Anaheim 4 vs. Columbus 1
Oct. 24, 2014
7-1-0, 14 Standings Points
The Ducks won their seventh consecutive game with a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. Their seventh consecutive win marks the fourth time since the start of 2013-14 that the Ducks have won seven consecutive games-or-more. There have been only 10 total win streaks of seven games-or-more by NHL teams since the start of the 2013-14 season, four of which are by the Ducks. The seven-game win streak is the league’s longest since Boston won 12 straight from Mar. 2-22, 2014.
Anaheim continues to match the best start in franchise history by wins (also 2013-14, 7-1-0) and by points (also 2013-14 and 2006-07, 14). The 7-1-0 Ducks lead the NHL in standings points, wins and goals (28, excludes shootout) this season. They have scored three goals-or-more in seven of their eight games and allowed two goals-or-less in six of eight.
Corey Perry recorded two points (1-1=2) and became the fastest player in franchise history to nine goals (in eight games). Perry leads the NHL in goals (9) and PPG (4), and co-leads in points (9-3=12).
Ryan Getzlaf (1-1=2) extended his point streak to three games (1-5=6). Getzlaf, who leads the NHL in assists and co-leads with Perry in scoring (3-9=12), has recorded points in seven of eight games this season.
Sami Vatanen recorded his career-best third PPG of the season at 8:37 of the first period. Vatanen ranks tied for second in goals by a defenseman (3) and PPG among all players. His seven power-play points (3-4=7) this season lead the NHL.
William Karlsson collected his first career NHL assist on Vatanen’s first period, power play goal. He now has three points on the season (2-1=3).
John Gibson appeared in his second start of the season, stopping 16-of-17 shots in his first win of 2014-15. Gibson now owns a career record of 4-1-0.
With his second-period goal, Devante Smith-Pelly has points in four of his last five games (2-2=4).
On tonight’s win
We’re trying to take the same approach. Sometimes we’ve played well and won games, and sometimes we haven’t played well. It’s nice to put a couple of good games together where we’ve played some good opponents and felt like we rose to the occasion.
On the Blue Jackets
They’re a good hockey team. They skate well and play their system pretty well. We were able to catch them on a back-to-back tonight. Next time we’re going to have to be better against them.
On overall team defense
We’ve been playing well lately. We’ve been keeping the shots down, so it makes Freddie’s [Frederik Andersen] job and my job a lot easier.
On jumping out to an early lead
Any time you get out to a lead early, it relieves some stress. We’ve been playing like that recently. That’s why we have a winning streak going.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On limiting shots and scoring chances
We had more of a complete game than we’ve played in a while. We talked about it for the past couple of days. They beared down. We knew we were playing a really good team, so we had to play for 60 minutes.
On playing a complete game
We had a lot of good things going. I was really happy for Gibby [John Gibson] to come back in. He was really solid. Our defense was really good. It was a pretty physical game, and I thought we did a good job.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
On starting the game slow
I thought we talked about it before the game that we had to have a better start. Once again we had a penalty early and they score on the power play. We seemed flat that first little bit. It’s something we talked about before the game. We have to come out of the gates fast, just like what they did tonight to us. There’s no reason why we can’t have a better start.
On not generating enough offense
It’s tough to get shots when you’re playing in the defensive zone a lot. When you’re chasing the puck around, it seems like when we did have it we didn’t have shots, obviously. They have a puck-control team. Their big guys outplayed our big guys and we have to learn from that. We have to play with the puck more. It seemed like we were chasing it all night.
On the game
They’re a good team. They have good players and they’re going to make good plays. To start the game with two power plays, it’s tough to get going. They have too much talent to put them on the power play right away. We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole. We started to come back there and you’re just hoping to get one there in the third. Usually once a team gets a one-goal lead they start to sit back and hopefully you can come in waves and get the tie. That just never happened for us. We never sustained enough pressure. You have to give them credit, they’re a good team.
Head coach Todd Richards
On the game
Versus a really good hockey team, a team that had won six straight, having played the night before we knew it would be a hard game. We weren’t ready to start the game. We couldn’t execute and we couldn’t make a pass. We ended up chasing most of the first period and we weren’t engaged in the game. They were ready to play and we weren’t.
On self-inflicted mistakes
If you aren’t ready to play, it’s tough to make plays out on the ice. It’s tough to keep up with the speed of it. It’s tough when they execute. They were ready to go. They’re a good hockey team. They’re big, they’re fast and they’re skilled. If you aren’t ready, they can make you look bad and they did that in the first period.