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Postgame Notes and Quotes - March 3 vs. Toronto

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Postgame Notes
Anaheim 5 vs. Toronto 2
Mar. 3, 2017
Honda Center
33-21-10, 76 Standings Points

The Ducks defeated the Maple Leafs, 5-2, at Honda Center to earn their first season sweep of Toronto in franchise history (2-0-0). With the win, the Ducks improved to 23-2-1 when leading after two periods and 24-7-3 when scoring first. Anaheim has won three consecutive home games for the first time since Jan. 1-6.

Rickard Rakell recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season (2-0=2), including his team-leading and career-best eighth GWG at 9:57 of the second period. Rakell's eight GWG are tied for second in the NHL and his 0.49 goals per game are tied with Toronto's Auston Matthews for fifth in the NHL (min. 20 GP). Rakell has four goals in his last three games, two of which are GWG.

Nick Ritchie recorded his 12th assist of the season on Rakell's GWG, giving him five assists in as many games. Hampus Lindholm also earned his 106th career assist on the goal as he surpassed Ruslan Salei (105) for sole possession of ninth on the franchise's all-time points list for defensemen.

Jakob Silfverberg tied a career high for points in a single season (39, 2014-15 & 2015-16) with his 18th goal of the season. Silfverberg has 1-2=3 points in his last three games and 5-5=10 points in his last 12 games.

With an assist on Silfverberg's goal, Ryan Kesler now has assists in three consecutive games (0-3=3) for the fourth time this season. Ryan Getzlaf re-captured the team lead in points (48) with his sixth multi-assist game of the season (0-2=2). Getzlaf has 3-6=9 points in his last eight games and 6-12=18 points in 21 games since returning from injury on Jan. 12. Sami Vatanen earned his second multi-point game of the season (1-1=2).

Patrick Eaves scored with 1:14 remaining in regulation for his first goal as a Duck.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 37-of-39 shots to earn his 10th victory of the season, his second win in his last three starts.

**Please note an official scoring change to Anaheim's second goal, adding an assist to Andrew Cogliano. The goal now reads Silfverberg from Kesler and Cogliano at 9:41 of the second period.**

Tonight's attendance was 16,293.

Postgame Quotes

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell
On earning a win coming out of the bye week
Other teams are chasing us, but we want to focus on ourselves. We have a lot to prove. We want to keep building and get better for every game.

On the impact of Silfverberg's goal
Even before that, we put some good shifts together. We were coming closer and closer. When he got that goal, we just tried to build off that.

Jonathan Bernier
On earning a win coming out of the bye week
Big two points tonight. Coming off that break, you never know how you're going to play or if the timing is going to be there. We got ourselves ready for tonight. We played well.

On the satisfaction of beating his former team
The guys knew in the room. Any time you get traded, you want to have a good performance. I just wanted to focus on the process and doing my job. The guys played really well. Any time you score five goals, you should win.

Jakob Silfverberg
On the importance of the win
Everyone in the room knows the importance of these games. We knew we had to pick up the pace. We've been on and off lately. We did a really good job.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the game
I liked our response. We got down 2-1 and came back and scored two quick ones. We got more into the groove of how we need to play. Once we started to shoot the puck, we seemed to create more momentum for ourselves.

On 11 players getting on the scoresheet
Hopefully that's a sign. We didn't have any power-play goals, but we starve for five-on-five goals. Hopefully that's a sign that we can spread our offense out with each line making a contribution.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Tyler Bozak
On the West Coast road trip
You know it's going to be a tough trip coming out here. These are three really good teams. We got off to a decent start, but they come up with some opportunistic goals and we weren't able to get back into it. It's unfortunate.

On the game
They had a lot of chances too, and [McElhinney] stood in there and made some big saves. That's hockey. You're going to capitalize some games, and some games you're not. It goes both ways. Overall, they outplayed us. They were fresher than we were, and they got on us more than we were able to get on them.

Matt Hunwick
On Toronto's road trip
Coming away with one point on this trip is obviously disappointing. We have a lot of ground to make up.

On facing the Ducks
They're a good team. They're pretty balanced upfront. We made a couple of saves, but the better team capitalized.

Head Coach Mike Babcock
On tonight's game
I thought we did tons of good things, but I didn't like the free goals we gave them. I thought we gave them three of them. The National Hockey League is too good of a league to think you're going to outscore your mistakes. I thought we pushed. I thought we created lots of opportunities around their net. They're a good team. Once they had the lead, it was hard for us. In saying that, we have to be better without the puck.

On their road trip
The big thing is we have lots of time on that flight tonight to think about it. As a group we're disappointed. In all three games we did lots of good things. Here tonight I thought we were set up to play a good game. It looked to me like we had good energy and energy didn't appear to be a problem, but mistakes did. We've got to fix that. We've got a chance to get home and (have) a couple practices and regroup.

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