Anaheim 4 vs. Boston 2
Nov. 15, 2017
8-7-3, 19 points
The Ducks earned their second win in three games (2-1-0) following a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at Honda Center. Anaheim has defeated Boston in eight consecutive games, marking the NHL's second-longest active win streak against the Bruins (Washington, 10 games). Anaheim also improves to 11-1-1 in its last 13 meetings with Boston, including five consecutive wins at Honda Center.
Antoine Vermette, who appeared in his 1,000th NHL game tonight, recorded the primary assist on Nick Ritchie's second-period goal. Vermette became one of 17 active skaters and the 313th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game mark. He was also the 10th player to play in his 1,000th NHL game as a member of the Ducks and the second to do so at Honda Center.
John Gibson stopped 39-of-41 shots for his sixth win of the season. Gibson improved to 3-0 when facing 40 shots or more in a game this season.
Corey Perry registered his second multi-assist game in his last three contests. Perry has points in two of his last three games (0-2=4).
Nick Ritchie collected 1-1=2 points for his fifth career multi-point contest. Ritchie also earned a +2 rating, tying his career high.
Kevin Roy scored his first career NHL goal at 13:26 of the first period. He became the third Duck to register his first NHL goal this season (also Kalle Kossila on October 26 at Florida and Derek Grant on October 20 vs. Montreal).
Josh Manson scored his first goal and 11th of his career, while matching his career high in plus/minus (+3) for the third time this season.
With his ninth assist, Rickard Rakell now has points in five of his last six games (1-7=8).
Sami Vatanen, who collected his second helper of the season on Roy's goal and registered a season-high +3 rating, has points in three of his last four games (1-2=3). Vatanen is within two points from tying Fredrik Olausson (127) for sixth on the franchise's all-time scoring list for defensemen.
Derek Grant scored his fourth goal of the season at 2:35 in the third period. Grant has points in six of his last eight games (2-4=6) and extended his career high in goals (4) and points (10).
The Ducks will finish their five-game homestand on Sunday, Nov. 19 against the Florida Panthers at Honda Center (5 p.m. PT).
Tonight's attendance was 15,089.
On generating chances
I'm starting to feel more confident with the puck. I always keep telling myself I have more time than I have. Early on, I was getting rid of the puck a little too soon. I can hold onto it and make plays.
On the second period
We didn't play very well, that's for sure. I don't think we had a shot until eight minutes left in the second [period]. We found a way to score a goal and get another one right after. It's not the way we want to play, but we'll take it.
On the emotions after scoring his first NHL goal
I didn't see it. I just heard the noise and saw the players around me. It just felt awesome. It's a moment you dream of. Getting the first one is pretty special.
On former Northeastern teammates scoring against the Bruins
Mans [Josh Manson] had a big game, too. It was pretty awesome. Maybe a little extra motivation for us. It was good to see.
On Roy's goal
It was awesome. I couldn't be more happy for him. He's worked really hard. I've seen the progress through college. He's a goal scorer. It's the first of many.
On the victory
You're always desperate for wins in this league. We're banged up right now. We have a lot of injuries. We're trying to get through it and come out on the good side of it. Just trying to get through it until we get guys back. We've been doing a pretty decent job. There are a lot of things we need to tighten up on. The urgency is there right now to get some wins.
Head coach Randy Carlyle
On the start
We had our legs underneath us and it was a much better start to the hockey game than we had the other night against Tampa. That was our focus. We couldn't afford to have that type of start. We got ourselves a one-goal lead and then kind of went to sleep, but we found ways at opportunistic times to score some goals.
On preparing for Sunday's game
Tomorrow will be a day off and we'll come back to practice on Friday and Saturday. Get ourselves ready for Sunday. That's what we talked about after the game, what's ahead of us. We have this time here to get our hockey club playing well and to make sure we take the necessary steps to prepare for Sunday because that's the most important one. Hopefully we can build off a strong game there and carry it through into next week.
On the second period
Some bounces were going their way. I thought we had a really good second overall. We had some guys in front of the net doing their thing. There were a couple plays there that they capitalized on. It was a lead we couldn't get back.
On John Gibson's performance
There were other times where I thought we could have had more guys in front of the net and more bodies, including myself. You can pick and choose what you want to critique, but good on him. He's a very good goaltender.
On the team's defensive performance
Letting in four goals is something we want to fix. There were tough bounces. I don't want to evaluate that. I haven't seen the video, but there were tough bounces from my part.
On the margin of error with patchwork lineup
It's very thin, especially with how much we have to work for our goals. We haven't been scoring a lot lately and those goals have been tough to come by. We can't afford to have any unlucky bounces against us and today we had a couple. We have to try to limit our errors and play as solid as possible.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy
On the second period
We weren't great in the first. Obviously, they had lots of energy and a good push and we got behind, and deserved to be behind a goal. We found our game in the second and that was one of our better periods most of the year.
On the patchwork lineup
I'm not going to use that as an excuse. We've got some young players up front, we know that, but at the back-end and our goaltending there is experience there.