excited for him on the bench. That was probably the biggest smile I've seen from Des, as well. We're really proud of him. It's awesome he made history with this organization. He surpassed some fairly good players.
On Deslauriers' hat trick
Yeah, I mean he was all over the ice. It was pretty cool. It would be pretty cool to have a natural hat trick. He played well tonight. He was all over the ice. He's physical too. You gotta give credit where credit is due.
On not getting the start they were looking for tonight
I think it's as simple as that. I think they scored on every, pretty much, opportunity they had in the first period and we had a slow start. I think we wanted to make sure the next 40 minutes we were gonna outplay them and be hard, and I think we did a good job at that. Obviously, the game result is what it is, but I think we gotta takeaway from the first period and make sure tomorrow night we start the game right from the get-go.
On getting down 4-0 early in the first period and where to go from there
It was just as simple as just forget about what happened and make sure we played the way we want to play the game. It's going behind their D [defense], it's putting pressure, hitting guys, putting pucks to the net and I think when you look at the last 40 minutes I think we did a good job at that.
On tonight's game
It was a tough start. I don't know, it's a tough game to lose too. Just move forward and learn from it.
On staying in the game and working through it
You don't want to quit a game. So, just refocus and try to make the next save.
Head Coach D.J. Smith
On taking away the first 20 minutes, if he liked the final 40 minutes from the team
In saying [that], that's losing hockey. You come out and you give them a lead. They don't need to score, but it's a learning lesson for us. You have to be ready to go every night. We just didn't have it from the start.
On what happened in the first period
They got a chance and they found a way to score, but you know, we gotta be better to start the game. But, the best part is that we didn't quit. We kept working and we could've had plenty of goals.