Anaheim 2 vs. Minnesota 1
Dec. 11, 2013
22-7-5, 49 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks improved their season record to 22-7-5 for 49 points, ranking second in the NHL behind only Chicago (51 points). The club has won four straight and picked up points in seven consecutive games (5-0-2, 12 points). Anaheim also has points in nine of its last 10 (7-1-2, 16 points).
The Ducks pushed their home record to 12-0-2, marking the club’s best home start in franchise history. Anaheim remains the only NHL club to remain undefeated in regulation this season. In addition, this marks just the second time since the implementation of the shootout (2005-06) that an NHL club has gone at least 14 games without a regulation loss at home to start a season (San Jose, 20-0-2 in 2008-09).
Corey Perry extended his goal streak to a career-high seven consecutive games (8-2=10), the longest streak in the NHL since Calgary’s Curtis Glencross scored in seven consecutive games from Feb.27-Mar. 11, 2012 (7 goals). Perry is now second among league leaders with 21 goals this season. He notched his sixth GWG this season, tied with linemate Ryan Getzlaf for the most in the NHL. In addition, Perry also has an active nine-game point streak, his longest since a 10-game streak from Mar. 19-26, 2011 (8-2=10).
Ryan Getzlaf extended his official point streak to 13 consecutive games (6-10=16), equaling the longest in the NHL this season (also STL’s Steen, Oct. 17-Nov.16). Including the two games he played prior to a three-game absence due to injury, Getzlaf has points in the last 15 games he has appeared in (10-12=22). While the 15-game streak is not an official point streak, this marks the first time since Dec. 22, 2007-Jan. 23, 2008 (15-game streak, 6-16=22) that he has points in 15 consecutive games that he has played in. Getzlaf’s 16-22=38 points this season rank tied for third in the NHL with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.
Alex Grant scored a goal for the second consecutive game (2-0=2).
Daniel Winnik now has a career-high three-game assist streak (0-5=5), which includes a career-best three-assist effort on Monday night vs. the Islanders.
In December, Jonas Hiller has gone 3-0-1, with a .949 SV% (130-of-137) and a 1.68 GAA (7 GA/250 MIN). At HOME, Hiller has gone 7-0-2 (one ND) with a 1.77 GAA (17 GA/577 MIN) and a .944 SV% (286-of-303).
Tonight marks Kyle Palmieri’s 100th career NHL game.
Andrew Cogliano now has a three-game point streak (2-2=4)
Tonight’s attendance was 15,252.
On his goal
It was a great play by Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf], driving wide. Hamper [Hampus Lindholm] had a pretty good shot there and just missed the top corner. It came off the back wall and I just batted it out of the air.
On how the puck seems to find him around the net
That’s what you’ve got to do. You look at a lot of goals in this league, and they’re scored in that 10-foot radius in front of the net. I’m just trying to go there and be a big body in front of the net. Things are happening.
On his second career goal on his second career shot
I think [Josh Harding] was cheating a little bit on the pass. I just happened to see that at the right time, and I just threw it on net. Good things happen when you throw it on net.
On the defense keeping Minnesota in check
Lovey [Ben Lovejoy] and [Cam] Fowler did a great job against their top line. And our checking line did a really good job, as well. Any time you can shut down the top line, it’s tough for the team to get momentum. We played a lot in their zone, and it makes it a lot easier on everybody when we’re playing in their zone.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On neutralizing the Wild
Other than their power-play goal, I didn’t think Saku [Koivu’s] line gave too much away, with Cam and Ben. I think they only had three chances according to the stats after two periods, which is a pretty good defensive battle by us.
On Jonas Hiller’s play
I’ve seen him like this before. He’s coming prepared. The last five games have been two goals and under. That’s a great sign.
On the game
Tonight we didn’t create enough offense, but you have to give them credit too because of the way they played their defense. We just have to find a way to create more and get momentum, especially early in the game.
I think we saw tonight, the first two periods, it felt like we were on our heels. We were giving them time to make plays and control the puck and neutral zone. We were kind of chasing. Any team in the league, if they are playing against a team that is on their heels, is going to make plays and good things happen. I think in the third, we were more on our toes, more aggressive. Forwards were supporting each other better and our D was involved. It makes a big difference. It just wasn’t there in the first two periods and we started doing it too late.
Head coach Mike Yeo
On the 2-1 loss
Similar problems, not executing, turning pucks over and allowing them to come back at us. That was the biggest problem for sure. The start was better, but we have to be able to sustain that.