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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Dec. 28 vs. PHX

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Postgame notes and quotes following Anaheim's 3-2 overtime victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center on Dec. 28, 2013.

Anaheim 3 vs. Phoenix 2 (OT)
Dec. 28, 2013
Honda Center
28-7-5, 61 Standings Points

The league-leading Anaheim Ducks have won 10 consecutive games, a franchise record. The last NHL team to win 10 straight or more was Pittsburgh (15, Mar. 2-30, 2013). The Ducks are just the third team from the Western Conference to win 10 consecutive games since the 2005-06 season (start of shootout era). The others are Chicago (11 in 2012-13 & San Jose, 11 in 2007-08). The Ducks’ 61 standings points (28-7-5) through 40 games is the second-highest in club history, just one point shy of the team’s best mark ever at this juncture (28-6-6 for 62 points through 40 games in 2006-07).

Anaheim also has a 13-game standings point streak (11-0-2), three shy of the club record (12-0-4 from Oct. 6-Nov. 9, 2006). It’s the league’s longest since the aforementioned Penguins’ streak.

The Ducks improved to 14-0-2 at Honda Center, continuing the club’s best home start in franchise history. Anaheim remains the only NHL club to remain undefeated in regulation this season at home. In addition, this marks just the second time since the implementation of the shootout (2005-06) that an NHL club has gone this far without a regulation loss at home to start a season (San Jose, 20-0-2 in 2008-09).

Anaheim has won all four games vs. Phoenix this season, marking the club’s most wins against the Coyotes since 2008-09 (4-1-1).

Saku Koivu scored both his 10th career overtime goal (last: Mar. 10, 2010 vs. NYI) and 11th career shorthanded goal to lead the Ducks to a 3-2 OT victory. It marked his 26th career multi-goal game and first since Jan. 10, 2012 vs. Dallas (3-0=3). Koivu finished with a season-high 2-1=3 points for his second straight multi-point game. He now has 3-2=5 points in his last two games and 4-3=7 in his last five. Koivu’s first goal was the 250th of his career and Anaheim’s second shorthanded goal of the season (last: Cam Fowler, Dec. 9, 2013 vs. NYI).

Jonas Hiller tied a franchise record and set a career high with his eighth consecutive victory (8-0-0). Hiller has matched the club mark set by Viktor Fasth from Jan. 26-Fec. 16, 2013.

Daniel Winnik tallied two assists (0-2=2) for his third multi-point game of the season. Winnik has points in two of his last three games (0-3=3) and three in five (0-4=4).

Andrew Cogliano scored his second goal in as many games, collecting his 11th of the season at 5:04 of the third period. Cogliano has points in two straight games (2-1=3) and in three of his last five (2-4=6).

Tonight’s attendance was a season-best 17,442, a sellout including standing-room only.



Saku Koivu
On rebounding from the late Coyotes goal

We try to forget what happened. We had a 2-0 lead, and they got a lucky bounce on the first goal. It’s one of those things where you try and regroup and quick as you can. You knew there was a good chance there would be overtime, so you start thinking about that.

On the game-winning goal
I just got a little tip [of Ben Lovejoy’s point shot]. On four-on-four, when you win a faceoff, there’s more room on top. Lovejoy and [Cam] Fowler made a great d-to-d play, and I was able to get open in the middle. Those tips are more luck than anything else. You try to get open and try to get your stick in there. Try to get in front of the goaltender, and we got lucky on that one.

Ben Lovejoy
On the Ducks’ 10-game winning streak

It’s something to be proud of. We wanted this tenth win. This was a big one. Not quite as meaningful as No. 9 where we were able to go back and get [head coach] Bruce Boudreau’s old team for him, but ten wins in a row is an impressive feat. It only happens one or two times a year, but we need to continue.

On the play of Koivu
I wish I could play every shift for the rest of my career with him. He’s that good in all facets of the ice. He’s so good defensively. He makes everything easier, and he had a big game tonight.

Andrew Cogliano
On the play of Koivu

It just shows how good he is still, and how important he is to our team. Even when he’s not scoring, he does all the right things. He’s just a solid player in the lineup, and tonight I’m happy he gets rewarded.

On rebounding from the late Coyotes goal
For 55 minutes we were really good, and we felt we weren’t giving them much. Then they got the odd goal and we let down a bit. But the bottom line is we got the win. Those are two big points for us as we go back-to-back with San Jose.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On the play of Koivu and his line with Cogliano and Daniel Winnik

He’s had a huge last three games. That line scored two goals in Washington, three goals tonight, and yet they check the other teams’ top lines all the time. They’re very good.

On the 10-game winning streak
I think it’s neat. Any time you can be a part of something nobody else has done, I think it’s a special occasion. I think the number 10 is magic when you get into streaks because it doesn’t happen very often. The last time I did it was in Hershey and we ended winning the cup. The time before was in Mississippi and we won the cup. Hopefully, it’s a good omen.


Keith Yandle
On the game

You never want to be down, you don’t want to be chasing the game, but we have been able to find a few points out of it. It shows that we don’t give up, but trying to get that extra point has really got to be a focus.

On the Ducks
They are a good team, they get chances. I thought we did a good job having short shifts and guys rolling it over, so I don’t know if fatigue was too big of an issue. It’s back to back, quick turnaround, maybe it had a little bit of a factor.

Thomas Greiss
On the game

It was all well played. We tried hard and worked hard and it was not that bad. We just kept at it, worked really hard and just kept coming and never gave up.

Head coach Dave Tippett
On tying the game late and earning a point

We got a break off the glass, and it was nice to see us capitalize on it. It was a real tough turn around with days off and then playing two games in less than 24 hours so I give our guys credit for hanging in there and we managed to salvage a point. That’s five games in a row in overtime we have only got one extra point, so that’s a little disappointing. It’s just all out desperation, trying to find a way to get yourself back in the game. I thought we capitalized on a couple chances but I liked the way we never quit in the third period, but unfortunately we came up short again.

On the play of goaltender Thomas Greiss
I thought he was excellent. He made some real big saves for us. We knew they were going to come hard with us being a tired team and he made some key saves at the right time to allow us to get a point.

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