POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 3 vs. Boston 2 Dec. 1, 2014 Honda Center 15-6-5, 35 Standings Points
The Ducks improved to 15-6-5 with a 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at Honda Center. Anaheim leads the Western Conference and rank third in the league in standings points (35).
Anaheim has now earned standings points in three straight matchups against Boston (2-0-1).
Frederik Andersen recorded his 11th win of the season, stopping 32-of-34 shots. Andersen stretched his career high consecutive start streak to 12, the most by an Anaheim goaltender since Jonas Hiller started a club-record 32 straight from Jan. 12-Mar. 18, 2012.
With his 12th goal of the season, Matt Beleskey set a career high in goals. Beleskey collected his eighth career GWG and team-leading second of the season. He now has 5-1=6 points in his last seven games and 12-2=14 points this season. Beleskey ranks tied for sixth among NHL leaders in goals.
Sami Vatanen collected his sixth goal of the season, tied for third among NHL defensemen. His 6-14=20 points leads Anaheim defensemen and ranks tied for second overall in points and assists. Vatanen is now one point away from a career high.
Devante Smith-Pelly notched his fourth goal of the season with 22 seconds remaining in the second period. Smith-Pelly now has 4-6=10 points this season.
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his team-leading 16th assist of the season (7-16=23) on the Matt Beleskey goal. Getzlaf has 2-4=6 points in his last six games.
With an assist on Vatanen’s second-period goal, Patrick Maroon has collected 1-3=4 points in his last five games and 1-9=10 points 18 games this season.
Jakob Silfverberg and Cam Fowler each collected assists on Smith-Pelly’s second-period goal, their 10th and 11th of the season, respectively.
Matt Beleskey On his career-best 12th goal of the season I’m getting lots of good looks. That was a great play by Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] and Worm [Corey Perry] did a great job with the screen. I’m just trying to get shots through.
On the importance of tonight’s win It was huge. That’s a really good team. I think we played a full 60 minutes tonight. Our best players were our best players and Freddie [Frederik Andersen] was great for us when we needed him. That’s a game we needed to play. Frederik Andersen On tonight’s game I just came in focused on stopping one puck at a time. When they scored, we answered right away, and then we got another goal. That was a great response by the team.
On making key saves They were definitely strong in the first two periods, but after we got the lead heading into the third, we did a good job of not sitting back. We tried getting that third goal and we did, and it ended up being the game winner. That was great.
Devante Smith-Pelly On his goal It was a bit of a broken play, but [Silfverberg] held it in, fought a guy off and me and Cogs [Andrew Cogliano] were in front. I just reached and got a little bit of a touch on it.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau On Vatanen’s game-tying goal It sure happened at the right time. They had just scored and they had quite a few chances. You could see the bench needed a lift and Sami gave it to them.
On solving Tuukka Rask After the first period, we told them we’re not going to score on this guy unless we get in his eyes so he can’t see. We had to shoot the puck. Devo [Devante Smith-Pelly] did it and you get rewarded. BOSTON BRUINS
Chris Kelly On the game I thought we played well. I thought our start was much better. There are a lot of good things to take from that game. Give them credit, they capitalized on a few breakdowns that we did have. I don’t think there were many of them. It would have been nice to at least get a point out of it.
On the team struggling offensively I think the chances were there. You need to look at the positives when you are having difficulty scoring goals and having the mindset of putting puck to the net. I thought we did that well tonight. There were a few chances that the pucks were laying around. We had some good opportunities. Their goalie played well.
Tuukka Rask On the game The first 40 was really good. I think we were the better team out there. Getting more shots and stuff, but then a couple tough breakdowns there and we’re down. Going into the third, the first 10 minutes were the worst of our game there. They get the two-goal lead and we never rebounded.
On not getting a result We had 50 minutes of really good hockey. Like I said, that first part of the third was not so good. It’s a good league and if you make turnovers and mistakes they’re going to end up costing you a lot of times, and that’s what we did. We never rebounded. Good effort again, but still not good enough.
Head Coach Claude Julien On the third period At the start of the third they came out with the momentum and it took us a while to find ours again. A couple of turnovers there that you wish you could have back. The rest of the game, lots to like about tonight. Disappointing that a few of those turnovers ended up in the back of our net.
On the game I’m certainly not going to criticize the effort. I thought we played hard and I really feel like we should have won that game. If you take the whole 60 minutes, I felt we were the better team. That was my assessment of the game. We did a lot of good things.