Anaheim 4 vs. Columbus 2
Mar. 2, 2018
32-21-12, 76 points
The Ducks scored four consecutive goals en route a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. Since February 15, the Ducks are 5-1-1 in their last seven games and have posted a league-leading 1.86 goals against in that stretch. Anaheim improved to 7-2-2 in its last 11 games, along with an 18-8-4 mark in its last 30. At Honda Center, the Ducks have a seven-game point streak (12 pts, 5-0-2), are 9-1-2 in their last 12 games and 11-2-3 in the last 16.
Since February 9 vs. Edmonton, Anaheim has successfully killed 29-of-30 PK opportunities for a league-leading 96.7 PK%, including 20 straight dating to February 15 at Chicago. The Ducks have also killed 18 consecutive opportunities at home dating to January 23 vs. the New York Rangers.
John Gibson improved to 13-4-2 in his last 19 decisions and has allowed two goals or less in his last eight starts. Since the All-Star break, Gibson leads the NHL in both GAA (1.57) and SV% (.951), stopping 231-of-243 shots to go along with a 6-1-1 record.
Andrew Cogliano registered his second shorthanded goal of the season at 11:17 in the second period. Cogliano increased his career shorthanded goal total with Anaheim to 15, one shy of the franchise record (Paul Kariya, 16).
Josh Manson tallied his fifth goal of the season on a breakaway at 12:44 of the second period, which stood as his third career game-winning goal. Francois Beauchemin registered his ninth assist of the season on the Manson tally.
Rickard Rakell earned 1-1=2 points in tonight's contest to give the Ducks forward 4-1=5 points in his last two games.
Corey Perry earned his 25th assist on Rakell's tally and now has four assists in his last two contests and 4-8=12 points in his last 13 games.
Cam Fowler registered 1-1=2 points for his fourth multi-point game of the season. Fowler is currently riding a two-game assist/point streak (1-2=3).
Adam Henrique registered his 10th assist as a Duck on Fowler's third-period goal. Henrique has 3-4=7 points in his last nine games and 10-6=16 in his last 19.
Tonight's attendance was 16,447.
On the penalty kill/his shorthanded goal
It was good. We've had a good rhythm lately. That's been a big part of our game. Whenever you can score a shorthanded goal and get one after, usually you can win the game. That was the difference tonight.
On the importance of the victory with Getzlaf out of the lineup
It's huge. We're in a tight race. To make the playoffs, you need to get going. It was a good resilient win by our team in terms of missing our best player. That says a lot about the guys here, says a lot about the guys that have come in and the new guys we brought in.
On the four-day layoff
If you ask any team, it's nice when you have four days off, but it's also tough, especially when teams are playing and we have a few days to sit back. Sometimes you might come out slow, but we had a good start and played pretty well.
On coming off their break with a win
We wanted to make sure we held ourselves accountable when we have two days off. We wanted to make sure we worked hard with two days of practice and followed up with a good game.
On the penalty kill
Great goal by Cogs. It's nice to see him bury one. Guys got the job done to kill the two minutes. It was big.
On winning with Getzlaf out of the lineup
When your leader is out, you have to rally the troops. That's what we did tonight.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the penalty kill/shorthanded goal
When you win the special teams battle, you usually have a very good chance of winning the game. Though we didn't deliver on the power play, our penalty killing kept them off the board. That was a big turning point, momentum wise, when we get a shorty [shorthanded goal]. Manson follows up with another one. Two goals made the difference and turned everything in our favor.
On Gibson's performance
We started with the puck. He was good in the faceoff circle. He was around the puck. We score the first goal with Rakell off a rebound. Good play from Cam Fowler. That gets those guys going. It's always good when you're missing your big guy that somebody else steps in that position for you.
Columbus Blue Jackets
On tonight's game
We started strong and got the first goal. They came back and answered right away. I think we played well the rest of the first period, but on our power play we gave up a shorthanded goal and then to give up one when Manson came out of the box. We kind of beat ourselves in those situations so we have to find ways to not let that happen.
On physical play
I think we stood in there. I think we played physical. They are a good, hard team, so it is tough to play against that. I think we did a good job of it.
On getting more minutes and big goals
It's good that he [Coach Tortorella] has that confidence in me, that I might score a goal for us. It's part of my game, so it was big for me.
On moving forward towards the playoffs
It's that time of the year where every team is going to be going 100%. It's going to be physical and you just have to expect it at this point.
Head Coach John Tortorella
On overcoming the second period
We didn't overcome it. We certainly tried, but that's the game there. On a power play, you end up with a great chance. Great play by Thomas [Vanek] to Luke [Sedlak], and then before that power play is over we are down by two.
On playing against Ryan Kesler
I've coached Kes and Kes is always looking to try and get an advantage in those little things that go on in a game. It's a great learning experience for a young center, for this team here to go through it.