Anaheim 4 vs. Edmonton 1
Nov. 15, 2016
8-6-3, 19 Standings Points
The Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers tonight by a score of 4-1, improving to 5-0-1 against Pacific Division opponents this season. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Anaheim has gone 25-3-2 against Edmonton, including wins in the last five consecutive games (5-0-0).
The Ducks have won three straight games at home (outscoring opponents 13-3) and earned points in five of their last six games overall (4-1-1, 9 pts.) and six of the last eight (5-2-1, 11 pts.).
Ryan Kesler scored his sixth goal of November in the second period, marking his second-highest goal total in the month and only one shy of his career best of seven set in November 2010. Kesler ranks tied for second among November league leaders in goals, leads in PPG (4) and co-leads in PPP (4-1=5).
Earning his 106th career NHL assist on Kesler's second-period PPG, Sami Vatanen surpassed Ruslan Salei (105) for sole possession of eighth on the franchise's all-time scoring list for defensemen.
Nick Ritchie opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season (1-0=1) and second in four games (2-0-2). Cam Fowler (5) and Antoine Vermette (3) also scored for Anaheim.
Corey Perry tallied two assists (0-2=2), giving the Anaheim forward seven assists (0-7=7) in his last six games.
John Gibson recorded a season-high 33 saves to earn his sixth win of the season.
Tonight's attendance was 15,600.
On the victory
We're happy with the win. It's a good way to start the homestand. If you look back at the game, there's a lot we can clean up. But a win is a win in this league. We'll take it and move on to the next one.
On Gibson's performance
He was awesome. He gave us a chance to win the game and kept us in it. The first 10 minutes of the second period were okay, but the last 10 minutes we spent the whole time in our own end. They had all the momentum. Without him, they probably get a couple more. The only one that did go in was off my stick. I feel bad about that, but he was excellent tonight. Best player by far.
On neutralizing McDavid's line
You have to stay on top of him and be above him all night. My line did a good job against them. They're a young team, but they have great skill over there. Same with us. Our young guys are showing they can play.
On maintaining a lead
Randy [Carlyle] does a good job of coming in between the second and third [periods] and explaining what we have to do. Tonight it was about hitting the reset button and going back on the attack. When we did that, it frustrated them.
On maintaining a lead
We have a good game plan in place. We need to know how to hold a lead and win games. We've shown over the years we can do that, but we have to re-prove it every year.
On the lone Edmonton goal
It's a bad bounce. What are you going to do? It's something you can't control. [Fowler] goes to cover the guy and it hits off his stick.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On team defense
The third period was more along the lines of what we needed to do. We had to reset ourselves because we weren't very good in the second period. We relied on our goaltender. He stood tall and kept us in the hockey game. In the third, we got ourselves back into a tighter-checking period and didn't sit back.
On neutralizing McDavid
We kept him off the scoresheet, but he had lots of chances. He's a pretty impressive hockey player. He can do things at a pretty high speed and high pace. You can see his skating ability separates him from a lot of players.
On recent stretch of games
It's the same story. We will eventually bear down on our chances and start finishing them. We carried the play a lot there in the second period and gave up another goal again.
On needing to score on opportunities to build confidence
I think a lot of guys are still feeling good about themselves. We're getting there. This is a good defensive team. They play hard in their own zone and we were still able to generate some chances, which is a positive. We will build on that. It's the same story, we have to figure out a way to finish them.
Head Coach Todd McLellan
On recent stretch of games
I thought tonight, in comparison to a few others, we had more aggressive plays around the net and some open nets we missed. A lot of shots from the blueline that were blocked or missed the net, which was frustrating from an offensive perspective. Defensively, I didn't think we gave up much but it was still four goals against. I thought we needed to get out of the second period down one, not two, and it would have made a difference. It's disappointing but we have to regroup and we will have a tough one on Thursday.
On starting the season strong but struggling recently
They haven't gone well, certainly in the result column. We are still doing some things that are good for our hockey club. We need to find five or six individuals, whether it's on the blueline or up front, and when the margins are so tight in this league you can't get it done with average play from five or six guys.