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Postgame Notes and Quotes - Nov. 4 vs. Arizona

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 5 vs. Arizona 1
Nov. 4, 2016
Honda Center
5-5-2, 12 Standings Points

The Ducks scored three goals during the first period en route to a 5-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center. Anaheim has registered points in six of its last eight games (5-2-1, 11 pts.) and improved to 3-0-1 against Pacific Division opponents. The club has won three straight against the Coyotes and improved to 11-2-3 in its last 16 against its Pacific Division rival.

Anaheim registered 21 first-period shots, the most in a first period since recording 24 shots on Oct. 13, 2013 vs. Ottawa.

Rickard Rakell recorded his second three-point game (2-1=3) in three games this season and has 3-3=6 since making his season debut on Nov. 1 at Los Angeles.

Antoine Vermette recorded his second multi-point game of the season (1-1=2) against his former team in Arizona. Vermette now has points in four of his last six games (2-4=6).

Corey Perry notched his second multi-point game of the season with a pair of assists (0-2=2) in the win. Perry (4-6=10) now leads the Ducks in scoring this season.

Rookie Ondrej Kase registered his first career NHL point with an assist on Antoine Vermette's goal in the second period.

With his 10th straight appearance, John Gibson tied his career high in consecutive games played (second time, last: Feb. 10-Mar. 1, 2015). Gibson stopped 21-of-22 shots to earn his fifth win of the season.

Kevin Bieksa scored his first goal of the season on the power play, becoming the third Ducks defenseman to score a PPG this season (also Fowler and Vatanen).

Tonight's attendance was 16,405.

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Rickard Rakell
On the bounce-back win
It felt great. The whole team was feeling it in the first period. We had a little letdown in the second period, but we finished strong in the third. We got on their defensemen, turned pucks over and won faceoffs. That shows how we're going to get our scoring chances.

On his season thus far
I think I'm trying to find my groove. I get tired sometimes. It's a process. Right now, things are going my way with scoring, but as long as I'm getting scoring chances and making things happen out there I'll be satisfied.

Kevin Bieksa
On the victory
We're happy with this response game. Before the game, we were aware that our last two games at home weren't good. We had a day in-between to prepare. We came in with the right mindset and played a good, solid game.

On keeping emotions in check after Kesler went to the locker room
If you're a guy who gets into the occasional fight, or gets into a lot of fights, at some point you're going to get caught with one. There was a little bit of concern right away from both teams. Max Domi is aware of fighting in hockey. He's seen a lot. You win some and you lose some. He's respectful. Kes is a warrior and he came right back. You're not going to keep Kes down, that's for sure.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the first period
Hopefully it's a start we can build on. We took advantage of a team that played last night. The last couple times we've had that situation, I wouldn't say we took advantage of it. But tonight we were fortunate to have more life and jump than they did.

On the victory
I thought we had a big game from Vermette. He played there last year, and it's good to see a guy come back to haunt his former team. Those are feel-good stories. I thought our defense was much more effective moving the puck. We didn't really tax our goaltender. We were disciplined. We didn't take a bunch of stupid penalties.

ARIZONA COYOTES

Jamie McGinn
On the team's commitment to compete
It was a terrible start to the game. Four shots in the first period and two were from the red line. It's unacceptable. It's twice we weren't prepared to play, back to back games and it comes from the leadership. I didn't have a good start in the first period either and I need to go out there and play better to get everyone going. When we got it going in the second period it was too late.

On the locker room during the first intermission
We were embarrassed, it wasn't a good period for us. It's never good when [Coyotes captain] Shane Doan has to step up and address the group. Everyone was quiet and listened when he talked. It was a good job by him for stepping up. We can't throw up a dud in the first period and have him get upset and try to get us going. I feel bad for Louis, we hung him out to dry. He's kept us in the last few games and then we lay an egg for him. We have to enjoy the day off tomorrow then get back to work.

Head Coach Dave Tippett
On if the start of the game was the reason for the loss
It wasn't the start, it was the whole game. To be successful in this league you have to compete at a certain level and if you don't compete at a certain level you have no chance to win. That was our group. We didn't have enough people to compete.

On if he saw the team improve in the second period
No, whether it's being tired or just not into it tonight, we weren't good enough tonight. Simple as that.

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