Postgame Notes and Quotes - March 8 vs. Minnesotaby Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com
Postgame Notes and Quotes
Anaheim 4 vs. Minnesota 5 OT
March 8, 2020
28-32-9, 65 points
The Ducks earned a standings point for the third straight game with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild tonight at Honda Center. Anaheim has earned standings points in four of its last five home games (3-1-1) and five of its last seven overall (4-2-1).
Jakob Silfverberg collected 2-1=3 points, including his 19th and 20th goals en route to his fourth career 20-goal season. Silfverberg, who recorded his 15th career multi-goal game and first of the season, has 2-2=4 points in his last three games.
Rickard Rakell posted a career-tying three assists (0-3=3, third time) and also tied a personal best with a +3 rating (sixth time). Rakell, who has 1-4=5 points in his last three games, ranks second on the Ducks in assists (26) and third in points (14-26=40) and goals.
Christian Djoos tied the game at four with his first goal as a Duck with 1:42 left in regulation. Djoos has 1-1=2 points in his last four games.
Danton Heinen scored his 10th goal of the season, his third goal as a Duck, to tie the game at two in the second period. Heinen has 3-1=4 points in his first seven games with Anaheim.
Ryan Getzlaf, Jacob Larsson and Sonny Milano each collected an assist. Milano has 2-3=5 points in his first seven games with Anaheim. With his helper, Larsson has 0-2=2 points in his last four games and 1-6=7 points in his last 17 contests.
Tonight's attendance was 15,948. Anaheim continues its four-game homestand Tuesday, March 10 vs. Ottawa (7 p.m.).
On generating scoring chances with his linemates
We did a good job moving our feet. Looking at their lineup, their d-core is pretty strong and solid. Me, Ricky [Rakell] and Rico [Adam Henrique] moved our feet. That way we're always closely supporting each other and creating space for each other.
On his chemistry with Rakell
Ricky tries to be a little cuter than me sometimes. But sometimes I'm a little bit more straightforward. We bring out the best in each other. I try to be more creative and not just chipping the puck up the ice.
On his chemistry with Henrique and Silfverberg
We play off each other pretty well. We talk a lot on the ice. Rico, whenever he gets the puck in the slot area, he always seems to find the back of the net. Silvy had the hot stick tonight and I just tried to find him. We were lucky we connected a few times. That just gives us confidence going forward. It's something we can build on.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the chemistry between Rakell and Silfverberg
Just being countrymen, number one. They're going to communicate a lot. They probably leaned on each other away from the game, so I think there's a great bond there between them. It starts there. They're constantly talking on the bench. They're usually sitting very close to each other on the bench. You can tell there's a real mutual love between those two. It translates onto the ice when they play together.
On Djoos' performance
He can make the play. He's always looking to make a play. He rarely slaps the puck away. He rarely ices the puck. He has that ability that some defensemen have to control the tempo of the game at times. There's a guy doing his best in the American [Hockey] League this year battling it out. It's a great opportunity for him [with the Ducks]. So far, he's really played well.
On coming off a tough loss last night and rebounding well tonight
We were mad. I was mad. Didn't play good enough at all yesterday. They played better. There was no excuse. Tonight it was a tight game again. You know, 3-2 lead for them going into the third. We don't want to do that. We said to ourselves, we have to make it. It's do or die. We need this two points, for sure. Everybody was dialed in. I'm very proud of the team. From the start to the end, in the third, I think we were outstanding.
On the overtime winner
Great faceoff win. Their [Ducks] guy went, I think a little bit too high maybe. Suts [Ryan Suter] recognized it quickly. Recognized it was a quick seam to me and I had a lot of time to just walk in, pick my spot.
On how important it was to get two points tonight
I mean, we need them everywhere and every way we can get them. We talked about it after last game that we gotta go two out of three [games] on this trip, no matter what. It was gutsy. Guys just didn't give up and you know, we haven't this year. So, pretty fun to be a part of. Obviously would've liked to keep a few of those [goals] out, but not going to worry about that, let's just worry about the two points.
On being down 3-2 and turning it around for the third period
You know what, we were fine. Bad goal by me and probably the third one is stoppable too. So, we weren't giving up much. There wasn't much to change. We felt good about our game for the vast majority of our periods and it was the same way. Guys just talked about how much we needed the two points and that we gotta bear down and go at them. With this group, over the last long stretch here, we certainly believe in ourselves to be able to do it.
Interim Head Coach Dean Evason
On finding a way to create energy in the third period
We forget that the other team wants to play too and we got to a long change, they pushed and we weathered the storm. The guys stuck together, but they played hard. They are NHL players, they are trying to play too. We were not happy with our second period, we addressed it in between the second and third and we tried to address it on the bench that we have to simplify our game, put pucks deep, not give them momentum, not turn the puck over. Not only were the coaches talking about that, the players too. We were able to regroup in the second and third. We thought we played a terrific third period. First period was really good, so we are going to take on a lot of positives.
On a one-win trip vs a two-win trip
It was wonderful to get the win tonight. We talked to the group about winning in different ways. The San Jose game, you know, different way we won and tonight a different way. Hopefully, we can put these in the memory bank, and going forward, because we have to play extremely well in different ways to have success.