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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Jan. 8 vs. St. Louis

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 4 vs. St. Louis 3 SO
Jan. 8, 2016
Honda Center
17-16-7, 41 Standings Points

The Ducks extended their home winning streak vs. St. Louis to a club-best 10 consecutive home games with a 4-3 shootout victory at Honda Center. Anaheim has won six of the last eight overall meetings (6-2-0) with St. Louis and earned points in 10 of the last 12 (9-2-1, 19 pts.).

The Ducks are 5-1-1 since the Christmas break and 5-2-0 in their last seven home games. The club is also 2-1-0 on its current eight-game homestand.

Including a 4-for-4 performance tonight, Anaheim has now killed off 26 consecutive penalties over its last seven games. The Ducks continue the lead the NHL in PK% (89.4%) this season. Anaheim has scored with the man advantage in four of the last five games, going 5-for-13 (38.5%). The club has also recorded seven PPG in its last seven games (7-for-18, 38.9%).

Ryan Kesler led all skaters with a season-high two goals, marking his 27th career multi-goal game and first since Dec. 5, 2014 at Minnesota. Kesler has scored four goals in his last five games (4-0=4) and moved into sole possession of third place among team leaders in goals (8) this season.

Ryan Getzlaf collected his sixth career game-deciding goal in the shootout and successfully converted on his first shootout attempt of the season in the fourth round (now 16-for-58 career, 27.6%). Getzlaf also earned his team-leading 21st assist of the season on the Perry goal, while Josh Manson tallied his first assist of 2015-16 and fourth of his career.

Jakob Silfverberg improved to 3-for-4 (75.0%) in the shootout this season and 17-for-27 (63.0%) in his career, marking the best shootout efficiency rating in NHL history (min. 15 attempts). Silfverberg earned the primary assist on both Kesler goals to give the Anaheim winger his fourth career multi-assist game and first since Apr. 1, 2015 vs. Edmonton.

Corey Perry collected his team-leading 15th goal of the season at 16:56 of the second period. Representing his 311th career NHL goal, Perry surpassed Thomas Vanek (310) to become the second-highest goal scorer from the 2003 NHL Draft class. Perry now has six points (5-1=6) in his last eight games.

John Gibson stopped 25-of-28 shots to improve his season record to 9-5-1. Since the Christmas break, Gibson has gone 5-1-0 with two shutouts, a 1.56 GAA (9 GA/345 MIN) and .906 SV% (125-of-134) in six games.

Tonight’s attendance was 16,250.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ryan Getzlaf

On the comeback victory
We took a lot of penalties. A lot of guys didn’t get to see a lot of ice, but our bench stayed consistent throughout the whole game. It allowed us to perform the way we did.

On Kesler’s performance
He played great. He got two big goals tonight and was out there for the majority of the PK. Those are big things for our group. It was a good game for him.

Ryan Kesler
On his line with Hagelin and Silfverberg
We had a lot of people going tonight. My line’s been generating a lot and playing well. We just haven’t had the puck luck. Tonight, we started to get it.

On getting a win in this fashion
It’s big. We knew we needed to buckle down and claw back. We did a good job of it. Would’ve been tough not getting that extra point. I thought the guys battled hard. We deserved that extra point.

Jakob Silfverberg
On his line with Hagelin and Kesler
We’ve all been struggling a bit, but tonight we clicked and got two big goals. We can’t be satisfied there. We have to keep pushing.

On the game
We started off all right in the first period and then stopped skating in the second period. We watched them play. When you do that, it’s not going to help you in this league. We came out hard in the third period and played really well. That’s the kind of hockey we need to play.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On the will to win
The big thing was getting the (Perry) goal near the end of the second period. When they came in to the dressing room, they weren’t with their heads down. They were angry, defiant and determined. The third period was pretty good for us.

On Kesler’s effort
He was a beast. I know (Vladimir) Tarasenko went after him for the hit, but more because he was frustrated. (Kesler) was on every time he was on (the ice). He was keeping (Tarasenko) away from the puck. He’s very good at that. When we have a hard match and he’s on somebody, he’s been doing a tremendous job.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Ryan Reaves

On his team’s performance in the third period
It’s kind of been the last couple weeks for us. We get a lead, I think we start feeling a little bit too comfortable. I think we put in a pretty gutsy effort, but we’ve got to learn to bury teams in the third period.

On how to get the Blues back on track
It’s one of those things where we’re in a rut right now. We’re finding ways to kind of shoot ourselves in the foot. It’s going to take a really dirty bounce or a really greasy game for us to pull one out, but we’ve got to find a way to get that done.

Robby Fabbri
On finding positives in getting one standings point
We wanted a different outcome in the past couple of games here, but for tonight, we battled for most of the night and we got short there early in the game. Credit to the guys, everyone pitched in and worked hard.

On his team’s mid-season slump
We’ve got a lot of good things coming out of these games. To get the extra point is what we want, but we’ve got to just look at the positives here and try and get that two points next game.

Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
On the game
This was a playoff game. This was a sudden-death, elimination playoff game. Both teams put in a hell of an effort, one of the grittiest efforts by our team all year. I’m sure they’re proud of their effort, too. It was a hell of a hockey game.

On the performance of both teams
Don’t take anything away from it because both teams poured their hearts out. Both teams played as well as they could play. We ran out of bodies. They had a little bit more in the tank at the end. We pushed them so hard, we almost pushed them right out of the building in the second period. And then they came back and pushed us. This was a playoff hockey game. A sudden-death one.
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