POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 2 vs. Pittsburgh 1 Dec. 6, 2015 Honda Center 11-12-5, 27 Standings Points
The Ducks won their second consecutive game and third in four contests (3-1-0) with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anaheim has also earned standings points in four of the last five games (3-1-1, 7 pts.) and five of seven (4-2-1, 9 pts.). As a team, the Ducks have allowed only three goals in the last four games, good for a 0.75 team GAA. Anaheim handed Pittsburgh its first regulation loss this season when scoring first (now 10-1-1).
Pittsburgh native John Gibson improved to 4-2-1 after stopping 23-of-24 shots in tonight’s win against the Penguins. In seven appearances with Anaheim this season, Gibson has posted a 1.47 GAA (10 GA/409 MIN) and .944 SV% (169-of-179). In his last four games since Nov. 30, Gibson owns a 3-1-0 record with two shutouts, a 0.75 GAA (3 GAA/239 MIN) and .968 SV% (91-of-94).
Chris Stewart recorded his fifth goal of 2015-16 at 15:49 of the second period. Stewart now ranks tied for second on the club in goals with Sami Vatanen. Stewart’s goal was the eventual game winner, marking his 19th career GWG and first since Jan. 9, 2014 w/St. Louis at Calgary (W, 5-0).
Nate Thompson picked up the primary assist on the Stewart goal, his second assist in as many games (0-2=2). Mike Santorelli also registered his second assist of the season for his second point in two contests (1-1=2).
Corey Perry collected his team-leading 10th goal of the season 36 seconds into the second period to tie the score at 1-1. Perry has three goals in his last four games (3-0=3) and five in his last seven (5-2=7).
Ryan Getzlaf earned his 17th assist, tops among Ducks skaters. Getzlaf has assists in three of his last four games (0-3=3) and nine in his last seven contests (0-9=9).
Sami Vatanen’s 10th assist of the season places him second on the Ducks in assists and first among team blueliners.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,836. POSTGAME QUOTES
Ryan Getzlaf On the past two wins To put two together now, that’s a big thing for our group. It’s been a little bit of a struggle here, the last little while. It’s nice to see us win a tight game against a good hockey team.
On regrouping after the disallowed goal We did pretty good responding. We went out and finished our power play. We had a couple more chances. We didn’t score, but we didn’t panic, either. That’s a big thing. Ryan Kesler On the keys to containing Crosby and Malkin Limiting their time and space. Stay on them, try to frustrate them. We didn’t give them anything tonight.
On what the past two wins mean to the team They’re building blocks. They’re confidence builders. We’ve been playing well for a while now. To finally string some wins together feels good.
Corey Perry On the defensive effort It was great. Our guys did a great job containing their two big men over there. When you can do that, you’re going to be successful on a lot of nights. We blocked shots and our goalie stood on his head at the end of the game.
On winning low-scoring games You have to win games 1-0, 2-1. You look at playoff games, and that’s how they’re going to be. Low-scoring games, defense wins. That’s what we’ve been preaching. To give up two goals or less in a game, you have a pretty good chance.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On winning low-scoring games When you can hold a one-goal lead against two very good offensive opponents in the third period, it’s the way teams win championships. Not that we’re there yet, but that’s the start of what we’re going to do. If we’re not going to score a lot of goals, we have to win those games 2-1, 1-0, or 3-2 if we’re lucky.
On the Santorelli-Thompson-Stewart line I’m convinced you have to have four good lines to be successful. When the fourth line is playing the way it is right now, you’ve got an added weapon. I have no fear putting them out. They were playing against Crosby at times, Bonino, and their fourth line. It’s good to see them gaining confidence every time they step onto the ice. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Chris Kunitz On the 6-on-4 power play We need to get a better look, I think. You’ve got six guys on the floor, you need to pull them away from the net. They’re obviously going to block shots and really clog that area around the net, so if you can find a high play to get a shot through for a rebound, we have to do a better job executing to put pucks to the net and find rebounds. On chemistry with his new line We’ve had some good shifts, but obviously we got scored on in the 4-on-4. There are areas to work on no matter what you’re doing, but (when you) get points you feel like you’ve got a little more confidence out there and it seems like the ice spreads out there a little bit. But we’ve got to get back to the winning way of how we want to play.
Ben Lovejoy On the game Tonight we played a really good Ducks team and we couldn’t find a way to solve John Gibson more than once.
On his high blocked shot total I would prefer to not have to do that, but part of your job as a defenseman, particularly when you’re playing against guys that are so skilled, is to try and limit pucks to the net and they were hitting me tonight.
Head Coach Mike Johnston On his team’s scoring chances It was tough both ways to get scoring chances. You could see it was that type of game from the beginning with the low shots, low scoring chances, but we had a few right at the end, too. You just have to capitalize on the chances we get in games like that and I thought they capitalized and we didn’t.
On his team’s effort I thought the effort was fine, but we have to execute still. The execution there, when you get a chance, when you have an open opportunity, because you don’t get many of them, you’ve to execute on those plays.