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Postgame Notes and Quotes: March 7 vs. Washington

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 1 vs. Washington 2 SO
Mar. 7, 2016
Honda Center
37-19-9, 83 Standings Points


The Ducks extended their standings point streak to 14 straight games (12-0-2, 26 pts.) in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals at Honda Center. Anaheim’s 14 consecutive games with a standings point is the NHL’s longest since Boston’s 16-game point streak (15-0-1) from Mar. 2-30, 2014. The Ducks also own a nine-game home point streak (8-0-1, 17 pts.).

The 14-game standings point streak (12-0-2) is the second-longest streak in club history and sits two 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 (25-4-3, .828 points percentage) and road record (12-1-2) since Christmas.
 
Ryan Getzlaf opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season at the 1:00 mark of the first period. David Perron picked up the primary assist on the goal, giving him points in five of his last six games (2-3=5). The Ducks have gone 19-2-1 since acquiring Perron on Jan. 15.

John Gibson stopped 31-of-32 shots in the shootout loss. Gibson currently leads the NHL with a 2.05 GAA.

Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ryan Kesler

On the game
It was two good teams going back and forth. I thought we played a pretty good game tonight. It was evenly matched. At the end of the day, it’s a shootout loss. I thought we played good enough to win, but sometimes it doesn’t happen.

On facing the Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie line

They’re good players, but I play the same way every night. I try to outwork the opposition. I thought my line did a good job against them tonight.

Kevin Bieksa
On the game
It was a good game. It was back and forth. We did a good job on their power play, which was one of the keys for us. It could’ve gone either way. We go to a shootout and it’s a flip of a coin. We played against – in my opinion, and a lot of peoples’ opinion – the best team of the East. We matched up well against them. You’re not going to win every game, but we played well tonight.

Ryan Getzlaf
On the game
It was a great hockey game. We’re talking about two great teams that are playing well. We were able to go out and compete. The referees [called] a good game. They called what needed to be called, but let the game play.

On the intensity of the game
It was a playoff-type game. Playing stingy and capitalizing on chances. We had a few and they had a few. The goalies played good, as well. It was a good hockey game.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the game
It’s great we got a point and all that. We’re winning right now, but we’re not playing as good as we can. We have to get back to that. It’s tough to keep winning. It was 11 in a row. Our execution wasn’t what it should’ve been tonight. Maybe they had a lot to do with it. They’re a pretty good hockey club.

On Gibson’s performance
He was spectacular, no doubt. Our goaltending has been spectacular for a while now. He had a really good game.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Alex Ovechkin

On playing the Ducks
They are a strong team. They have big bodies. If you give them a chance they’re going to take it. It was a tight game, but it’s nice to get a couple points.

On the mentality going into the second period
Play smart. We have to keep two guys by our goal line. We needed to play more simple in the neutral zone. If we give them those kinds of chances, they’re going to use them. It was a good game. They’re a good team.

T.J. Oshie
On the intensity of the game
Tonight was a high paced game. It felt a lot like playoff hockey. Not quite playoff hockey, but one of the closer ones we’ve had this year. They’re a great team. They come at you a couple different ways- they’re fast, they’re big. Goaltending was great tonight on both sides. It was a good battle.

On keeping their level of play high

We just go about our business every day. We have the same mentality every day. We’ve had a couple games we should not have won, but we come every day ready to work.

Andre Burakovsky

On scoring a goal
It’s always nice to score a goal. We’ve had a lot of chances to score. We haven’t been really good at it. We’re creating, but we’re not sharp on the shot. It’s something we need to get better at. It was nice to get one today, and hopefully I’ll get one in L.A. too.

On Holtby’s play
In my eyes he’s always sharp. He’s always standing on his head and saving us so many times. Today was just another day for him. It’s fun to see, but we’re kind of used to it since he’s saving us so many times now.

Head Coach Barry Trotz
On the game
It was a fun game. It was a fun game to coach, it probably was a fun game to watch. I think both teams were emotionally into it. There were two good teams battling it out.

On the game’s physicality despite its fast pace

There were a lot of hits on both sides. There was a lot of competition on the puck. There were some highly skilled players out there on both sides. When you have highly skilled players and the competitive level, you’re going to have some physicality and you’re going to have a good hockey game.
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