POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 8 vs. Calgary 3 Mar. 30, 2016 Honda Center 43-23-10, 96 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks moved into first place in the Pacific Division with an 8-3 win over the Calgary Flames at Honda Center. Tonight marked the fourth time the Ducks have scored eight-or-more goals in a single game in franchise history.
The Ducks are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, 18-4-3 in their last 25 and 24-5-3 in their last 32 games. Anaheim has recorded standings points in 12 of its last 13 HOME games, going 11-1-1 for 23 of a possible 26 points.
Since Christmas, Anaheim owns the top overall record (31-8-4) and road record (15-4-3) and shares the NHL's top home record (16-4-1).
The Ducks opened the game with three goals in the first 6:51 of the opening period. Corey Perry began the scoring 57 seconds into the game with his team-leading 32nd goal of the season. Jakob Silfverberg added a second goal at the 4:00 mark before Brandon Pirri registered his third goal in four games (3-2=5) at 6:51. Anaheim went on to score six goals in the first two periods of play for the first time since Mar. 14, 2014 at Colorado (6-4 win).
Ryan Kesler recorded a career-high 1-3=4 points and tied his career high in assists (eighth time, last: Dec. 4, 2011 w/VAN vs. CGY). Kesler now has 4-8=12 points with a +9 rating in his last eight games.
With the opening tally, Perry extended his scoring streak to a season-high five games (3-3=6), his longest scoring streak since Jan. 30-Feb. 8, 2015 (five games; 4-3=7). Silfverberg earned his third multi-goal game of the season (2-0=2), giving him points in five of his last seven games (6-1=7).
Andrew Cogliano's two-assist game (0-2=2) gave him points in five of his last seven games (1-5=6).
Jamie McGinn pushed his scoring streak to four games (3-2=5) with his eighth goal as a Duck 21 seconds into the second period. McGinn has also scored in five of his last eight games (6-3=9).
Shea Theodore scored his third career NHL goal at the 5:30 mark of the second period and Nate Thompson scored his first goal of the season at the 14:06 mark.
John Gibson stopped all 21 shots to earn his 19th win of the season. Gibson ranks third among league leaders with a 2.05 GAA.
With the victory, Anaheim matched the NHL record for the longest home winning streak against one opponent at 23 games (Philadelphia had a 23-game home winning streak against Pittsburgh from Feb. 17, 1980 – Jan. 29, 1987).
Tonight's attendance was 16,004.
Jakob Silfverberg On the game Every team in this league can beat anyone. There were some sloppy plays and a lot of goals. It was maybe not the way we’re used to playing, but I thought we did a good job in the third period of bouncing back and not giving up too much. We finished off where we wanted to be. On scoring eight goals We’ve been known to focus on the defensive part first. We kind of got away from that in the second period. We made sure, in the intermission, to tell each other we have to get back to playing the way we want to be playing heading into the playoffs.
On reclaiming first place in the division It’s always good. With the start we had, no one expected us to be where we’re at right now. We’ve been doing some good things lately. We’ve been playing good hockey. There’s a big benefit being first.
Ryan Kesler On the first home game following a road trip Usually there’s a lull. You get back to your families and the comforts of home, and you usually come out flat. We knew that, and we focused on the first period. We came out strong.
On the game I think it’s human nature to let off the gas pedal a little bit. I don’t think we allowed them back into the game, but we were lax at times. We nipped that in the bud in the third period.
On the Flames That’s a banged-up team. That’s a team that’s depleted. They have young kids in the lineup that are vying for spots next year. You’re going to have games like that.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On setting the tone early We wanted to do that. It was the best thing that could’ve happened to us. It was against a goalie [Jonas Hiller] who hadn’t played in a long time. To get to him early, we knew his confidence would be shaken. To get that 3-0 lead, the way the next 30 minutes went, was important.
On the offensive output It’s nice to see the players score, but as a group, we defend well. In those six minutes we didn’t defend, we were pretty upset at ourselves. That’s what happens when you’re playing a team with a lot of kids. We’ll get an eye-opener next week.
On Gibson’s performance He was great. When we were loose in our zone after it became 3-0 and 4-0, he came up with big saves. He was probably the difference in the game. CALGARY FLAMES
TJ Brodie On the game It’s a tough game to play. Obviously that’s not the way we want to play. I think some of the bounces didn’t go our way. We had some chances to score at certain times of the game. Those times can change momentum and change the game around.
On his team’s effort We definitely didn’t do ourselves any favors, but at the same time we did create and we did have our chances. It was just one of those nights.
On moving forward It’s definitely frustrating, but at the same time you can’t dwell on it. You’ve got to put it in the past and move on. Tomorrow is another day.
Hunter Shinkaruk On scoring his first career NHL goal It was off the draw. I just tried to find my spot in the middle there. Joe (Colborne) made a good shot and I was lucky enough to tip it. It was really cool. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. On the game They’re a good team. Obviously by the look of the score, that pretty much sums up the game. They can capitalize, they’ve got a lot of good players. It wasn’t the best night for us, but you’ve got to move on from it. That’s hockey and you’re going to have nights like that.
Head Coach Bob Hartley On the Flames' goaltending You give them a few freebies from the start, and you know it’s going to be a long game. Our goalies had a tough night. Nothing to take away from the Ducks, but in order to beat them you need a few saves here and there.
On his decision to pull Hiller It’s tough, but at the same time when looking at the three goals it seemed like it would be one of those nights where the puck just doesn’t get to the goalie. It seems it always finds its way around the goalie. I wanted him to have a great game against his former team, but I don’t think it was meant to be. We’re coaching a full team, so you need to think about the goalies, but also about the rest of the bench. I thought that by making a change we would get ourselves back in the game.