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Postgame Notes and Quotes - March 12 vs. Washington

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 5 vs. Washington 2
Mar. 12, 2017
Honda Center
36-23-10, 82 Standings Points

The Ducks defeated the Washington Capitals, 5-2, at Honda Center. Anaheim has earned wins in three of the last four games (2-1-0) and four of the last six (4-2-0). At Honda Center, the Ducks have won five of their last six home games (5-1-0) to improve their home record to 22-8-3.

Randy Carlyle earned his 400th career win as a NHL head coach tonight, becoming the 36th coach all-time to reach the 400-win milestone. Carlyle, who owns a 400-283-90 record with Anaheim (2005-11, 2016-17) and Toronto (2011-15), is two wins shy of matching Hall-of-Famer Punch Imlach (402-337-150) for 35th place all-time. Earlier this season, Carlyle collected his 300th victory with the Ducks as the franchise's all-time winningest head coach in a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 23, 2017 at MTS Centre. Carlyle (1,055 games played/773 games coached) and Bob Pulford (1,079 GP/829 GC) are the only two in NHL history to play 1,000 career NHL games and serve as head coach for 750 career contests.

Ryan Getzlaf recorded 1-2=3 points, tying a season-high (fifth time), to help the Ducks to victory. Getzlaf has 2-8=10 in his last six games, co-leading weekly NHL leaders in scoring since Mar. 6 with Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (2-5=7 in four games).

Ryan Kesler collected 1-2=3 points, including his 300th career NHL assist and 20th goal of the season. Kesler, who tied season highs in points (second time) and assists (fifth time), has 1-5=6 points in his last eight games.

With 2-1=3 points, Corey Perry tied season highs in goals (2, second time) and points (3, third time). Perry has three goals with a +4 rating in his last three games (3-1=4) and 5-5=10 points in his last 14 contests.

With his team-leading 29th goal of the season, Rickard Rakell reached the 40-point mark for the second consecutive season. Rakell, who is now tied for the league lead in GWG (9), has 7-1=8 points in his last eight games and his 0.50 goals per game ranks fifth in the NHL.  

Jonathan Bernier stopped 25-of-27 shots to earn his 13th victory of the season, his fifth win in his last seven starts. Bernier had a career high scoreless streak of 125:41 from the second period on Mar. 7 vs. NSH to the second period of tonight's game.

Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

Corey Perry
On his offensive production
It was starting to come. I was getting chances. Those things, it's a matter of time. You want to finish on a high and keep playing the way we're playing.

On using his 2007 Cup teammates as inspiration
It was good seeing them and doing the ceremony. I haven't gotten to see a whole lot of them. For them to be here and see the game, and play the way we did, it's definitely a great feeling for everybody.

On the game
We played really well. We were getting pucks to the net and getting traffic. We were eliminating turnovers, and that's what you need to do especially against a team like that.

Ryan Kesler
On three-point nights for Getzlaf, Perry and himself
We all try to lead by example out there. It might not show on the scoresheet all the time, but it did tonight.

On the win
The emotions were high out there. It's good getting those two points tonight.

Ryan Getzlaf
On the team's performance
Our team did a great job staying focused on the task and coming out and playing the way we did.

On Perry finding the back of the net
It's big for our group. It's a good feeling to have. It makes our team very dangerous out there.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the game
We played an energized game. I felt it right from the opening faceoff that we had our legs under us and we were engaged in the game. We knew we had to play a skating game against a hockey club of that caliber.

On Perry's performance
That's the Corey Perry of old, taking it to the net like he did from the corner. He wormed his way to the front. It's funny how the game goes. The bounces weren't going his way and now he's getting a few. He's worked real hard. He's stayed with it and stayed focused. It's tough mentally on a player of that caliber when things don't go your way. It's up to us as a coaching staff to find ways to motivate him.

Washington Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom
On the team's performance
It's obviously not good enough. We weren't satisfied with our game. We gave too many chances to the other team, and we have to stay out of the penalty box. That's a huge problem we have right now, but we're going to fix it.

On the four-game losing streak
If you look back to January, we were winning 5-1 or 6-1. Things were going well, but now it's going the other way. Things can change quickly. We have to keep working hard and make sure we do the right thing and it'll turn around.

Alex Ovechkin
On the loss
It's not a good feeling. We know what we did wrong and what we need to do right. We need to manage our game. The next game will be better. We have a huge opportunity against Minnesota, so we need to bounce back.

On the four-game losing streak
We have a group of guys who have worked together for a long time. We don't remember the last time we've lost four in a row, and that's a good thing. It's nice it's happening before the playoffs and not during the playoffs. It's frustrating because the puck won't go in, but we have to work harder and fight through it.

Marcus Johansson
On the team's performance
It's a little frustrating right now. The puck isn't bouncing our way. It was the same last night as well. We have to fight through it. We're playing some good teams right now, and it's not going to come easy. For a while we were playing really well, but we have to get back to it and stick to it.

Head Coach Barry Trotz
On Ovechkin's play
He's skating. [Ovechkin] is skating. There will be a lot made of him not scoring lately, but he's skating and maybe playing better than he has in the long stretches where he was scoring this year. He's pretty dangerous, he's skating. I know that he's worked on that and he's getting chances and he's dangerous and he's being heavy, hard to play against. It'll come.

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