POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 4 vs. Ottawa 1 Jan. 13, 2016 Honda Center 18-17-7, 43 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks opened the second half of the NHL regular season schedule with a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Honda Center. The Ducks have won two of their last three games (2-1-0) and three of the last five (3-2-0) since the start of their season-long eight-game homestand. Anaheim is also 6-2-1 and leads the league in goals against per game (14 goals in nine games, 1.55 per game; Los Angeles is second at 1.67) since the Christmas break.
The Ducks broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with three goals in 3:29, marking the fastest three goals this season. Third-period goal scorers included Shea Theodore (15:05), Carl Hagelin (17:28) and Jakob Silfverberg. Hagelin and Silfverberg both led all skaters with 1-1=2 points.
Tonight’s result improved Anaheim’s record to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games vs. Ottawa dating to the 2005-06 season.
With a 2-for-2 performance tonight, Anaheim has now been successful on the last 31 consecutive penalty kills over its last nine games. The Ducks pace the NHL in PK% (89.8), having successfully killed 132-for-147 penalties in 42 games. Anaheim also leads the league in fewest power-play goals allowed in 2015-16 (15).
Shea Theodore collected his first career NHL goal on the power play against Ottawa’s Craig Andersen at 15:05 of the third period. Theodore became the first Ducks rookie to have his first NHL goal come as power play/game-winning tally since Shane O’Brien on Oct. 18, 2006 vs. Detroit (Elias Sports Bureau).
Ryan Getzlaf extended his point/assist streak to three games with his team-leading 23rd of the season on Theodore’s goal.
Andrew Cogliano opened the scoring at 7:06 of the first period with his fourth goal of the season. Kevin Bieksa drew the lone assist on the tally, his sixth. Bieksa has scored 1-2=3 points in his last five games.
Stopping 24-of-25 shots, Frederik Andersen (6-8-5) earned his sixth win of the season. Since the Christmas break, Andersen has posted a 1.25 GAA (3 GA/144:19 MIN) and .952 SV% (60-of-63) in three appearances (two starts). He has allowed two goals or less in 15 of his 22 appearances this season.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,791.
Shea Theodore On his first career NHL goal It took a couple games to get, and the guys were on me, but it feels good to get the first one out of the way. I just panicked after. It felt good.
On his goal serving as the game winner It was huge. And to see those guys get [another goal] right afterward to finish off a big win after a tight, grinding game.
Carl Hagelin On the game [Theodore] opened the floodgates. It was great to see him score, and it was great to see Cogs [Andrew Cogliano] score. We need other guys to contribute offensively. It was great to see other guys get some goals tonight.
On staying strong in a tied game It’s going to help us. We showed a lot of character. After Shea scored that goal, we really took over the game. I know there wasn’t much time left, but they didn’t have any chances after that. You could see the excitement on the bench. Hopefully that carries on to the next game.
Frederik Andersen On the game It was a good third period. We battled the whole game and kept pushing. We kept shooting. We kept going after the goal. Sometimes you can sit back a little bit late in the game, but we kept going. On mentally rebounding after the tying goal We wanted to pick [Ryan Getzlaf] up. He’s the leader of our team. He’s been the guy who picks up other guys. He’s a great leader. We wanted to make it the other way this time and get the win.
Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On depth scoring It’s nice to see all the lines contributing. When you have that, usually you have some success. It gives the guys who scored a little more confidence. It’s like a weight off their shoulders. All four of them have been waiting quite a while for a goal. It was nice to see them get one.
On carrying over the momentum into the next game We can’t let ourselves get complacent. We’ll see how tomorrow goes, and be ready for Dallas on Friday.
Mika Zibanejad On the final five minutes of regulation They scored that 2-1 on the power play and I really don’t know what went on after that. Can’t really grip on to what happened. To be honest with you, I don’t have a good answer. It’s just something that can’t happen.
On the positives in the game We did a better job supporting each other and I think doing the little things that we talked about. Throughout the game we talked about keep sticking to it. We did that for 55 minutes. The last five minutes is unacceptable.
Curtis Lazar On the game It’s a one-goal hockey game. The score shows differently, but saying that it’s mere inches away. I get that puck and I get another opportunity, we easily could have been up 2-1. That’s just the way it’s been going. We’re so close, but the thing is it’s that extra 10 percent that we need from guys to get over the hump. On the positives in his performance It’s just being hard on pucks. I think I’m skating well, I’m making plays with it and that’s something that before, I was a little bit too nervous of making mistakes. I’m trusting my instincts and I’m seeing the plays I make.
Head Coach Dave Cameron On his team’s performance I liked (the first 55 minutes) a lot. I thought it was a pretty decent road game, but the reality of it is that this time of year, when games are tough, it’s going to come down to one or two plays. Tonight, we weren’t ready in a faceoff and took a penalty. We gave up a goal on that penalty kill.
On his team’s struggles I still don’t think we’re generating enough shots 5-on-5, particularly from my top line. I think we’re trying to look for the grade-‘A’ chance every time and this time of the year it’s a fine line and we were on the wrong side of it tonight.