POSTGAME NOTES Los Angeles 2 vs. Anaheim 3 Mar. 5, 2016 Staples Center 37-19-8, 82 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks have won a franchise-record 11 consecutive games (11-0-0) and earned points in 13 straight (12-0-1, 25 pts.), both marking the NHL's longest active streaks. The previous club record (10) was set from Dec. 6-28, 2013.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Ducks have an 18-1-1 record for 37 points in their last 20 games since Jan. 20, matching the team’s best mark over any 20-game span (Anaheim previously did so from Dec. 3, 2013-Jan. 15, 2014). Anaheim is the only NHL team over the last three seasons to record 37+ points over a 20-game span (the Ducks have done it twice). The last NHL team prior to Anaheim to record 37+ points in 20 games was Chicago (Jan. 26-Mar. 6, 2013; 17-0-3).
The 13-game standings point streak (12-0-1) equals the second-longest streak in club history (also 13 games, set from Nov. 29-Dec. 28, 2013; 11-0-2), and sits three games shy of the longest point streak in club history (16 games, set from Oct. 6-Nov.9, 2006; 12-0-4).
Anaheim also owns the NHL’s top overall record (25-4-2, .839 points percentage) and road record (12-1-2) since Christmas.
Anaheim’s 11-straight division wins also mark a franchise record. The last team to win 11 consecutive division games was the New York Islanders Nov. 29, 2014-Feb. 14, 2015.
The Ducks have won six consecutive road games, tying Tampa Bay’s streak (6-0-0) for the NHL’s longest active streak, in addition to their eight-game home streak (8-0-0), which also sits as the longest active such streak in the league.
The six-game road winning streak is the team’s longest since Dec. 6-23, 2013 (6-0-0) and one game shy of the club record of seven games, set Nov. 28-Dec. 13, 2006 (7-0-0). Anaheim is also riding an eight-game road standings point streak (7-0-1), the longest since an eight-game road point streak (7-0-1) on Oct. 21-Nov. 30, 2008.
Over the last 16 road games, the Ducks have recorded 27 points with a 12-1-3 record (Dec. 29-Present), marking their best 16-game run in club history (previous best was 12-2-2, 26 points; set from Oct. 7-Dec. 16, 2006).
The Ducks have scored power-play goals in 11 consecutive games, matching the franchise record, set from Mar. 7-28, 1997. Anaheim has gone 19-for-42 (45.2%) with the man advantage over this season’s streak.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, head coach Bruce Boudreau won his 400th career NHL game, becoming the fastest coach to reach 400 wins in NHL history (400-186-77).
Rickard Rakell On a franchise-setting 11th consecutive victory It feels good, especially winning against this team. It was a battle the entire game. It feels really good.
On his fight with Kris Versteeg It was my first fight, ever. I’m usually a pretty nice guy, but you try to stick up for your teammates. It all happened so fast. I didn’t think too much.
On taking over first place in the Pacific Division That’s the position we want to be in. We’re not satisfied. We want to keep the momentum going. The team is coming together. We have four lines that play solid hockey. It must be tough to match up against us. Jakob Silfverberg On winning 11 games in a row It’s always a good thing to set new records, but during the season it’s not something we focus on too much on. We just try to win hockey games, and we’ve been doing that lately. If you set a record, you’re doing something good.
On finding success against the Kings They’re all tough games. They’re fun games to play, and we’ve been coming out on top. Maybe we have a little bit of an edge, but it’s not a lot. Today could’ve gone either way, but we stuck with it.
David Perron On the winning streak We’ve done some good work, but there’s more work to do. We’ll keep rolling. We have to keep playing good hockey. They played a really good game today. That was a fun game. We just have to keep moving. Frederik Andersen On beating the Kings three times We just play for each other. Our power play has been amazing. That’s going to win you a lot of games, too.
On 11 consecutive victories I don’t know if anyone in the room is satisfied, but it’s fun doing those things. It means you’re doing something right, and that’s all we focus on. We don’t really look at the numbers so much. We look at how we play and how we compete.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau On the game We came out and we were doing everything we wanted to do early. It wasn’t until the second period and the third that our defense started to get a little bit tired. When you get six penalties and they’re playing a lot, it was tough against a team like that. But I certainly like the way we were resilient, the way we hung tough – especially in the last five minutes, not giving them too much – those are good things. LA KINGS
Milan Lucic On the game The game was won by a 5-on-5 goal, and unfortunately we weren’t able to get one of those tonight and they were, and that’s the difference in the game. We know they are really good power play team, especially as of late. We did a good job of keeping our discipline by only taking two penalties, but they capitalized on both opportunities. It was a hard fought game, and a tough one to swallow. Right off the get go, guys were sticking up for each other, and that shows a lot of team character and willingness to play for one another, and that goes a long way down the stretch of the season. Like I said, when you lose a game like this, the biggest game of the year up to this point, it is a hard one to swallow, and you just have to do your best to bounce back as quick as you can with only 18 games left.
On the Anaheim's power play They're moving the puck well from down low, up top, you name it. They are supporting each other well and taking high quality shots, and getting those shots through so they get those opportunities. It all starts with face-offs too, on both ends. We had some great opportunities on the man advantage by winning face-offs in the offensive-zone by starting with the puck. That is a big part of their PP [power play], their puck possession game. When you are able to get them out of their rhythm that is when they struggle. As you saw today, they were definitely in a rhythm with the man advantage, and they made it count. Anze Kopitar On Anaheim's power play Majority of the time special teams are the difference and that wasn’t any different tonight. They managed to get two.
On executing the game plan You can always execute better than we did, but it was a hard fought game with a lot of emotions, especially early obviously. We played a decent game, but it wasn’t enough. We need to be better, and we know we can be better.
Head coach Darryl Sutter On Anaheim's power play We both scored two goals on the power play, so that is even. Just looking at the four games that we have played, we both have had good power plays in terms of goals for. So really that had no bearing on the hockey today. If we tie on the special teams, that is good. I thought that we played a really solid game, we just couldn’t quite finish on some opportunities.
On the team's performance There were obviously three or four opportunities missed and the full strength goal they scored was a goalie exchange and then Brady [Brayden McNabb] and Luke [Luke Schenn] got caught on the wrong sides.