POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 1 vs. San Jose 0 Dec. 4, 2015 Honda Center 10-12-5, 25 Standings Points
The Ducks tonight earned their second 1-0 win vs. the San Jose Sharks this season. It marked only the second time in franchise history the Ducks have posted a pair of 1-0 shutouts against the same opponent in a single season and the first time with two different goaltenders (also Anton Khudobin on Nov. 7 at San Jose). The only other time was in 2002-03 when Anaheim earned two 1-0 victories over the Minnesota Wild with J.S. Giguere in net.
John Gibson improved to 2-1-1 with a 0.67 GAA (2 GAA/179 MIN) and .971 SV% (68-of-70) in his last three games, including a pair of shutouts on Nov. 30 vs. Vancouver (25 saves) and tonight (23 saves, fourth career shutout). Since being recalled from San Diego (AHL) on Nov. 24, Gibson has posted a 3-2-1 record with two shutouts, a 1.55 GAA and .942 SV% in six appearances with Anaheim.
Mike Santorelli opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season at 2:49 of the third period. Appearing in his second game of the season after missing the first 25 due to off-season shoulder surgery, Nate Thompson collected his first point of 2015-16 with the primary assist on the Santorelli tally.
Cam Fowler appeared in his 372nd career NHL game to surpassed Scott Niedermayer for sole possession of fourth place among all-time franchise defensemen in games played. Fowler is 44 games shy of matching Vitaly Vishnevski for third place on the all-time franchise list in appearances by a blueliner.
The Ducks killed all four minor penalties to improve their league-leading PK% to 87.5% (84-for-96). Anaheim has yielded 12 power play goals through 27 games, tied for the second-fewest allowed in 2015-16.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,701. POSTGAME QUOTES
Mike Santorelli On the game It was a tight-checking game. The three games we’ve played against them, they’ve been good examples of that. It was a divisional game, so it was pretty big.
On his goal The three of us got in on the forecheck. Stewart and Thompson were down low and Thompson made a good pass up to me. I’m happy it went in.
Shawn Horcoff On the game We’ve been preaching defense and that type of hockey all year long. We wanted to build a game we could rely on when pucks aren’t going in. We’ve been working towards that. Tonight, it kind of all came together.
On winning games in this fashion If you want to go long stretches, you have to. Playoff games are like that. You have to learn how to close these games out. That was a great effort for us. We did it by being aggressive.
Nate Thompson On the 1-0 win Those are games you want to be in. There wasn’t a lot of room out there, but overall, especially in the third period, we felt great. We wanted to make sure we were on our toes. We weren’t sitting back. We were going to get that win. I thought we did a tremendous job in the third of not giving them a whole lot.
John Gibson On team defense/limiting San Jose to two shots on goal in the third period We’re playing really good right now. We know if we play like that, we’ll win a lot more games than we’ll lose. We have to play like that more consistently and string some wins together. Any time you get two or three shots in a period, you really tip your cap to not just the defense, but the whole team.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the way the team won When we work hard, defend and do the right things, we’re going to be successful. Gibby [John Gibson] played great, but at the same time, we did the fundamental things really well. Unfortunately for us, we could’ve score more goals, but we’re sort of snake bit this year in goal scoring.
On the fourth line getting the game-winning goal That was great. Any time you can get goals from that line, it’s a real positive. The amount of minutes they played, they were in the other team’s zone all the time. They were great on the bench when they weren’t playing. They were really vocal. That’s a real boost for the other guys.
On limiting San Jose to two shots in the third period They were a pretty determined group. We’ve had a couple times where we’ve let it slip away, played good and got nothing from it. Tonight was a game where they weren’t going to let it slip. The penalty killing and power play – even though we didn’t score any goals on the power play – were both great. From top to bottom, I thought we did a good job.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Joe Pavelski On the decisive third period It seemed that we weren’t clean enough. When we had our chance to break out it was either a puck hopped or we missed the play. They had good pressure.
On Anaheim’s goal We had guys in position. It hits a skate and kind of ends up and their guy makes a good shot. That’s the type of play that was going to get it tonight and they find a way to get it.
Martin Jones On the game Two pretty good offensive teams, but we just played pretty hard against each other. I thought we played well tonight. We’d like to generate a little more offense, especially in the third period, but it was a good game.
On Anaheim’s goal I always think I have a chance. He just kind of spun and shot it. I just didn’t quite pick it up.
Head Coach Peter DeBoer On keys to the game Both goalies were great, special teams were even. It just came down to who’s probably going to get that first goal is probably going to win. We had our opportunities early in the game, I thought they were a little better in the third, but it was a tightly played game. It was a good hockey game.
On the difference in the game They pushed a little, but we pushed earlier. I thought we pushed early, had some real good chances, outshot them pretty badly in the second period and didn’t cash in.