Anaheim 4 vs. Edmonton 3
March 22, 2017
39-23-11, 89 Standings Points
The Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, at Honda Center to regain control of second place in the Pacific Division. Anaheim owns a 6-1-1 record in its last eight games along with a 7-2-1 record dating to the end of their bye week on March 3. The Ducks also improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine home games and have posted a 14-4-2 record at Honda Center since January 1, which ranks second among NHL teams in home standings points (30) and wins.
Hampus Lindholm collected a career-high 1-2=3 points to pass Lubomir Visnovsky (108) for eighth on the franchise all-time scoring list for defensemen, while also moving past Visnosvky (79) and Ruslan Salei (79) for eighth on the club's all-time assists list for blueliners.
Rickard Rakell scored his team-leading 32nd goal and league-leading 10th GWG to extend his point streak to a career-high six games. Rakell has 10-3=13 points in his last 12 contests and his 0.52 goals per game ranks tied for third in the NHL behind only Sidney Crosby (0.62) and Evgeni Malkin (0.53). He is also tied for second among NHL leaders in even-strength goals (27) and tied with Patrick Kane (32) for 10th in overall goals.
Ryan Getzlaf matched a season high in assists (3, third time) and points (3, six times). Getzlaf leads the NHL in assists (12) and scoring (15) since the end of Anaheim's bye week on March 3. He also reached 60 points for the eighth time in his NHL career.
With his 403rd career NHL victory, Randy Carlyle (403-337-150) surpassed Hall-of-Famer Punch Imlach (402-337-150) for sole possession of 35th place on the all-time wins list for NHL coaches
Appearing in his 777th consecutive game tonight, Andrew Cogliano surpassed Craig Ramsay (776) for sole possession of the fourth-longest consecutive games streak in NHL history.
Cam Fowler recorded eight shots to tie a single-game franchise record for defensemen, joining Sami Vatanen, Chris Pronger (twice), Scott Niedermayer (twice), Milos Holan (twice) and Bill Houlder.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 29-of-32 shots to earn his 16th win of the season, his eighth victory in his last 11 starts.
Tonight's attendance was 15,310.
On rebounding after the first period
We weren't very happy with our first period, but the team responded like we wanted to. We kept pushing.
On keeping their composure
We did a better job of maintaining our attitude throughout the game. We're not getting carried away in certain situations like we have in the past. We've learned as we've gone along.
On his goal late in the first period
Our first period wasn't our best, but we came out with a lot of speed in the second period and went after them. That's the hockey we want to play for 60 minutes.
On the importance of the game
You knew it was going to be a tough game because it was going to be a playoff-type game. Those are the games you want to play.
On his goal
Getzy made a good play in the neutral zone that gave me some time on the goal. I tried to get to the middle and make a play. The first play didn't work out, so I just tried to do something to beat the defender.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the takeaways from the game
We didn't have a very good start. We were flat and out of sorts. They were much more determined than we were, but we were lucky to have a 2-2 tie. We changed our attitude and were much more competitive from the second period on. We had a lot more cycle going and drew some penalties off that. We found a way to finish the game off.
On the style of play
We weren't happy with our first period, but we were tied in the hockey game. There were some big plays by individuals to keep it that way. We're going to have to play a stiffer brand of hockey as we go forward against the teams we're going to meet.
On the Ducks' second-period goals
Those goals are tough to swallow, especially when you give up two of them in a tough building. We came out weak in the second, and they took advantage.
On the team's performance
We played great in the first period. We created chances, but we need to figure out a way to continue doing that. It was a good first period, but we can learn from that.
On the team's scoring opportunities
Sometimes that's just how it is. You don't convert on your chances, but we played okay. Sometimes you have to give credit to the other team too.
On the importance of tonight's game
Everyone knows how tight the standings are. Everyone knows what's going on. Obviously, it was a big game, but we have more big games ahead of us.
Head Coach Todd McLellan
On Cam Talbot's performance
The first one I'm sure he would be willing to take back, but after that there were some hard shots. The last guy I'm going to complain about is Cam Talbot.
On if he has concerns with the offense
Yes, but we also need more defense from more people. I'm not overly concerned about the offensive part. I was concerned, more tonight, about the checking part. We were loose coming into our zone. We missed numerous assignments that we normally have picked up. A number of situations that we normally play pretty well and pretty tight, but we didn't. I guess the answer to your question would be yeah, we could get a little more from some other guys. If you're not producing offensively, be stellar defensively.