Anaheim 4 vs. Dallas 2
Jan. 15, 2016
19-17-7, 45 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks scored four goals in the first period en route to a 4-2 victory against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. The Ducks own a 7-2-1 record since the Christmas break, including wins in their last two straight games. The club has allowed only 16 goals (excluding shootout goals) since the break, leading the league in goals against per game (1.60; Los Angeles ranks second at 1.67).
The Ducks’ four-goal performance in the first period marked the first time the club had accomplished the feat in the opening frame since Dec. 17, 2013 at Detroit. Anaheim last scored four-or-more goals in any period on Feb. 20, 2015 at Calgary with five in the third. It was also the first time the Ducks have scored more than three goals in a period this season.
Anaheim’s franchise-record penalty killing streak was snapped at 34 with the Stars’ third-period goal, the first allowed by the Ducks since Dec. 27 vs. Philadelphia (over 10 games). Earlier in the game, the Ducks bested the previous club record of 32 straight penalty kills set from Nov. 8-20, 1998 (over six games).
The Ducks have scored with the man advantage in six of the last eight games, going 7-for-21 (33.3%). Hampus Lindholm earned his second PPG of the season at 15:04 of the first period.
Jakob Silfverberg led all skaters with two points (1-1=2), marking his second consecutive multi-point game and third in four contests (2-4=6). Silfverberg opened the scoring at 3:05 of the first period, his fifth of the season.
Ryan Getzlaf extended his point/assist streak to a season-high four games (0-4=4), his longest since a four-game point streak from Jan. 14-21, 2015 (2-3=5). Getzlaf last had assists in four consecutive games or longer from Dec. 12-18, 2014 (four games, 2-4=6).
Shea Theodore, who scored his first NHL goal on Wednesday vs. Ottawa, picked up his first career NHL assist on Corey Perry’s first-period goal. Perry has goals in three of his last four games (3-0=3) and four of his last six (4-0=4).
Ryan Kesler has points in five of his last seven games (4-2=6), including his 10th assist of the season in the first period.
Tonight’s attendance was 16,201. POSTGAME QUOTES
Jakob SilfverbergOn his offensive production
Any time you show up on that scoresheet, it brings a little bit of confidence to yourself especially with the way I’ve been struggling. It’s just a matter of working hard.Frederik AndersenOn the benefit of having a four-goal lead in the first period
That was nice. You have to play the whole 60 [minutes], but we came to play tonight. It was good to see. We worked hard in the first period and got the bounces we needed. On limiting the Stars to two goals
You usually want to hold every team to less than two because it gives you a chance to win. We did a good job today. We didn’t allow them too many looks. Even though they had the puck a lot, they didn’t get clean looks to shoot or get pucks through. Sami VatanenOn the recent success following the Christmas break
We felt we were doing the right things before the Christmas break. We just couldn’t get the results. We’ve been working hard and it’s paying off. We just have to keep doing the same thing.Ducks Head Coach Bruce BoudreauOn tonight’s effort
The first period might’ve been our best period of the year. We got a little tentative as the game went on, which is normal. They got their legs and started to play better in the second and third, but we did enough to hold on. It was a big two points.
On Silfverberg’s performance
I know he was the First Star, but I thought he was the best player on the ice. He had opportunities and could’ve had two or three goals. He was playing the way we know he can play.DALLAS STARS
Vernon FiddlerOn the first period
We didn’t want to do the little things right, we don’t want to play defense. We were turning pucks over and we can’t recover. It’s hard to turn pucks over and get back and we’re not getting that either.On his team’s sense of urgency
We’ve got to really take a look in the mirror here and find our game and find ourselves because it’s not just one or two guys, it’s everybody. We need to find a way to regroup tomorrow and get back out there.Jamie BennOn Anaheim’s fast start
They came out pretty hard and we just played stupid hockey. Combinations of both will get yourself down 4-0.On Anaheim’s sense of urgency
These teams are just playing with desperation right now. Obviously they had a tough start and they’re right back in it. Teams that are winning right now are the teams that want it more and are working harder.
Head Coach Lindy RuffOn Anaheim’s fast start
I thought they came out hard with a lot of desperation. Their compete was a lot better. We’ll win when we deserve to win. We didn’t deserve to win.On his team’s compete level
We didn’t compete hard enough. They beat us up ice, we didn’t back-check. The whole league is pretty well in playoff mode except for us.