Anaheim 6 vs. Chicago 3
March 4, 2018
33-21-12, 78 points
The Ducks extended their home point streak to eight games (6-0-2, 14 pts.) and tied their season high in goals (fourth time, last: Jan. 23, 2018 vs. the New York Rangers) with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Since February 15, the Ducks are 6-1-1 in their last eight games and have posted a 2.00 goals against in that stretch, which is tied for the league lead. The club is also 19-8-4 mark in the last 31 contests. At Honda Center, Anaheim is 8-2-2 in its last 12 games.
Since February 9, Anaheim has successfully killed off 31-of-32 PK opportunities for a league-leading 96.9 PK%, including 22 straight since February 15 at Chicago and 20 consecutive at home dating to January 23 vs. the New York Rangers.
John Gibson stopped 37-of-40 shots and improved to 14-4-2 in his last 20 decisions, allowing two goals or less in eight of his last nine starts. Since the All-Star break, Gibson leads in SV% (.947) and ranks second in GAA (1.73), stopping 268-of-283 shots to go along with a 7-1-1 record.
Ryan Getzlaf collected three assists for back-to-back appearances with three assists or more. Getzlaf is riding a two-game assist/point streak (1-6=7, +3) and has points in four of his last five games played (2-8=10, +5).
Corey Perry scored two goals for his second multi-goal game this season. Perry extended his point streak to three games (2-4=6, +3) along with 6-8=14 points in his last 14 games.
Jakob Silfverberg scored two goals for his 13th career multi-goal game and his second this season.
Marcus Pettersson scored his first career NHL goal at 2:09 of the second period. Pettersson became the fourth Duck this season to record his first career NHL goal.
Derek Grant earned his first career multi-assist game to give him assists in three of his last four appearances (0-4=4) along with a +3 rating in his last two games.
Rickard Rakell opened the scoring at 2:23 on the power play to extend his scoring streak to three games (5-1=6, +4).
Cam Fowler extended his assist/point streak to three games (1-3=4, +6) with his assist on Perry's third-period goal.
Andrew Cogliano recorded his fourth multi-assist game this season, which also gave him points in consecutive games (1-2=3, +3).
Brandon Montour earned his 19th assist of the season and pushed his plus/minus rating to +4 in his last two games.
Today's attendance was 16,981.
On jumping out to a 2-0 lead
It was important for our group to continue what they built on from the game before. Guys played really well the night before. It was nice to see us come out and do what we did tonight.
On the power play
We were ready. We came out and executed with a plan.
On his two-goal performance
We've had a few guys, me included, that haven't been able to find the back of the net consistently. Hopefully this gets me going. We need everyone, especially at this time of the year. These were two big periods for us.
On the game
We played almost a full 60 minutes of good structured hockey. They had a little bit of a push in the second [period], but we started off the right way.
On his first career NHL goal
I thought it was [Derek] Grant at first. I didn't quite see the puck going in, so I was surprised when they said it was mine.
On the emotions of scoring his first NHL goal
Joy. Just complete joy. It was a great game. Fun time to score your first [goal].
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg line
We had to have energy and we showed we had it early. It was nice to see we got contributions spread throughout the lineup. The checking line had lots of energy and they were skating. That's what you have to do when you play up against [Jonathan] Toews, [Patrick] Kane and [Brandon] Saad. Those are very talented hockey players.
On scoring 15 goals over the past three games
If you look at where the goals are being scored from in the league now, we're doing a much better job getting people towards the net. Prime example is the Silfverberg goal - he drove to the net and followed up with a rebound. It sat there and he was able to tap it into the net.
On trying to comeback from a bad start and giving up a few goals
Early in the second and first period, we gave up goals where maybe we could be helping our goaltenders and maybe getting some bodies in front of those wrist shots, and just being tougher in front of our net.
On momentum shifts
I think the guys played really well later on in the second period and even in the third. We were hunting pucks down. We wanted that puck and traffic. We were taking hits to make plays. I think we played the way we needed to for half the game. We probably felt we would have had a better result if we had started with that same impact and same emphasis.
On trying to make the comeback happen in back-to-back games
I still think we had some fight back late in the second and the third. We didn't give up. Yesterday they went in for us and were able to come back, and today they didn't. You have to move on from it.
On Chicago's defense
Especially against these California teams, they do a really good job of just ripping pucks from the point. I think our coverage after shots needs to be better.
Head Coach Joel Quenneville
On defensive breakdowns
We had some stretches yesterday that were pretty consistent. Today, we had a good stretch for about ten minutes in the second period. Other than that whether it was gap or puck possession, or puck management from the back end, I think as a group, it is not good enough. I think the other team is in the playoff mode. I thought there was a good response, but in the first period there, we were lucky it was only two [goals].
On Jonathan Toews
Jonny did a good job and sparked the team. It wasn't reflected in the scoreboard, but you could see that there was some energy as the period progressed and some enthusiasm.