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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Feb. 28 vs. LA

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim 4 vs. Los Angeles 2
Feb. 28, 2016
Honda Center
34-19-8, 76 Standings Points

The Ducks completed their best month in club history at 12-1-1 with a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center. Anaheim posted its most wins, standings points (25 pts.) and highest points percentage in a single month (.893%).

Anaheim’s season-high eight straight victories (8-0-0) and seven consecutive home wins (7-0-0) represent the longest active winning streaks in the NHL. The last time the Ducks had a win streak of eight games or longer was Dec. 31, 2013-Jan. 15, 2014 (eight games). Anaheim’s last home streak of seven games or longer was Dec. 9, 2013-Jan. 14, 2014 (10 games). The Ducks also have a 10-game standings point streak (9-0-1, 19 pts.), the longest such active streak in the league.

10 games (Dec. 6-28, 2013)
8 games (Feb. 13 - current)
8 games (Dec. 31, 2013-Jan. 15, 2014)

Anaheim owns the NHL’s top overall record since Christmas, going 22-4-2 overall for a .821 points percentage. The club is 15-1-1 in the last 17 games, 9-0-0 in the last nine vs. the Pacific and 12-1-1 in its last 14 intra-division games.

The Ducks have scored power-play goals in each of their eight consecutive victories, going 13-for-28 (46.4%) with the man advantage. The last time the Ducks recorded a PPG streak of eight games was 2008-09 when the club had nine straight games with a power-play tally from Jan. 14-Feb. 2, 2009.

Defensively, Anaheim has limited its opponents to a club record-low 142 goals through 61 games.

Corey Perry scored his ninth career hat trick (3-1=4) tonight, his first since Jan. 14, 2015 vs. Toronto. Perry’s nine hat tricks are the second-most in franchise history, surpassing Paul Kariya’s eight and four behind Teemu Selanne (13).

Ryan Getzlaf extended his scoring streak to 11 games (5-12=17) with his team-leading 42nd assist of the season. Getzlaf's streak is the longest active point streak in the NHL. The last Duck to record an 11-game point streak was Getzlaf himself, when he posted a 14-game scoring streak from Nov. 6-Dec. 15, 2014 (10-13=23). Getzlaf leads the league in scoring and plus/minus in the month of February, notching 6-14=20 points with a +13 rating in 14 games. 

David Perron scored his seventh goal (7-9=16) in 18 games as a Duck. Perron ranks second among NHL leaders in plus/minus with a +14 rating, trailing only Getzlaf (+17), since his Anaheim debut on Jan. 17.

John Gibson stopped 27-of-29 shots to earn the win. Gibson is riding a three-game winning streak (3-0-0).

The Ducks improved to 2-1-0 in the 2015-16 Freeway Faceoff. Anaheim has won 10 of the last 13 regular-season games vs. Los Angeles (10-1-2).

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



Ryan Getzlaf

On the game
We controlled our emotions for the most part. We got into a little bit of penalty trouble to start, but that’s natural in a game like this. Our power play responded well again. Our group held it together throughout the whole game.

On Perry’s hat trick
He did a great job showing up in a great game. He’s been really good as of late. It was nice to see him get rewarded.

Corey Perry
On scoring four goals against the Kings
We had three power-play goals, so our power play was working tonight. It’s a close-checking game out there when you play those guys. It’s a man’s game. You have to be ready to play.

On the importance of the game
It was a huge game when you’re chasing them for first place in the division. These points mean everything down the stretch. We put ourselves in a good spot to continue and push forward. You have to keep pushing forward.

On being two points out of first place in the Pacific Division

It’s right there. We can see it in our sights. It’s getting closer, but we have to keep playing our style of game.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On being two points out of first place
We’re cognizant of where we are in the standings, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. We just want to play good. We’ve won a couple of games where we didn’t play good, but when we’ve played the better teams, we thought we stepped it up. That was a playoff game out there, and both teams played like it.

On cutting the deficit to two points in the division
When you’re living in the moment, you don’t really notice it. This is something you’ll notice in three years. We’re near the top of the mountain, but we’re not at the top of the mountain yet. We have to keep persevering.

Drew Doughty

On the overturned goal

We were prepared for it. It didn’t count. We were going to come back and try to get another one right away on the power play. It should’ve been a little longer of a power play, but I could be wrong. We were determined to go back out there and get another one, but we weren’t able to.

On the Kings’ penalty kill
Bearing down around our net and getting pucks out. It’s the same old thing. It’s about getting pucks out, blocking shots, and not letting them bend goals in around the net, and they were able to do that tonight.

Anze Kopitar
On the Kings’ penalty kill
We take too many penalties. We can definitely be sharper on the penalty kill. Our game overall has to be better if we want to beat this team.

On the overturned goal
In the end it was offside. It was very close, but we were all looking at the same thing over and over on the scoreboard. I felt like I straddled the line, but I guess I didn’t.

Head Coach Darryl Sutter
On his team’s penalty kill
Killing tonight was an issue. They scored three goals, we couldn’t score three too. Both teams have really good power-plays.

On playing the second half of a back-to-back
We made some tired mistakes. I think guys looked a little gassed...It’s going to happen when you get caught in a turnaround against a good team like that.
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