Anaheim 6 vs. Buffalo 2
Nov. 8, 2013
14-3-1, 29 Standings Points
Anaheim’s league-leading 14-3-1 (29 points) start is just one point shy of the club record for standings points through 18 games (30 points, 2006-07). The Ducks’ 62 goals this season represents a franchise record through 18 games. The previous mark was 60 through 18 games in 2012-13 and 2006-07.
Anaheim’s eight-game standings point streak (7-0-1) is the longest current streak in the NHL. In addition, the club’s four-game winning streak (4-0-0) is tied with Washington for the league’s longest active win streak.
The Ducks are 7-0-0 at Honda Center this season, the best HOME start in club history. The Ducks are the only NHL club with a perfect start at HOME this season. The last NHL team to start a season with a perfect 7-0-0 HOME record was Los Angeles in 2010-11 (8-0-0). In addition, the club has outscored its opposition 32-12 in those seven contests.
The Ducks have scored 32 goals through the first seven HOME contests, matching the most through seven in club history (also 32 in 1995-96). The club has allowed just 12 goals against its opponents at HOME, the second-fewest allowed to start a season at HOME in franchise history (fewest 11, 2007-08).
Ryan Getzlaf's first-period hat trick is the fifth time in club history a player has scored three goals in a single period. It's the second time it has happened in a FIRST period (last: Teemu Selanne on Nov. 10, 1997 vs. San Jose). It was also the fifth time a Ducks player has recorded four points in a single period (last: Vinny Prospal on Jan. 23, 2004 vs. Minnesota). Getzlaf, whose hat trick was the first of his career, has earned 7-6=13 points with a +10 rating over the last eight games. His team-leading 10-12=22 points this season rank tied for second in the NHL.
With a goal and a career-tying three assists (fourth time), Dustin Penner has recorded his first four-point game since Dec. 11 2009 w/Edmonton vs. St. Louis (his career high is five points on Oct. 22, 2009 w/Edmonton vs. Columbus). It is also the most points Penner has scored as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Penner, who is riding a career-high five-game assist streak (1-7=8), leads the NHL with a +18 rating on the season (+3 tonight). His +18 rating through his first 11 games this season is the highest by any NHL player since Pittsburgh’s Sergei Zubov was +18 through his first 11 games in 1995-96 (from start of season). Anaheim is 10-0-1 with Penner in the lineup.
Teemu Selanne appeared in his 1,400th career NHL game tonight, joining Nicklas Lidstrom and Jaromir Jagr as the only European-born NHL players to reach the 1,400-game plateau (33rd in NHL history).
Frederik Andersen became the first goaltender to win his first five NHL games since November, 2005 (San Jose’s Nolan Schaefer), and the only ACTIVE goaltender to do so. Andersen is also the first netminder in club history to win his first five NHL games (Viktor Fasth won his first eight DECISIONS last year). Among all NHL goalies, Andersen ranks third in GAA (1.50) and tied for third in SV% (.947). Among rookies, he leads in wins, GAA, SV% and appearances. (min. 3 games).
Corey Perry extended his point streak to four games (4-2=6) with his third multi-assist game of the season (0-2=2). Perry has 5-5=10 points with a +10 rating over the last eight contests.
Tonight’s attendance was 15,577.
On his third goal of the first period
Perry and Pens [Dustin Penner] made a nice play and I was all alone in front of the net. I just kind of wrapped it around and was able to get it by him.
On rekindling the chemistry with Penner from 2007
That’s exactly how it feels. The way we used to play together and work around each other, and work off each other. It feels like it’s the same. [Penner] has done more than enough work in skating the way he is right now, and playing with that energy.
On the offensive support
It makes it a little bit easier when you have a 4-1 lead after the first. That always helps a lot. Good performance from the guys coming right out of the gate.
On jumping on the Sabres early in the game
They’ve been outscored a lot in the first, so that was a key to winning this game. Coming back hard every time, and trying to make a push early. It paid off today. Credit to Getz [Ryan Getzlaf] for three goals.
On the performance of Getzlaf, Penner and Perry
They were really dominant tonight. There was no doubt. You could tell, as soon as he started his skating, that Ryan was great. When we got the power-play goal early, it was because he did something he doesn’t normally do, which is jump right into the play after a shot. As soon as he did that, I said ‘Ok, he’s going to have a good game.’ Consequently, he got four points in the first period.
On keeping up this pace
You keep trying to do the same things, and you try not to get into any bad habits. You practice hard so this becomes the norm. This is the only way I know how. At one point, you’re going to go through a streak that’s not going to be as good as you like, but at the same time, you want that to happen as late as you can put it off.
On tonight’s game
It’s tough. Obviously it’s tough and you want to help the team win, but their lines were working hard and getting on the forecheck and things. I wish them the best.
They’re a great team. That line especially is the top in the NHL. We didn’t have a good start and they capitalized on it.
On tonight’s game
That’s the way you feel after these kinds of games. You start to give a team an advantage, a team that just beat us in our building by six goals. You give them an offensive advantage right off the start. It’s not the way to go.
They (Anaheim’s first line) are open because they are willing to hold on to pucks and put it in areas where they are going to get it back, or protect it. It’s not always fancy passes, they’re just willing to hold the puck and look for options and spread the ice well. They go to the areas where they can make plays. They get good chances.
On tonight’s game
We got in the box early and they had a couple power plays right off the bat. All their top players. We talked about that before the game.
We just regroup and get back at it on Monday and we have LA coming in on Tuesday.
We have to work and I just don’t think the work was there.