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Postgame Notes and Quotes: March 2 vs. Montreal

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 3 vs. Montreal 2 SO
Mar. 2, 2016
Honda Center
35-19-8, 78 Standings Points

A 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens helped push Anaheim’s win streak to nine consecutive games (9-0-0), the second-longest streak in franchise history. Anaheim's winning streak is the longest active streak in the NHL, while its eight consecutive home wins (8-0-0) mark the league’s longest active home winning streak.

The last time the Ducks had a win streak of nine games or longer was from Dec. 6-28, 2013 (10-0-0), which represents the longest winning streak in club history. Anaheim’s last home win streak of eight games or longer was Dec. 9, 2013-Jan. 14, 2014 (10-0-0). The Ducks also have an 11-game standings point streak (10-0-1, 21 pts.), the longest such active streak in the league.

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS IN CLUB HISTORY
10 games (Dec. 6-28, 2013)
9 games (Feb. 13 - current)
8 games (Dec. 31, 2013-Jan. 15, 2014)

The Ducks have scored power-play goals in each of their nine consecutive victories, going 14-for-33 (42.4%) with the man advantage. The PPG streak is two games shy of the franchise record of 11, set from Mar. 7-28, 1997. The last time the Ducks recorded a PPG streak of nine games was 2008-09 when the club had nine straight games with a power-play tally from Jan. 14-Feb. 2, 2009.

Anaheim owns the NHL’s top overall record since Christmas, going 23-4-2 overall for a .828 points percentage. The club is 16-1-1 in the last 18 games.

Defensively, Anaheim has limited its opponents to a club record-low 144 goals through 62 games.

John Gibson stopped 25-of-27 shots to earn his 16th win of the season and improve his shootout record to 3-0. Gibson is riding a career-tying four-game winning streak (4-0-0).

Jakob Silfverberg improved to 4-for-6 (66.7%) in the shootout this season and 18-for-29 (62.1%) in his career, marking the best shootout efficiency rating in NHL history (min. 20 attempts). Silfverberg also earned his first game-deciding goal of the season and fifth of his career.

Jamie McGinn opened the scoring for Anaheim at 14:28 of the second period, making him the second Duck to score in his debut this season (also David Perron, Jan. 17 vs. LA). Acquired from Buffalo in exchange for a conditional third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, McGinn has collected 15-13=28 points in 64 games this season with the Sabres and Ducks.

Corey Perry scored his fourth goal in two games to tie the game at 2-2 at 10:51 of the third period. Perry leads the Ducks with 27 goals and ranks second in scoring (27-19=46) this season.
 
Tonight's attendance was 15,273.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Corey Perry

On the win
We found a way. You have to give them a lot of credit. They played hard, and they played quick. They played with a lot of emotion. We found a way to battle back and eventually get the two points.

On being tied with LA for first place in the division
We dug ourselves a hole early. It’s nice to see where we’ve come, but at the end of the day you still have 20 games or whatever it is left. You have to go out and keep pushing.

Jamie McGinn
On his Ducks debut
That’s definitely the way I wanted to start. I wanted to play simple and hard. I definitely wanted to help out in a victory, and I’m glad we got it done at the end of the day.

On his goal
As long as I park myself in front, and make sure I jam away and not miss those opportunities, that’s what I want to do. That’s how I can contribute. I just want to be a presence in front of the net. A lot of goals in the NHL right now are scored in the blue paint. That’s a good spot for me to park myself.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the game
I didn’t think we played that good, but you have to give that other team credit. They played really good. They kept coming. We’re getting a good will to win right now.

On staying the course
They kept their composure on the bench. We didn’t start complaining. That’s an important thing. Sometimes [these] games get away from us, emotionally, and we start taking dumb penalties. I thought tonight we played within the whistles pretty good.

On McGinn’s goal
When he goes to the net, he’s a big man. He’s hard to move out of the way. He has good hands. He kept his eye on the puck after the rebound. That’s what you need from him.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Max Pacioretty
On the Canadiens’ energy level
We played a great game. We had to kill a lot of penalties, but when we’re sticking up for each other, we’ll kill those any day. We really liked the effort of the team and the vibe and energy that we played with were great.

On tonight’s special teams

It’s a fast game. They gave us a couple calls and we gave them a couple calls, so we can’t lean on that. They made us pay for that on their power play. We knew they had a good power play and that they’re hot lately. If we beared down, we could’ve had two points, but we’ll take the energy and the game we played. We played well.

Alex Galchenyuk
On the new dynamic with McCarron in the center
He was pretty strong. He’s a big guy so he wins the battles down low and created space for Lars [Eller] and me. It’s one game, we have to keep going and keep creating offense.

On teammates standing up for one another
We care for each other and stick up for each other. If we don’t stick up for ourselves, who will? We played a great game and people stepped up as leaders. It’s nice to see, but we need to move on and focus on our next game.

Head Coach Michel Therrien
On his team’s emotional performance
Our team battled hard. We played against a good hockey team and we know we have to show a lot of character. I really appreciate the effort tonight.

On the performance of Michael McCarron
He played a really solid game with (Lars) Eller and (Alex) Galchenyuk. That was a good line.

On the debuts of Stefan Matteau and Morgan Ellis
They played their first game and they did really well.
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