Anaheim 4 vs. Philadelphia 3 SO
Jan. 1, 2017
19-12-8, 46 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks opened 2017 with a 4-3 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center. The Ducks have now earned standings points in five consecutive games (seven of a possible 10 points) and improved their record in New Year's Day games to 4-2-1. Tonight's game represented Anaheim's first home game on January 1.
Ryan Kesler recorded his fourth career hat trick (3-0=3) tonight, the 49th hat trick in franchise history. Tonight marked Kesler's first three-goal game as a Duck and his first since Apr. 7, 2011 with Vancouver vs. Minnesota (3-0=3). The three-goal performance also represented Anaheim's first hat trick since Jakob Silfverberg (3-1=4) on Mar. 14, 2016 vs. New Jersey.
John Gibson tied a franchise record for most saves in a regular-season game (51) and set a career high in most shots faced (54), falling three shy of the club record. The franchise record for most saves (51) has been accomplished by three other goaltenders: Mikhail Shtalenkov, Mar. 22, 1998 @ OTT (51-of-53); Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Mar. 21, 2004 vs. DET (51-of-57); and Jonas Hiller, Dec. 19, 2008 @ EDM (51-of-53). The club record for most shots faced is 57 by Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Mar. 21, 2004 vs. DET (51-of-57). Gibson also stopped 4-of-5 shootout attempts en route to his 13th win of the season.
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his team-leading 25th assist of the season on Kesler's first goal and now has points in consecutive games (1-1=2).
Jakob Silfverberg's assist on Kesler's second goal represented his fourth point (3-1=4) in his last five games and 20th point (8-12=20) in his last 25 contests.
With an assist on Kesler's third goal, Sami Vatanen picked up his fourth assist (0-4=4) in the last six games he has appeared in. Vatanen was making his first appearance since missing three games due to illness.
The Ducks won their club-record seventh straight game over the Flyers to improve to 17-8-7 in the all-time season series. Anaheim has not lost to Philadelphia in regulation since the 2007-08 campaign, going 11-0-2 in the process. The Ducks have also won four in a row against the Flyers in Anaheim dating to Jan. 30, 2014, another franchise first.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On the victory
Throughout the season, you have to win in different ways. Good teams win with their B, C or D games. You're not going to have your 'A' game every night, and we certainly didn't tonight, but we found a way to win.
On Gibson's performance
A little bit of a shaky start for him, but he battled back. That's good to see. He's mentally strong. He won the game for us tonight.
On his hat trick
It feels good. It's been a while since I've had one. Feels good to get one again.
On his performance
It's not something that happens every day, but it was a big test. There are games when I'll only see 15 shots. Sometimes you'll see more than others, and that was the case tonight.
On the Flyers' push
We knew they were going to push, and they pushed a lot in the second [period]. Everybody locked down after the second period. We knew we wanted to come away with a win. It was a big game coming in, and we held ourselves accountable.
On the game
I don't think we played a particularly good game today, but you have to find a way to win. Tonight, Kesler and Gibby were huge for us. We managed to find a way to win in the shootout. Good two points for us, but we have some stuff to work on.
On earning two points
You look at our division, and it's really tight. You have to make sure to get these points. It was a big win for us.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the game
There weren't a lot of positives for our hockey club other than the score. We started well and then there was a point in the game where everything was going their way. They out-worked us, out-hit us and out-competed us in the faceoff circle and a bunch of areas on the ice. The shots on goal started to reflect that. On the other side of it, our goaltender stood tall in net and our penalty killing won us the hockey game. Those factors won us the hockey game.
On putting Gibson back into the game
The whole idea was to use it as a timeout. I told Bernier he was only going in until the [TV] timeout. Give us three minutes. You couldn't fault [Gibson] on the goals because it was poor defensive-zone coverage from our perspective. But, winning in the NHL isn't easy and we'll take a win.
On Gibson's play
He played a good game. I thought we played really well. We played better than them. He played really well and as a result they have the two points and we don't.
On the game
There are a lot of positives. A tremendous amount of positives. It sucks right now, but now we just need to make sure we're ready when we get home.
On the Flyers' scoring opportunities
There were a lot of scoring chances. We just need to bury it, build off that, and bring that into our next game.
On the game
We know we didn't get the job done tonight. There are some games where you dominate and you don't get the points, and others where you're not too much into it and you get the points. It's all about finding a way to get the two points, and tonight we didn't get them.
Michael Del Zotto
On Gibson's play
He made some big saves. The chances I had, more often than not are in the back of the net, that's where I like to have the puck. We'll look at the positives, like how we created our offense. Tonight were some of the best quality chances I've had in a while, so if I can keep building off that, I'll be able to put them in the back of the net.
On the Flyers' number of scoring opportunities
It's not fun when they're not going in, but we have to keep plugging away. It's part of the game. Every team has great goalies. Their job is to make saves, so you're not going to score every time. You want to look at the positives and try to build off that. Hopefully we can carry that into the next game and create just as much offense.
Head Coach Dave Hakstol
On the shootout loss
We got one point. We deserved better tonight, but that's the way the game is. I thought we played a hell of a hockey game.
On taking 55 shots in the game
We executed pretty well. I thought the other night our effort was coming back in San Jose, but the execution side of our game really wasn't there. Tonight, I thought for the most part, our execution was pretty good. We had a lot of quality chances. We couldn't get an extra one to go in. We just have to go back, duplicate the effort, make sure we stay sharp and continue to execute, and get ready for the next one. For sure not going to overthink it.