Anaheim 3 vs. New York Islanders 0
Nov. 25, 2019
11-11-3, 25 points
The Ducks won their seventh home contest of 2019-20 with a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders tonight at Honda Center. With their first shutout victory of the season, the Ducks have won three of their last four contests against Metropolitan Division opponents (3-1-0, 6 pts.).
John Gibson recorded his first shutout of the season and 19th of his career, the fourth-most in franchise history. Gibson turned aside all 26 shots to earn his eighth win of the season.
Ryan Getzlaf scored the game's opening goal at 10:26 of the second period. With his third multi-point game of the season, Getzlaf extended his point streak to a season-tying five games (2-5=7). Getzlaf is averaging more than a point-per-game against the Islanders, having collected 6-13=19 points in 18 career games.
Cam Fowler scored his fifth goal of the season at the 13:13 mark of the third period, doubling the Ducks lead. With 1-1=2 points on the night, Fowler leads Ducks defensemen in goals (5) and points (13), co-leads in plus/minus (+5) and ranks second in assists (8). Fowler also tied a career high with a +3 rating (10th time).
Ondrej Kase capped the night's scoring with a goal just 1:11 after Fowler's tally. Including tonight's goal, Kase has 2-1=3 points in his last three games.
Erik Gudbranson and Troy Terry recorded single assists in the victory. Gudbranson also posted a career-tying +3 rating (11th time).
Jakob Silfverberg recorded his 1,151st shot on goal as a Duck in the opening period to surpass Steve Rucchin (1,150) for sole possession of fifth on the franchise's all-time shots list.
Tonight's attendance was 16,269. Anaheim next returns to the road for its fifth away game in six contests on Wednesday, Nov. 27 in Arizona (6:30 p.m. PT).
On tonight's game
That's definitely the response we wanted. We talked a little bit as a group and some things were said, and necessary to respond as a group. I thought we did a good job of that tonight playing 60 minutes.
On building momentum or confidence as the game went on
I just felt like we didn't let up. Throughout the game, we sustained what we wanted to. A lot less turnovers at their blue line, kept the puck moving forward, and we got rewarded for it.
On ending the Islanders' 17-game point streak
We're focused on our own group right now. We're just happy we competed and played against a real good hockey team tonight and came out on the right side.
On facing the best bringing out their best
It's obviously a great challenge. They [Islanders] are one of the hottest or the hottest team in the league, so [it was] an easy game to get up for. We believe we can compete with anybody if we play consistently for 60 minutes and we did that tonight, so it's a big win for our group.
On Gibson's performance
He's been playing great. All season long, he's been a big reason why we've been able to compete in hockey games. Like I said, we felt that we could do a much better job in front of him and I think we did that tonight. When you let him see the puck and track him, and you're taking care of guys in front of the net, he's going to make all those saves. Great team effort, but definitely happy to see him get a shutout. He deserves it.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On measuring up against the Islanders
I thought we did okay against them. It was, obviously, getting through that first period. I thought Gibby [John Gibson] was excellent and we got our feet underneath us and started to battle back. I was really proud of our guys, how they played and stuck with the game plan.
On neutralizing Mathew Barzal
That young man is just a heck of a player and to get him across the sheet with no shots and no attempts, that's a big night. He was certainly a guy we had circled before the game that we had to pay special attention to.
New York Islanders
On the feeling after the game
That one stinks. Felt like we came hard in the first. They came out hard in the second. We didn't really maintain that compete level we had in the first. Having points for such a long time, that one kinda stinks.
On if they need to change anything for their next game
No, I think we just gotta stick to our game. Just go back to what gave us success. We know how to have success as a group. We win together, we lose together. That's what happened tonight, we lost all together.
Head coach Barry Trotz
On the difference of their play between the first period and the last two
They [the Ducks] came back from out east and we wanted to jump on them early. I thought we did. We weren't able to find the back of the net. They got their legs under them in the second, they dug in. I think we were looking for another sorta easy period like the first. We weren't willing to commit enough in the second and third.
On if the loss is easier to take after a 17-game point streak
I get it. Guys have committed a lot over a long time, and we've won different ways. It's just reality. We didn't play well enough tonight to deserve to win. I think our guys are good enough pros to understand that. I'm not gonna kick any cans or anything like that.