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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Dec. 27 vs. Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim 4 vs. Philadelphia 2
Dec. 27, 2015
Honda Center
13-15-6, 32 Standings Points

The Ducks scored two goals early in the third period en route to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center. Anaheim has now won three of its last four home games (3-1-0) and four of six (4-2-0).

The Ducks have won a club-record five straight games vs. Philadelphia and gone 8-0-2 in the last 10 games. Anaheim has also won three straight home games against the Flyers, another club record in the all-time series.

Anaheim went 2-for-3 on the power play, earning its third multi-PPG game of the season and first since Nov. 25 at Arizona.

Ryan Getzlaf became the second Ducks player to reach 700 points in franchise history with 1-1=2 points in tonight’s win. Getzlaf recorded his second goal of the season on the power play at 6:28 of the first period and earned the primary assist on Corey Perry’s team-leading 12th goal at 4:14 of the second. Perry also collected the go-ahead goal 58 seconds into the third for his third multi-goal game of the season. Getzlaf now has points in a season-high three straight games (1-3=4), while Perry has goals in two consecutive contests (3-0=3).

Shawn Horcoff scored Anaheim’s second SHG of the season at 7:54 of the third period. It marked Horcoff’s seventh career SHG and first since Jan. 4, 2014 w/Dallas vs. Detroit. Horcoff (1-1=2) and Andrew Cogliano (1-1=2) have had a hand in both SHG for Anaheim this season, including Nov. 19 at Florida.

Sami Vatanen’s two assists (0-2=2) marked his second multi-assist game of the season and tied his single-game career high in assists (ninth time).

John Gibson stopped 24-of-26 shots for his fifth win of the season.   

Carl Hagelin appeared in his 300th career NHL game.

Tonight’s attendance was 17,220, a sellout including standing room only.



Ryan Getzlaf

On the team’s performance
We came out and played a lot better, handled the puck better. We capitalized on some chances. That’s a good feeling.

On the physical tone early on

When you’re coming out of the break, you want to be emotionally involved. It was perfect for our group to come out there and play a physical game, and get into it right away.

On his goal
It felt good. That’s the first time I really shot a puck like that, and it felt nice. Obviously, first time it’s gone in in a long time.

Corey Perry
On the top line’s production

That’s our job and our role on this team. We have to be at the top of our game every night. If it’s not going in, you have to help somewhere else. I thought our line did a great job tonight. A lot of guys played really well tonight. We played solid defense and blocked a lot of shots.

On Getzlaf’s goal
It was nice. He finally put one by a goalie, and hopefully it continues. He’s been working hard at it. He was finally rewarded.

Shawn Horcoff
On the game
We came out and skated hard tonight. We had quite a few chances early that didn’t go in. The bench did a good job staying positive and staying with it tonight. We got rewarded.

On his shorthanded goal
Any time you can get a two-goal lead midway through the third period, it gives you a cushion. Our PK has been great for us all year long. It’s nice to get rewarded.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the highlights of the game
I liked that Getzy scored a goal and we had a lot of emotion right from the beginning. That’s what we needed. We held off. Once we got the lead, we played pretty solid. They didn’t have many chances unless it was on the power play. When we defend, we’re pretty good, but it’s been tough getting leads in the third period.

On the defense stepping up in Fowler’s absence
They got right into the game. Hampus [Lindholm] and Sami [Vatanen] were instrumental in coming up with the win, especially at one point when we were down to three defensemen with Cam gone and [Clayton] Stoner and [Kevin] Bieksa in the penalty box. That’s a tough call for them, but they hung on and did a good job.

Steve Mason

On the third period
It’s unfortunate. Unfortunate that a 60-minute game came down to one shot and obviously that was a turning point. From my standpoint it doesn’t feel very good.

On Perry’s GWG

Perry just comes in left-hand side, I’m in the right position and he just squeaks it through the five-hole. It should have been a pretty standard save.

Jakub Voracek
On PHI’s special teams
We had too many power plays to score just one goal. It’s going to happen. You’ve just got to work on it in practice and get better next game.

On playing after an extended break
They had the same thing. It’s the same for both sides. Two-two after the second period, and we just came out a little flat in the third. I think they were a little stronger than us so that’s why they won.

Coach Dave Hakstol
On the game
Some of it was special teams oriented. When you look at the goals for and against, I thought a lot of our issues were not taking care of the pucks on the bluelines. Five-on-five I thought we gave a lot of second opportunities for puck possession in our own zone to a team that’s pretty good in the offensive zone and we didn’t give ourselves enough opportunities to get on pucks with any type of speed in the offensive zone.

On playing after the extended break

I think we had pretty good jump to get off to a decent start. It was a tie game going into the third period. That’s where we need to do a little better job. However it got to that, there were some ups and downs through the first two periods, but you’re going on the road into the third period in a tie hockey game.
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