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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Feb. 21 vs. Calgary

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 5 vs. Calgary 2
Feb. 21, 2016
Honda Center
31-19-8, 70 Standings Points


The Ducks pushed their win streak to five straight games with a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames today at Honda Center. Anaheim’s five straight victories (5-0-0) are tied for the longest active winning streak in the NHL (tied with St. Louis), while the club’s four straight home wins are tied for the league’s longest active home streak (tied with several clubs). In addition, Anaheim is 4-0-0 in its last four road games, tied for the league’s longest active road streak.

Anaheim is tied for the NHL’s top overall record and owns the best road record (10-1-2) since Christmas, going 19-4-2 overall for a .800 points percentage. The club is 12-1-1 in the last 14 games. The Ducks are also riding a seven-game winning streak vs. the Pacific along with an 11-1-1 mark in their last 13 intra-division games.

Anaheim has scored 68 goals in the last 17 games (4.0 per game), recording five-or-more in four straight games. The Ducks also have three-or-more goals in seven straight contests (31) and 15 of the 17.

Ryan Kesler extended his point streak to a season-high five games (2-4=6) with 2-1=3 points, his fourth such game as a Duck and first since Dec. 5, 2014 @ MIN (also 2-1=3). Kesler’s two goals tied a season high (third time) and marked his 29th career multi-goal game. His scoring streak ties his longest as a Duck, which was originally set from Nov. 5-15, 2014 (3-4=7).

Ryan Getzlaf extended his scoring streak to eight games (4-9=13), the second-longest active point streak in the NHL. Getzlaf leads the NHL in scoring (5-11=16) since the All-Star break.

Andrew Cogliano appeared in his 680th consecutive game to surpass Henrik Sedin (679) for the sixth-longest Ironman streak in NHL history. Only one player has appeared in more consecutive games to start his career: Doug Jarvis (964). Cogliano also pushed his point streak to a season-high three games (1-2=3) in the win.

John Gibson stopped 22 of 24 shots to pick up his career-high 14th win of the season. Gibson improved to 4-1-0 with one shutout and a 2.49 GAA in five career games vs. Calgary.

Patrick Maroon opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 15:36 of the first period, his fourth of the season. Maroon has 3-2=5 points in his last nine games.

Rickard Rakell pushed his scoring streak to a career-high four games (2-3=5) with his 18th assist of the season on Anaheim’s first goal. Rakell has 4-5=9 points in his last nine games, 7-7=14 points in the last 15 games and 9-11=20 points in the last 25.

David Perron picked up his eighth assist as a Duck on Getzlaf’s goal. Perron has scored in five of his last six games (3-3=6) and has scored in 10 of his 15 games with Anaheim (7-7=14). The Ducks are 12-2-1 with Perron in the lineup.

Anaheim has won 22 consecutive home games over Calgary, the longest home win streak vs. one opponent in club history.

Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ryan Kesler

On being prepared for the game
The coaches did a good job of giving us that first day off, letting us spend time with our families. We had a good practice yesterday. There is usually a funk when you come back from a long road trip, but it didn’t seem that way for us. The first shift of the third period, you see Getzlaf go out there and score. That was a nail in the coffin. We knew they were going to have a push in the third, and we shut the door.

On sustaining the momentum
Every night we’re going into the game knowing we’re going to win. Going out with that attitude, we won a lot of different ways on the road trip, and it continued here.

Kevin Bieksa
On sustaining the momentum
We’re playing good hockey and we’re on a roll right now. We don’t want to see it slide. We want to play the right way. When we play teams like Calgary, where there’s a little bit of a rivalry, it doesn’t take much to get up for it. This team thrives in situations like that.

On upping the physicality
I thought after [Sam] Bennett hit Corey [Perry], our fourth line went out and had a great energy shift. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a fight, but they went out and threw four or five hits, created turnovers, had a great energy shift and we picked it up from there.

Rickard Rakell
On not having a letdown game
We’ve been in that trap before, this season, and maybe now we can start learning from earlier experiences here. We’re a confident group right now. Even if we had gotten down a goal in this game, it wouldn’t have bothered us. We kept coming. We know we’re strong on the power play. We’re breaking teams down 5-on-5. Everybody is playing and trying to have fun.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the opening period
Our first period was pretty solid. I don’t think we gave them a chance even strength. It was our goal to come out and break their will early, but they were determined. It was a tough game.

On playing with the lead
We don’t sit back and let the other team come back at us. We keep talking, as a coaching staff, about keeping the foot on the gas. You see it too often – prevent defenses prevent you from winning. Our third period success, as far as goal differential ratio, is pretty good.

CALGARY FLAMES
Mark Giordano
On playing against the Ducks
We all know what kind of depth they have and confidence is going a long way for them. Tonight I thought we were there, but we gave them goals that we do not usually give up.

On Calgary’s scoring chances
We had some really good looks, but that’s the game. You have to work for your chances. They got a lot of chances and hit some posts. Bottom line is we are giving up way too many goals lately.

Michael Frolik
On the Ducks' style of play
They are a hard team to play against. We said before the game that we need to be physical. I think we were there. After the second, the game was on the line and it got away from us in the third. It’s a tough loss, but we need to put it behind us.

On the loss
After the second we were still in a good spot, but starting the third we had a rough first shift. We had a bad turn over and it got away from us. We need to learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Head Coach Bob Hartley
On the third period
That first shift gave them a lot of momentum. We felt we ended the second period strong and the boys were very positive in the locker-room between the second and third periods. They got back to their game and they have been playing so well that we knew it was going to be tough.

On the difference between the two teams

They have experience. You can’t buy experience. We knew we would go through those growing pains. We’re asking our guys to compete against players like Kesler, Getzlaf, and Thompson, but this is the only way that we are going to go through. The boys battled hard, but it wasn’t good enough.
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