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Postgame Notes and Quotes: October 19 vs. St. Louis

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 3 vs. St. Louis 0
Oct. 19, 2014
Honda Center
5-1-0, 10 Standings Points
 

The Ducks pushed their winning streak to five games (5-0-0) with a 3-0 shutout win over St. Louis, the longest winning streak in the NHL since Ottawa finished the 2013-14 regular season with five straight wins (Apr. 5-13, 2014). Anaheim has equaled the best start to a season in club history by wins (also 2013-14, 5-1-0) and by points (also 2013-14, 10; 2006-07, 10).

Anaheim has won a club-record eight straight home games (8-0-0) vs. St. Louis dating to Jan. 7, 2010 and has won four straight overall vs. the Blues.

With tonight’s win, Frederik Andersen joined Ross Brooks (Boston) as the only goalies in NHL history to win 25 (or more) of his first 30 NHL decisions. Andersen is now 25-5-0 in his career, 5-0-0 this season. Brooks went 25-2-3 with Boston from Oct. 25, 1972 - Feb. 28, 1974 over his first 30 career decisions (statistical research courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). By stopping all 28 shots, Andersen recorded his first career shutout in his 33rd career appearance and now leads NHL goaltenders with five wins this season. Andersen’s career-high win streak is six, set Oct. 20-Nov. 10, 2013.

Ryan Getzlaf notched his 91st career multi-assist game tonight, giving him points in five of his first six games this season (2-6=8). Getzlaf now ranks tied for third among NHL leaders in scoring and tied for second in assists.

Sami Vatanen became the sixth Ducks defensemen to score two PPG in a single game (Visnovsky, Pronger, Niedermayer, Marshall and Olausson). Vatanen recorded his first career multi-goal game (2-0=2) and set a career high in PPG (2) in tonight’s win. Vatanen’s two goals marked his sixth career multi-point game and second of the season. Vatanen now leads Anaheim defensemen in scoring and goals and ranks tied for third overall among team leaders in points.

With an assist on Sami Vatanen’s second-period goal, Cam Fowler matched his career-high point/assist streak at four games (0-4=4). Fowler’s last four-game point/assist streak came Dec. 28, 2013-Jan. 3, 2014 (0-4=4). Fowler now sits two assists shy of 100 career NHL assists.

Matt Beleskey scored his fourth goal of the season in his sixth game, marking his fastest start in goals and points (4-0=4). Beleskey, whose earlier three-game goal streak from Oct. 11-14 tied a career best (third time), now ranks second among team leaders in goals.

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Sami Vatanen

On his second goal of the game
The other four guys did the work there. I just get my stick on the ice and the pass came to me. It was good that was an empty net. It was easy to put in.

On the Blues
We started the game pretty well. We took the pucks in their zone, and kept them there. They’re a good team that plays big and strong, but we played pretty good today.

Matt Beleskey
On his first period goal
It’s a nice way to start the game. I just hopped onto the ice, “Raks” [Rickard Rakell] was getting the puck deep, got a good bounce, and I just tried to get it on net.

On executing their game plan
Any team coming off a back-to-back, you want to get a jump on. We played our game well. If you can keep a team under – or around – 20 shots, you’re going to have a good chance to win.

Frederik Andersen
On his shutout
It’s nice to get that out of the way, and get another win on the record. That’s always nice.

On the team’s five-game winning streak

We’re starting to play like we want to. Our last game wasn’t the best, but we got the job done. We came out strong in this game and played well defensively and offensively the whole 60 minutes. That was a really good team effort today.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On tonight’s performance
For the first 40 minutes, we were pretty good. We didn’t allow them much. We sat back, like most team do in the third. You have a tendency to be a little more cautious and a little more careful. I thought we still did enough good things to get Freddie the victory.

On Vatanen’s presence on the power play
He’s always been able to move the puck and see the ice. Last year, he never hit the net when he shot the puck. It’s been five games in [this season], and he’s hit the net twice. That’s a real big improvement, but I think that’s maturity on his part. Hopefully he keeps going at that pace. We need those good quarterbacks and puck movers on the backend, and we need the shot threat. His first goal was a bullet.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Brian Elliott

On the team playing the third game in four nights
It’s expected to feel a little slow out there, but that is something you have to battle through. The ice is a little softer out here and you have to play smart hockey and know that the easy plays aren’t going to be there. It’s the hard off the boards and in, and go to work down low. Probably for half the game, we were not doing the things that make us successful.

David Backes
On playing without Paul Stastny
He’s a huge asset for us, no question. He makes us a better team when he is in the line-up. (Injuries) do happen and we need to have other guys pick up the responsibility and the slack. We will have to move forward without him.

Head coach Ken Hitchcock
On Anaheim's performance
They were a step ahead of us most of the night, thought their checking was a step ahead. Their puck support was a step ahead.  They looked quicker on pucks and quicker to pucks than we were.  They caught us on the back to back and took advantage of it.

On the team's performance
We took two-thirds of the game to get going and by then it is too late. I thought, when you play these guys, they check so well that you need to be prepared to fight for space and we were too spaced out and too spread out on puck support, and they took advantage of it. They were stepping up in lanes and we were turning pucks over in the neutral zone which is uncharacteristic of us. I wasn’t happy with the way we played, period.
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