POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 5 vs. Edmonton 1 Apr. 1, 2015 Honda Center 50-22-7, 107 Standings Points
With tonight’s 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers, the Anaheim Ducks clinched the Pacific Division for the third consecutive year, marking the fourth division title in club history (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015). The Ducks own the NHL’s longest active streak of division titles since 2012-13 and are the only team to win its division twice since the league debuted its four-division format in the 2013-14 regular season.
Tonight’s win also marks Anaheim’s second consecutive 50-win season in franchise history. The last NHL team to post back-to-back 50-win seasons was Vancouver in 2010-11 (54-19-9) and 2011-12 (51-22-9).
Anaheim, which is 8-2-0 in the last 10 games, currently paces the league in standings points and wins. The Ducks have earned the second-most victories through 79 games in franchise history, trailing only the 2013-14 club (51-20-8, 110).
Corey Perry became the fourth Duck to record 600 career points, reaching the milestone with his team-leading 33rd goal. Only Teemu Selanne (988), Ryan Getzlaf (676) and Paul Kariya (669) have more points in franchise history. Perry has 5-1=6 points in his last seven games and 5-2=7 in his last nine.
With his 126th assist as a Duck, Francois Beauchemin (1-1=2) surpassed Oleg Tverdovsky (125) for sole possession of second on the club’s all-time assists list for blueliners. Beauchemin also extended his career high in goals with his 11th of the season and pushed his goal streak to two games, one shy of his career best (three games from Oct. 17-21, 2008, 3-0=3).
Jakob Silfverberg’s career-high three assists also matched his single-game career best in points (last: Mar. 3, 2014 at Arizona, 1-2=3). Silfverberg now has 26 assists this season, doubling his career high set last season (13).
Frederik Andersen recorded his 34th win of the season, stopping 22-of-23 shots faced. Andersen became the second-fastest goaltender to 54 wins (in 75 career decisions; Bill Durnan leads with an NHL record 56 in 75).
Andrew Cogliano scored his first penalty shot goal on his third career attempt, successfully beating Ben Scrivens in the third period. Cogliano’s last penalty shot came on Mar. 6, 2013 vs. Phoenix (no goal vs. Jason LaBarbera). Cogliano’s penalty shot was the third for the Ducks this season and second successful attempt (last: Kesler goal against Michael Neuvirth on Oct. 13, 2014 at Buffalo).
Hampus Lindholm recorded a +4 rating to match his career high for the third time (last: Feb. 20, 2015 at Calgary). Lindholm now co-leads NHL defensemen with a +27 rating (also Tampa Bay’s Jason Garrison) this season. He continues to lead NHL defensemen and ranks second overall in plus/minus (+56) since 2013-14.
With his third goal of the season, Simon Despres collected his first goal as a Duck. Despres has 1-3=4 points in his last seven games and 1-5=6 points in 14 games since joining the club.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
Andrew Cogliano On clinching the Pacific Division We’ve put ourselves in a good spot. We have a good team and it speaks to the coaching staff and organization, but it’s just one part of the puzzle. Until we reach our goal, I don’t think anyone will be satisfied. It’s an achievement because the league is tough. There are a ton of good teams. To be able to be in our spot speaks to the team we have.
On his penalty shot goal It was nice to get a chance. It was nice to score. It was against my former team, and I thought our line had a pretty good game. For myself, it was cool to score.
Jakob Silfverberg On clinching the Pacific Division It’s great. We’ve been playing really good throughout the season. We’ve been consistent. That’s a good thing going into the playoffs. We know what our goal is, and that’s what we’re aiming for. We have three more games until the playoffs, and we’re making sure we’re doing all the little things out there.
On his three-point performance The last couple of games I’ve been playing pretty good, but just not showing up on the scoresheet. Tonight I felt pretty good and got some good chances. I managed to set up a few, too. That helps out a lot with the confidence.
Nate Thompson On the mindset of the team We just want to be playing the right way, with good habits and playoff-style hockey. That’s what we need to do. Going into the playoffs, you can’t just turn a switch on. You have to make sure you’re playing the right way with some momentum heading into the playoffs. Teams that try to switch it on are sometimes done in the first round. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On clinching the Pacific Division Not taking anything away, but we’ve had a fairly good lead for a while now. It would be more surprising if we didn’t get the division. Business as usual. We certainly want bigger and better things for our group. We know it’s not going to be easy, but that’s what we’re striving for.
On if clinching the division is an expectation I hope it’s an expectation. I hope their level is pretty high. That’s where you want it to be all the time because then you’re always striving for more, and you’re never satisfied.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins On the game We know that these guys jump up hard with their defenseman and for whatever reason we weren’t prepared for that. Mentally I don’t think we were picking guys up. They’re a good team. Obviously you can see where they are in the standings and how many points they have. If you’re not sharp against a team like this, they’re going to take advantage of that.
On the mental lapses I think everybody individually has to be prepared mentally. All it takes is one second when you lose your guy and they’re gone. A team like that plays a really fast transition game and they can kill you if you’re not paying attention for one, two seconds.
Brandon Davidson On the Ducks They’re a good team over there. They played the right way, played heavy against us. We had times where we were battling hard against them but we didn’t have a 60-minute effort. We’re going to need that against a playoff team like that, but we didn’t have that tonight.
On the mental lapses It’s frustrating. I know we come in here and we got things rolling and we put a game like that together. It’s never what we want. We get a chance to go back at it tomorrow night. Hopefully we get a rest here and get back at it tomorrow.
Head Coach Todd Nelson On facing Anaheim We have to give them credit, they played a smart hockey game. Tonight felt like a game that maybe we played two-and-a-half months ago where we shoot ourselves in the foot. Against a good hockey team like this, when you have a bad line change or you turn over the puck in key areas, they’ll make you pay. And that’s what they did tonight. I thought we got off to a pretty good start. We had some good zone time and all of a sudden we have a bad line change, they have an odd-man rush and they capitalize. That’s a tribute to them.
On rallying after a tough first period We have to come back in and try not to let them get that third [goal], which they did. Once again, it was just us making the mistakes and them capitalizing. Once they scored to make it 5-1 with the penalty shot, the game was pretty much done.