Postgame Notes and Quotes: December 22 vs. San Jose
/ Anaheim Ducks
POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 3 vs. San Jose 2 OT Dec. 22, 2014 Honda Center 23-8-5, 51 Standings Points
The Ducks improved to 23-8-5 with a 3-2 overtime victory against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Anaheim became the first NHL team to 50 standings points this season (51) and also now co-leads the NHL in wins (23). The Ducks have won six of their last eight home games (6-2-0) against the Sharks dating to Mar. 28, 2012.
Ryan Kesler scored his fourth career overtime goal and first as a Duck 58 seconds into the extra frame. Kesler’s last OT goal came Oct. 25, 2013 with Vancouver at St. Louis.
With a game-high two points (0-2=2), Ryan Getzlaf now owns a season-high six-game point streak (4-6=10). Getzlaf continues to lead the team in both assists and scoring (12-27=39) and has 6-14=20 points in his last 12 games.
Frederik Andersen recorded his 19th win of the season, stopping 30-of-32 shots faced. Andersen is tied for second among NHL goaltenders in wins.
Cam Fowler notched his fourth goal of the season in his 300th career NHL game. Fowler has 4-14=28 points in 35 games this season.
Rickard Rakell collected his first career regular-season goal in the second period. Rakell has 1-2=3 points in his last five games and 1-7=8 points in 25 games this season.
Emerson Etem notched his fourth assist of the season on Rakell’s goal. Etem has 0-2=2 points in as many games.
The second assist on Rakell’s second-period goal was credited to Matt Beleskey, his fourth assist of the season. Beleskey, appearing in his 300th career NHL game, has 1-2=3 points in his last four games and 15-4=19 points this season.
Devante Smith-Pelly set a career high in assists with his ninth of the season. Smith-Pelly has 4-9=13 points in 32 games this season, tying his career high in points.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,405, a sellout including standing room only. ANAHEIM DUCKS
Ryan Kesler On tonight’s comeback victory It was good to see Raks [Rickard Rakell] get one there. We fell behind in the third period, but we never quit. The third period was our best period. It was a good, character win.
On his overtime goal Whenever you score in that fashion, it’s always exciting. We really wanted this one going into the break on a good note. We’ve all been on the other side where you lose heading into the break, and you’re thinking about it for three days.
Cam Fowler On the game We felt like we were coming along. As a group, it’s a mentality that we never give up. You saw the result of that. We’re happy with the win. We’re going into the break feeling pretty good.
Rickard Rakell On his first career regular season NHL goal It felt good. It was a big relief for me. Christmas is saved. The puck ended up on my stick in front of the net. It was a good feeling. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the comeback victory I thought we were pretty resilient. Freddy [Andersen] was tremendous in the first period and kept it at zeros. I thought it was important to come out of the first period with zeros. They came at us, but at the same time, resiliency in the third period with Cam making a very nice play to score the goal, and we get the break with a power play in overtime.
On entering the break on a winning note I know the group pretty well. I knew they were going to play today and give it their best effort. We played a very good hockey club and snuck away with two points. We’re happy.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Joe Pavelski On playing the Ducks Every win is a big deal. These guys are good. We expect to beat them. We expect to win games when we go into them. We have a group of guys that believe in what we’re doing and they’re playing good and the right way. It’s fun hockey, we think we can play with any team.
On both goaltenders Both goalies were really good. [Niemi] had some awesome saves. They’re fun to watch. You don’t want to give up those chances but when he’s going like that, we can be aggressive and play our system knowing he’s there.
Antti Niemi On the effort tonight Overall, we started well. They came hard in the end to get the point and tie it. Overall, I thought we played well.
On the game-winning goal It came quick. It was a quick shot behind the [defense]. I didn’t see it coming early enough.
Head Coach Todd McLellan On the game I thought it was a well-played game by both teams. For us to come back, we had a little bit of bad luck on their first goal when it went off the station, to fight back in the third and get the goal. I thought after that we were playing a little bit careful. I thought they played pretty careful when they had the lead, too. It was a pretty evenly-matched game. I thought it was a good game.
On both goaltenders [Niemi] made some remarkable saves when we need him when we broke down. Their goaltender made some good saves, too. It was pretty evenly played.