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Postgame Notes and Quotes: January 16 vs. New Jersey

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 5 vs. New Jersey 1
Jan. 16, 2015
Honda Center
29-10-6, 64 Standings Points

 
The Ducks concluded their season-high eight-game homestand with a 5-1 win over New Jersey, going 6-2-0 since the consecutive stretch of home games began on Dec. 28 vs. Vancouver. Anaheim now co-leads the league with 64 points and ranks tied for third in wins this season. The Ducks have won three straight games (3-0-0), five of their last six (5-1-0) and earned points in eight of the last 10 (7-2-1). Anaheim improved to 8-5-2 in back-to-back games this season, including 4-2-2 in the first contest. Dating to the start of the 2013-14 season, Anaheim is 28-10-5 in back-to-back situations and 15-4-2 in the second game, an NHL best by points percentage (.762).
 
The Ducks held New Jersey to a single shot on goal in the second period, matching the franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a second period (last: Oct. 31, 2014 at Dallas). On special teams, Anaheim is 5-for-13 (38.5%) on the power play and 11-for-12 in penalty kills (91.7%) over the past four games. Anaheim’s five goals tonight match a season high (fourth time, excluding shootout goals).
 
Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his first win as a Duck since Oct. 15, 2007 vs. Detroit (stopped 32-of-35 shots in a 6-3 win). Bryzgalov turned aside 14-of-15 shots faced in tonight’s victory.

Corey Perry collected his team-leading 19th goal of the season - his fourth in two games - to open scoring in the first period. Perry has 5-1=6 points in his last five games and 19-9=28 points in 30 games this season, pacing the league in goals-per-game (.63).

Jakob Silfverberg recorded his third career multi-goal game (2-0=2), while Patrick Maroon posted his third multi-point game of 2014-15 (1-1=2).

With his fifth goal of the season and second career game-winner, Hampus Lindholm is one goal shy of matching his career high that was set last season. Lindholm has points in two straight games (1-2=3), also one off his career best (last: Dec. 3-7, 2014; 0-3=3).

Ryan Getzlaf picked up his team-leading 35th assist of the season on Patrick Maroon’s third-period goal, tied for second among league leaders.

Rickard Rakell continued to stretch his career high in points, notching his 10th assist of the season. Rakell has 2-3=5 points in his last three games and 3-10=13 points on the season.

Ryan Kesler reached the 700-game NHL milestone in tonight’s victory.
 
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, Anaheim’s 11th sellout of 2014-15.
 
POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ilya Bryzgalov

On tonight’s game
The team played tremendously in front of me. They battled hard and made my job really easy tonight. I really appreciated it.

On facing six shots through two periods
I tried to stay focused. I’ve been in this league for a while, and I know how quickly things can change. You have to keep yourself focused during the game because you never know what’s going to happen.

Hampus Lindholm
On team defense
Today was a good day for us. We felt good out there. We blocked shots and didn’t give them much. We know they’re a transition team, so we kept getting pucks deep and didn’t let them enter our zone easily.

On stringing together two strong performances
That’s huge for us. That’s what we’ve been missing this year, and that’s getting a lot of goals but still keeping [the opposition] to one goal [or less]. That’s a confidence boost for the whole team.

Jakob Silfverberg
On his two-goal night
It’s been a long time, and it felt good to get a couple tonight. Hopefully I can build off of this and keep scoring more goals more frequently.

On what it means to string together two solid wins
It means a lot for the confidence. You have to string games together and play well in bunches. You can’t play one good game and take a couple of games off. It brings a lot of confidence to the team, and we need it for sure going into tomorrow in a tough building. It’s going to be a tough game. Having these two games in our back pocket is obviously a great feeling.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On tonight’s win
It was close until the last five minutes. In the third period, we were back-peddling a little bit, but that’s hockey. Sometimes it changes course in a quick minute.

On if this is an indication of what this team can do when healthy
When we play for 60 minutes and we all play together, it’s a sense of what we can do. When we follow game plans and do the right things, it’s a good hockey club.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Keith Kinkaid

On coming into the game in the second period
I didn’t feel very sharp there at the beginning of the second. As a backup, you have to come in there when called. It’s not how I wanted to start the second period, but I got more comfortable as the game went on.

On what the team needs to do to improve

We need more shots, I think. Definitely need more shots. We didn’t test them at all until the third period. We played well in the third period. One shot in the second and five in the first. We definitely didn’t test them enough.

Tim Sestito
On the game
I think we need to control the puck a little bit more. Getting out of our end clean, getting pucks in. Getting pucks into places where we can get them back, whether it’s skating it in or getting dumps away from their goalie in places where we can be first on it. I think we had a tough time doing that tonight.

On his instigator penalty
I thought maybe we could use a spark so it was a good reason to go. I was a little disappointed with the instigator. I didn’t go in with my gloves flying off. I don’t like putting our team down, especially when we had a few good shifts in a row.

President/G.M. Lou Lamoriello
On Kinkaid coming into the game
I thought he handled it as well as he could. It’s tough going in like that without getting any warm up or any shots. That’s part of the game. You have to be ready when called upon.

On the lopsided shots
They just came right at us. They’re where they are for a reason. They just beat us to the puck. They outmuscled us. Except for the first 12-15 minutes of the third period where we started to play, despite the way we played the first two periods. We get a goal there, we’re back in the game. You never know. They just beat us to the puck and out-battled us the first two periods.
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