Anaheim 4 vs. Winnipeg 1
Jan. 3, 2016
16-15-7, 39 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks used a pair of first-period goals to kick off an eight-game homestand with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center. With the win, the Ducks extended their standings point streak to a season-tying six consecutive games (4-0-2), including 4-0-1 since the Christmas break. The club is also 4-1-0 in its last five home games.
Anaheim has allowed only two goals (excluding shootout goals) in its last four games, matching the fewest allowed in club history over any four-game stretch (also two goals in four games from Dec. 8-18, 2002).
Anaheim went 2-for-2 on the power play tonight, matching a season high in PPGs (fourth time). The Ducks have scored with the man advantage in a season-tying three straight games (last: Nov. 9-13), going 4-for-6. The club has also scored six PPG in their last five games (6-for-11, 54.5%). Anaheim killed all four penalties against and has been successful in the last 16 consecutive penalty kills over the last five games. The Ducks continue to lead the NHL with a 88.6 PK% (117-for-132).
John Gibson had a 184:30 scoreless streak snapped with Tyler Myers’ goal at 6:56 of the second period. Gibson’s streak was the third-longest streak in Ducks history and longest by an Anaheim rookie in team history. The streak was also the third-longest among NHL rookie goaltenders since 1989-90, behind only CBJ’s Steve Mason (1999:28) in 2008-09 and STL’s Jake Allen (184:38) in 2014-15 (courtesy Sportsnet Research Dept.). Gibson, who was the first rookie Anaheim goalie to record consecutive shutouts on Dec. 29 at Caglary and Dec. 31 at Edmonton, also earned his first career NHL point with an assist on Corey Perry’s second-period goal.
Rickard Rakell posted his fifth multi-point game (1-1-2) to co-lead all skaters in scoring tonight. Along with his 10th assist of the season on Corey Perry’s goal, Rakell opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season at 5:51 of the first period. Rakell’s unassisted tally left him one goal shy of tying his career high of nine set in his first full NHL season in 2014-15. With 2-3=5 points in his last five games, Rakell ranks second on the club in goals and fourth in points (8-10=18) this season.
Kevin Bieksa added to Anaheim's first-period lead with his first goal as a Duck on the power play at 9:04 of the first period. In the second period, Bieksa drew his fifth assist on Ryan Kesler’s goal for his first multi-point game as a Duck (1-1=2).
Corey Perry increased the Ducks' lead to 3-0 with an even-strength goal at 5:01 of the second period. Perry leads Anaheim in scoring and goals with 14-11=25 points on the season.
Ryan Kesler collected his sixth goal of the season on the power play at 18:41 of the middle frame. Chris Stewart, who drew the primary assist, now has points in two straight games (0-2=2) and three of the last four he has appeared in (1-2=3).
Anaheim has now won five straight games against Winnipeg dating to Mar. 31, 2014.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout. POSTGAME QUOTES
Rickard RakellOn the game
I thought we played pretty good tonight. It helps when we can execute both on the power play and penalty kill. When we get the lead like that, we’re very comfortable.On a strong start
It always feels good to get an early goal and another one on the power play. We just kept going after that. Ryan GetzlafOn the win
For the most part, if we’re playing defensively, we’re getting chances. Tonight we were able to bury more of them.On playoff positioning
You never want to put yourself in that position, but with the start we had, the one fortunate thing is that our whole conference, almost, had that start. We were able to stay in the picture. Hopefully we take advantage of it.Kevin BieksaOn his first goal as a Duck
It’s nice to contribute. We talked about how we really batten down the hatches defensively. We’re pretty stingy now. At the end of the day, we have to score a couple goals to get some wins. It’s nice to get four tonight.On goal support
With the way we’ve been playing defensively lately, if we can keep teams to around 21 shots or under a night, that’s very good in this league. We’re not giving up a whole lot of Grade-A [chances], and we’re getting some great goaltending. If we can give them two or three goals on a nightly basis, that’s going to be enough for us.Head Coach Bruce BoudreauOn finding success
If we’re not scoring a lot of goals, we better play pretty well defensively. The guys have really taken to it. You can hear them talking on the bench about doing the right things. Kesler said it a couple of weeks ago. He said he was tired of losing. We’re not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re playing a little better.On the message coming out of the holiday break
Even though it wasn’t quite the second half of the season, it was the back nine. You can have a bad front nine in golf and still make up for it. They’ve taken it to heart.WINNIPEG JETS
On the game
Any time you come out and lose a game, 4-1, it’s obviously not a good feeling. We wanted to come out with a better effort, but they skated a lot better than us tonight.On playing the second game of a back-to-back
I don’t think it’s a big factor. We played four lines last game. We didn’t have many guys with huge minutes, so you should be able to come back with enough energy to keep it short and play with that tempo.Michael HutchinsonOn the game
They were able to score that one early and then after that we battled hard. We had some chances, but they have a really offensive team and they were able to capitalize on a few of their chances tonight.
On his performance
The first period I think I was just trying to force things a little bit too much, make things happen instead of letting the game come to me. I think as the game went on I relaxed more and let the game come.Head Coach Paul MauriceOn the game
We were the slower team on the ice from the start to the finish, really. We had a few good chances, their guy made some good saves, but not enough to warrant us being tight to that game.On his team’s fatigue
We’ve had our fair share of back-to-backs. We’ve won some on the back-to-backs and played better than we did tonight. They were just quite a bit quicker than we were from the start to finish. They deserved to win and they won and we’ll leave it at that.