POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 4 vs. Vancouver 0 Nov. 30, 2015 Honda Center 9-11-5, 23 Standings Points
The Ducks improved to 2-0-1 in their last three home games with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center. Anaheim recorded its second shutout of the season and first at Honda Center since a 4-0 win on Jan. 14, 2015 vs. Toronto. The Ducks are 8-4-3 in their last 15 games overall (19 of a possible 30 points, .633 points percentage) and have earned standings points in nine of their last 10 home games (6-1-3, 15 pts).
John Gibson stopped all 25 shots faced en route to his third career shutout and second against Vancouver. Gibson also recorded a shutout in his NHL debut on Apr. 7, 2014 at Vancouver (W, 3-0).
Adding his team-leading 15th assist of the season tonight, Ryan Getzlaf now leads the NHL in assists and is tied for fourth in scoring (1-14=15) since returning from a four-game absence due to an appendectomy on Nov. 6. Getzlaf has nine assists in the last six games (0-9=9).
With his ninth assist of 2015-16, Sami Vatanen finished the month of November ranked fourth among NHL defensemen in scoring (4-9=13), tied for fourth in goals and tied for fifth in assists.
Nick Ritchie recorded his first career NHL point (in his eighth career NHL game) with the primary assist on Jakob Silfverberg’s third-period goal. Silfverberg’s tally, his second of the season, came 60 seconds into the third period.
Ryan Kesler pushed his scoring streak to four games (2-2=4) with his eighth assist on Silfverberg’s goal. Kesler’s scoring streak is the longest by a Duck this season and his longest since a five-game point streak (3-4=7) from Nov. 5-15, 2014.
Corey Perry’s unassisted goal at 8:39 of the third period marked his team-leading eighth of the season. Perry also leads Anaheim in scoring (8-9=17) and ranks tied for second in assists this season.
Rickard Rakell picked up his sixth goal and first PPG of 2015-16 at 19:57 of the first period. Rakell has three goals (3-0=3) in his last three games and four (4-0=4) in his last six. He now ranks second among team leaders in goals and fourth in scoring (6-5=11).
Shawn Horcoff opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season 79 seconds into the game. Three of Horcoff’s four goals have come in his last 10 games (3-2=5).
Andrew Cogliano (1-1=2) and Carl Hagelin (0-2=2), who each earned assists on the Horcoff goal, have points in two straight games.
Tonight’s attendance was 14,006. POSTGAME QUOTES
Shawn Horcoff On his line with Cogliano and Horcoff Right off the bat, we had chemistry almost immediately. Bruce [Boudreau] has given us a pretty big role playing against top lines and wanting us to shut them down. With that, we’ve been able to produce some offense, which is nice.
On the consistent effort I thought we played a really good game against Chicago. It was a tough pill to swallow, but when we got back the next day we talked about what we did well. We thought we really figured something out there. We were able to come out and start the same way tonight.
Jakob Silfverberg On winning in this fashion It’s huge for the confidence for the team. We played great for 58 minutes in the last game, and we ended up losing the game in the last few minutes. That’s tough. But we played a solid 60 minutes tonight. We kept them to the outside and managed to score four goals.
John Gibson On tonight’s game After last game, we knew it was a big one tonight. Everybody wanted to play well, and everybody played well. From the forwards blocking shots to the defense clearing the rebounds, everybody was generating offense. It was a really good team effort.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the 60-minute effort We haven’t had one like this all year. It was good to be able to breathe in the last five minutes of a game. The big goal was the third goal. It made us relax a little bit.
On the Hagelin-Horcoff-Cogliano line Horcoff, Cogliano and Hagelin have done a tremendous job against all the big lines lately. They continued to do a really good job tonight. On Gibson’s shutout He made the saves he had to make. I didn’t think they had an awful lot of scoring chances, but he controlled the rebounds. We won faceoffs, which was great, because he was holding onto the puck. He did a good job. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Henrik Sedin On his team’s offensive woes We’ve been good all year creating offense, and that’s not the problem. We’ve got to realize that winning in this league, you can’t give up three or four goals in a game. That’s impossible. Outside of four, it’s a league where the best team scores an average of three goals per game. If you give up more than that, you can’t win.
On Anaheim’s second goal in the first period There’ve been a few goals as well where our situational play is not good enough. We know when there’s a minute or two left in the period and being down 1-0 is a big difference from being down 2-0.
Jared McCann On the game It’s frustrating. First period we got dominated and I feel like the second period we had some more chances, but still didn’t play the way we wanted to.
On what he learned from a tough game We’ve got to learn how to play against it. We’ve got to get pucks in deep and just try to work to our strengths.
Head Coach Willie Desjardins On the game We didn’t have a good first period, but we were there until the last 10 seconds of that period. That was a big goal. We found a little bit of legs in the second and then they scored to start the third. We played a better second, but that early one in the third hurt us.
On Anaheim’s efforts They’re a good team. They let one slip away the other night against Chicago, so you knew they would play hard. But saying that, that’s the game we’ve got to be ready for and we’ve got to play hard in it as well. For whatever reason, we just didn’t have our best.