Anaheim 4 vs. Nashville 3 SO
Mar. 7, 2017
34-22-10, 78 Standings Points
The Ducks overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to defeat the Predators, 4-3, in a shootout at Honda Center. The shootout, won by Patrick Eaves' second shootout goal of the season, was the first at Honda Center since Jan. 1, 2017 vs. Philadelphia (W, 4-3). Anaheim, which recorded 40-plus shots on net for the second consecutive contest (42), has won four of its last five home games (4-1-0).
Ryan Getzlaf earned his team-leading 39th and 40th assists of the season to reach the 40-assist mark for a franchise-best ninth time, becoming just the sixth active player to do so (Jaromir Jagr, 14; Joe Thornton, 13; Sidney Crosby, 9; Henrik Sedin, 9; and Nicklas Backstrom, 9). Getzlaf added his 12th goal on the power play to finish with his fourth three-point game (1-2=3) while extending his scoring streak to three games (1-5=6).
Along with his fifth career shootout goal, Eaves recorded his 17th and 18th assists, his third multi-assist game of the season and his first with Anaheim. Eaves has points in three consecutive games (2-2=4).
Nick Ritchie scored his 12th goal of the season to give him 1-5=6 points in his last seven games.
Rickard Rakell, who added his team-leading 27th goal, has five goals in his last five games and 11-2=13 points in his last 23 games. Rakell's .49 goals-per-game ranks fourth in the NHL./p>
Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler combined to win 35-of-48 faceoffs (72%). Getzlaf alone won 19-of-26 faceoffs (73%), setting a single-game career high with 19 faceoff victories.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 24-of-27 shots and all five Nashville shootout attempts to earn his 11th victory of the season, his third win in his last five starts.
With the victory, Anaheim improved to 38-22-7 all-time against Nashville. The Ducks have won five consecutive home games over the Predators along with wins in seven of the last eight (7-1-0). Anaheim has posted an 11-4-0 overall record in the last 15 meetings between the two teams dating to Jan. 26, 2013.
Tonight's attendance was 14,622.
On the comeback
We stuck with it. Earlier in the year, at these times, we'd let things get away and start taking more penalties. We took our fair share tonight, but we were able to rally and get a couple of bounces. Power play got a big one for us. We were able to push through and get ourselves back in the game.
On Eaves' impact
He works hard and he's around the puck all the time, and around the net. That's one thing our group was lacking. That feistiness in front of the net. He's done a great job at retrieving pucks and being around the net.
On his shootout-winning goal
I'm usually a later-round shooter. I got called a little earlier tonight and was fortunate it went in.
On the comeback
Our line had a lot of good chances tonight. We all brought something a little different to the game. We had some success. Hopefully we can continue to build chemistry and keep building.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the team's response
Once the power play got the goal for us, it was kind of like, 'Now it's going to be a hockey game. We're not out of this thing.' For the last 40 minutes of the game, we played a lot of hockey in their zone and won a lot of battles along the wall. We were physical and played closer to the level that's going to be required as we go down the stretch.
On the way in which the goals were scored
It's a game of inches. Whoever is going to win the majority of those battles is going to have success. If you look at where we scored our goals from, all of them were scored from very close in. They were hectic around the net.
On tonight's game
There were a lot of penalties; power play for us, penalty kill for them. Took us kind of out of whack when there is a lot of special teams. They just played harder, they worked harder, battled harder. We didn't deserve very much out of that game. We're lucky we got a point there.
On tonight's game
That's the third loss in a row. It's a huge game for us. We were up 3-1 and we gave them a chance to come back. That shouldn't happen at this point of the season. It's a tough loss. I'm sure it's a big point for us but it's a tough loss to take.
On the atmosphere
It was an intense game. It was a physical game. I thought that they played a strong game. We started out strong in the first period. You never know who you're going to face in the playoffs and that's obviously our goal. We've got to change some things to win games. You never know who you're going to face in the first round, second round, and it could be them. That was like a playoff game.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On tonight's game
I thought the first period was a decent period for us. Penalties kind of got in the way in the second period. We lost rhythm a little bit. I thought they capitalized and they had a lot of chances. Pekka played really well tonight, made some big saves. We gave up too much.
On the game's atmosphere
Yeah, it was a lot of intensity out there.