POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 5 vs. Winnipeg 4 SO Jan. 11, 2015 Honda Center 27-10-6, 60 Standings Points
The Ducks have set an NHL record for most consecutive home wins by a one-goal margin (discounting losses or ties), with 11 in a row (five regulation, two overtime and four shootouts). Overall, 18 of the club’s last 20 victories have been one-goal games dating to a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at Chicago, including nine decided in extra time (four overtime, five shootout). Each of the Ducks’ last six overall wins have been a one-goal margin since Dec. 18 in Montreal. The club’s 12 straight wins by one goal from Oct. 28-Dec. 10 were the most in the NHL since Atlanta had 14 in 2010-11. The Ducks lead the NHL with 21 wins in one-goal games (21-0-6) and are the only NHL team without a regulation loss in a game decided by one goal. Anaheim also ranks second among NHL teams for winning percentage in one-goal games (.778). Since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Ducks have posted a 62-6-20 record in one-goal games, owning the top record in the NHL by points percentage (.818).
The Ducks have won three of their last four games (3-1-0), have points in six of the last eight (5-2-1) are 13-4-1 in their last 18 and 16-6-1 in their last 23. The club has also won eight of its last 10 games at Honda Center (8-1-0).
Anaheim went 3-0-0 vs. Winnipeg this season and has won four straight dating to Mar. 31, 2014 (5-4 OT win at Honda Center), matching a franchise best against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise (last: Jan. 17, 2001-Nov. 17, 2002).
Anaheim has played 16 overtime/shootout games in 2014-15, representing 37% of the schedule. The Ducks are now only two OT/shootout games shy of matching their entire season total in 2013-14 (18)
Rickard Rakell tied a franchise record for most points by a rookie in a single game with 2-2=4 tonight vs. Winnipeg. The record was set by Stanislav Chistov on Oct. 10, 2002 @ St. Louis (1-3=4) and matched by Ryan Getzlaf on Mar. 24, 2006 vs. Nashville (0-4=4).
Sami Vatanen earned the game-deciding goal on his first career shootout attempt in the sixth round. Vatanen also earned his 18th assist of the season in the win.
Kyle Palmieri recorded his 11th career multi-point game (1-1=2) and second of the season. Palmieri has points in three of his last five games (2-2=4).
Tim Jackman collected his third goal of the season at 13:38 of the second period, one shy of his season total from 2013-14.
Rickard Rakell On his four-point game It feels great, especially when we got the win at the end. I felt pretty good before the game. Getting the first goal early gave me confidence throughout the game.
On getting a victory on Teemu Tribute Night We all thought it was a special night. It felt like a playoff game out there because the fans were [loud] and we were retiring Teemu’s jersey. We really wanted to win this game. Sami Vatanen On his shootout goal I was watching what the goalie was doing, but I knew right away that I was going to shoot it somewhere. This time I chose blocker side.
On winning on Teemu Tribute Night We have good character on this team. Even after we were down a couple of goals, we knew we could win the game.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On tonight’s game It’s been fairly emotional. It was one of those games where we couldn’t get anything going right off the bat. But if you believe you can come back, and you can do the right things, you always have a chance.
On special teams We haven’t had a game in recent memory where the special teams have gone out and won us the game. Hopefully that’s a turnaround of things to come. You need special teams to be really good. We said that if we could kill the five-on-three, we were going to catch them. We knew the crowd would get into it, and we’d have a chance. On Rakell’s four-point performance You could tell he was feeling it. I couldn’t get him on the ice enough. Everything he was touching was turning to gold. You knew he had that feeling.
Mark Scheifele On the game In the third they came out strong. They killed that five-on-three and got a little bit of momentum. We just kind of got away from our game. We held back a little bit and instead of pressing, we were holding back.
On losing the lead I think it’s a matter of stepping off the gas pedal. We have to keep on driving and continue to go for that next goal instead of sitting back, waiting for them to come to us. We have to go to them. Zach Bogosian On the game I thought they came out strong in the third period. We have to be able to weather that storm. We did get a point out of it but we should have gotten two there.
On the pregame ceremony It was professional. You have to get yourself ready to play for those games. It was actually pretty cool to see that whole thing happen. Obviously Teemu meant a lot to a lot of people. That was pretty cool to see.
Head Coach Paul Maurice On the game We had a really good start to our game. I thought we competed pretty darn hard, right straight through, even though things got away from us a little bit in the third period. They put pressure on [us] and put some pressure on the game. We didn’t get a handle on enough of the pucks that we needed to, but the compete was good. It’s disappointing that you lose a game when you hold a lead.
On getting three-of-four points in Southern California on back-to-backs It’s a real positive. It doesn’t happen very often in this league. This is a tough place to come out and go back-to-back. We had a bunch of new guys coming into the lineup which has really helped, really changed the way we looked.