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Postgame Notes and Quotes - March 15 vs. St. Louis

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 2 vs. St. Louis 1
March 15, 2017
Honda Center
37-23-10, 84 Standings Points

The Ducks defeated the Blues, 2-1, at Honda Center for their third straight victory on home ice. Anaheim has earned wins in four of the last five games overall (4-1-0) and five of seven (5-2-0). At Honda Center, the Ducks have won six of their last seven games (6-1-0) and has posted a 13-4-1 home record since Jan. 1, which ranks second among NHL teams in home standings points (27) and wins. Anaheim improved to 37-23-10 for 84 points, surpassing Calgary for sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division.

Ryan Getzlaf recorded his 14th multi-point game of the season (1-1=2), including his third GWG, as he extended his scoring streak to three games (2-3=5) and his home scoring streak to seven games (3-10=13). Getzlaf has 3-9=12 points in his last seven games overall.

Rickard Rakell's 0.51 goals per game now ranks tied for fourth in the NHL and he is on pace to become the fourth Ducks player to average at least .50 goals per game in a single season (Kariya, Selanne and Perry). Rakell also becomes the fourth-youngest Duck to ever record 30 goals in a season (Kariya 21 years 3 months, Ryan 23 years 0 months and Perry 23 years 10 months).

Jonathan Bernier stopped 26-of-27 shots to earn his season-high fourth consecutive victory and 14th of the season. Bernier has stopped 118-of-124 shots during his last four starts and has won six of his last eight starts. He has allowed two goals or less in each of his last three starts and in five of the last six.

Anaheim has earned points in 12 consecutive home games against St. Louis (11-0-1, 23 pts.) while improving its all-time home record vs. the Blues to 25-15-2.

Tonight's attendance was 14,760.

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

Jonathan Bernier
On Getzlaf's leadership
He's definitely a leader in this room. He's shown that when he plays that way, everyone follows him. He backchecks hard and scores big goals for us. He's a [heck] of a player, that's for sure.

On holding the lead in the third period
We're doing a good job of dumping the puck deep and killing time in their zone. We're doing all the right things right now.

Ryan Getzlaf
On the importance of the win
We want to try to finish as high as we can to make sure we can get home ice advantage for the first round at least. We know we have to take care of business. Tonight was a hard-fought game against a good hockey team. We battled right through until the end.

On finding their groove
We want to build something and play well. At the end of the night, if we lose the game, everyone is going to say the wheels are off. It's not about the streaks. It's more about the way we're playing and the consistency we can play with.

Cam Fowler
On Bernier's performance
In the last couple of weeks, Bernier has made some incredible saves and kept us in hockey games. But if you hold a team to one goal, that includes everybody in the locker room, not just the goaltender.

On the importance of the win
You'd like to see us play a little more aggressively in the third period and get our forecheck going, but we weren't able to do that. Two points are huge for us, so we're not going to look too much into it.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On Getzlaf's performance
When you have your big guys displaying the work ethic that's required, it makes it easier to hold everyone else accountable to the same standard. That's what we've asked of not only Getzy, but from all of our veteran players. That's part of their leadership role. It's not always about what you say, but it's more about what you do.

On allowing the fewest goals of any team since Christmas
We're not going to win the 5-4 games. We haven't been able to generate enough offense. We knew, five-on-five, that if we can be stout defensively and improve our penalty killing, we'd give ourselves the best chance. That's what we set out to do and convince our players that it's the 2-1, 3-2, 1-0 game that's going to be the model we're going to have to adopt.

St. Louis Blues

Paul Stastny
On the game
It's a game of making plays or not making plays, especially when it's a tight game like this. There's always going to be one player who makes the difference. We did a good job coming back and trying to get one at the end. Unfortunately, we couldn't muster any chances the last couple minutes.

On the Blues' playoff standing
We were getting frustrated with ourselves a bit. We weren't playing a bad game, but we were getting too emotional within ourselves and sometimes that negative energy takes it away from our team. We tried to focus. We have to support each other. We're playing together as a group of 20 guys, so we have to find a way to stick with it and keep building on it.

Ivan Barbashev
On the game
We didn't start the game great. We started playing with 10 minutes left in the game. That's why we lost. The last 10 minutes was great and we almost got a second goal to tie the game.

On the Blues' playoff standing
It's really important. This loss is tough for us, but this road trip is not over yet. We have another four or five games which are all really important.

Head Coach Mike Yeo
On the game's intensity
I really felt, especially the start of the second period, considering that we're down a goal, we came out without the intensity that we needed. It showed up in our execution, showed up in our inability to create turnovers to get on the forecheck. It was like, if we had one guy, he wasn't hard enough, and if he was, the next guy wasn't to be found. We [have to] find a way to be better tomorrow.

On giving up the shorthanded goal
It was one of those nights. Anyways, I'm not going to point to that as the reason we lost the game. Collectively we weren't good enough.

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