Anaheim 3 vs. Minnesota 1
Jan. 20, 2016
20-18-7, 47 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks concluded a season-long eight-game homestand with a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Honda Center. With the win, the Ducks finished the homestand with a 5-3-0 record and wins in three of the last four (3-1-0).
The Ducks have limited the opposition to 20 goals since the Christmas break, leading the league in total goals against and goals against per game (1.72).
Going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, the Ducks improved their league-leading PK% to 89.1% this season.
Tonight's win marked the Ducks’ fourth consecutive season-series win over the Wild. Anaheim is 5-1-0 in the last six games and 11-2-0 in the last 13 vs. Minnesota.
Rickard Rakell set a career high with his 10th goal of the season, his second in as many games, at 13:41 of the third period. Rakell also collected his career-high second GWG goal of 2015-16 and became the second Anaheim player to reach double digits in goals this year.
Chris Stewart opened the scoring for Anaheim at 10:46 of the first period, his seventh goal of the season. Shea Theodore extended his scoring streak to four games (1-2=3) with the primary assist on Stewart’s goal. David Perron also picked up an assist, his second point in as many games with the Ducks (1-1=2).
Jakob Silfverberg’s empty netter with 49 seconds remaining in regulation marked his third goal in four games (3-2=5).
John Gibson pushed his record to 10-7-2 after stopping 25 of 26 shots. Gibson has now limited opposing teams to one goal-or-less in nine of his 18 starts.
Hampus Lindholm appeared in his 200th career NHL game on his 22nd birthday.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,962. POSTGAME QUOTES
Rickard RakellOn his goal
I don’t know how many times we do that in practice. It was nice to see it go in.
On the importance of the victory
It was huge for us. We’ve been talking about getting all the points we can get. I thought we played a pretty solid game tonight.On the closeness of the game
We played well throughout the game. We had our chances, and played pretty good defensively. Our penalty killers did a great job. When we’re all playing well, it’s nice to get the two points.Shea TheodoreOn the importance of the victory
It’s big to finish off a homestand with a win, especially getting some momentum going into the road trip before the All-Star break. On his comfort level
I feel comfortable. I feel like I’m making the right decisions. I’m playing some of the best hockey I’ve played. I’m going to try to keep it up.Ryan GetzlafOn the importance of the game
We’ve been playing a lot of good hockey as of late. The game against LA the other night was a hard-fought game. We knew we had to respond after that.On the closeness of the game
I thought in the second period, we got a little bit away from our forecheck. Overall, we didn’t give them a whole lot. We gave them a few chances. Our goaltender played good and we were able to get a couple [goals] late.Head Coach Bruce BoudreauOn Rakell’s goal
It was a really nice goal, there’s no doubt. But it was a pretty sloppy game that ended up with a beautiful goal.On the line combinations
It was such a sloppy game, it was hard to tell. Getzlaf’s line got a goal, Cogliano’s line got a goal and Perry’s line got a goal. We got three goals from three different lines, which is good.MINNESOTA WILD
Mikael GranlundOn his team’s scoring chances
We had chances tonight, but right now that’s just not enough for a win. We need to find a way to get that win and tomorrow we have a new chance for that.
On his team’s scoring slump
It’s not easy, it’s not fun. Everybody knows that, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We need to keep doing things better and tomorrow we have a new chance.Zach PariseOn his line’s lack of production
Our line is not scoring and our job is to score. We need to shape up a little bit.
On his line getting scoring chances
I felt like we did [get chances]. I feel like we had some good stuff around the net and some good possession in the zone, but you leave the night with zeroes and you lose the game 3-1. It’s our responsibility to score some goals.Head Coach Mike YeoOn the game
I’m feeling for the guys right now, for one. Certainly the effort was there. We didn’t give up much at all, but you can see in the third period, not scoring and then some of the details start to slip. The second goal was a good example of that.
On fighting through a tough slump
We’ve got to play tight and we’ve got to continue to defend as well as we have been; we can’t lose any focus of that part of our game, but we’ve got to find a way to create some more.