Postgame Notes and Quotes
Anaheim 2 vs. St. Louis 4
March 11, 2020
29-33-9, 67 points
The Ducks had a four-game point streak (3-0-1) snapped following a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues tonight at Honda Center.
Tonight's game represented the continuation of the postponed game between the Blues and Ducks, originally set for Feb. 11 but rescheduled by the NHL due to a medical emergency that occurred at 12:10 of the first period involving defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. This evening's contest followed the same 60-minute format of all regular-season games and began with the score tied, 1-1, as it was at the time of the postponement. Adam Henrique (Anaheim) and Ivan Barbashev (St. Louis) provided the goals, which carried over to tonight's game (recorded as "awarded goals").
Henrique's goal officially marked his team-leading 26th tally of the season. With the goal and an assist (1-1=2), Henrique has points in three of his last four games (2-2=4) and 5-5=10 points in his last 10 contests. Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson recorded assists on Henrique's goal.
Jani Hakanpaa scored his first career NHL goal, tying the game at two at the 13:28 mark of the second period.
Anthony Stolarz stopped 33-of-35 shots in his first appearance as a Duck.
Tonight's attendance was 16,195.
On the uncertainty of the remaining schedule
We'll cross that bridge when it comes. We know what happened with the NBA today and what's going on worldwide. We'll cross that bridge when we know what's going on. The league and the [National Hockey League Players' Association] are supposed to send out a statement tomorrow at some time. We'll deal with it then and comment on it after that.
On tonight's game
I thought we did a pretty decent job throughout the game. They had times where they spent a little too much time in our zone. We got tired and got caught a little bit. Overall, I thought we skated well with them. We had some opportunities we didn't bury that can change the momentum of the game. I thought our goalie did a great job tonight stepping in and making some key saves at key times to keep us in it.
On making his first NHL start of the season
It's always fun to play in the NHL. You get sent down at the beginning of the year and you want to prove you belong in the NHL. That's what I've been trying to do in San Diego. Just continue to work hard and wait for an opportunity. When you get it, make the most of it.
On relishing his time in the NHL
Trying to take it in as it comes along. I try to have fun out there and enjoy the whole thing. You never know how long it's going to last. Just trying to soak it all in. It takes a little time before you realize what's happening around you and where you're at. This morning I woke up and had to remind myself this was a dream. You made it all the way here. Just go out there, have fun and play the game. That's what I've been trying to do since day one.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On uniting the community and staying safe
I have great trust in our leadership. I have great trust in our league and our health professionals. Whatever they're going to direct us to do, we'll do it. It's very simple. With everything that's going on, and it's nothing to do so much with the team, but our community. Obviously there's a breakout of a virus going on. We need a massive breakout of kindness, alertness and awareness of what we need to do. We need to take these things very seriously. When things like this go on, we talk about teams coming together, this is when communities need to come together. We're going to need that kindness and awareness so we can all keep each other safe. Not just ourselves, but the people around us.
On seeing Hakanpaa score his first career NHL goal
It's awesome. Like [Nicolas Deslauriers] last night scoring three goals. You can only imagine what that means to that kid. To see how proud his teammates are, the rise on our bench for "Hawk." A lot of guys are just starting to get to know Hawk. They were really excited for him. They know it's a goal he'll remember forever.
St. Louis Blues
On his empty net goal looking more like a golf shot
I was just trying to get it out, but I guess I got a lucky bounce. I guess sometimes you get lucky, right? Tried to shoot for a few this year and haven't scored so I guess that's the way to do it.
On hitting his career high for goals
I've been trying to shoot more this year. So I guess the more you shoot, maybe the more you score.
On this makeup game being a tough game at the end of a long trip
It's tough for us. We played three in four. Then flying yesterday, it took us almost five hours to get here. It's not an ideal schedule. Obviously, this wasn't the way it was planned. We were all running on tired legs.
On scoring a goal on a delayed penalty and Anaheim having one broken stick
It's nice when you get that delayed penalty in the offensive zone. You know, you just try to keep that possession as long as you can and you gotta wait for the right opportunity.
On Anaheim giving them a battle despite the difference in standings
Everyone knows it's such a tight league from the top to the bottom. Anyone can beat anyone. Especially this time of the year, every point is huge. Every team is bringing it. Some teams aren't battling for playoff spots, but guys are battling for spots on clubs, and contracts, and stuff like that.
Head Coach Craig Berube
On this game not being an easy one
They're not easy ever. Teams compete hard. It's just the way it is.
On the game
We had to compete to stay with them. They competed hard. It was a pretty even game.
On the Ducks' chances in front of Jake Allen
They had a couple early. Overall, they did have some good chances. The puck was bouncing a lot, they got some favorable bounces there, and Jake was solid. Jake did a good job of making saves when he had to. We had some good chances too, and their goalie played well too.