POSTGAME NOTES New Jersey 1 vs. Anaheim 2 Mar. 29, 2015 Prudential Center 49-22-7, 105 Standings Points
At 49-22-7 (105 points), the Ducks moved three points ahead of the Canadiens (47-21-8, 102 points) and Predators (47-22-8, 102 points) for first place in the NHL standings.
Each of the Ducks’ last five victories has been by one goal, including three in overtime. They continue to pace the NHL in wins (32-1-7) and winning percentage (.800) in that scenario. The Ducks also are the first team to post 32 one-goal victories in one season since the 2006-07 Devils (32-7-9).
John Gibson improved to 13-7-0 this season (2.58 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO), including 10 victories in his past 13 decisions.
Francois Beauchemin reached the 10-goal milestone for the first time in his career. It also stood as his 11th career game-winning goal and first since April 2, 2014 vs. EDM.
Ryan Kesler reached the 20-goal milestone for the seventh time (and second straight season). He ranks third on the club with 20-27—47, his most points in one season since 2011-12 (22-27—49 w/ VAN).
The Ducks extended their point streak versus the Devils to five games dating to Feb. 17, 2012 (3-0-2), including three straight wins.
Francois Beauchemin On ending the road trip with three consecutive victories We weren’t really happy after the 7-2 and 5-3 losses in New York and Columbus, so we had a little bit of a regroup in Boston. We had a couple of meetings and wanted to make sure we were back at our game, and make sure everybody knows what they’re doing. There are only a few games left before the playoffs, and we want to get that momentum going.
On building for the playoffs It’s all about the little details in the game. Getting pucks out – off the glass if you need to – and making short passes instead of long cross-ice passes. Those don’t really get through anymore as you get closer to the playoffs. Teams are playing too well defensively.
On his game-winning goal I thought it went off of Ryan Kesler’s shoulder. Palmy [Kyle Palmieri] made a great play to go around the circle to set me up for the one-timer.
On the performance of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson They’ve elevated their game just like everybody else did after the Columbus game. Freddie played great in Boston and last night on Long Island, and Gibby played an awesome game tonight. He kept us in the game. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if we would’ve won.