POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 4 vs. Minnesota 1 Oct. 18, 2014 Honda Center 1-3-1, 3 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks earned their first win of the season with a 4-1 decision over the Minnesota Wild at Honda Center. Eight different Ducks recorded their first points of the season, including Cam Fowler (goal), Rickard Rakell (goal, game winner), Ryan Getzlaf (assist), Carl Hagelin (assist), Hampus Lindholm (assist and goal), Corey Perry (assist), Shawn Horcoff (assist) and Patrick Maroon (assist).
Horcoff’s assist moved the Ducks forward to three points shy of 500 career NHL points.
Mike Santorelli earned his first goal and second point as a Duck in the win. Santorelli now has points in two of his last three games (1-1=2) with Anaheim.
Anton Khudobin stopped 34-of-35 shots to earn his first win as a Duck and first against the Wild in three career games.
Korbinian Holzer made his Anaheim debut in the win, earning a +1 rating with four hits and one blocked shot in 14:15 TOI . Holzer was acquired from Toronto in exchange for Eric Brewer and a fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft on Mar. 2, 2015.
Tonight’s attendance was 16,784. POSTGAME QUOTES
Anton Khudobin On the win It’s always great. We started really well by scoring the first goal. When you have the kind of start [to the season] like we had, the stick is always tight in your hand. We got the monkey off our back.
On his bounce-back performance I just said to myself don’t focus on anything but the shots. One shot, the next shot, the third shot, and just keep going. You just need to keep going.
Cam Fowler On ending the scoring drought When things aren’t going great for your team, sometimes you just need a little confidence boost to get going in the right direction. Credit our guys for sticking with it. We were able to sneak some by him (Devan Dubyk) today.
Mike Santorelli On the team scoring four goals It’s always nice to get a couple more to give yourself a little breathing room. It was good to defend the lead. We just have to build off this one.
On Fowler’s goal It was good to get one early. It always feels good when you start the game like that. We talk about getting pucks through, and he did a good job getting one through.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On Khudobin’s performance I really believed he was going to play very good today because he’s been a good goalie all along. Sometimes you have a bad game and throw the guy right back in. He proved what he was, and that’s a good goaltender.
On building momentum The first win is always the hardest. Hopefully, we’ll learn from the mistakes we’ve made. We can understand now that we can score and play well at times. Hopefully it’s like a snowball, and it builds in Nashville and continues.
Nino Niederreiter On the game We had a lot of great chances, especially early on and towards the end as well. It was right there for us and I feel like we’ve got to sharpen up on our chances. We had so many Grade A chances and we couldn’t get more than one.
On his performance I felt really good today and I feel like today was definitely a game in which I used my legs a lot. I just have to focus on always being in motion and I feel like that’s all I did tonight.
Mikko Koivu On the game We had a lot of chances. Obviously that’s a good thing, but it’s getting frustrating when you get those kinds of chances. But, what can you do? It was just empty nets and we missed the puck, hit crossbars and posts.
On the team’s missed opportunities We were in the game. It’s a good sign we’re getting chances, but it’s really frustrating when it hits the crossbar. It was a one-goal game in the third, but we couldn’t get that second one in.
Head Coach Mike Yeo On the game We don’t bury when we get chances and we do a lot of good things and it feels like you’re controlling the play. At the end of the night you leave wondering why you didn’t win.
On communication between lines It was a lack of communication. I think it was more of a problem coming into the defensive zone. Not circling, not communicating and reading off of each other, which led to a few easy goals for them.