Anaheim 3 vs. San Jose 1
Oct. 5, 2019
2-0-0, 4 points
The Ducks improved to 2-0-0 to start a season for the fourth time in franchise history with a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. The Ducks became the third Western Conference team to begin the season 2-0-0, joining Vegas and Colorado (Edmonton later won to also move to 2-0-0).
The Ducks have 22 consecutive penalty kills dating to the preseason, including all four San Jose power plays tonight.
Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique each scored their first goals of the season in the second period to give Anaheim a 3-1 lead. Getzlaf's tally represented his 51st career game-winning goal, which ranks third among all-time franchise leaders behind only Teemu Selanne (77) and Corey Perry (64).
Michael Del Zotto opened the scoring for Anaheim with his first goal as a Duck at the 14:32 mark of the first period.
Ondrej Kase recorded a team-high two points (0-2=2), marking his fifth career multi-assist game.
Hampus Lindholm became the first Duck to record points in his first two games of 2019-20 (0-2=2) with an assist on Ryan Getzlaf's game-winning goal.
John Gibson made 35 saves to earn his second victory of the season in as many contests. Through two games, Gibson has stopped 67 of 69 shots for a 1.00 GAA and .971 SV%.
Anaheim has earned points in eight of its last nine home games vs. San Jose, earning 13 of a possible 18 standings points (.722 points percentage).
Next up for the Ducks is a four-game road trip that makes stops in Detroit (Tuesday, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m. PT), Pittsburgh (Thursday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m. PT), Columbus (Friday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m. PT) and Boston (Monday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. PT). Anaheim's next home game is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 16 vs. Buffalo at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT).
Tonight's attendance was 15,795.
On tonight's game
I thought we played a hell of a game overall, including the third. Unfortunate penalty to take late against a good power play, but I think the demeanor on the bench was really good and we went out and executed a good penalty kill.
On if this is the tempo they want to be playing at
Absolutely. That was a lot of fun. When you are playing with speed and everyone is on the same page and you are playing with the puck. I think you can ask any player, that is when it is the most fun. Nobody likes to be stuck in their own end or fighting to get the puck back. When we are playing and working for each other, it is a lot of fun out there.
On getting off to a good start at home
We take a lot of pride in home ice and protecting it. Of course when the fans get going and we feel that energy and get a little extra jump in our step.
On being relentless on the puck
It's kind of something we are trying to put in our game in the shift length and kind of rolling everybody over. I think you have kind of seen it in the first two [games] now. Quicker shifts kind of allows everybody to be at a higher pace. It kind of allowed us in that game at times to take over and continue the pressure, and maybe created a few more chances for us. I think that is something that is going to be big for us the whole season. It's something we will always kind of go back to, roll everybody over. If we are getting all four lines involved, you can just play at a higher pace and eventually throughout the game it wears on the other team.
On having more fun by dictating the pace
You never want to be sitting back. I thought we did a good job responding tonight too, after the goal.
Head coach Dallas Eakins
On the "quiet confidence" of the team
We want to be real humble and in the same breath be very, very hungry. I thought our men did a great job of both tonight.
On Shore's performance
He is such a good guy to have on your team because you can move him around in different spots. He can jump in on both sides of the special teams, and I thought he had another really good game.
San Jose Sharks
On the game
Disappointing. I thought we played alright for periods of that game. I thought we had some good shifts, better than we've had in the first two games. But yeah, tough game.
On what the team needs to do going forward
We gotta work. It's not easy to score goals or win hockey games in the NHL, unless you work. Every team is talented in this league. Usually the teams that work harder win games. All three so far, the other team has outworked us.
On how he felt
I felt great. I had lots of work, but I felt good out there.
On the second period
We got hemmed in our own end a lot that period. I think that the guys were tired. We were a little bit of a short bench when Marcus [Sorensen] went down. We had the long change too. It's tough, you get trapped and guys are gassed, you have to really bear down on those and get those clears.
Head coach Peter DeBoer
On tonight's effort
I think our effort was there all night. I thought for three in four nights and being on the road, I thought especially our big guys played really hard. The first goal is a tough one to give up considering the circumstances. I mean that puts you behind, changes the mindset early. Especially against a guy like (John) Gibson at the other end.
I thought he made some saves after that, but we're not in a position, listen we've scored I think one goal going to exhibition, I mean we're barely getting a goal a night. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of room for errors like that.