Anaheim 3 vs. San Jose 5
Nov. 14, 2019
9-9-2, 20 points
The Ducks concluded a season-long seven-game homestand with a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks tonight at Honda Center.
The Ducks played their 1,000th all-time regular-season game in Anaheim tonight at Honda Center. After the NHL awarded Anaheim and the Walt Disney Company a franchise on Dec. 10, 1992, the Ducks hosted their first ever game in Anaheim on Oct. 8, 1993 vs. Detroit. Over the last 26 years and through 1,000 games at Honda Center, Anaheim has posted a 537-330-133 all-time record (excluding "home" neutral site games). The Ducks' first win in club history came in Anaheim on Oct. 13, 1993 vs. Edmonton (4-3). The Ducks posted their 500th all-time win at Honda Center with a 4-3 shootout decision over the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 25, 2018, reaching the milestone victory in their 932nd all-time game in Anaheim.
Rickard Rakell opened the scoring 1:09 into the first period with his sixth goal of the season. Rakell has goals in three of his last four games (3-1=4) and 5-7=12 points in his last 16 contests.
Jakob Silfverberg scored a power-play goal at the 13:00 mark of the second period and added an assist to push his point streak to four games (2-3=5).
With an assist on Silfverberg's goal, Adam Henrique extended his point and assist streak to four games (0-5=5). Henrique ranks second among team leaders in goals (8), tied for fourth in assists (6) and second in points (14).
Max Jones scored at 15:50 of the third period, marking his second goal in his last three games (2-0=2). Sam Steel and Carter Rowney collected assists on the Jones goal. With the helper, Steel has 0-4=4 points in his last five games and ranks tied for second among team leaders in assists (8).
Tonight's attendance was 16,007. Anaheim begins a four-game road trip Saturday Nov. 16 in St. Louis (5 p.m.).
On the homestand
You know, obviously not the way we wanted it to go. So now, we have to go out on the road and make sure that we have a good road trip.
On the second being their best period tonight
I thought we had a good period there. We were skating well, we were creating turnovers, we were getting opportunities and we were playing our game. So there's certainly been positives in a lot of the games we've played of late, but putting together a full 60 minutes has kind of still been a challenge.
On the team getting a power play goal and gaining confidence
I think it was a spark for us. It was actually the first goal our unit's scored all year. It's been 20 games and I think the mood on the bench was very positive after that. I definitely think that was a big spark for us.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On some of the good things to take from the game
Well, we were able to get one on the power play. Those players and Mark Morrison have been working extremely hard at it, so it's good to see them get rewarded for their hard work. I thought our forecheck was excellent again tonight. It's hard to improve, but we've got the killer mentality when we get up. We are getting the chances right after that. It's 2-1, we're getting our chances, and that's where we've got to take another step and bury them. If we can get a goal there it certainly changes the complexity of the game.
On Gibson's play being sharp tonight
Yeah, and he's always good with the bounce-back games. I thought he made some good saves there too, at critical times. I thought he was good.
San Jose Sharks
On if Tomas Hertl's line drove the offense tonight
Yeah, that's probably a good way to put it. Those guys created all our offense for the first two. They had some good looks. I thought our fourth line had some good shifts in the first, but other than that, didn't create much.
On the impact of the shorthanded goal
Yeah it was a big goal. Kaner [Evander Kane] did a good job beating a couple guys up ice. I got that puck and he was behind two of their guys, and I kind of made eye contact with him. With his speed, he can beat guys up the ice and he was hungry to score that goal.
On the team's play in the last few games
We've been scoring more goals, which helps obviously. Our mindset has been defend first and that's when we do score more goals. We're still in a hole here so we gotta make sure that we continue to build our game here.
On his saves before Brent Burns' goal
Off the rush, just trying to stay with them. Kind of similar plays, but just trying to stay patient, stay with them. Obviously, Brent came down and scored a big goal for us.
Head coach Peter DeBoer
On Tomas Hertl's line carrying the offense
They did, until the third. I thought in the third we found another level, our entire team. I think we talked between the second and third, that we had an opportunity to win this game if we get some more guys going. I thought our third was obviously our best period.
On juggling the lines
I think we needed some type of spark. I thought [Tomas] Hertl's line was productive. I thought especially in the second period some of our other lines were kind of vanilla. We moved some things around, we regrouped between the second and third, and I thought we came out with a good push.