Anaheim 5 vs. Buffalo 2
Oct. 16, 2019
5-2-0, 10 points
The Ducks improved their home record to 3-0-0 and overall mark to 5-2-0 following a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at Honda Center. They've started their season with three straight home wins for the fourth time in franchise history and first time since 2014-15. Anaheim has allowed the fewest goals (12 GA) over the first seven games of a season in franchise history (previously 13 GA in 2006-07).
Anaheim's three-goal middle frame marked its highest scoring period since Mar. 30, 2019 at Edmonton (also three goals in second period of 5-1 win).
Jakob Silfverberg posted a team-high three points (1-2=3). Silfverberg leads the Ducks with 6 points (3-3=6) on the season.
Adam Henrique notched his 17th career multi-goal game (2-0=2) and his fifth with Anaheim (last: Mar. 8, 2019 vs. Montreal) to help lead the Ducks to the 4-2 win. Henrique, who has 8-14=22 points in 24 career games vs. the Sabres, leads Anaheim with four goals this season.
Ryan Getzlaf gave the Ducks the lead in the second period with a power-play goal, marking Anaheim's first tally with the man advantage this season. The goal also represented Getzlaf's 52nd career game-winner, which ranks third among all-time franchise leaders (Selanne first with 77, Perry second with 64).
Rickard Rakell (1-1=2) scored his second goal in as many games and third of the season 57 seconds into the second period. Rakell has points in three straight games against Buffalo (2-2=4) and in five of his last six contests (4-3=7).
Max Comtois, Josh Manson and Sam Steel collected their first points of the season (assists).
John Gibson stopped 31-of-33 Buffalo shots to earn his fourth win of the season.
Anaheim continues its three-game homestand Friday, Oct. 18 against the Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 20 against the Calgary Flames (6 p.m.).
Tonight's attendance was 15,193.
On getting a power-play goal
It was good. We put a lot of work into it the last couple days and it was nice to get rewarded when we went out there. Even early in the game we had some good movement, had some good shots, those kind of things and it was nice to get rewarded.
On getting contributions from the kids, vets and good goaltending
We're going to be scoring by committee all season long. We have a lot of young players that are playing key roles for us and we're going to need them to contribute just as much as everybody. Our group, up and down our lineup, is pretty strong and we just have to keep going.
On being comfortable in a physical game
Yeah, I would've liked to have seen us get a few more power plays and penalty kills, but ultimately I thought we did a good job of sticking up for one another without getting carried away and letting the game get out of hand.
On beating a team that has only lost one game (in overtime) and the impact of this win
It's big. We had a bit of a slow start (tonight) obviously, but I thought we did a good job with some pushback and responding as we talked about in between periods. We're putting this one behind us. Put it in the bank and move forward and prepare for the next game.
On what it meant to score on the power play
It was big. I thought we were doing a good job. We had some looks and some opportunities. It's really nice to get one in. It was a huge time for us. Those guys did a great job there, the whole time they were on the ice. Starting with a faceoff win and looking to attack.
On Gibson's play
He's John Gibson. It's night after night. You can't say enough about him, really. He's the cornerstone of this team and has been for a long time. He's always there. Certainly gives us that confidence every single night, whether we're playing good or bad, he's always there making big saves night in and night out for us. It's nice to get the win there too for him.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On the penalty kill against Buffalo's red-hot power play
Our kill was excellent. It was a pretty physical and contested game. Obviously seeing their [power play], I think it was eight times they rolled out. Very dangerous, but our penalty killing and obviously Gibby being a big part of that as well, they were excellent.
On the power play
There is still lots of work to do there, but it's just a relief to get one in there for everyone because it becomes a focus and with that comes a lot of unneeded pressure. We have an expectation there that is a little bit different, but we had worked hard on that for a number of days and good on that unit for sticking with it.
On how the penalties affected the game
There was a lot of penalties on each side. I think the frustrating part for us was just the lack of execution on the power play. We had a lot of chances. Our power play has been really good for us this year, but tonight it wasn't what it needed to be for us to win the game. We had a lot of chances we just didn't capitalize. Give the penalty kill credit over there, but it's on us.
On if it was difficult building momentum in a game like this
No, I mean you have an opportunity on the power play, it's a great way to gain momentum. Just need to execute it, that's on us. They gave us a lot of chances on the man advantage, we just seemed like we were a little sloppy.
On the physical play of the Ducks
Nothing to it, every team is different. They're a team that wants to get us going, they want to trick us into playing their game. Unfortunately they were successful there in the second. We got away from it a little bit. They did a good job of doing that.
On why their defensive scheme didn't work tonight
It's hard to say, I mean once you kind of get that adrenaline, testosterone going, it's hard to cool down when you're in the heat of the moment. It's definitely a learner for us. I liked the way we came back in the third. We started playing the way we should be. It could've slipped out of our hands, we could've played 40 bad minutes, but I thought that we did a really good job of coming back to our game.
Head coach Ralph Krueger
On their start and how the game developed
We were really pleased with the kickoff and we thought that in every facet of the game, we brought the speed we wanted to, we brought the simplicity, and we were ahead for sure for deserved reasons. We lost the way, it seemed like the no-goal worked, almost, against us versus for us. We let our guard down there, the next shift they got the two to one goal, we really lost our way then, right up into the third period.
On the impact of the Ducks' physicality
I don't think it affected us as much as we were complicating with the puck. We got complicated early in the second period. We had a couple of turnovers that gave them momentum. I didn't feel that what happened with the physicality really changed the way we were playing, it was just the fact that they got a lot of energy out of their goals, about coming back into the game. We just couldn't turn it, and the game got away from us.