Anaheim 3 vs. Detroit 4 OT
Nov. 12, 2019
9-8-2, 20 points
The Ducks concluded their first season series of the 2019-20 campaign with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Red Wings tonight at Honda Center. Anaheim earned three of four possible standings points (1-0-1) from the two-game set with Detroit.
Cam Fowler scored his fourth goal of the season at 13:48 of the second period, capping a three-goal middle frame for Anaheim. With the goal, Fowler has 2-2=4 points in his last six games. He leads Anaheim defensemen in goals (4) and co-leads in points (9).
Jakob Silfverberg scored his eighth goal of the season 20 seconds in the second period to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Silfverberg leads Anaheim in points (15), co-leads in goals (8) and ranks second in assists (7). He has 3-3=6 points in his last five games against the Red Wings.
Twenty-nine seconds after Silfverberg's goal, Josh Mahura scored his first goal of the season to double Anaheim's lead.
Ondrej Kase (0-2=2, +2) and Adam Henrique (0-2=2) both tied single-game career highs in assists (25th time for Henrique, sixth time for Kase). Henrique's helpers extended his assist streak to three games (0-4=4).
With the primary assist on Fowler's goal, Ryan Getzlaf now has 4-3=7 points in his last eight games. Getzlaf also owns points in nine of his last 10 games vs. the Red Wings (2-8=10).
Tonight's attendance was 15,406. Anaheim concludes a season-long seven-game homestand Thursday Nov. 12 against the San Jose Sharks (7 p.m.)
Turnovers put us in a bad spot. Penalties happen when you turn the puck over and we decided in the third period that we were going to turn the puck over too much. We didn't make decisions to put the puck deep and keep working. It's a frustrating learning lesson when you have to figure those things out. When you're ahead in hockey games, in this league, we have to get the puck in deep, all the way deep, not to the top of the circles. It's gotta go all the way in. We turned it over too many times in the third period.
On the loss
We were in control most of the night. We played a pretty solid two periods. We had responses when we needed them. Our goaltender played good when we needed him. You feel like you [gave away] a point that I felt we should have had tonight if we played the same way throughout the whole game.
On the 6-on-3 penalty kill
It's not an ideal situation, especially late in the game, but if you look at it, [Jacob Larsson] is doing the right thing. You can't make a play from there so you try to put it in the corner. It just happened to land on the guy's stick and [Ryan Miller] is off his angle so there's no way for him to recover. Chalk that one up to a fortunate bounce for them.
On how to defend a 6-on-3
You stay tight. You take away where their weapons are. You know [Anthony] Mantha is going to tee it up and so is [Filip] Hronek. [Dylan] Larkin is going to be down low, if it comes low, looking for a seam pass. As long as you play your angles correctly and give up the lowest percentage shot, then that's definitely a situation you can go on. We were doing a great job. Honestly, it's a bad bounce.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On the 6-on-3 penalty kill
There you're just looking for that faceoff. It's an extremely hard, hard position to be in. It's hard enough when it's 6-on-4, but to go down like that, that's a tough one to pull out of.
On his takeaways from the loss
For the first two periods, I thought we were playing fairly good. I thought, in the first, we had really pulled everyone into the fight. I thought we were playing an excellent, excellent game and that's what's tough about these games. You do a lot of good things, but you're left with the result where you had the two points with two minutes left and then you only end up with one.
Detroit Red Wings
On his game-winning goal in OT
It all happened pretty fast. I hopped on the ice, saw a gap in the middle, and Fabs [Robby Fabbri] gave me a really good pass. Their D-man was kind of back in their zone a little bit, so I figured why not go in and shoot it, and it went in.
On the resilience of the team
It's been way better. Lately, if we get down a goal or two, we are not panicking. We're not playing frantic or anything like that. We still have the same habits. We're still forechecking and getting the puck in deep, so that's good to see.
On the three-game winning streak
Well, I think we have been playing together. We've battled for each other. We've always worked hard, even in our [losing] stretch. We're always hard-working guys and guys that care, and have great character so I think we've put it all together the past three games and we have to keep going. We have to keep building. The effort was always there and you're seeing us get rewarded right now, and it feels good for this group and for the guys playing hard every night.
Head coach Jeff Blashill
On the play of Andreas Athanasiou
Yeah, he was really engaged tonight. I thought he was really good tonight, overall. I think he has been playing better hockey, for sure. I also think he's scoring on his chances more. Early in the season, he had chances and he just wasn't scoring, but he was having chances for sure. The better double-A [Athanasiou] plays, the better hockey team we are.
On not making drastic changes when the game isn't going in their favor
You know, we've been a team that's struggled a little bit with that at times. As losses built up, we started to melt a little bit when we got down and maybe got away from playing a good, solid team game. I thought we did a way better job tonight of that and we've done a way better job lately, and with that comes confidence of winning a couple games in a row. So, winning breeds confidence and I think we've gotta continue to make sure we play good hockey for 60 minutes, and we did a pretty good job as the game went along with that.