Anaheim 6 vs. San Jose 3
Dec. 31, 2013
29-8-5, 63 Standings Points
The Ducks hit the New Year with the top record in the NHL at 29-8-5 (63 points). This marks the club’s best record ever through 42 games (previous best was 28-8-6, 62 points in 2006-07).
The Ducks are now 15-0-2 at Honda Center this year, becoming the third NHL team in 25 years to start a season with a home standings point streak of 17 games-or-more. The two others are San Jose (20-0-2 in 2008-09) and Calgary (unbeaten streak of 14-0-3 in 1988-89). The Ducks’ streak is also their longest home standings point streak in club history at any point during a season (previous best was 14 games).
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This also just the second time in club history the Ducks have won 11-or-more games in a 12-game stretch (11-1-0). The only other time was Feb. 5-Mar. 3, 2008 (also 11-1-0). Anaheim went 11-1-1 this month, the best December in club history and matching the team record for the most wins in any month (set three times previously). The Ducks also have points in 14 of their last 15 games (12-1-2).
Jonas Hiller set a club record with his ninth straight win, while also extending his career high. The last NHL netminder to win nine-or-more consecutive starts was Chicago’s Ray Emery, who won 10 straight starts from Jan. 20-Mar. 6, 2013.
The Ducks’ 25 shots in the second period was a club record for shots in the middle frame (club record for any period is 26).
Andrew Cogliano is the fifth player in NHL history and first since Doug Jarvis to play 500 straight NHL games from the start of his NHL career.* After leaving the University of Michigan and joining the Edmonton Oilers, Cogliano played his first NHL game in Edmonton’s season opener on Oct. 4, 2007 vs. San Jose. He has not missed a game since. Jarvis is the NHL’s all-time “Ironman” with 964 consecutive NHL games played (1975-88).
Players With 500+ Consecutive NHL Games Played to Begin Career, All-Time
1975-76 - 1987-88
1955-56 - 1963-64
1972-73 - 1979-80
1926-27 - 1936-37
2007-08 - 2013-14
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Ryan Getzlaf recorded his fifth game with three-or-more points (1-2=3) and now ranks third among NHL leaders in scoring (20-27=47), tied for eighth in goals and tied for ninth in assists. His third-period goal was his 20th of the season, marking his fourth career season with 20 goals-or-more.
Four Anaheim skaters recorded multi-point games, including Ryan Getzlaf (1-2=3), Cam Fowler (0-2=2), Nick Bonino (1-1=2) and Matt Beleskey (1-1=2). Andrew Cogliano scored his sixth career shorthanded goal at 2:25 of the third period, his first since Apr. 25, 2013 at Vancouver and Anaheim’s fourth of the season.
Tonight’s attendance was a 17,424, a sellout including standing-room only.
On the Ducks’ three-goal second period
We came out with a one-goal lead after one against a pretty good hockey team. We caught a break at the end of the period, and that was good for our group. We came out the way we wanted to in the second period. We just talked about standing around a little bit too much. When you play a team like that, that skates so well, if you stand and watch them, then they have the puck all night long. We came out in the second period, skated, hit a little bit more, and got some shots on the net.
On withstanding the Sharks’ initial push
If you look at their numbers, they’re crazy in the first period. Our goalie [Jonas Hiller] did an unbelievable job keeping us in the first period. We could’ve easily been down a couple goals, at least. That’s what it takes to beat good teams. You need good goaltending, and our guys reacted well.
On withstanding the Sharks’ initial push
We knew they were going to come out hard. We weren’t 100-percent ready. It was definitely good to come out with a lead after the first period. At the end, the score counts. We picked it up in the second and the third, and we found a way to push back.
On winning nine consecutive starts, a club record
It’s definitely a great thing. It’s more fun winning hockey games. You might have the best stats, but if you lose, it’s still not really fun. It’s been a lot of fun, especially the whole month of December.
On playing in 500 consecutive games from the start of his NHL career
There’s really not much to say. A lot of it has to do with luck. I do think I take care of myself off the ice in the summers. I’ve been lucky enough to do that. It’s a proud moment for me. As a young kid, to be an NHL player and have a start like that is something special. It’s something I’ll always remember.
On coming out strong in the second period
We weren’t playing our game plan. They took the play to us in the first, but I think we really turned that around in the second. We were really hard to play against. It was a good game, overall, for us. It was big to get a win at the end of the year, and go into the new year with fresh look.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On where the game was won
I think Hilly [Jonas Hiller] won the game for us in the first period. They could’ve had a 5-1 lead at the end of one, and we end up leading 1-0. That’s the biggest part of the game. I think [Ben] Lovejoy stopping that puck in the empty net was a big momentum boost.
On the play of Lovejoy and Cam Fowler
Those guys, from the start to the finish, have been very good this year. I have so much faith putting them on the ice against anybody. They’ve reacted the same. They’ve been great.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
On the game
We had a good push, and then nothing would come out of it and boom they score, but I think we came out with early energy, but the second period we just got out played, it killed the game plan.
You obviously want to keep the momentum going, but the second period we just were caught staring and it definitely cost us.
We are usually good with dealing with pressure, we just weren’t getting pucks out. We had it on our stick a couple times we just couldn’t get it out and they are a good team, they make you pay if you don’t get the puck out.
On the game
I thought we had a really good first period, we really took it to them. They did the same to us in the second period and they got rewarded for it. Maybe we didn’t in the first, but we weren’t good enough in the second and by the end of it he wasn’t trusting all of us and that’s no good.
On a letdown after not getting rewarded in the first period
I don’t think on this team, these guys have been there so much that I don’t think it bugs them. It’s just too bad, it would have been nice to get out of that period with a lead and it didn’t happen. We know this team starts really well, we knew that and we did a job in the first, we just couldn’t sustain it.
Head coach Todd McLellan
On what happened in the second period
It’s hard for me to answer. What happened? We can start with getting pushed off the puck, getting pushed around your net, losing races, playing soft, I could go on and on but we can stop at that.
On getting surprised by Anaheim’s burst
It was not a surprise to Anaheim. They came out and decided they want to play. So it was not a surprise to them, maybe a surprise to us.
We were on our toes. We were winning the races. We were doing some of those things in the first. Where did it go in the second? I guess that’s the big question we have to ask our group. You have to look at yourself individually. I challenged them to do that on the plane on the way home. What do you do? What do you bring to the team? Are you an energy guy, do you hit, block shots or do you just take up space. We have got some guys right now that it has been going on for a little while, and they need to perform a little bit better.