POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 3 vs. Montreal 1 Mar. 4, 2015 Honda Center 42-17-7, 91 Standings Points
The Ducks improved to 42-17-7 with a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first NHL team to reach 90 standings points this season. Anaheim, which has won four straight games for the league’s longest active winning streak and seven of its last eight, leads the league in both standings points (91) and wins (42). The Ducks have gone 8-2-2 in its last 12 games vs. Montreal and earned standings points in five of the last six matchups (4-1-1).
Anaheim is 29-3-6 when scoring first and 21-1-3 when leading after one. The Ducks are one of only five teams with one regulation loss when leading after the first period.
John Gibson recorded his 12th career win, ninth of the season. Gibson, who has a 6-1-0 record in his last seven games, stopped 37-of-38 shots faced in the win.
Francois Beauchemin collected his career-tying eighth goal of the season and fourth in his last eight games. Beauchemin has recorded all eight of his goals since the Christmas break and has 5-2=7 points with a +10 rating in his last 11 games.
Rickard Rakell notched his sixth goal of the season. Rakell has 1-4=5 points in his last nine games and ranks 10th among league rookies in overall scoring (6-19=25) and seventh in assists.
Jiri Sekac and Hampus Lindholm each had assists on Rakell’s second-period goal, their 12th and 23rd of the season, respectively. Sekac has three assists in his last four games and Lindholm leads team defensemen in assists.
Kyle Palmieri collected his 12th assist of the season on Beauchemin’s first-period goal. Palmieri has 1-5=6 points in his last nine games.
With his 11th assist of the season, Nate Thompson is now one point shy of his 100th career NHL point.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
Francois Beauchemin On his offensive production It was a nice breakout, and a matter of jumping up into the play and making myself available for Palmy [Kyle Palmieri]. He made a nice pass and I got it on net and got a goal out of it. It won’t happen every game, but lately it seems to be working more often than not.
On having Andersen and Gibson playing at a high level That’s huge. Every time you have a goalie playing every night who gives you a chance to win. Gibson kept us in it. He made some big saves, breakaway saves. We’re fortunate to have two big goaltenders that can do that.
John Gibson On tonight’s game I thought the team did a really good job. There were a couple of chances in the first period, but after that I thought they really kept a lot of it on the outside. That made my job easier.
On beating the top team in the Eastern Conference We knew it was a big game coming in. It was a battle for first place in the league. We pay attention to that stuff, too. It was a big game, and it was nice.
Jiri Sekac On beating his former team I’m not going to lie. It’s a pretty good feeling, and I’m very happy we beat the Habs. Nothing gets better than beating the team you used to play for.
On the forecheck leading up to Rakell’s goal I knew P.K. [Subban] wasn’t going to rim the puck. He always tries to make a play. I knew I had to play the body.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the team’s performance I think we stuck with it. You have to get great goaltending, and we did. Defensively, we limited them even though they had a fair amount of shots. We were opportunistic when we had to be. Coming off a back-to-back with travel, that’s not bad.
On Gibson’s performance He was great. It’s unfortunate they got one there. Once we got the third one, we let up, and they didn’t. They came right down and scored. Hopefully it’s an inexpensive lesson to learn.
P.K. Subban On the game I don’t think we played a bad game, I thought we did some things well. We had some opportunities to score some goals in this game. You have to give their goaltender credit, he made some big saves at the right times. I thought we did a good job of putting pucks to the net. You look at the shots, we had enough to win this game. We had enough opportunities to win but just they didn’t go in for us.
On losing momentum after back-to-back losses I don’t think we’re losing momentum. At the end of the day you can just focus on the process, you can’t focus on anything else. You try to focus on the process and hopefully it’s in your favor. In this case, we’ve done enough to win hockey games, win this hockey game. It just didn’t bounce our way today. We had opportunities on the power play to score. We got one late in the game. Maybe if we get a bounce off that faceoff on the power play there, maybe it’s a different game. But that being said, I thought we did enough things to win this hockey game today.
Tomas Plekanec On the game We had some quality scoring chances we didn’t end up [scoring on]. I thought our power play took a little bit of momentum from our game. After that, we didn’t play too well.
On John Gibson He played really well. He was pretty good on every shot and the rebounds, too. We need more pucks to the net but I thought we did a good job tonight.
Head Coach Michel Therrien On the game I liked the way we played. We competed hard. This is an elite team. I liked the way we pushed the pace. We put a lot of pucks at the net. We had some quality scoring chances tonight and the difference tonight was their goalie. He was phenomenal. For them, they deserved to win because the way that he played. We got some A+ chances tonight.
On going to the net For me I have to look at the big picture. I thought tonight we worked hard. We ask our guys to make sure we get some rebounds but they did a great job boxing out our players.