Anaheim 3 vs. San Jose 2
Feb. 2, 2016
23-18-7, 53 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks returned from the All-Star break with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. The Ducks have won four straight games (4-0-0), six of their last seven (6-1-0) and are 11-3-1 since the Christmas break.
Anaheim has yielded a franchise-low 111 goals through 48 games, tied for the second-fewest among NHL teams and fewest in the Western Conference this season.
The Ducks went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and now lead the NHL with an 89.8 PK% (150-for-167). Anaheim has killed the last 15 consecutive opponent PPs and 49-of-51 (96.1%) since Dec. 27.
Anaheim has scored 26 goals in the last seven games (3.7 per game), scoring four-or-more in four of the seven contests.
The Ducks went 3-1-0 against the Sharks in 2015-16, winning the last three games of the season series dating to Nov. 7 at SAP Center. The last time Anaheim posted three wins-or-more in a season set with San Jose was in 2011-12 (5-1-0).
With his 14th assist of 2015-16, Pacific Division All-Star Corey Perry extended his scoring streak to a season-best four consecutive games (3-3=6). Perry now has 9-4=13 points in 15 games since the Christmas break.
Rickard Rakell opened the scoring for Anaheim at 16:09 of the first period, improving his scoring trend to 3-2=5 points in his last five games and 5-6=11 points in his last 15.
Hampus Lindholm registered his first career short-handed goal at 4:19 of the second period. Ryan Getzlaf picked up the lone assist on the tally, giving the Anaheim captain points in eight of his last nine games (0-9=9).
Ryan Garbutt collected his first goal as a Duck in his third game with the club, an even-strength tally at 12:07 of the second period. Garbutt collected his second GWG of the season, tying a career high originally set in 2014-15 with Dallas.
Frederik Andersen stopped 30-of-32 shots for his season-high fourth consecutive win. Andersen has allowed two goals or less in 18 of his 25 appearances this season.
Tonight’s attendance was 16,588.POSTGAME QUOTES
Hampus LindholmOn the tightness of the game
It was a typical Western Conference game. When we play the Kings and Sharks, it’s all about battling and throwing pucks on net. It was a tough game, but we ended up on top tonight. That was good news for us.On the importance of his shorthanded goal
They were pushing us a little bit [at the time], but we were confident on the penalty kill. We got a break and Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] made a heck of a pass to me. That was a big goal for us.Frederik AndersenOn the importance of the game
It was a big game for us, two really big points. We wanted to make sure we met their push. They’re a team that comes out hard in the first period, and even later in the game, too. We had a good first period. The last minute or two was a scramble, but the PK came up big for us there.
On the vibe in the locker room before the game
Everyone was prepared. We know how big of a week this is, and this game was the first step. Everyone is excited to be back. It was a good win.Ryan GarbuttOn his first goal as a Duck
It felt good to get that under the belt after getting a few games in on the road. It was nice to come home and play in front of our home fans. It was definitely exciting for me. A rebound popped out to the slot and I was able to get a pretty good shot on it. It feels good. It always feels like you’re part of the team when you score a goal like that. And for it to turn out to be the game winner, I couldn’t have asked for a better start.
Head Coach Bruce BoudreauOn Andersen’s performance
I thought he was really good tonight. He was basically the reason we won. We were pretty sloppy as a group, and we didn’t play as well as we’ve been playing. When that happens, you need your goalie. They missed some chances at the end, but, heck, in the first 20 games, we missed a lot of those chances.
On sustaining the momentum
I’m glad we’re getting points, but we still have 36 games to go. Eight out of our next nine are on the road. We have a tough schedule, but the only way to get into the playoff is to keep getting points.SAN JOSE SHARKS
Joe PavelskiOn the team’s play
We had the chances to score tonight, but we didn’t find a way to get that extra one. I mean, overall it was good when we [kept it in the zone] and the forecheck was there for us.On if it is challenging coming back from the break
At times definitely, but it’s like any other game; if you keep it short and get good changes, you lay pucks in you don’t have to stop and go back the other way. Overall I think guys felt pretty good, we worked hard and we had our chances.Paul MartinOn the physical play tonight
For the most part it was a little more physical in the beginning than in the past. It’s getting down the stretch here and that’s important, so I’m sure the games will be similar to that.On the team and where they are at in the season
For the most part for coming off the break there wasn’t too much rust. Lots of guys were playing hard and we had opportunities especially there at the end to tie it up, but like you said all it takes is one mistake here and there to cost you the game.Head Coach Peter DeBoerOn the intensity
I think we’ve been in that mindset for a while, so I don’t think it was a big difference for us. They’re a good hockey team, it was a good game, and I don’t think anyone goes home upset today.On the penalty kill
I thought we generated some really good opportunities on the power play. Your goalie makes a good save; your goalie is your best penalty killer most nights.