Anaheim 3 vs. Florida 2
March 17, 2019
30-35-9, 69 points
The Ducks opened a three-game homestand with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at Honda Center. The Ducks improved to 6-3-0 in their last nine games and have won three of their last four home games (3-1-0). Anaheim has scored 31 goals and six power-play goals in its last nine contests.
The Ducks played their 10th St. Patrick's Day game in franchise history, including their ninth at Honda Center. Anaheim has posted an all-time St. Patrick's Day record of 5-1-1 along with three ties dating to Mar. 17, 1995 vs. Toronto. The Ducks have also outscored their opponents, 27-18, in games held on Mar. 17. Tonight was only Anaheim's third St. Patrick's Day game in the last 13 seasons (2006-07 through 2018-19). Tonight's game was the first St. Patrick's Day meeting between the Ducks and Panthers.
Jakob Silfverberg scored his team-leading 22nd goal and third GWG of the season at the 15:17 mark of the third period. Silfverberg has goals in four of his last five games (4-0=4) along with points in eight of his last nine (6-4=10). Rickard Rakell collected his 22nd assist, which gave him points in seven of his last nine games (2-5=7).
John Gibson earned his fourth straight victory and 22nd win of 2018-19. The Anaheim goalkeeper stopped 37-of-39 shots in his 27th start in which he has allowed two goals-or-less this season.
Adam Henrique scored his 17th goal at 12:04 of the second period. Henrique has posted 5-1=6 points in his last eight games and ranks second on the team in scoring this season (17-21=38).
Devin Shore scored his ninth goal (PPG) at the 1:29 mark of the first period. The Anaheim center has earned 2-2=4 points in his last six games. Nick Ritchie registered his 22nd assist, which gave him 1-4=5 points in his last seven games on the Shore tally.
Ryan Getzlaf collected his 10th multi-assist game (0-2=2), which gave the Anaheim captain multi-assist games in two straight contests (1-4=5) and points in four of his last five games (2-5=7).
Derek Grant appeared in his 200th career NHL game.
Anaheim tied a franchise record with its third straight win vs. Florida dating to Nov. 11, 2017.
Tonight's attendance was 16,523. Anaheim will continue its three-game homestand this Wednesday vs. the Winnipeg Jets (7 p.m. PT).
On staying calm in net
Just playing my game, I'm happy to be back and playing and just trying to have fun with it and help the team win some games.
On the team's improved play after his return from injury
It seems that we have a different mentality. We just needed to change the atmosphere, it's a little more upbeat and it just seems that we are playing more of a team game. I think the biggest thing I've noticed is our compete level, whether we are winning or losing. I thought even the other night in Arizona we were down and we still fought to the end.
On playing with pride
I think we have been playing pretty good throughout the last three weeks even in these last few games we have had some ups and downs but we have done a really good job making sure that the down periods haven't been too far. Even tonight I don't think we controlled the whole game but we managed to stay in the game and our lows aren't too low. We managed to find a way to win and have been playing pretty good lately, we are feeling pretty good about ourselves.
On tonight's goal
Tonight's goal was a bit of a lucky bounce but if you're getting pucks to the net and getting bodies there then maybe sometimes you get a lucky bounce. It's been going good lately and hopefully we can keep it going.
Assistant Coach Marty Wilford
On the performance of Ryan Getzlaf
He has a lot of pride, he's a competitive guy that still wants to win and lead by example. He has done a good job of that lately and for that matter same with all the other leaders. Silfverberg, Manson, Lindholm, Cam Fowler you know I notice those guys most on the back end but you said it Silfverberg, Ricky [Rickard Rakell], Getz [Ryan Getzlaf] they've been leading the way and doing all the little things right.
On the team's recent play
The one thing I've learned, obviously we want to be higher but this team has a lot of character. You've seen it in the past here. They aren't just going to lay down and quit and play the game, so they're here to compete and to win and here to get better and they are showing the younger guys so to speak how we are going to do things around here.
On getting the opportunities and not being able to win
That's what we wanted to do, tie it in the third and score the late goal. Obviously, we didn't. Hit a post at the end. It's tough. We couldn't afford a loss tonight, but it happens.
On their power P\play contributing to a lot of their offense
It happens. Today, we didn't get a lot of Power Plays. In these kind of games, we have to generate offense 5-on-5. Our line let in the last goal, I think we should have been maybe a little tighter defensively.
On tonight's game
I think, maybe overall we played a good game. Obviously, Gibson was really good on the other side. We put a lot of pucks on net.
On letting the game-winner past him during the last five minutes
It was a breakdown. Like I've said, I need to make all these saves. It's obviously disappointing for us, but we just have to keep working and get back to it.
Head Coach Bob Boughner
On his team's play
I thought the guys played hard. I think we were a little bit sluggish at the start, and we got better as the game went on. Our third [period] was our best. I don't think we allowed a lot, even though this game could have been 6-5 for either team. They had some breakaways and got behind us, we had our chances and we hit 4 or 5 posts. We didn't get our bounce tonight but definitely the effort was there.
On the empty net situation at the end of the third period
Got possession, got them to ice the puck one time. Usually when that happens you're gonna get some zone time. I think that we were setting it up for the high tip, and when we did it just happened to miss the net.