Postgame Notes and Quotes
Anaheim 2 vs. Toronto 1
March 6, 2020
28-32-8, 64 points
The Ducks won their second consecutive game with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Honda Center. Anaheim has won three of its last four home games (3-1-0) and four of the last six overall (4-2-0).
John Gibson stopped all 26 shots to earn his fifth consecutive 20-win season. Ryan Miller replaced Gibson at 10:20 of the third period and turned aside 4-of-5 shots to preserve Anaheim's victory. With his appearance, Miller surpassed Tom Barrasso (777) for sole possession of second place on the NHL's all-time games played list for U.S.-born goaltenders.
Adam Henrique scored his team-leading 25th goal to give Anaheim a two-goal lead at the 10:20 mark of the third period. With his first game-winning goal of the season and 34th of his career, Henrique has 4-2=6 points in his last seven games and seven goals in his last 11 contests (7-3=10).
Carter Rowney opened the scoring at 3:17 of the first period, setting a single-season career high with his eighth goal of the season. Rowney also owns a three-game point streak (2-1=3). David Backes recorded his first point as a Duck with an assist on Rowney's goal.
Tonight's attendance was 15,984. Anaheim continues its four-game homestand Sunday, Mar. 8 vs. Minnesota (6 p.m.).
On coming on in relief after Gibson's injury
It's not a good feeling, but it's better when you're staring at a two-goal lead. Thankfully we had the buffer and we had a good win. I thought the guys played a good game. Gibby was really sharp all night. It's too bad he had to leave.
On neutralizing the Maple Leafs
We were hard on them and didn't allow them to get turned up the ice in the neutral zone. They wanted to turn around and we were on them. It was a pretty effective way to keep them frustrated.
On the team's execution level
I thought we played a really good team game. We were detailed. We limited our mistakes. We knew they had a high-powered offense. Overall, I think we played a full 60.
On neutralizing Toronto's offense
They feed off turnovers. We did a good job making sure we put pucks deep and didn't have those turnovers. A team like that likes to burn and go. We did a good job in the neutral zone and forced a lot of dump-ins.
On the team's performance
Clogging up the neutral zone. Both teams like to play off the rush and create chances that way. I thought we did a great job. Once we got comfortable with it, we settled in. We really started working. We were trying to force those guys to dump pucks.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On containing the Leafs' offense
I thought we did a great job. The primary objective was to jam that neutral zone up. I thought our guys did a hell of a job. It was muddy and deep coming through there for them. That's what we have to do against team teams with great skill like that.
On the goaltending
I thought the two that started the game were excellent. I thought Campbell made some great saves. I've seen him do it numerous times in this league a little bit, but more in Ontario when I was there coaching San Diego. I thought Gibby was excellent through the game, and then Millsy gets put in a spot. He came in and shined.
Toronto Maple Leafs
On if the term "squeezing sticks" is a cliché that applies right now
Yeah, maybe. I mean, you know, at times like this honestly don't even think about where you are putting it. Just get it on net. Get bodies to get there. Find a way to cause some confusion. Make it tough on them, have to defend you around their net. Make it tough on the goaltender. Just gotta stay patient, gotta keep working and staying with it. Obviously, we gotta find a way to put some in and get some results.
On how discouraging it is to get one out of six points on this trip
Yeah, we're disappointed we didn't get more, but we have to turn the page and move forward. This is our circumstances and there's no time to hang your head or feel sorry for yourself.
On keeping their composure and not getting frustrated
I just think we know it's going to come. There's no need to rush or put pressure on ourselves. We're a team that can score. I mean, this road trip we showed that we can play in low scoring games, it's just our scoring wasn't there but it will come.
On what has been missing on their power play lately
Like I just said, those second opportunities. We are getting a good first look, second opportunity is coming out and we just aren't getting around it.
Head Coach Sheldon Keefe
On being more effective in front of the opposition's net
This trip we haven't been able to generate much offensively. You look at a lot of the goals we've scored here in recent games, a lot of it's been happening around the net. We need to have more of a presence in there.
On keeping the spirit of the team up
It's difficult, but I think just the fact that our team takes a lot of heat for how we defend, and what we give up, and how many goals we give up, and all those types of things, and how wide open the games are. We focused a lot on that as a team, in terms of slowing a lot of that stuff down. I think we've done that for quite a while here now. Now today wasn't as good as yesterday in that regard. We've gotta find ways within that to generate offense. I think the positives are that our guys will feel good about the fact that they're playing in these tight games, and feel good about the fact that on the back-to-back at the end of the trip here that we have our best period in the third, and have a pretty strong push throughout the period. We'll regroup and be ready to go on home ice.