Anaheim 3 vs. New Jersey 2
Nov. 17, 2016
9-6-3, 21 Standings Points
The Anaheim Ducks posted their fourth consecutive home win with a 3-2 victory over New Jersey at Honda Center. The Ducks, who have outscored their opponents, 16-5, during the home win streak, have collected points in six of their last seven games overall (5-1-1, 11 pts.) and seven of the last nine (6-2-1, 13 pts.)
Anaheim has won three straight home games over New Jersey dating to Jan. 16, 2015, matching the club's longest home streak against its Metropolitan Division opponent (last: Nov. 5, 1995-Nov. 26, 1997).
Going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, the Ducks improved their PK% to 95.0 (19-of-20) since the third period of their Nov. 2 game vs. Pittsburgh.
Ryan Kesler scored his seventh goal of the month at 16:20 of the third period, tying his career high for goals in November (last Nov. 2010, 13 games). Kesler now ranks tied for second among November leaders in goals (7) and tied for sixth in points (10). Kesler's 21 faceoff wins fell one shy of tying his high as a Duck (22 wins on Apr. 5, 2016 vs. Winnipeg).
Jakob Silfverberg led Anaheim with two points (1-1=2), marking his third multi-point game of the season. Silfverberg scored his sixth goal of the season 16 seconds after Rakell's tally in the second period. Silfverberg has points in two straight games (1-2=3) and 4-5=9 points in his last seven contests.
Rickard Rakell began the comeback with his fifth goal of the season at 17:24 of the second period, giving him points in two consecutive games (1-1=2) and 5-4=9 points since making his season debut on Nov. 1 at Los Angeles.
Ryan Getzlaf tallied his team-leading 14th assist of the season, tied for first among NHL leaders. Getzlaf has assists in two consecutive games (0-2=2) and six assists in his last six games (0-6=6).
Jonathan Bernier won his third consecutive start, stopping 27-of-29 shots.
Tonight's attendance was 14,954.
On the comeback
The team over there kind of lulled us to sleep for the first couple of periods, but we found a way to bear down and tie it up with two big goals at the end of the second. We were just clawing to get that third one in the end.
On the lift from getting back-to-back goals 16 seconds apart
Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] made a great play on the Rakell goal. Randy [Carlyle] always preaches to follow up with a great shift. Cogs [Andrew Cogliano] made a great pass, and Holzy [Korbinian Holzer] made a great play to keep the puck in. Silver [Jakob Silfverberg] put it in the back of the net. It was a good sequence.
On the importance of his goal
After that first goal, it didn't feel like the pressure was off, but it felt like everybody got going and we were more positive on the bench. Especially after the second goal, too. It really gave us energy.
On the Devils
They're a good team, and their record shows it. We knew it was going to be a hard game tonight. It really was. We're happy to come out with the two points.
On back-to-back goals
It brought a lot of energy. It was a big momentum swing. They kind of controlled the game before that and put pressure on us.
On Kesler's offensive production
He's a great goal scorer. He's strong. The goal he scored tonight, I don't know how many battles he won in front of the net before he put the puck in.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the shutdown line's production
When you play the number of minutes they play, it's expected. They've scored some key goals and have played in key situations for us. We continue to play them against the other teams' top lines. It's a feather in their cap.
On tonight's game
They executed a road game plan that they've had success with. We were playing against a team that had gone 5-0. We did enough to win and had to push ourselves through it. We called it a trap game because of our schedule and how we played in our last one. We had a response when it was 2-0 with two quick goals to get back into it. When you're at home, and it's 0-0 and you win a period, you win a game. It's a feel-good story for our group.
New Jersey Devils
On giving up two quick goals
We could play Getzlaf a little more aggressive there and try to end the play before it gets in our zone. It's tough. He's a good player, a very good player. We've got to be a little bit tighter there and keep them inside, in front of us, and go from there.
On Getzlaf's play
He's good. We've got some good guys out there too. It's always a one on one battle inside the team game. Trav [Zajac] did a really good job on him all night. They're both really good centermen. It's tough. He [Getzlaf] got under him a little bit there and that was it. It's a game of inches.
On the physicality of the game
It was a chippy game. They're a bit of a physical team. We talked about having to match their strength and their size and try to use our speed to our advantage. There were times where we were winning puck battles and keeping them hemmed in their end. We played how we wanted to play. We did a lot of things we wanted to do, but a couple breakdowns against that team and they find a way to make you pay.
On the loss
It's tough to not get the result and that's what we're here for, to get points. The way we played tonight we should've at least gotten one, but we didn't. It happens. We can't get discouraged. The way the second period ended we came out and played a good third period. It's tough now, but if we play this way enough we'll be rewarded more often.
Head Coach John Hynes
On scoring from a point shot
That's a big part of it. I wouldn't say that's the only part of it, but it's something we've been stressing more on our guys. They did a good job. It's nice when you work on those things and talk about those things and wind up getting rewarded for it.
On the second period
For the majority of the game we we're able to play to our identity and play where and how we wanted to play. Unfortunately, once we got up two to nothing we got a little bit soft in certain areas. When you look at some of the goals against, we could've killed a couple plays and won the puck in certain areas. We didn't find the way to get the extra one.