Postgame Notes and Quotes: December 10 vs. Edmonton
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POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 2 vs. Edmonton 1 Dec. 10, 2014 Honda Center 19-6-5, 43 Standings Points
The Ducks improved to 19-6-5 with a 2-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. Anaheim leads the league in standings points (43) and co-leads in wins (19).
Anaheim has won five consecutive home games against Edmonton, marking a franchise best. The Ducks are 17-3-1 against the Oilers since the start of the 2009-10 season.
Frederik Andersen recorded his 15th win of the season, stopping 21-of-22 shots. Andersen stretched his career high consecutive start streak to 16, the most by an Anaheim goaltender since Jonas Hiller started a club-record 32 straight from Jan. 12-Mar. 18, 2012. He also earned his third career NHL assist, second of the season, on Kesler’s second-period goal.
With his 10th goal of the season, Ryan Kesler now has 4-1=5 points in his last three games. Kesler ranks second on the team in points (10-13=23) and third in goals.
Hampus Lindholm collected an assist on Kesler’s goal to extend his point/assist streak to a career-high four games (0-4=4). Lindholm now has 3-10=13 points this season.
With a goal in the first period, Matt Beleskey continues to set a career high in goals. Beleskey has 5-1=6 points in his last eight games and 14-2=16 points this season. He ranks tied for seventh among NHL leaders and co-leads the team in goals.
Kyle Palmieri notched his third assist of the season to push his point streak to a career-tying three games (1-3=4).
Rickard Rakell recorded his fifth assist of the season on Beleskey’s first-period goal.
Matt Beleskey On his goal It was a great pass by Palmy [Kyle Palmieri] and Raks [Rickard Rakell] made a great play down low. If I get it between the [circles] I have to shoot it and hopefully score.
On tonight’s game I thought we played pretty well. We had a couple of lapses for six or seven minutes where they really put it on us, but Freddy [Frederik Andersen] was there for us again. It was a pretty good game. I thought the way we closed it out in the third was really well done.
Ryan Kesler On the team winning despite adversity We have a lot of good players on this team. We’re very young, but experience makes players better. As the year is going on, we’re getting a lot better.
On being the top team in the league We don’t let much define us in here when we deal with adversity. We just keep battling. We’re playing well. We’re going to keep riding this.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On holding the lead in the third period The last three minutes were probably the best we’ve played in controlling the lead all year. Maybe they’re getting used to one-goal games. Viktor [Fasth] made some good saves, but we have to find that killer instinct to bury teams when they’re down.
On the Oilers We had our hands full tonight and we know we’re going to have our hands full on Friday because it’s tougher to beat a team two in a row. But if you look at our last five games against Edmonton, four of them have been one-goal games and one of them was an empty-net game. We know it’s never going to be easy against them.
Viktor Fasth On the game We played a good road game. Freddy (Andersen) was good in net at the other end, but I think we could have had a little more traffic in front of him and make it harder for him. Overall, I think we played a really good road game.
On his play tonight You always want to make those extra saves to help the team win. Unfortunately I couldn’t do that today. We have to look forward. I think there are a lot of positive things we can bring from this one into the next one.
On the team I think we need to get a little more traffic in front of their goalie. He played good, but I think we could have made it harder for him. I think we played a good road game. We lose by one goal, but we have to give up less and do more.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins On the game Obviously close isn’t good enough. We need to find a way to get that extra one at the right time, make that big play that gets us the lead. We have to find a way to do that. Close doesn’t really cut it. You have to find a way to bear down.
On trailing in games When we play with the lead, obviously it’s a lot easier. We have more confidence and you’re not scrambling all over the place. I think when we do have the lead, when we have had the lead this year, we’ve done a good job of maintaining it. We just haven’t had it enough at all this year. We have to find a way to get the first one and follow up on it and try to put teams away.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins On the lack of scoring It’s frustrating for everyone. We have some guys that have proven they can put the puck in the net. For whatever reason, we’re just having trouble getting it in there right now. It’s something you have to be extremely patient for.
On the effort tonight Third game in four nights, and we had the ability to stay in the game. I think Viktor gave us a real solid effort. It’s hard to really single out anybody for a bad night. I thought our guys worked hard against a team that had been sitting here waiting for us for a few days.