Anaheim 6 vs Montreal 2
Oct. 20, 2017
3-3-1, 7 points
John Gibson stopped 49-of-51 shots as the Ducks scored a season-high six goals en route to a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Honda Center.
Gibson's 49 saves and 51 shots faced were second only in his career to his 51 saves and 54 shots faced on Jan. 1, 2017 vs. Philadelphia. In the second period, Gibson set a franchise record for most saves (28) and shots faced (30) in a single period. Stopping 28-of-30 shots, Gibson surpassed the franchise mark of 24 saves set by Jonas Hiller on Oct. 8, 2010 @ DET (third period, 24-of-24) and Frederik Andersen on March 2, 2014 vs. CAR (third period, 24-of-26). Gibson also bested the club record of most shots faced by Frederik Andersen on March 2, 2014 vs. CAR (third period, 24-of-26).
With his 370th career NHL assist on Chris Wagner's goal, Corey Perry surpassed Paul Kariya (369) for sole possession of third place on the franchise's all-time assists list.
Antoine Vermette registered a goal and an assist in tonight's contest, giving him 103 multi-point games.
Kevin Bieksa recorded his first multi-point game (0-2=2) since Jan. 3, 2016 vs. Winnipeg (1-1=2), and first multi-assist contest since Jan. 16, 2015 @ CAR (0-2=2).
Both Chris Wagner (1-1=2) and Brandon Montour (1-1=2) recorded their first career multi-point games.
Derek Grant scored his first two career NHL goals in tonight's win.
Jaycob Megna picked up his first career NHL point (assist) along with a career-high +3 rating. Josh Manson also set a career high with a +3 rating.
Dennis Rasmussen scored his first goal as a Duck in the first perriod.
Randy Carlyle earned his 413th career victory to tie Hall-of-Famer Jack Adams for 32nd on the all-time wins list as a head coach.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On scoring his first two career NHL goals
It was a good feeling. It's nice for the team to get one on the power play, as well. Hopefully we can get that one going a little more. Kaser [Ondrej Kase] made a great play on the second one to get me an easy one. All the credit to him.
On the game
We got the start we wanted, which hasn't been our strong point. We sat back a little in the second, but we were able to find our game again in the third, show a lot of character and get the win.
On the game
We found a way to win. It was a big win for us. They needed a win, too, so it was a desperate hockey game. Just a lot of different pushes. It wasn't the prettiest, but a win is a win.
On the third period
We came out and probably had our best period of the night. It was a good response.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the start of the game
We're going to try and take the positives out of it because that was the best start we've had this year. We're going to have to start more games like that. I'm not suspecting we're scoring three goals in the first period every time, but we have to show that energy, that spark and that grittiness to go out and compete. Tonight was hopefully a sign of things to come.
On scoring on the power play
We've had a lot of chances and we've had one goal we scored earlier that got called back because it was an offside review. Those are the hurdles you have to overcome. That's the mental part of it. We know we have people in positions that can score goals and utilize the power-play time effectively. We just have to get more people making more contributions on the offensive side of it.
On the frustration of the team's struggles so far in the season
There's no excuse for the ups-and-downs in our play. It's more frustrating because it just shows we are more capable of doing it but then I don't know what it is. There's too many lulls in our pace of play right now. You can't afford to take a shift off, you can't afford to take a period off. We learned our lesson a couple of times, we should know it by now.
On the inability to carry over second-period success into the third period
To be quite honest, it's a shame on us. It's our job to play 60 minutes. There's no excuse to play a good second period and then come back out in the third and not have it. That's on us as a team. That's on us as leaders.
On the team's second-period success
I thought we came out and played really well, like the team we should be in the second period. We had some strong, encouraging words and then tried pretty hard in that second period. They got that break and then it kind of deflated us the rest of the game.
On frustration with the team's play thus far
It's frustrating, no doubt. I don't know a human on earth that wouldn't be frustrated at this point. I think the biggest thing right now is to move on once we leave this rink.
Head Coach Claude Julien
On the third period
I don't have an explanation. All I know is it's unacceptable and the second period was a team we should beat from start to finish. It's pretty simple, we show how we can play but we are not capable, so far, for doing it for 60 minutes.
On the overall frustration level
It's very high, not going to lie, but at the same time as frustrated as I am, I'm the one who's got to find some solutions here and turn things around. So I'll have to stay the course here and find that solution, it's part of my job. I can't be excused from what's happening because I'm part of this group through thick and thin. I'm a part of this group and I'm going to take as much of the blame as anybody else.