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Postgame Notes and Quotes: January 14 vs. Toronto

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 4 vs. Toronto 0
Jan. 14, 2015
Honda Center
28-10-6, 62 Standings Points

 
The Ducks, who co-lead the league in points (62) with Nashville, improved to 28-10-6 with a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anaheim has won four of its last five games (4-1-0) and earned points in seven of the last nine (6-2-1). The Ducks, who are 14-4-1 in their last 19 and 17-6-1 in their last 24, have also won nine of its last 11 games at Honda Center (9-2-0).

Over the last three games, Anaheim is 4-for-10 (40.0%) on the power play and 10-for-10 in penalty kills.
 
Corey Perry earned his eighth career hat trick and third of the season (3-0=3), matching Paul Kariya for the second-most hat tricks in club history and Teemu Selanne for the franchise record  in a single season. Perry leads all NHL skaters in hat tricks this season, which includes a three-goal game on Oct. 9 at Pittsburgh (3-0=3) and also Oct. 22 vs. Buffalo (3-0=3).

Frederik Andersen tonight won his 44th NHL game in 60 career NHL decisions (44-11-5), marking the best start by an NHL goaltender since Montreal's Bill Durnan earned his NHL-record 44th win in 58 decisions in November 1944. Andersen, who currently ranks second in the NHL in wins with a career-best 24, stopped all 28 shots for his second career shutout (last: Oct. 19, 2014 vs. St. Louis). Andersen also collected his third assist of the season.

Kyle Palmieri notched his eighth goal of the season to open scoring in the first period. Palmieri’s second goal in as many games matches his career-high goal streak. Palmieri has 5-5=10 points in his last 11 games and 8-5=13 points in 20 games this season.

With his team-leading 33rd and 34th assists of the season, Ryan Getzlaf has 5-13=18 points in his last 14 games and 7-21=28 points in his last 18 games. Getzlaf, who has 16 multi-point games this season, ranks tied for fifth among league leaders in points (13-33=46) and tied for third in assists.

Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler collected their 13th and 15th assists of the season, respectively, on Palmieri’s first-period goal. Fowler and Lindholm rank second and third among club blueliners in assists this season.

Ben Lovejoy added his seventh assist of the season on Perry’s second-period tally.

Clayton Stoner collected his second assist of the season on Perry’s empty-net goal.

Sami Vatanen reached the 100-game NHL milestone in tonight’s victory.

Tonight’s attendance was 16,741.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Corey Perry

On his eighth-career hat trick
It’s nice to get back on the board. Since I’ve been back, it’s been tough, but I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things. Hopefully it continues. Tonight I felt like I was skating a lot better than I had been. Everything is starting to [feel] 100 percent. It’s all about making sure everything is solid and I’m confident.

On tonight’s 4-0 win
Every game we’ve won has felt like it’s been by one goal, so it’s nice to get a few goals, get a lead, and play with the lead for a while. It’s a better feeling than chasing a game.

Kyle Palmieri
On his power-play goal
I was 99 percent sure it went in, but they didn’t blow the whistle and the horn didn’t go off. I got a little nervous after I celebrated, but luckily Hampus [Lindholm] put it in to make sure. It must’ve just bounced out really fast. I’m just glad they counted one of them.

On winning by more than one goal
It’s been a different feeling with a lot of one-goal games over the last two months or so. But tonight, carrying that three-goal lead, we just wanted to keep the pressure on. I think we did a pretty good job playing with the lead.

Frederik Andersen
On tonight’s game
We played really well the whole game. In the first 10 minutes we were getting caught a little too deep, but we were able to make some good backchecks and eliminate those odd-man rushes. We want to be able to put teams away, and I thought we did a good job tonight.

On his second career shutout
It’s always fun when you shut a team out. That’s cool. It was fun for Perry to get a hat trick, too.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On snapping a six-game losing streak vs. Toronto
As a boy from Toronto, you don’t like losing to them. I hadn’t been on the winning side on the while, so it was nice being on the winning side against these guys.

On tonight’s game
You saw in the first five minutes. If you try to run and fun, these guys just fly. We tried to get it deep, control the boards, and slow the game and tempo down. For our team, that worked to our advantage.

On the team’s performance
It’s nice to finally play a game that’s not a one-goal game. You can roll the lines a little bit, you’re calm behind the bench, and the players are calm and doing what they’re supposed to do. That’s something we hadn’t done in a long time. The five practices we’ve had in the last seven days have really helped.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Jonathan Bernier

On the game
I thought we played great. They got one on the five-on-three and then they got a lucky one in the second. I have to find a way to make more saves. We have to find ways to score goals, too.

On the team defensively
That’s a big positive in our game. We have to stick with it and believe that’s the way we have to play and we’ll start winning more.

James van Riemsdyk
On the lack of scoring
We have to find ways to score. We’ll find ways to score. We have a lot of firepower. I think we’ll find ways to score.

Interim Head Coach Peter Horachek
On the game
You score a lot of goals and you give up a lot of chances, or you give up fewer chances and missed opportunities, and you’re going to find a way to score some goals. There’s certainly a balance and we’re going to work on it.

On the lack of scoring
It’s always frustrating. You want to win. Everyone wants to win. That becomes a frustrating thing. It’s our job to keep the team focused and step back up tomorrow. It’s a whole new challenge. There are some things you can certainly take away. There’s not a lot of puck luck. They scored a five-on-three, an empty net goal, one off our skate and one was a breakaway that bounced by our defense. They do what they do very well. We’re going to have to work harder, stay focused and stay hungry.
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