POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 3 vs. Dallas 1 Apr. 3, 2016 Honda Center 44-24-10, 98 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks moved back into first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. The Ducks were propelled to victory with a pair of shorthanded goals, their first multi-SHG effort since Mar. 3, 2015 vs. Calgary (seventh time overall).
The Ducks are 6-2-1 in their last nine games, 25-6-3 in their last 34 games, and 32-9-4 in their last 45 games. Anaheim has recorded standings points in 13 of its last 15 home games, going 12-2-1 for 24 of a possible 30 points.
Since Christmas, Anaheim owns the top overall record (32-9-4), road record (15-4-3) and the second-best home record (17-5-1).
John Gibson stopped 25-of-26 shots to post his first career 20-win season and move into a share of the league lead for wins among rookie goaltenders with Montreal’s Mike Condon. Gibson ranks third among league leaders with a 2.04 goals against average (GAA).
Nate Thompson opened the scoring with his sixth career SHG at 12:14 of the first period (last: Dec. 13, 2014 @ WPG). With the tally, Thompson pushed his goal streak to a career-high three consecutive games (3-0=3).
Ryan Kesler earned his fourth multi-goal game of the season (2-0=2) and scored his 12th career SHG 10 seconds into the third period (last: Mar. 3, 2015 @ ARI). Kesler has points in five of his last seven games (5-5=10) and 6-8=14 points with a +10 rating in his last 10 games.
Jakob Silfverberg extended his scoring streak to three games with his 18th assist on Kesler’s first goal. Silfverberg has recorded 2-2=4 points in his last three contests.
Andrew Cogliano became the second player in NHL history to appear in 700 consecutive games to start his NHL career. Only one player has played more consecutive games to start his career; Doug Jarvis is the NHL's all-time leader with 964 consecutive games from 1975-88.
Corey Perry tonight became the second Duck in franchise history to appear in 800 career games. Perry, who has spent his entire NHL career with the Ducks, joins Teemu Selanne (966) as the only two players to reach the 800-game milestone with Anaheim.
Tonight's attendance was 16,585.
Andrew Cogliano On the game We played exactly how we needed to play against a team like that. Defensively, we played strong. We didn’t give them too many chances. We played a patient game and capitalized on our chances. I thought it was one of the better games we’ve played in a while. That’s a good team, so it should be a big confidence boost for us, and get us back on track.
On getting two shorthanded goals When you get two, I think you should win the game. Those are almost bonus goals. Those are big plays. [Nate] Thompson made a great play at the right time. It was the first goal. Those are goals that are big momentum shifts. Those were the difference tonight.
Nate Thompson On rebounding after a loss We were disappointed after the last game [against Vancouver]. We let those two points slip away. We wanted to bounce back. We did that tonight. We were pretty good all over the ice. They had some looks, but [John] Gibson made some big saves, and we capitalized on our chances.
On facing the Stars You always want to rise to the challenge, especially when you’re playing against a top team in the conference that’s been consistent all year. It was important for us to have a good game tonight.
Ryan Kesler On the Stars We’re professionals and need to get up against whoever we play, but playing against this team – a potential playoff opponent – it helps get you up for the games.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On dictating the play It was our best game in a month. We were a pretty determined group. We knew what their strengths were. I thought we put together a good game plan, and the players executed it really well.
On scoring two shorthanded goals [Dallas] made mistakes. We’ve got eight penalty killers, so they’re usually always fresh. They don’t get caught out there. When that happens, and you keep putting pressure on them, sometimes you get a break. Tonight, we got a break. DALLAS STARS
Jamie Benn On giving up two shorthanded goals Two mistakes and it’s two to nothing. They’re mental mistakes and they killed us in this game. Five on five we were playing pretty good for back to back games, but the power-play killed us.
On the importance of picking up points We went to finish at the top of the western conference. To lose two points like that is disappointing.
Patrick Sharp On the Stars power-play We’ve got generate more offense and make some plays. It’s crucial not to give up chances. It’s going to be really important going forward. It’s something we can definitely focus on in this next week.
On possibly playing the Ducks in the playoffs There are a lot of good teams in the west, Anaheim is certainly one of them. Seems like they’ve got everything in their game; speed, size, and skill. They’re well coached. We will take it as it comes. We’ve got a lot of respect for them as a team. Head Coach Lindy Ruff On the impact of the shorthanded goals I thought, just judging by energy, we were doing okay. It was a tough play. We mismanaged the puck on both of those and it hurt us. Things had been going pretty good and I think that gave them a little momentum.
On his team’s performance on the second-half of a back-to-back I think they were fortunate to catch us on the back end of what was a very demanding game yesterday. I thought our energy was OK. I thought we had a good chance right off the bat. Our second shift, in fact, had an empty net. We had two or three plays where when you don’t have quite the energy level you need, your hands aren’t as good.