Anaheim 4 vs. Vancouver 2
Oct. 23, 2016
2-3-1, 5 Standings Points
The Ducks earned their second consecutive victory with a 4-2 decision over the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center. With the win, the Ducks improved their record in Home Openers to 12-9-2, including points in six of the last seven (11 pts., 5-1-1). Anaheim also pushed its record against Vancouver to 12-2-3 in the last 16 contests.
Andrew Cogliano scored the quickest goal in an Anaheim Ducks Home Opener at 33 seconds of the opening frame (Elias Sports Bureau). Cogliano collected his third goal in his sixth game of the season, marking the best start of his career in goals. In 2015-16, Cogliano netted his third goal in his 23rd game of the campaign. Cogliano currently co-leads the Ducks in goals this season.
Corey Perry earned his 668th and 669th career NHL points to match Paul Kariya (333-336=669) for third place on the franchise's all-time scoring list.
Cam Fowler earned his third goal of 2016-17 on the power play at 18 seconds of the second period. Fowler is off to the best start of his career in both points (3-2=5) and goals, and co-leads Anaheim in goals this year.
Nick Ritchie's first goal of the season at 11:24 of the third period also represented his first career GWG.
John Gibson stopped 17-of-19 shots to post his second win of the season.
Sami Vatanen appeared in his 200th career NHL game tonight, earning his third assist of the season on Cam Fowler's game-winning goal in the second period. Vatanen has 30-72=102 points with a +22 rating and 78 PIM in his 200 career games with the Ducks.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On his NHL debut
The opening ceremony was pretty crazy. Seeing all those lights, I was just sitting there thinking about how long I've waited for this. It was amazing. Everyone back home watching was sharing that with me. I've been waiting so long, and I knew when I got the chance, I'd be ready. I was lucky enough to make the team out of camp, but it was a numbers game, so I got sent back down. I did what I had to do to get back. It's a day I'll never forget.
On the victory
We've been building. It started in the second period against the Islanders. We've started to build something from there.
On the forecheck
We got through the neutral zone and got out of our own zone. If you look at the way things started, our goalie-to-defense transfers and our defense moving the puck quick, everything was in and out of our zone as quickly as possible.
On Ritchie's game
As his linemate, I thought this was his best game. He protected the puck. We held onto [the puck], made plays and got rewarded.
On the victory
It's not easy to win in this league, and up until the last two games, we hadn't put 60 minutes together. It was nice to get a big win in Philadelphia and carry that over to the home opener where there's a lot of energy. Good couple of wins. Still room for improvement, but we're off to a good start.
On the importance of his power-play goal to begin the second period
That was big. Whatever happened on the shorthanded goal, you just hate to take life away from your team like that. As a power play, we're expected to gain momentum at the very least for our team, and we didn't do that. The onus was kind of on us to go out and at least gain some of the momentum back. It was nice to see one go in and get the ball rolling.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the character of the team
You don't want to get too high on wins or too low on losses, but you have to take a look at the situation presented. They played last night and we came off a five-game road trip. We had the mentality of going to work tonight, and it showed in all three periods. We wanted to make sure we applied as much pressure as we possibly could in all areas of the ice. It was frustrating at times when we dominated for certain stretches and didn't come up with anything. We were finally able to bust through in the third period.
On the top line's production
They've been playing together all five games, and this was their sixth game together. They've been producing lots of chances for our group. We felt that if the chances continue to come, they're going to be able to provide us with high-level offense.
On the first shift of the game
It was unfortunate, a turnover in their end and then they come down and it's a shot down the middle, rebound and goal. That's a tough start for us, especially when we know what kind of game it's going to be.
On the energy in the game
It got better, the third was our best by far. It was tough to get into the flow again, but again it's a 60 minute game. We knew everyone else wanted to hang in there and be in the game and going into the third we started feeling good about things. We had our best shifts in the third, so we will take something out of it.
On not wanting to end the road trip with a loss
No, definitely not. I think from the puck drop we weren't ready. They outplayed us, out-battled us. We were very sloppy, especially through the neutral zone, we made uncharacteristic plays and it cost us. We were close in the third to come back again but it's not going to work out every time.
On takeaways from the game
We showed character to come back and tie it late in the third, but that's about it.
Head Coach Willie Desjardins
On the Canucks' defensive play
I don't know if we paid for a little bit trying to get back against LA. I hope that's what it is. I thought we were tired as a group. I thought our defensemen were tired. LA is a big heavy team, and they may have warn a little bit on our defensemen.
On Cogliano's goal
We weren't great the first two periods. It wasn't a good shift and our shifts that followed weren't great shifts either. Overall, the effort was there again in the third. I liked how the guys came out, we had a chance again in the third even though we didn't deserve it. Miller was outstanding tonight.
On Miller's play
He was great. He's a good goaltender and we expect that from him every night. He's a good goalie. He has a good battle level, a good compete level in him and he takes a lot of pride in what he does. The third one was a tough one. It was a tough goal, but he was sharp tonight.