Anaheim 3 vs. Nashville 2
March 12, 2019
28-34-9, 65 points
Anaheim concluded a four-game homestand with a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Honda Center. The Ducks have won four of their last six games (4-2-0) and have scored 22 goals and four power-play goals in those six contests.
Jakob Silfverberg scored his 103rd goal as a Duck to surpass Andrew Cogliano (102) for sole possession of eighth on the all-time franchise goals list. Silfverberg's team-leading 20th goal of the season extended his point streak to a career-high six games (4-4=8) and gave him 7-4=11 points in his last 13 contests. The Anaheim winger has reached the 20-goal plateau in three of the last four seasons.
Daniel Sprong scored his 12th goal at the 13:59 mark of the second period. With the tally, Sprong extended his goal streak to a career-high three consecutive games (3-0=3).
Ryan Getzlaf collected his 12th goal at 3:39 of the first period. The Anaheim winger has earned points in two straight games (1-1=2) and 3-4=7 points in his last five games vs. Nashville.
Rickard Rakell, Josh Manson, Jacob Larsson, Corey Perry and Hampus Lindholm registered single assists in the contest.
John Gibson stopped 32-of-34 shots for his 20th win of 2018-19. Gibson allowed two goals-or-less for the 26th time this season and improved to 3-1-0 in his last four starts.
Anaheim is 9-2-0 in its last 11 home games vs. Nashville dating to Jan. 26, 2013, outscoring its Central Division opponent by a 36-27 margin.
Tonight's attendance was 16,811. Anaheim will head out on a two-game road trip starting this Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena (7 p.m. PT).
On reaching the 20-goal mark
It's always fun to score goals, but it's been a tough year. It's nice to see a little bit of brightness at the end of the year. It's the same for me and the rest of the team. Just trying to build and create good habits and build for the future.
On playing the right way
We feel good about ourselves right now. We're playing good hockey. We'd like to be in a different position in the standings. Just keep coming back with good habits. We have a lot of young guys who are playing terrific.
On his highlight-reel goal
Pears [Corey Perry] passed it to me, and it looked like I was alone. [Perry] was going for a [line] change, and the other [defenseman] was pretty far on the other side. I knew I had the inside on [Matt Irwin], I used my speed to cut to the middle and it went into the net.
On the reasons why he's playing with confidence
The coaching staff and general manager believe in me. The guys in the room have been helping me get comfortable. Just trying to play my game. I'm playing with confidence. I'm really getting a chance here. I love it here. I'm excited to be here. We have a great group of guys.
On playing the right way
We're competitive people, so we want to make sure we're playing as well as we can no matter what time of year and no matter what kind of circumstances. We've been doing that here recently. We're continuing to play for one another, which is the No. 1 makeup of a team. Now we're starting to get some results.
Assistant Coach Mark Morrison
On the team's resilience
We kept our composure. We hung in there. We blocked shots and did whatever we needed to. We've played some games recently where we've lost in the last few minutes, but we've learned.
On the message to the team
We want to be competitive in every game. We want to win. But more importantly, we want to play the right way. We want to do all the things it takes to win a hockey game. That's getting pucks deep and limiting your turnovers. Playing sound, defensive hockey. That's what we've done, and we're getting better at it.
On tonight's game not going the way they wanted to start
Yeah, we were down three to nothing until the last five minutes. I'd say, the start wasn't great.
On the importance of points
Yeah, every point is important at this point in the year.
On the disappointment of losing while chasing Winnipeg
Yeah, didn't know the score in Winnipeg. It's just disappointing. Disappointed in ourselves. It's just a sleepy game, not much going on and I mean, just disappointing at this time of the year. I think we have to ask for more from ourselves and everybody included. We have to show more speed, desperation, more. It's a situation in the season where we have a lot of things in our own hands and considering that, it's disappointing.
On their lack of consistency
That's a hard question. I think we all thought about it. At the same time, you don't want to get too down. Even though you are disappointed tonight, it's still a very exciting time of the year. Like I said earlier, I feel like we still have everything in our own hands and we are still in a good spot. But, we have been saying that all season long and I gotta feel like we are a little bit lucky to be in this situation too. There has been teams losing at the same time when we are losing, and it has been helping us. Bottom line is that we have to be better. But, I don't know. To answer your question, I don't know what is the reason there has been so many ups and downs and we haven't really gotten on a roll.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On the assessment of the game
I don't think we were sharp enough 5 on 5. Not enough pop to it. That flurry in the third, I thought we got going a little bit and some power play goals at the end.
On having to chase games lately
I don't think the starts have been great. Tonight was a mistake in the offensive zone. We're pressing in the offensive zone and we lost the player to the rush. It created an odd-man rush coming back the other way. It's not going to work for you when you're doing that, where you know our numbers when we score the first goal and come out and we're able to put the puck in the back of the net. Things take a different direction for our team. The start was important, we talked about it tonight and thought it could've been better.