Anaheim 6 vs. Nashville 1
Oct. 26, 2016
3-3-2, 8 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks extended their standings point streak to four consecutive games (3-0-1, 7 pts.) and five of the last six (3-1-2, 8 pts.) with a 6-1 win over the Nashville Predators at Honda Center. The Ducks scored three power play goals and two shorthanded goals for the first time in club history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last NHL team to do so was Edmonton on Mar. 18, 2008 vs. Phoenix (also 3 PPG and 2 SHG). In addition, the Ducks tied a franchise record for most shorthanded goals in a period tonight in the second (also Dec. 20, 1996 vs. CGY).
With his 670th career point, Corey Perry surpassed Paul Kariya (669) for sole possession of third on the franchise's all-time scoring list. Perry (2,456) also passed Kariya (2,455) for sole spot of second on the club's all-time shots on goal list.
Jakob Silfverberg recorded his ninth career multi-goal game (2-0=2) along with his fifth career SHG. Last season, Silfverberg scored his second goal of the campaign in Game No. 25 on Nov. 30, 2015 vs. Vancouver.
Cam Fowler (422), who collected two assists in the win, surpassed Todd Marchant (421) for sole possession of 10th on the franchise's all-time games played list.
With a pair of assists on the power play, Sami Vatanen (48) passed Lubomir Visnovsky (47) for sole spot of seventh on the franchise's all-time PPP list for defensemen.
Andrew Cogliano recorded his 12th career SHG as a Duck in the second period, only four shy of all-time franchise leader Paul Kariya (16).
Antoine Vermette continues to lead the NHL with a 70.7 faceoff win percentage (87-of-123). Vermette has posted a 60% or more success rate in the faceoff circle in all eight games this season and has won 80% of his attempts over the last two games overall, going 28-for-35.
John Gibson stopped 28-of-29 shots to win his third consecutive start.
Tonight's attendance was 15,421.
On the team scoring six goals
It's good for this hockey team. We've been keeping teams to two goals or one goal, but we haven't been getting the goals. Tonight, they came.
On his line's scoring production
Whenever you score, you get confidence. My line, especially, we've been getting a lot of chances but haven't been burying them. Tonight it all came together for us.
On neutralizing the Predators
The pre-scout was to force them. We didn't expect to get two [shorthanded goals] but when you force people, and they turn the puck over like they did tonight, you're going to get chances.
On breaking out of his scoring slump
It's great for the confidence. It's nice to get the first one out of the way. It was a nice pass from Shea [Theodore]. I didn't expect it, but it went underneath the defenseman and I managed to get a shot off. Getting the second one was a good feeling, too.
On the turning point of the game
Special teams were huge tonight. Getting two on the PK, it's not often you see that. And then getting three on the power play…our power play has been struggling a little bit scoring goals. We've had good looks, but haven't been able to put the puck in. Getting five goals on special teams doesn't happen often.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the satisfaction of beating the Preds and taking three of four points in the back-to-back
We don't really refer to last year. This is a different group. We look at the back-to-back. We got three out of a possible four points. If you would've said that going into San Jose, which is a tough building to play in, and coming back and meeting a rested Nashville team, we'd have our work cut out for us. That's a big positive from our standpoint. The other positives were our special teams, which were the difference in the game tonight. Our goaltender made stops when he needed to.
On the power play
The power play has been getting chances, and we've been a lot better in terms of creating chances and getting pucks to the net. There are staples you try to play to, and that's net presence, puck recovery, screening the goaltender, directing shots towards the net and having that shooting mentality. Tonight, we were fortunate to have a couple pucks go into the net.
On tonight's loss
We were giving up two-on-0s, three on ones, one-on-0s, it doesn't help us. It's a reality check, I think in the last period we wanted to come out and build some momentum into tomorrow's game, but tomorrow we're going to need a much better effort than that if we want to make this a solid road trip.
On the team's transition game tonight and this season
We're only a couple games in, I don't think we are going to sum up our season right now. The reality is right now we are giving up too much and I think it starts with taking care of the puck. We look around and there's not one area where we can say this is the reason why we are in this situation right now, as a group we can all be better.
On where this game got away from them in the second period
I thought their transition game was pretty good and we just gave up too many odd man rushes.
On the transition game tonight and this season
Last game our transition was great. It's just one of those games, we have to put it behind us and move forward.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On how he thought this game got away in the second period
Special teams. We gave up goals both ways.
On anything he wants the team to take away from this game
We have to be tougher to play against. Just generally speaking, five-on-five play wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Special teams just swung the pendulum tonight in the wrong direction. The shorthanded goals and power-play goals are too much for any team. We have to do a better job just being harder to play against, defending our goaltender better and defending our end better.