POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 6 vs. Calgary 3 Jan. 21, 2015 Honda Center 31-10-6, 68 Standings Points
The NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks extended their winning streak to five consecutive games, tied for the longest active win streak in the NHL, with a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. The Ducks have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0) and have points in 10 of the last 12 (9-2-1, 19 pts.). Anaheim is 17-4-1 since Dec. 1 and has won 11 of their last 13 games at Honda Center (11-2-0).
With a 3-0 advantage at the end of the first period, the Ducks improved to 22-0-5 when scoring first and 15-0-2 when leading after the first period. Anaheim is the lone NHL team without a regulation loss when scoring first and join New Jersey as the only two clubs without a regulation loss when leading after one.
Anaheim has won 20 consecutive home games over Calgary, the longest home winning streak vs. one opponent in club history. The Ducks are also 21-7-2 overall vs. Calgary, dating to Nov. 29, 2007.
Frederik Andersen tonight won his 46th NHL game in 62 career NHL decisions (46-11-5), marking the best start by an NHL goaltender since Montreal's Bill Durnan earned his NHL-record 46th win in 60 decisions in November 1944. Andersen, who currently ranks second in the NHL in wins with a career-best 26, stopped 30-of-33 shots faced.
Ben Lovejoy recorded 1-1=2 points, including his first goal of the season. Lovejoy’s two points tonight marks his ninth multi-point game and second of the season (last: 0-2=2, Dec. 19 at Ottawa). Lovejoy has 1-8=9 points in 26 games this season.
With his fourth goal of the season, Patrick Maroon collected his fifth point (2-3=5) in three straight games. Maroon’s three-game point streak matches his season high (0-3=3), set in the first three games of the season. Maroon has 4-18=22 points in 39 games this season.
Kyle Palmieri notched his ninth goal of the season to open scoring in the first period. Palmieri has 3-1=4 points in his last five games, 6-5=11 points in his last 13 and 9-5=14 points in 23 games this season.
Matt Beleskey matched a career high with his 24th point of the season with an assist on Palmieri’s first-period goal. Beleskey’s 17-7=24 points in 46 games ties his personal best in points set last season.
Tim Jackman collected his fourth goal of the season, matching his 2013-14 season total in 39 games this season.
With assists on goals by Jackman and Lovejoy, Nate Thompson recorded his fourth career multi-assist game (last: Apr. 24, 2013 w/TB vs. TOR) and first as a Duck. Thompson has appeared in all 47 games this season, collecting 3-8=11 points.
Ryan Getzlaf (2-3=5), Corey Perry (4-3=7) and Cam Fowler (0-4=4) extended their point streaks to four games apiece.
Colby Robak picked up his first point (assist) as a Duck and fourth of his career on Getzlaf’s goal in the third period. Rene Bourque also added his fifth assist since being acquired by the Ducks in November.
Ryan Kesler notched his 13th goal of the season with an empty-net tally.
Tonight’s attendance was 16,828.
Tim Jackman On 20 consecutive home victories vs. Calgary I remember having a hard time in this barn. Back then when I was playing with Calgary, it was probably 10 or 11 at the time. It was something we talked about and you always wanted to be the team that stopped it. It’s a tough building to play in, and hopefully we can continue to have success here.
On getting a win heading into the All-Star break It’s always nice to get the win before you get a few days off. The guys showed up tonight and got the job done. It’s going to be a nice few days for us.
Frederik Andersen On playing despite being stricken with the flu It was a little bit of a battle, but everyone in the room battled for me. That was nice to see. I just wanted to keep battling.
On if there was any doubt about playing Not really. I really wanted to try to play. I was able to battle through.
Ben Lovejoy On depth scoring Tonight was a night that we really wanted. We felt like we wanted to rise to the occasion. We wanted to have a happy four days. We brought a lot of energy and had a great first period. As they often do, the Flames made a push. They worked hard all game, but it’s nice to come away from the victory.
On the contribution of the fourth line They’re awesome. I love playing with that line. Nate [Thompson] has been a huge pick up. Especially when I was hurt, I thought Tim Jackman was consistently one of our best forwards. He’s not fancy, but he’s really hard to play against. He brings a lot of energy and speed, and I thought that line was clicking tonight. That was a big part of our victory.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On Andersen’s performance I don’t think people realize how amazing it was. He was sick before the game and he was sick between periods, getting IVs. He’s a battler. He made some big saves when it could’ve gotten a lot closer. He wanted to stay in the game. When you have a competitor that wants to stay in that bad, you let him stay. On the message to the team heading into the All-Star break I want them to not think about hockey for four or five days because when we do come back, we have 29 games in 54 days. I want them to relax and get away from the game. But when they come back, I want them to have the same attitude that they’ve had for the last couple of weeks. Hopefully we’ll be able to take off from where we left off. CALGARY FLAMES
Mark Giordano On getting behind early I thought, again, we had some bad mental mistakes early. We had some breakdowns and they made us pay. That’s why they’re in first place. They make you pay when they get their chances. The bottom line is you can’t spot that team three goals, it’s going to be really tough to come back. I think we made a really good push but [it was] too big of a hill to climb.
On the game I think we started pushing more and making plays as the second period went on. We have to have that mindset from the start. We shouldn’t wait for bad things to happen, and they happened. They had a couple good pucks to the net and some good bounces, and we were sort of caught off guard by that. We made a good push. I thought we had some great looks in the first two, three minutes in the third and that’s what’s really disappointing. We could have made it a one-goal game there, and then we give them one on a play that we probably want back.
Joni Ortio On the game We were just not getting the breaks today. We had some good chances, an open net, and it just wasn’t going our way tonight.
On the Ducks They played a pretty simple game. They had bodies in front of the net and just threw the puck at the net, and they just happened to go in.
Head Coach Bob Hartley On the game We had a few missed assignments because I felt that we skated a good period. We spotted them three goals. Obviously we knew that it wouldn’t be easy. We stormed back in the second and in the third we kept pushing.
On Joni Ortio Again, you look at the first goal. He had no chance. The second and third goals, they were tip-ins right in front of him. Some games, the puck comes to you, some other games the puck gets away from you.