Postgame Notes and Quotes: February 15 vs. Washington
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POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 3 vs. Washington 5 Feb. 15, 2015 Honda Center 35-15-7, 77 Standings Points
Francois Beauchemin became the second Ducks defenseman to reach the 500-game milestone tonight, joining all-time franchise leader for defensemen Ruslan Salei (594). With an assist on Andrew Cogliano’s first goal, Beauchemin (169) is now one point shy of tying Oleg Tverdovsky (170) for second in scoring among franchise defensemen all-time.
Andrew Cogliano recorded two goals for his seventh career multi-goal game (last: Mar. 2, 2013 @ PHX). Cogliano has 2-1=3 points in his last four games and 8-9=17 points in 56 games this season.
With his team-leading 24th goal of the season, Corey Perry has points in seven of his last eight games (5-4=9) and 10-8=17 points in his last 17. Perry ranks third among league leaders with .57 goals-per-game and 10th in goals.
Hampus Lindholm collected 0-2=2 points for his fifth career multi-assist game and second of the season. Lindholm has recorded six assists in his last nine games and ranks tied for second among team defensemen in assists (20).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,252, a sellout including standing room only.
Francois Beauchemin On his 500th game as a Duck It means a lot. I take pride in playing a lot. I just like to be out there. Playing 500 games, especially for the Ducks, is a big accomplishment for me. I’m hoping for a few more hundred.
On being one point shy of tying Oleg Tverdovsky (170) for second in scoring among franchise defensemen all-time That would be great if I can pass that. Hopefully I will. But what’s important is getting back onto a winning track, and back to having fun. Lately, we’ve been struggling, but we know we can be a lot better.
Andrew Cogliano On tonight’s game With the style they play, we gave them way too many easy goals. A lot of them were off the rush and a couple of them were two-on-ones. When you give opportunities like that to a skilled team, they beat you. That happened tonight.
Ryan Getzlaf On tonight’s game Against a team like that, we have to be better and more disciplined to our system. We can’t give them odd-man rushes. They’ll capitalize every time.
On the recent stretch of games We’re just at that point in the year where we have to be mentally stronger. We need to get that mojo back that we had throughout the start of the season. We never really strayed from our path ever during the start of the year. It didn’t matter what the score was. We just played. At times, we’re squeezing the sticks a little bit trying to make things happen that aren’t always there, and it ends up in the back of the net.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On Alex Ovechkin’s four-point performance The two goals he scored were off the faceoff and in his spot on the power play. When you make a mistake against that line, and you don’t get it deep, you’re going to get beat. Him and Nick [Backstrom] are the two guys we knew we had to control, and we didn’t do it.
Alex Ovechkin On the game Obviously it’s a huge win. Mentally, after how we played last night, how we started this game. I think it was a huge game for [Justin Peters]. On the first shift they scored right away, so we had to bounce back. Great job by him [bouncing back]. We want to give him that confidence. Everybody knows he’s a solid goalie. Everybody was sacrificing the body, playing physical and blocking shots.
On Andre Burakovsky I saw he was open a couple times. Those were huge goals by him. Obviously he’s a skilled guy.
Justin Peters On the game Early on, the puck seemed to be bouncing around a bit. They got a couple, we got a couple and it was kind of both teams getting bounces. I think everyone kind of settled down. The puck was bouncing all night. It was one of those games where both teams were trying to contain and thankfully we came out on top. On the win Obviously it's a top team in the league here. It’s a really tough barn to come in to. They have a good home record. It was really special this trip is the father’s trip. Having my dad here is more special to share this with him. Head Coach Barry Trotz On the game It was really important. We talked about our compete level. Last night wasn’t at the level that you need to win hockey games, especially out here in California against good teams. We changed some people around, challenged some people and they responded. On the team’s compete level I think when we have that compete level. I think our team is built to play against anybody in the league, but we have to compete at that high level. Back-to-back [games] and I said, ‘we need to get this one tonight,’ and they did. They really did it for themselves and I think they just weren’t fully engaged in the LA game and then I think they wanted to do something for their dads.