Anaheim 4 vs. Columbus 2
Nov. 6, 2015
4-7-2, 10 Standings Points
The Ducks pushed their winning streak to three games following a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. Anaheim also extended its home win streak to four consecutive games, allowing two goals or less in all four contests (7 GA). The four straight wins mark the longest such streak at Honda Center since Mar. 15-Apr. 1, 2015 (also 4-0-0).
Making his return from an appendectomy that forced him to miss four games, Ryan Getzlaf joined Corey Perry to lead the Ducks in scoring with three assists apiece. The Ducks improved to 14-3-0 all-time when both Getzlaf and Perry record three points-or-more in the same game (Elias Sports Bureau). The last time the duo recorded three assists in the same contest was Feb. 27, 2013 vs. Nashville (Getzlaf & Perry both with 0-3=3 in a 5-1 win). Perry’s last three-assist game was Dec. 21, 2013 at the New York Islanders, while Getzlaf’s last such contest was Dec. 7, 2014 at Winnipeg.
Cam Fowler collected his second goal of the season at 3:28 of the first period, while Patrick Maroon scored his first, on the power play, at 6:43 of the middle frame. Maroon’s PPG was the fourth in five games for Anaheim, which improved to 4-for-18 on the power play in those five contests (22.2%).
Josh Manson scored his first career NHL goal at 8:46 of the third period and Clayton Stoner added an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left in regulation.
Frederik Andersen earned his third straight win after turning aside 34-of-36 shots. Andersen’s last three-game win streak was Mar. 26-Apr. 1, 2015 (3-0-0).
Successfully killing both penalties tonight, the Ducks improved their league-leading PK percentage to 90.9% (40-for-44). Anaheim has not allowed a power-play goal in the last two games (5-for-5) and five of the last seven (25-for-27, 92.6%).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.POSTGAME QUOTES
Ryan GetzlafOn his line’s performance
We played with the puck a lot more tonight. It felt like the old days. It wasn’t the way we started the season. As a group, we were moving the puck and getting in on the forecheck. That made a big difference for our team.On how he felt throughout the game
I felt pretty good. I was able to get the legs moving early and throw a few pucks on the net. Those things help. My legs were under me. I was ready to play. The excitement was definitely there. Being out for four games isn’t fun. Maybe it gave me a little time to sit back, get my legs under me and get excited again.Josh MansonOn his first NHL goal
To get it with a win, that’s even better. I just wanted to put it in the back of the net. It could’ve been an empty-netter. I wouldn’t have cared. I ran out of breath because I was screaming so hard.Head coach Bruce BoudreauOn winning three in a row
Our toughest battle will be tomorrow. We’ll just have to prepare. If we have success there, we’ll start thinking other thoughts.On the top line’s performance
They played well. Patty [Maroon] played well along with them. When the three of them are playing like that, they’re a pretty good line.COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Scott HartnellOn the teams momentum
We didn’t start off great. We had a bunch of good shifts in a row and then a couple shifts especially the top line picked us apart. I think the effort was there.On team being able to close
We had a couple opportunities. Their goalie stoned us a couple times big there. We would have loved to get a point there and pushed it in to overtime On the final seconds of the game
We did a lot of the things we did in LA. We were physical. Mac made some great saves to kept us in the game. You give a good team like that those chances and more often than not they are going to end up in the back of your net. Ryan JohansenOn being able to close the game
Their goalie made some big saves. I thought we did a good job in traffic. We gave ourselves a chance and that kept us in the game for the full 60 minutes.On the push at the end of the game
I think we are starting to find our identity and teams are starting to know what they are going to get out of us every night. On a back to back and a trip out here it is always tough. We did some good things out here and some positive things that we will take back to build off of. Head Coach John TortorellaOn matching Anaheim’s push
I thought early on in the first period we struggled. I don’t think we were quick enough. As the period went on I thought we played better. After the second period I thought we had them. We were quicker. We need to score on our power play. We didn’t quit and Andersen made some big saves.On how the team has developed since the start of the trip
I think we took steps in the right direction. We still need to get our top guys playing more consistently. They need to produce for us. We need to get everyone going consistently. I don’t think we gave in today. We were a little inconsistent but we didn’t give up.On the engagement level to the end
I am not down on our team by any means. I don’t think our top guys are consistent enough. That has to change. But as far as the try, we still have a chance there. We need more plays from our top guys.