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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Feb. 26 vs. Edmonton

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 2 vs. Edmonton 1 (OT)
Feb. 26, 2016
Honda Center
33-19-8, 74 Standings Points


The Anaheim Ducks recorded a 2-1 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers to push their win streak to a season-high seven straight games. Anaheim’s seven straight overall victories (7-0-0) and six consecutive home wins represent the longest such active streaks in the NHL. Only Anaheim, Washington and Los Angeles have posted two separate win streaks of six or more this season. The Ducks’ nine-game standings point streak (8-0-1, 17 pts.) is their longest since Nov. 29-Dec. 28, 2013 (13 games, 11-0-2). The club’s last seven-game win streak was from Dec. 1-13, 2014 (7-0-0).

Anaheim won its second overtime game this season, courtesy of Rickard Rakell’s first career overtime goal. Rakell, who also picked up his fifth GWG of the campaign, has points in five of his last six games (3-3=6). 

The Ducks have held the opposition to a franchise record-low 140 goals through 60 games this season.

Anaheim owns the NHL’s top overall record and best road record (12-1-2) since Christmas, going 21-4-2 overall for a .815 points percentage. The club is 14-1-1 in the last 16 games, 8-0-0 in its last eight games vs. the Pacific and 12-1-1 in the last 14 intra-division contests.

The Ducks have scored a power-play goal in each of their seven consecutive victories, going 10-for-23 (41.7%) with the man advantage. The last time the Ducks recorded such a streak was in 2008-09 when the club had seven straight games with a PPG from Mar. 25-Apr. 5, 2009.

Frederik Andersen stopped 17-of-18 shots en route to his fifth consecutive winning decision (5-0-0). Andersen has won 11 of his last 12 decisions (11-0-1) with a 1.88 GAA and .931 SV%. He has not lost in regulation since Dec. 21 at the New York Islanders (10-0-2) and has limited the opposition to two goals or less in 24 of his 34 appearances this season.

Ryan Getzlaf extended his scoring streak to 10 games (5-10=15) with his ninth goal of the season on the power play 45 seconds into the third period. Getzlaf's streak is the longest active point streak in the NHL and the longest by a Duck since Getzlaf himself had points in 14 straight games (10-13=23) from Nov. 5-Dec. 15, 2014.

Tonight's attendance: 17,174, a sellout.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Rickard Rakell

On where this goal ranks on his personal highlight reel

Probably one of my better ones. In overtime, winning the game. It was a good feeling.

On winning a game in this fashion
For the team, it’s really important. San Jose and LA are winning games. We want to be right up there winning games, too. There aren’t a lot of games left, so we want to win as many as we can.

On the Oilers
We knew that’s how they play. We had chances, and when you least expect it, they come the other way with an odd-man rush. It was a battle tonight. All the guys played hard. It was nice to get the two points.

Ryan Getzlaf
On winning in this fashion
We’re grinding it out and finding ways to win hockey games. Tonight we played pretty well. They competed hard. We’re going to have to win games like this down the stretch.

On Rakell’s skill
He’s learning to compete at both ends of the rink. He’s doing a lot better playing in our zone and getting out of our zone faster. It’s enabled him to play with more confidence in the offensive zone.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On Rakell’s highlight-reel overtime goal
I’m waiting to see it a few more times. It was pretty exciting. I think it was a 1-on-3, and for good measure he put it upstairs. It was a great move by him, but he’s capable of doing that. It was our first real 3-on-3 win, so that made it nice, as well.

On grinding out a win
I thought we did a lot of good things. We held them to under 20 shots, gave them six chances and we had 34 shots. That team played really hard against us tonight, and I thought we matched them pretty good.
 
EDMONTON OILERS

Brandon Davidson

On the Oilers’ style of play
You have to take note of how we played on this road trip. Collectively as a group we decided to bear down and play a different way than what we have been in the past. That’s a good sign, but the standard is still two points and we’re very disappointed about that.

On the winning goal
It’s a good move. He crisscrossed and made a great play. He may have recognized a forward was skating backwards and he took advantage of it. A little bit better communication and we could have changed the outcome of that.

Jordan Eberle

On the Oilers’ play
We held our own. We had our chances and played well defensively. Three on three is anyone’s game and he [Rickard Rakell] made a great play to score that winner. In the end it’s nice to get one point.

On Talbot’s play
He played very solid and has done that for us all year. It gives us a chance to win. He makes big saves when we need it and you need that to win hockey games.

Head Coach Todd McLellan

On his team’s performance
We’ve become a pretty scrappy team. I have no complaints about the work ethic or the input into the win. Obviously we’d like better results, we’d like to find a way to give our goaltender who played extremely well again tonight some run support.

On facing a difficult schedule recently
We’re stepping into the ring against Mohammed Ali right now with some of these teams and we’re able to stay in it until the late rounds. That’s not good enough. We’ve got to find ways to win. Just to hanging with teams isn’t good enough, but we needed to reestablish the input part and I think we’ve done that to this point.
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