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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Feb. 24 vs. Buffalo

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim 1 vs. Buffalo 0
Feb. 24, 2016
Honda Center
32-19-8, 72 Standings Points

Anaheim extended its win streak to a season-tying six games with a 1-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Honda Center. Anaheim currently owns the longest active overall winning streak (6-0-0) and home winning streak (5-0-0). The Ducks originally won six straight games from Jan. 20-Feb. 5.

The Ducks own the NHL’s top overall record and best road record (11-1-2) since Christmas, going 20-4-2 overall for a .808 points percentage. The club is 13-1-1 in the last 15 games.

Anaheim extended a single-season franchise record with its fifth 1-0 victory of the season. The Ducks are now tied for third among NHL leaders in team shutouts (6) this season.

Tonight’s shutout marked the first time in franchise history that the Ducks have shutout the Sabres

The Ducks have scored a PPG in each of their six consecutive victories, going 9-for-20 (45.0%) with the man advantage. (Please note Anaheim’s PP conversion rate from Feb. 21 vs. CGY is now 2-for-4).

The Ducks improved to 6-1-0 in their last seven home games against the Sabres (since 2005-06).

Frederik Andersen stopped all 26 shots faced to pick up his first shutout of the season (fourth career). Andersen has won 10 of his last 11 decisions (10-0-1) with a 1.97 GAA and a .931 SV%. He has not lost in regulation since Dec. 21 at the New York Islanders.

Ryan Getzlaf established a franchise record with his eighth career 40-assist season, passing Teemu Selanne (7). Getzlaf also pushed his scoring streak to nine games (4-10=14), the longest active point streak in the NHL. The last Duck to post a nine-game scoring streak was Mathieu Perreault (6-4=10) from Mar. 14-31, 2014.

Sami Vatanen opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season and finished with his career-high second GWG (last: Nov. 16, 2015 @ CAR). Vatanen has points in five of his last six games (3-3=6) and now leads Anaheim defensemen in scoring (9-22=31), goals and assists.

Hampus Lindholm picked up the secondary assist on Vatanen’s goal, giving him points in four of his last five games (2-3=5).

Tonight’s attendance was 16,543.



Sami Vatanen

On his power-play goal
We moved the puck fast on the power play. Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] made a nice pass to me. [Corey] Perry was standing in front so their goalie couldn’t see. I just had to shoot it on net somewhere. This time it went in.

On the ability to win low-scoring, one-goal games
We talk about that a lot. We have to learn how to win 1-0 games. We did that tonight. It wasn’t our best game, but we found a way to win. That’s always good.

Frederik Andersen
On earning his first shutout of the season
It’s good, especially in a 1-0 game. You want to make sure you get the win. It was nice to get the call today and get a win.

On his left pad save on Bailey in the second period
It came off a turnover and they had an odd-man rush. [Evander Kane] got a good shot off – he dragged it in close to the stick of our defenseman – and I was lucky enough to get over for the rebound and get a piece of it.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

On the game
We got outworked in the first period, but Freddie kept us in the game. As the game went on, we started getting above their forwards. Their transition game was fast in the first period, and in the second and third, once we lost the puck, we were able to get above them, which didn’t allow them any odd-man rushes.

On Vatanen’s performance
That block he made in the third period was really big. He had a great shot [on his goal]. I thought he almost had a couple more goals. When he’s playing good, it adds to the offense and defense. For a little guy, he competes with anybody.

Brian Gionta

On the loss
It is a tough one. There are a couple [chances] we’d like to have back, but that’s the game. We have to find ways to score. We played a fairly good game, and we had some good chances, but we didn’t capitalize.

On the pace of the game

They’re an explosive team. For the most part our penalty kill did a great job against them, but that is what is most frustrating. That is how tight this league is, little things like that will cost you.

Robin Lehner
On playing against the Ducks
We want to show that we can play with the best teams, but it’s the small margins. I think we need to get tougher in front of both nets. We need to make it harder for the other goalies. In this league if you want to beat the goalies you need to get traffic in front.

On Andersen’s performance

He made a lot of good saves, and that’s what it comes down to in this league—tight games. When a goalie is playing well, it doesn’t matter if he can’t see it. We need to take away the net, get some rebounds, beat them clear once in a while.

Head Coach Dan Bylsma

On the Sabres' scoring opportunities
We didn’t capitalize. Bailey hit the side of the net off Kane’s chance. I think some of the best chances we had we didn’t capitalize on. The power play opportunity certainly looked like it could be a very good opportunity, but our execution wasn’t there.

On playing the Ducks
I’m not going to be satisfied with being stride for stride with them. As a good hockey team we had every opportunity to win and get a few goals in that game, but we came up short. That’s certainly a good team, but I think we could have won.
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