Anaheim 4 vs. Carolina 2
Oct. 18, 2019
6-2-0, 12 points
The Ducks pushed their home win streak to four consecutive games (4-0-0) following a 4-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. With a 6-2-0 overall record (12 pts.), Anaheim has posted its best start since 2014-15 (7-1-0, 14 pts.) in both wins and points. In addition, the club's four-game home win streak matches the best home start in club history (third time, last: 2014-15).
Holding opponents to 14 goals in 2019-20, the Ducks have established a club record for fewest goals allowed through the first eight games.
Adam Henrique opened the scoring at the 4:06 mark of the first period, marking his fourth goal in his last three games (3-1=4). Henrique leads the Ducks in goals (5) this season.
Appearing in his 500th career NHL game, Jakob Silfverberg scored his second goal in as many games and his fourth of the season 37 seconds into the second period. With the goal, Silfverberg has points in three of four games (3-2=5) along with a +8 rating.
Cam Fowler (0-1=1) and Rickard Rakell (0-2=2) each extended their point streaks to four games. Sam Steel collected an assist for the second straight game.
Carter Rowney scored his third career shorthanded goal, his second with Anaheim, at the 5:57 mark of the second period. With the goal, Anaheim is tied for second in the NHL with two shorthanded tallies.
Troy Terry scored his first goal of the season at the 13:44 mark of the first period.
Ryan Miller stopped 22-of-24 shots to earn his second victory of the season.
Anaheim concludes its three-game homestand Sunday, Oct. 20 against the Calgary Flames (6 p.m.).
Tonight's attendance was 14,755.
On team defense
I thought all night we did a really good job of that. We had the puck a lot and we were pushing. I thought we were over top of their players and their skill players quite a bit tonight. It was really good.
On winning puck battles
It's part of playing the system the right way. We get to pucks when we're together, so it feels like if one guy isn't getting it, another guy is getting it. That's great for us.
On the team's speed
That's the only way to do it now. If you're getting into a grinding game and trying to hit everybody, there is somebody going right by you on the open side. Then you're chasing the game all night. We're keeping guys in front of us pretty well. That's good to see.
On protecting leads
I think we're doing a good job of staying calm and making sure we're still out there to score that next goal. We're not just sitting back and receiving the game. I think when you start doing that, you end up getting caught and get extended shifts. That leads to trouble. I think we're doing a good job, starting with Dallas [Eakins] behind this new bench. He's getting fresh guys out there. He's keeping short shifts and making sure everyone is ready to go out there to score the next goal.
On consecutive wins
I think it brings confidence to the team. We know we have a strong team and we know we can play this kind of hockey with a lot speed and a lot of puck management. Obviously, it gives us confidence, but at the same time, we need to stay humble. We can't get too comfortable here. We're always looking to improve but obviously beating teams like this is good for the group.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On the start of the game
We liked it. We tried to give them, rather than just walking in the room and saying, "Hey, let's have a good start," some tangible things to look for there. They, once again, took it to heart and we were able to get what we needed.
On team chemistry
It's encouraging to hear them in the room and on the bench. It's just great reminders of things we haven't even said to them today, but it's been things we've covered in the past. We've got a group in there that's all really pulling in the same direction. It's fun to watch.
On protecting leads
We're not giving up a ton. We don't want to just back out of the zone either and play with a super high forward. We want to stay aggressive and get [offensive] zone time. But in the same breath, we want to be calculated with our offense. Overall, I just like our aggression.
On what they can take away from the game
I thought, in general, there just wasn't enough from everyone including myself. Everyone was just a bit behind. We didn't really create enough offensively and didn't feel like we did enough. We didn't really do anything all that great. So, we are going to have to sit on this one for a while which is unfortunate, but I think the boys hopefully will learn a lesson from now on in this trip and how it is just not easy or showing up thinking that it is just going to be easy. It's not. It's a good league and they (Ducks) played well.
On Haydn Fleury's first NHL goal
If there was one positive, it was nice to see him get one. He has been working hard for a lot of years and he has been playing well consistently, and lately you could tell it was starting to come for him. We were joking with him, but at the same time we knew it was coming. He has been playing some good hockey.
On getting his first NHL goal
This year, I felt from the first game that I have had chances to score each night. Hit a post against Tampa and now we're here.
On what went wrong tonight
I just think we didn't start on time. I think they got off to a hot start and it's tough to spot a team two goals and come back. We got a couple there, but I think we just didn't get the push we needed to in the third and having it all relate to the start we had.
Head coach Rod Brind'Amour
On if there is anything to take away from working their way back a bit in the second period
Not really. It's just kind of irrelevant. They get up four. They're just sitting back, waiting for us to get something going and we didn't generate anything.
It didn't feel like there was momentum ever on our side. Right from the start, it just felt kind of, pretty vanilla game and then we gave them that early one for no reason. That just, for whatever reason, I don't think they had four chances in the first and they scored on two or three. Whatever it was. We just gave it to them I felt like. They played a good game. They just didn't give us much, and when you get a lead that's how you play. They did a nice job.