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Postgame Notes and Quotes: January 4 vs. Nashville

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 4 vs. Nashville 3 SO
Jan. 4, 2015
Honda Center
26-9-6, 58 Standings Points
 

The NHL-leading Ducks won their third game of a season-high eight-game homestand (3-1-0) with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators. Anaheim has won two straight games (2-0-0), seven of its last eight at home (7-1-0) and gone 11-3-1 in the last 15 games overall. The club continues to lead the league in standings points (58) and now also co-leads in wins (26).

The Ducks tonight earned their league-leading 20th win in one-goal games and remain the only NHL team without a regulation loss in a game decided by one goal (20-0-6). Anaheim, which is second among NHL teams for winning percentage in one-goal games (.778), has 17 one-goal game wins in its last 19 victories including eight decided in extra time (four overtime, four shootout).

Anaheim has gone 6-1-0 vs. the Predators since the start of the 2012-13 season. 

Frederik Andersen won his 42nd NHL game tonight vs. Nashville, giving him 42 wins in 58 career NHL decisions (42-11-5). That marks the best start by an NHL goaltender since Bill Durnan of Montreal earned his NHL-record 42nd career win in 55 decisions on Nov. 9, 1944. Andersen extended a career high with his 22nd win of the season, stopping 27-of-30 shots faced. He is 12-2-1 in his last 15 decisions and ranks tied for second among league net minders in wins this season.

Ryan Kesler improved to 3-for-8 in the shootout this season (37.5%) and earned his second game-deciding goal, tied for third among NHL shootout leaders.

Jakob Silfverberg notched his league-leading sixth shootout goal of the season in the second round. Among active skaters, Silfverberg ranks first in shootout efficiency (min. 15 attempts) with a 57.9% career conversion rate (11-of-19).

Francois Beauchemin collected his 51st career NHL goal and second in four games at 17:43 of the third period, tying the game at 3-3. Beauchemin has 2-5=7 points in 23 games this season.

With his first goal since returning to the lineup on Dec. 31, Corey Perry notched his 15th of the season. Perry has 15-8=23 points this season, ranking second on the team in goals and fourth in points.

Matt Beleskey opened the scoring in the first period with his 17th goal of the season, extending a career best. Beleskey, who has two goals in as many games, ranks ninth among NHL leaders in goals, leading the team. Beleskey, who is two points shy of matching his career high, has 17-5=22 points in 41 games, marking his fastest start to a season in goals and points.

Ryan Getzlaf recorded his team-leading 31st assist of the season on Perry’s second-period goal. Getzlaf has a team-leading 44 points (13-31=44) this season and points in 10 of his last 11 games (5-10=15). He ranks third among league leaders in points and assists.

Rene Bourque (sixth), Nate Thompson (sixth) and Hampus Lindholm (12th) also drew assists in the win.
 
Tonight’s attendance was 16,402.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Corey Perry

On one-goal victories and playing Nashville
It’s not the way we draw it up. They’re a heck of a hockey team. They can skate, they can make plays and it was a battle out there tonight. They play really hard and battle for every inch.

On leading the NHL in points at the halfway point of the season
It’s definitely something that we strive for. We just want to be the best that we can be.

Francois Beauchemin
On one-goal victories
Right now that’s what we’re getting. We’ll take those two points, especially when we play teams like this. The last couple of games have been really hard games against St. Louis and Nashville. They’re two really good teams. Those are points we need right now.

On his game-tying goal
Nate Thompson took a shot from the point and I got a piece of it. The puck landed at the side of the net and I just kept whacking. It wound up in the back of the net. It was a good feeling.

Ryan Kesler
On tonight’s game
Even though we were down 3-2, I thought we were the better team. Other than giving up a couple of power-play goals, I thought we took it to them five-on-five. I’m glad for the win. We worked hard tonight.

On the ability to win one-goal games
Good teams know how to win those one-goal games. That’s how they are in the playoffs. Playoffs are one-goal games. If we know how to win them now, it’s going to make it that much easier in the playoffs.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On Beauchemin’s goal
When he wants to go after the puck, nothing gets in his way. It was good for him to be able to score the goal because you know he’s going to the front of the net in those situations.

On Kesler and Silfverberg being reliable go-to options in the shootout
Those two and Corey [Perry], when he’s healthy. We’ve been going to them all the time. They’ve been good most of the time. I had confidence that they were going to score in the shootout.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Craig Smith

On tonight's game
You can see why they’re one of the best teams. I think that they know how to play their systems well. A lot of the guys on their team are going right now. Same with us. We’re playing well. Tough last couple minutes the last couple games but it’s nothing we can’t fix and move on from.

On the two-game road trip
I’d say there are things that you’re satisfied with and things that are always going to be on your mind. We’re constantly trying to get better and are an extremely nit-picky team. We want to be the best in every category, every night. After tonight there’s something to work on definitely so we’ll go back and figure that out.

Carter Hutton
On tonight's game
We know they’re a good team, we’re a good team. We’re going in back-to-back games. Obviously we want to win but getting a point is big for us.

On getting three of four points on the road
It’s on the road. We’re playing back-to-back, they’re sitting at home and they come out and play well. I thought our power play was great. We had some big goals and some big penalty kills. We just have to get in the habit of shutting games down there late.

Head coach Peter Laviolette
On tonight's game
I like our game. They tied it up late, they got some traffic to the net. We might have directed it in ourselves but overall I thought the game was good. Our guys fought hard and battled hard for playing the night before and coming in here against a top team. In a position to win, we have to close that out.

On special teams
Special teams were real good for us tonight. Penalty kill did a good job, Carter did a good job. Power play I thought was really sharp. It seemed like we were really confident with what we were doing in the offensive zone. We moved the puck around well, had looks and opportunities out there.
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