Postgame Notes and Quotes: December 12 at Edmonton
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POSTGAME NOTES Edmonton 2 vs. Anaheim 4 Dec. 12, 2014 Rexall Place 20-6-5, 45 Standings Points
The Ducks improved to 20-6-5 with a 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Anaheim leads the league in standings points (45) and co-leads in wins (20).
The Ducks are 18-3-1 against the Oilers since the start of the 2009-10 season.
Kyle Palmieri’s goal at the 0:07 mark of the second period marked the fastest goal in club history to start ANY period.
Extending his career-long consecutive starts streak to 17 games, Frederik Andersen improved his record to 16-4-4 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Andersen's 17-game streak is the most by an Anaheim goaltender since Jonas Hiller started a club-record 32 straight from Jan. 12-Mar. 18, 2012.
With 1-1=2 points, Sami Vatanen established a new career high for points in a season (8-15=23). Vatanen had 6-15=21 in 48 games last season. Vatanen currently leads all NHL defensemen in power-play goals (5), ranks tied for second in power-play points (13) and ranks fourth among blueliners in overall points.
Ryan Getzlaf had 1-1=2 points for his 11th multi-point game of the season. Getzlaf, who ranks tied for seventh among NHL leaders in scoring and tied for fourth in assists, has points in six of his last seven games (3-9=12).
With his assist on Getzlaf’s second-period goal, Ryan Kesler increased his point streak to four games (4-2=6). Kesler has 7-9=16 points in his last 17 games.
Rene Bourque recorded his first multi-point game of the season (1-1=2), and has 1-2=3 points in his last three games. POSTGAME QUOTES
Ryan Kesler On starting the five-game road trip with a victory We really put an emphasis on it. We let them back in the game, but we battled hard during those final eight minutes. We gutted out a win.
On protecting the lead We need to calm down. All of us. They’re a good team over there. We just need to make plays. But saying that, we’re a great team. We just have to go out and do it. That’s the bottom line.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On protecting the lead You have to keep your foot on the pedal and keep going. It’s the hardest thing to do. You look around the NHL and every team wants to protect the lead. We knew that after 3-0 we wanted to come out hard and bury them, but right after we got three, it seemed like we said Let’s stop shooting the puck, let’s start defending. When you just defend, you’re going to get caught. As insignificant as an empty-netter might be, it gets that little monkey off your back thinking that everything is going to be a one-goal game. When they made it 3-2, I thought that was when we picked it back up again. We went back into our forechecking, keeping it low, and grinding. That’s where we find success.
On Sami Vatanen He makes the great play on the pass to [Kyle] Palmieri, and then he scores. But then he turns one over at the red line right after that. He is who he is. We want him to play, sometimes, a little bit safer, but I don’t want to take away his effectiveness of being a guy who rushes the puck and pushes other defensemen back.
On Ben Lovejoy’s return I thought he was really good tonight. Defending, position-wise, I thought he was really good.
On the message heading into tomorrow’s game in Winnipeg Keep it going. If you think just because it’s a back-to-back that you’re not going to have success, then you usually don’t. You have to believe that you can do it. We have the next day off. It should be a heck of a game.