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Postgame Notes and Quotes: January 2 vs. St. Louis

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 4 vs. St. Louis 3
Jan. 2, 2015
Honda Center
25-9-6, 56 Standings Points

 
The Ducks improved to 25-9-6 with a 4-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center. Anaheim leads the league in standings points (56) and co-leads in wins (25). The Ducks, who co-led the league in wins (10) and standings points (21) during the month of December, have gone 10-3-1 in their last 14 games and won six of their last seven at home (6-1-0).

Anaheim has a nine-game home winning streak against St. Louis (9-0-0) dating to Jan. 7, 2010, a franchise best. The Ducks have also won five of their last six games (5-1-0) overall vs. the Blues, including a three-game season-series sweep in 2013-14.

Sixteen of Anaheim's last 18 victories have been one-goal games dating to a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at Chicago, including seven decided in extra time (four overtime, three shootout). The Ducks lead the NHL with 19 wins in one-goal games (19-0-6) 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 (.760). Since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Ducks have posted a 60-6-20 record in one-goal games, owning the top record in the NHL by points percentage (.814).

Matt Beleskey tied his career high in points (1-1=2, eighth time) and also notched his 100th career NHL point in the win. Beleskey earned his team-leading 16th goal of the season at 10:55 of the third period, which also marked his fifth GWG this season to co-lead the league. Beleskey has 16-5=21 points in 40 games, marking his fastest start to a season in goals and points.

Ryan Getzlaf collected his 13th goal of the season (second PPG) to open the scoring in the first period. Getzlaf has a team-leading 43 points (13-30=43) this season and points in nine of his last 10 games (5-9=14). He ranks tied for third among league leaders in points and assists. Earlier today, Getzlaf was named Player of the Month for December after recording 5-15=20 points in 14 games.

Sami Vatanen recorded his seventh career multi-assist game (0-2=2), matching his single-game career best in assists. Vatanen, who has 9-17=26 points this season, ranks third on the team in scoring and tied for second in assists.

Frederik Andersen recorded his 21st win of the season, stopping 39-of-42 shots faced. Andersen has won 11 of his last 14 decisions (11-2-1) and ranks tied for second among league net minders in wins this season (21).

Kyle Palmieri scored his sixth goal of the season in his return from IR. Palmieri has 6-4=10 points in 16 games this season and 3-4=7 points in his last seven games.

With his fifth goal of the season, Andrew Cogliano now has 5-5=10 points this season.

Ryan Kesler matched a season high with two assists tonight (0-2=2, third time).

Ben Lovejoy collected his sixth assist of the season to give him 0-5=5 points with a +3 rating in 10 games since returning from IR on Dec. 10. Patrick Maroon (14th) and Nate Thompson (fifth) also notched single assists in the win.

Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Matt Beleskey

On his game-winning goal
It was just one of those chances that you get. [Brodeur] stopped me a few times early in the game. Luckily, I got that one through.

On what made the difference tonight
I thought our penalty kill was really good. They got one on the 5-on-3, but we had a lot of penalties, especially in the second period. Freddie [Andersen] stood on his head for us. That was huge for us to get through those.

Sami Vatanen
On what made the difference tonight
Our PK was pretty good today, and Freddie was unbelievable in the net. He gave us a good chance to win.

On beating the Western Conference’s top teams
These are always big points against conference teams, like St. Louis. It keeps us mentally [strong].

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On tonight’s win
We find a way. Sometimes it doesn’t look like we deserve it, but we find a way to win. Other than the power play and penalties, I thought the chances were pretty even. It was a pretty up and down game.

On the third period
We’re used to this situation. We know what we have to do in the third period. We played with a lot more structure in the third period. We didn’t have any penalties against us, which helped. When you take five penalties in the first two periods, it really screws up the line combinations and the ice times. By not taking any, we were able to do what we wanted to do, as far as match and roll.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Kevin Shattenkirk

On tonight's game
I still think that we were better as a team this game. They’re a team that likes to throw pucks into the goal crease, especially with their size, and get to the net. Really just whack away at it and create their offense that way. They play a hard game down low. We traded some chances but for the most part we played clean through the neutral zone. We did a good job putting pucks in their zone and establishing our game. We just have to find that goal in the third that puts us ahead

On one-goal games
There are a couple games that we’re not happy with but there are still a few games in there, you know the Dallas game, we felt we played ok. Tonight we took a step forward despite the loss. Especially after a not-so-great effort in Nashville. It’s an opportunity for us to answer in San Jose. We have a back-to-back and we’re traveling but it’s no time for excuses. This is a tough time in our season and these are the games where if you pull this one off it sparks us.

Dmitrij Jaskin
On the loss
We had enough chances. We have to bury a couple of these chances. Get one. Tough loss but hopefully we’ll get better tomorrow.

Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
On tonight's game
We played hard and took some penalties at the wrong time in the offensive zone in the third period which allowed them to get the momentum back when we really had it after the second period.

On third-period penalties
I’m disappointed that we took the penalties in the third and lost momentum. That’s what disappoints me more than anything.
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