Anaheim 5 vs. Arizona 2
Feb. 5, 2016
25-18-7, 57 Standings Points
The Ducks pushed their season-high win streak to six straight games with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes tonight at Honda Center. Anaheim’s six straight victories (6-0-0) represent the longest active winning streak in the NHL and the club’s longest since another six-game streak from Jan. 11-27, 2015. The club has also won eight of its last nine games (8-1-0) and gone 13-3-1 in its last 17 since the Christmas holiday break. At home, the Ducks have won a season-tying three straight games (3-0-0; last: Nov. 1-6).
The club has scored 34 goals in the last nine games (3.8), earning four-or-more in six of the nine contests. Defensively, Anaheim has yielded a franchise-low 115 goals through 50 games, the third fewest among NHL teams and fewest in the Western Conference.
The Ducks swept their second set of back-to-back games this season and first since Nov. 6 vs. Columbus (W, 4-2) and Nov. 7 in San Jose (W, 1-0).
Patrick Maroon recorded his first career three-point game (1-2=3) and fifth career multi-assist contest. Maroon, who led all skaters in scoring tonight, has points in two of three games (1-3=4) and four of six (1-5=6).
Rickard Rakell tied his career high (fifth time, third this season) with a pair of assists in the win. Rakell now has points in two of the last three games (1-2=3) and five of seven (3-4=7).
With his first multi-assist game of the season (0-2=2), Ryan Kesler has points in two straight games (0-3=3) and five of his last six (3-5=8).
Corey Perry scored his team-leading 21st goal of the season at 2:07 of the third period. Perry, who also finished with his team-high fourth GWG of the season, has points in five of his last six games (4-3=7) and 10-4=14 points in 17 games since Dec. 27.
Mike Santorelli collected his sixth goal of the season with an unassisted tally at 5:06 of the second period. Santorelli now has goals in two of his last four games (2-0=2).
After trailing 1-0 to start the second period, Hampus Lindholm tied the game at the 4:00 mark of the second period, extending his first career goal streak to three games (3-0=3).
Andrew Cogliano increased Anaheim’s lead to 4-2 with his fifth goal of the campaign at 3:48 of the third period.
Frederik Andersen stopped 23-of-25 for his fifth consecutive victory, two shy of his career high win streak set last season (7-0-0, Jan. 2-27, 2015). Andersen has not lost in regulation since Dec. 21 at the New York Islanders, going 5-0-1 in seven appearances.
Tonight’s attendance was 17,342.
Guys are playing good. In the beginning of the season, we had no confidence. Everyone is chipping in now, and everyone has confidence. Trust me. Confidence goes a long way in this game. If you don’t have it, your game isn’t going to be there. We have such a close team, so everyone picks each other up. Everyone is here for each other.
On adjustments after the first period
We got sloppy and out of character. We weren’t playing our game. Guys were getting frustrated. We took some frustrated penalties. We just calmed down, relaxed and started playing the right way because that’s what wins hockey games.
On depth scoring
Guys are feeling much better with the puck. When things aren’t going well, those plays never happen and they’re never there. It seems like all the lines are clicking right now. Bruce [Boudreau] has found a nice mix in terms of finding guys to create depth in the lineup. Our team is really hard to defend right now.
On the game
We got off to a slow start, but all four lines were playing good. Freddie [Andersen] played great. It just seems like a lot of parts of our game are coming together.
On the offensive production
We’ve been scoring, but one big thing is we’ve been keeping teams to two goals or less. We have to keep playing defensive hockey if we want to go somewhere.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On Lindholm’s performance
He’s starting to hit his stride. He’s starting to gain his confidence. Josh Manson has really helped him have a lot of confidence because he’s always back.
On the game
You had two tired teams that played emotional games last night, so there were a lot of mistakes. What I liked was in the third period, we didn’t take any penalties and we scored three goals.
On Anaheim’s penalty kill
They pressure you in a hurry. You have to be willing to work. It was big for us to tie it up on the power play, but we didn’t sustain any pressure or get the puck in the zone as easily as we normally do.
On their next game
We have a lot to improve. This is a hard part of the year. We’ve been told that we’ve done okay, but it’s hard to understand how vital the next 20 games are. You can’t try to pick it up in the last 10 and think you’re going to make up ground.
On the amount of penalties
It was a tough game. Our play went pretty well. They made some great plays. I didn’t think we were good enough in the third period to win this game.
On his play in the first period
I felt good all throughout the game. In the third period I thought they scored some nice goals. It’s frustrating, but we need to take these couple days off to regroup.
Head Coach Dave Tippett
On the importance of tonight's game
It's a tight division. You're looking to find a way to get points out of here and we made too many mistakes tonight to allow us to do that.
On the goal at the start of the third period
It's tough for us to give up easy goals in chase situations like that. We just made too many mistakes tonight to allow us to have a chance to win.
On the performance of his goaltender
The big mistake was a tough one, but he had to make some good saves. We gave up two-on-ones early with some poor puck play and he hung in there.