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Postgame Notes and Quotes: December 28 vs. Vancouver

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 2 vs. Vancouver 1 OT
Dec. 28, 2014
Honda Center
24-8-6, 54 Standings Points

The NHL-leading Ducks have earned standings points in three straight games (2-0-1, 5 pts), gone 10-2-1 in their last 13 games and 13-4-1 in their last 18.

The Ducks lead the NHL in December wins (10-2-1), while Ryan Getzlaf ranks first among December league leaders in scoring (5-15=20) and assists. With his 10th December victory, Frederik Andersen (10-1-1) set a club record for wins by a Ducks goaltender in any single month. The last NHL goalie(s) with 10+ wins in December were Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo in 2009-10 (10 each).

Anaheim has earned standings points in nine straight games over Vancouver (8-0-1, 17 pts.) and is 10-1-2 in the last 13 games. At Honda Center, the Ducks have won five of the last six games (5-0-1) vs. the Canucks.

Fifteen of Anaheim's last 17 victories have been one-goal games dating to a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at Chicago, including seven decided in extra time (four overtime, three shootout). The Ducks lead the NHL with 18 wins (18-0-6) and rank third for winning percentage in one-goal games (.750).

Tonight marked Anaheim’s 14th overtime/shootout game in 2014-15, representing 37% of the club's schedule. Through 38 games, the Ducks are only four OT/shootout games shy of matching their entire season total in 2013-14 (18).

Cam Fowler scored his third career overtime goal at 2:42 of the extra frame, marking his first OT winner since Mar. 23, 2011 at Dallas (W, 4-3).

Francois Beauchemin collected his 50th career NHL goal and first of the season at 6:52 of the third period. Beauchemin has points in two of the last three games he has appeared in (1-1=2).

With assists on both Anaheim goals tonight, Ryan Getzlaf extended his scoring streak to eight games (4-9=13), the longest active streak in the NHL. Getzlaf also set a franchise record with 20 points in December, breaking previous mark of 19 (Paul Kariya, Dec. 1996; Teemu Selanne, Dec. 2006). [Elias]

Tonight’s attendance was 17,374, a sellout including standing room only.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Cam Fowler

On if he knew his shot went in
No, I didn’t. It was kind of a weird play. It was stuck in someone’s feet and I gave it a good whack. By the time I stood up, I saw people celebrating. By that time, I knew. [Devante Smith-Pelly] made a great play. He was tied up in front and I was trailing the play to see what happened.

On the message heading into the third period
When we came in after the second period, we had a bit of time to settle ourselves down and realize we were trending in the right direction. We knew that if we stuck with it, and especially took care of things in our own end, things would go for us. We just needed to settle down a little bit.

Francois Beauchemin

On tonight’s game
By sticking to the game plan, we would eventually get a few goals. Freddy [Andersen] was solid. He made some big saves in the first and second periods. We just kept going and throwing pucks at the net and they eventually went in.

On his goal

It was a big relief. When you haven’t scored by Christmas, you’re a little worried. I missed a lot of games, but it was a pretty big goal for me.

Frederik Andersen
On his performance
They had a couple good opportunities in the first period, but they didn’t have much [overall]. We played really well defensively the whole game.

On playing on consecutive days

I wanted to go back in and play as quickly as possible. With all this time off, it’s nice to be playing again.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

On the importance of starting the eight-game homestand with a win
It was important because Vancouver is on our tail. We haven’t done anything to dissuade them in thinking they can’t beat us. It’s been three overtime games against us. It was good that we were able to come back. We really pressed them in the last period and a half. It was nice justice for our guys to get rewarded.

On the message to the team heading into the third period
Staying the course was part of it, as well as shooting the puck and not looking for pretty plays. We have a tendency to want to make the perfect pass instead of shooting it and going to the net and paying the price in front of the net. Our first goal, Devo [Devante Smith-Pelly] goes to the front of the net and the goalie can’t see it. The second goal is just a tip off the pads and we’re going to net and scoring the goal.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Henrik Sedin
On the overtime loss
It was tough. I thought we started out the first period pretty well. It was tough to get going. I thought we played smart hockey. We didn’t give them a whole lot. The chances they got were more from turnovers and mistakes on our end. I thought we played smart. We got a big point. We maybe didn’t deserve it, but we’ll take it.

On feeling sluggish as game went on
I think on a day like this, maybe the only time, it benefits you to play the day before. You could tell our heads weren’t there. We didn’t make the right plays all the time. A little bit sluggish and that’s enough, against a good team, to not look good.

Ryan Miller
On tonight's loss
I thought for a game off a break, the compete was there. We’ll clean things up. They’re a good team. It’s been three tight games so we’ll keep working and try to get the better side of it next time.

On the break as a goalie
It’s not ideal for timing but you need to take rest where you can get it. You can’t put in your head ‘my timings going to be off,’ you have to put in your head ‘in an NHL season you need rest and you need to take advantage.’ I thought I did a good job of that over the break. It felt like I had awareness and good energy. It’s frustrating not to turn that third period into a win and to give up that goal in the end is a tough break.

Head Coach Willie Desjardins
On the advantage or disadvantage of not playing last night
I thought we would get the advantage as it got deeper. We hadn’t played. For whatever reason, we let it get away a little bit but they’ve got a good hockey team. You have to give them credit.

On the lack of shots in last two periods
Not good enough. It’s pretty simple, we have to be better. If we want to win in this league we have to take the puck to the net. We can’t rely on our goaltender. If we’re just going to sit back and rely and hope we get points, we’re not going to get points. As a group, we know we have to be better. These are real tough games. They’re good teams and it’s a good challenge. We have to be at our best and we have to be better in the next game.
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