Postgame Notes and Quotes: February 21 at Edmonton
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POSTGAME NOTES Edmonton 1 vs. Anaheim 2 Feb. 21, 2015 Rexall Place 37-16-7, 81 Standings Points
At 37-16-7 (81 points), the Ducks moved within four points of the Predators (39-13-7, 85 points) – who lost in a shootout – for first place in the Western Conference and NHL standings.
The Ducks improved to 25-0-7 in one-goal games this season; they are the only team yet to suffer a regulation loss in that scenario.
In club history, the Ducks have played the Flames and Oilers in consecutive road games (in either order) 26 times (21-25-6 record). This marks just the third time ever the Ducks have won both contests, and just the second time both have come in regulation. The club won both games on Feb. 11 & 13, 2011 (at Calgary, 5-4 in overtime and at Edmonton, 4-0). The only other time the club won both in regulation came on its first-ever attempt on Nov. 21 & 22, 1993 (Ducks had not won consecutive road games in regulation against the two clubs in the last 24 attempts until this trip).
Francois Beauchemin (171) surpassed Oleg Tverdovsky for sole spot of second on the club's all-time scoring list for defensemen.
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his fifth game-winning goal of the season. He paces the club with 19-38—57, which also ranks 11th in the League. Getzlaf has 14-22—36 in 33 career appearances vs. EDM (2-1—3 in 3 GP this season).
Corey Perry (700) and Andrew Cogliano (600) both played in milestone games. Cogliano, a first-round selection (25th overall) by the Oilers in the 2005 NHL Draft, became the third player in NHL history to skate in at least 600 consecutive games to begin his career. The others to achieve that feat: Doug Jarvis (964) and Andy Hebenton (630). POSTGAME QUOTES
Ryan Getzlaf On the game-winning goal Cam Fowler was coming up strong and he really wanted that puck. He was yelling at me. It was a good thing he got it on net and we got a lucky bounce.
On team confidence We try to have that confidence every night, and we’re trying to build on that. [The Oilers] are a good skating team. They’re not going to roll over for anybody.
On earning victories on consecutive nights Points are hard to come by, and we’ll take them any way we can right now.
Ben Lovejoy On team defense They were trying to get behind us all night. They have a lot of talent and speed. You really have to keep them in front of you. That’s what we focused on, and I thought we were able to do that. That was a big reason why we were successful.
On the Oilers They’re a team that has exceptional speed and skill. They have no problem trying any sort of play at any time on any spot on the ice. That’s dangerous. They can make you pay. They were able to get one tonight, but as a whole team, we played well defensively. John Gibson was great, as always.
On back-to-back victories When you’re playing back to backs, the second night is a mental battle. You need to be ready. One of the things we’ve done to turn things around is offensive zone possession. For the last few weeks, we’ve talked about our defensive zone and neutral zone, and before the last game we talked about wanting to grind. We were making far too many hope plays over those two weeks that we were losing. We’re really hard to play against when we want to grind behind the net and take pucks to the net rather than make hope passes in front. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On tonight’s game I thought we started off really well, and then we started getting into a sloppy game. But in the third period, when push came to crunch, we started playing the right way again. We eventually got a goal, and held on.
On Lovejoy’s performance When he plays with energy and confidence, he’s good. He’s been a good player for us for a couple of years now. It’s nice to see when he’s doing well and he gets a little success.
On offensive production from the blueline I really liked the way Cam [Fowler] joined the rush with authority in the third period. He just didn’t join it for the sake of joining it. It gave us a goal. That was great. Beauch [Francois Beauchemin], I thought for the whole weekend, was a rock. We needed him playing like that.
On the team’s character in one-goal games Our record in one-goal games proves that we have a lot of character. It’s something we’re proud of. Hopefully we’ve gotten out of this little rut. It’s not going to make life easier that we’re playing Detroit when we get home. We haven’t played a good game at home for a while, so I’m hoping that with a day off tomorrow, we’ll be ready for the home game.