Anaheim 4 vs. Buffalo 1
Oct. 22, 2014
6-1-0, 12 Standings Points
The Ducks won their sixth consecutive game (6-0-0) with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Honda Center. Anaheim continues to match the best start in franchise history by wins (also 2013-14, 6-1-0) and by points (also 2013-14 and 2006-07, 12).
Frederik Andersen became the first goaltender in NHL history to win 26 of his first 31 decisions (statistical research courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). Andersen extended his winning streak to a career-tying six games (6-0-0) and continues to pace all NHL goaltenders in wins this season (6). During the winning streak, Andersen posted a career-high scoreless streak of 152 minutes and 46 seconds (spanning three games).
Corey Perry became the fastest player in franchise history to eight goals (in seven games) with his second hat trick of the season and seventh of his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Perry is just sixth player in the past 29 years to record multiple hat tricks in his team’s first seven games of season. The five others include I. Kovalchuk (2003), B. Savage (1999), M. Lemieux (1988), G. Anderson (1987) and C. Simmer (1985). Perry now co-leads the NHL in goals (w/Rick Nash) courtesy of the 45th hat trick in franchise history.
Ryan Getzlaf’s team-leading seventh and eighth assists of 2014-15 gave him points in six of seven games this season (2-8=10). Getzlaf now leads the NHL in assists and co-leads in scoring (w/ T. Seguin and J. Tavares).
Ryan Kesler notched his third goal of the season at 9:20 of the second period. Kesler now has 3-3=6 points in his first seven games as a Duck.
With his second assist of the season on Corey Perry’s first-period goal, Devante Smith-Pelly now has points in three of his last four games (1-2=3).
Tonight’s attendance was 16,067.POSTGAME QUOTES
Head coach Bruce BoudreauOn Andersen’s performance
He was the one who kept us in. If Buffalo hadn’t gone so long with outscoring, and squeezing the stick, they probably would’ve scored a few more goals. They deserved a better fate.On Perry’s hat trick
When you’re a natural goal scorer like he is, the puck follows you. Good things happen. Corey is one of the best scorers in the game. When you have that touch, the puck follows you. Corey PerryOn his second hat trick in seven games
Things are going well. The whole team has been playing well. It’s just not me. There are a lot of things that are being done well. I’m just shooting the puck and good things are happening.\
On the importance of getting off to a good start
If you can get points early on in the season, it’s going to be beneficial down the stretch. We’re finding ways to win.Frederik AndersenOn his winning streak
I’m just feeling good about myself. I’m playing simple, the way I want to.On if he’s ever felt more confident than he is now
Not really. I’m just feeling good. I’m working hard in practice and it pays off in the games.BUFFALO SABRES
Tyler EnnisOn starting the game strong
We came out hard and we matched them physically. We were hitting. That’s a big, strong team and we didn’t back down. We played hard, we played well. We were 2-1 with a few minutes to go. There are a lot of positives to take out of it. It was a lot better game than the last few. On getting a goal
We haven’t been putting the puck in lately. It got us right back in the game. It felt good but then we got back down, 3-1. It’s tough, but there are positives to take away from tonight. Head Coach Ted Nolan On the team playing hard
That’s one thing we‘ve been looking for since the start is the effort. If the effort is there you’ll have a chance. I thought with a little luck it could have been a different result. They worked as hard as us and they got the lucky breaks. On the team not giving up
You have to give Andersen credit, that’s why he’s one of the stars of the game tonight. Any time you go to the opposition’s rink and their goaltender is one of the stars, you know you played well. We had our chances, we just didn’t bury them. We didn’t bury them for a reason. Their goaltender made some good saves.