Anaheim 3 vs New York 2
Oct. 11, 2017
2-1-1, 5 points
The Ducks capped a season-opening four-game homestand with a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Honda Center. The Ducks earned standings points in three of the four games, beginning the season with a 2-1-1 record.
John Gibson earned his second win of the season, turning aside 39-of-41 shots (both season highs). He faced 21 total shots in the first period, stopping 20.
Andrew Cogliano opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the game with his second goal of the season. Cogliano finished with two points (1-1=2) to take sole possession of the team lead in scoring this season (2-3=5).
Rickard Rakell netted the second goal of the game for the Ducks, marking his second goal and fourth point of the season, second among team leaders. Cam Fowler also earned his first assist of the season on the Rakell tally.
Patrick Eaves netted his 17th career GWG in his season debut tonight. Eaves has scored 12 goals in 21 games with Anaheim since being acquired from Dallas on Feb. 24, 2017.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf registered his first points of the season with two assists, while Josh Manson tied his career high with a pair of assists (0-2=2, second time) and established a personal best with a +3 rating.
Randy Carlyle earned his 412th career win to move one shy of matching Hall-of-Famer Jack Adams (413) for 32nd place in all-time wins for NHL coaches.
Tonight's attendance was 14,553. Anaheim will travel to Colorado for their first road game of the season on Friday against the Avalanche at Pepsi Center.
On his goal
I had a pretty good lane from Cam [Fowler] and I didn't have anybody on me, so it gave me some room to get my stick on the puck. It was a great shot.
On regrouping after the first period
We knew we didn't play up to our potential. Going into the locker room in a tied game, it was still a good feeling for us that we had a tied game. We knew we could play so much better. It was a good response from the whole team going forward after the first period. We managed to push them back a little bit and put some pressure on them.
On his season debut
We got the win. That was perfect. We found a way. Gibby [John Gibson] played great in the first period. I thought it was a good night. We played a good hockey team and got two points. We'll take it.
On his goal
I just shot it at hard as I could. I wasn't really aiming. I didn't have a great angle, but Mans [Josh Manson] laid a flat puck out there for me so I could get a lot on it. It was just off a set breakout. He lugged it in, took it behind the net and I was finding the soft spot.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On regrouping after the first period
We're going to have to find another formula as far trying to stimulate our group from the start of the game. We scored our goal, killed a penalty and then we go flat. We relied on our goaltender to bail us out. Your goaltender can only do that so many times. That has to change with our group. We played better after the first period and got ourselves back into the hockey game.
On the team's overall performance
We weren't involved physically or engaged in 1-on-1 battles. We chart a bunch of those things, too, so it's not like we don't have proof of what we bring to the table and what we present. Those are the things we try to use to stimulate our group. Right now it seems like the start of hockey games have been difficult for us, but we're not going to critique a win. We won the hockey game. If we had to do that every game and weather the storm and win every game, I don't think we'd complain, but that's just not the right way.
New York Islanders
On his performance
I feel like I had a good game. I was moving the puck well out of the zone. In the end, we just have to score a bit more and just make sure we work harder.
On the difficulties playing Anaheim
That's a physical team. I think one of our strengths is quickness and speed with skill guys. They want to be physical and I think they were. They did what they needed to do, but we need to be harder there. It could be tough for some guys playing physical games, but with our speed we can play with any team.
On the team's response to Anaheim's first goal
It's tough when you're crawling out of a hole the whole game. I thought the guys played really well. I thought the guys competed and everyone was strong throughout the game. We had a couple bad bounces, but you can't be down early.
On if the team feels comfortable playing from behind
I don't think it's a thing you want. I think you should definitely get comfortable playing from behind because you're not going to be winning every game. I think it's something you need to prepare yourself for. We need to get ourselves a little more composed in the first period and start off with a lead.
Head Coach Doug Weight
On the offside call in the third period
It was a good catch by the guys upstairs and the guys in the room. There was no doubt it was offside so it was a big call for us and it gave us a chance to get back. It was a big call at the time.
On New York's first period and overall performance
Probably the best period of the year in the first period. Got in a little penalty trouble, then we got some good kills. I would expect that it would be a big uplifting call. We made a push, they held tight and they held on, so give them credit.