Anaheim 2 vs. St. Louis 4
March 12, 2018
34-24-12, 80 points
The Ducks had a nine-game home point streak snapped with a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center. With the setback, the Ducks fell to 7-1-2 in their last 10 home games.
The Ducks extended their recent home PK streak to 24 consecutive kills dating to January 23 vs. the Rangers. Anaheim, which successfully killed off all nine St. Louis power plays this season, did not allow a PPG for the 10th time in the last 11 games overall (26-of-28). Since February 9 vs. Edmonton, the Ducks have led the league with a 92.3 PK% (36-of-39).
Derek Grant scored the second goal of the game for Anaheim at 6:15 in the third period for his ninth of the season. Chris Kelly earned his first point (assist) as a member of the Ducks. Kelly's last assist came almost exactly one year ago today (March 11, 2017 with Ottawa at Colorado). Hampus Lindholm earned the secondary assist for his 15th of the season.
Corey Perry scored the first goal for Anaheim to extend his point streak to three games (1-2=3). The goal gave Perry points in six of his last seven games (3-6=9, +3) and 7-10=16 in his last 18 games.
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his 41st assist of the season for points in six straight appearances (2-11=13, +4). Getzlaf found the scoresheet for the eighth time in his last nine games (3-13=16, +6).
Brandon Montour earned his 20th assist of the season on Perry's goal.
Adam Henrique skated in his 500th career NHL contest.
Today's attendance was 16,312.
On what needs to be done to find success
Figure it out mentally. Everything we're doing is mental mistakes. It's not anything to do with physical fatigue. We're working and doing things. We're skating. It's the mental errors that aren't allowing us to continue our success.
On mental mistakes
It's not a frustration with our effort. It's a frustration with the fact that we're having trouble understanding what it takes shift in and shift out every period at this time of year. That's the frustrating part we have to address and make sure we're doing that on a consistent basis.
On the Blues
They were pressuring us hard up ice, especially in our end and in the neutral zone. We just weren't sharp with the puck tonight.
On mental mistakes
There is really no reason for it. It's on us, as players. We have to execute with the puck no matter the situation. When you don't execute against a team like that, you get tired and frustrated. That's the result.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the game
We didn't commit to playing the chip-and-support game where you can put pucks into areas and get our forecheck going. They recovered the puck at a higher rate. You have to give them credit, but we need to understand there is a certain type of game that's being played right now. We've given the opposition too many gifts in the last little while. Those are mental breakdowns that have to be corrected.
On the Blues' fourth goal
We had full possession of the puck and we end up going back with the puck. It cost us. Those are the things that swing the momentum in the opposition's favor. We had a little push-back going and they nullified it with us making mistakes with our puck management.
St. Louis Blues
On their recent offense
Our forwards are working real hard. The guys up front are doing a lot to get to the front of the net. It's easy for us when they are playing like that.
On recent effort
We are working hard. We had a really good discussion before we came on this road trip. There were a lot of spurts in San Jose. The work was there, we just weren't as sharp as we needed to be. I really liked the effort last game, even getting up 4-1. We still kept on, and same thing tonight.
On the team's outlook
It's just about contributing. Everyone is doing their part right now. We are getting goals from a lot of different sources and it's easier to build energy and moral on the bench and whatnot. It was nice to get four points on this trip. It's a big weekend for us, but obviously we are just going to take this win, park it, and get ready for Thursday.
On recent elevated play and success
Everyone knows they have to bring it every night. We are not sure exactly what the pin-point was for elevating our play, but we have done that. At the end of the day, there is a way to play the game and a way there isn't. It's one thing to work hard, but it's another thing to work smart and I think we are doing that right now.
Head Coach Mike Yeo
On the team
I think guys are staying true to their identity right now and not trying to do too much. Certainly it's helped the last couple games. We have been able to grab the lead. I think that's a big factor, but through sixty minutes there is a lot of consistency from line to line. That's what it should look like. It shouldn't look different from one line to the next. Obviously different guys have a chance and different skill-sets, but again, our team game should look the same.
On the California road trip
We knew this was a big trip, first off. A couple of the teams that we just beat, we're chasing them in the standings and we could have put ourselves in a pretty bad situation, buried ourselves almost to the point of not really having a chance. Now, we come back off the road and we are going to have to make sure we are ready to pick up that intensity. Still have a lot of work to do. Still on the outside looking in, but a little bit closer.