Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ducks 5 Coyotes 2, Postgame Notes and Quotes, February 6, 2016

POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 5 vs. Arizona 2
Feb. 5, 2016
Honda Center
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.

POSTGAME QUOTES
ANAHEIM DUCKS

Patrick Maroon
On chemistry
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.

Andrew Cogliano
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.

Hampus Lindholm
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.

ARIZONA COYOTES
Shane Doan
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.

Anders Lindback
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.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Ducks 4 Kings 2, Postgame Notes and Quotes, February 4, 2016

Los Angeles Kings (30-17-3) vs. Anaheim Ducks (24-18-7) – Feb. 4, 2016

Kings                                      0-1-1=2
Ducks                                     2-2-0=4
                                              

KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER:
(RE: WERE THE PLAYERS READY):
“Yup, I think their centermen dominated our centermen. I think we were ready, but not quite ready for that.”

(RE: PULLING QUICK):
“There’s a chance a goalie gets pulled once in a while. Even the Anaheim Ducks pull their goalie once in a while.”

(RE: PERRON IN LINE-UP):
“It was his first game [last time the Kings played them]. They’re a good hockey club. They’re the team to beat. Just ask most of the people in this room. They’re supposed to win the Stanley Cup; they’re supposed to win the division. We’ve got to look at it like we are in a series with them and we are 1-1. It’s the same game as the one in Anaheim last week, and it was 3-1 at one point. It’s two teams who don’t normally give up much.”

KINGS FORWARD KYLE CLIFFORD:
(RE: FIRST GAME BACK):
“It is obviously not the result we wanted. We wanted to get two points in this big division game. We didn’t come out, and weren’t ready to play.”

(RE: GOING DOWN TWO GOALS):
“It’s the NHL. You can’t be going down two goals in the first period. You have to come out and have a better start to the game. To win in this league, you can’t be turning the puck over. We need to do a better job of cleaning up.”

KINGS FORWARD TYLER TOFFOLI:
(RE: SLOW START):
“The whole game didn’t go the way that we wanted it to, and I’m pretty sure it showed to everybody in the arena and watching it. We didn’t play the way we wanted to play. We were turning pucks over, and when you are down 2-0 ten minutes into the game, it is tough to come back.”

(RE: SECOND PERIOD):
“We scored the power play goal and couldn’t find a way to get some more offense and more momentum going. They went down and scored and we have to be better, and better defensively. There is a big road trip coming up.”


DUCKS HEAD COACH BRUCE BOUDREAU:
(RE: GAME RECAP):
“Sometimes you just have a feeling about the way the guys practice the day before and the way they’re carrying themselves around the rink, you knew they’re really into the game. Our guys were really into the game today and I thought it showed. I thought we played really well.”

(RE: THE TEAM TAKING RYAN GETZLAF’S CUE):
“I think when he scored everybody was really, really happy for him on the bench. With the history of this team, if he’s playing like he was tonight then usually the rest of the team follows suit.”

DUCKS FORWARD RYAN GETZLAF:
(RE: DUCKS IMPROVING PERFORMANCE):
“I don’t know if we’re at the top yet, but we’re playing a lot better hockey. We just need to continue along the same path. When we weren’t scoring goals, we tightened things up offensively and found ways to win games. We’ve got to stick with that mentality.”

(RE: FORWARD DAVID PERRON)
“He’s a puck handler, he hangs on to the puck and he’s strong on it. He plays a lot like [Corey] Perry, to tell you the truth. They are both kind of pests out there and are strong on the puck, and we have Stewie [Chris Stewart] skating and getting us the puck. It makes my job a lot easier when he goes in every time as F1 and either coughs the puck up or gets it himself.”

DUCKS FORWARD RYAN KESLER:
(RE: DUCKS IMPROVING PERFORMANCE):
“I think we spread out our offense and we have four really good lines that can score. You saw that tonight, and that was the outcome.”
(RE: TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE):
“With [David] Perron, with [Ryan] Getzlaf, he’s a gritty player, he’s dirty around the net and gets those greasy goals, and that’s what he did tonight. We’ll take them as they come, bottom line. Pretty or greasy, we’ll take them.”


KINGS NOTES:
·          Anze Kopitar (0-2=2) registered his team-leading 32nd and 33rd assists. Since Nov. 20, Kopitar leads the league with 31 assists.
·          Tyler Toffoli (1-0=1) scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season. The 23 goals ties his career-high, set last season.
·          Alec Martinez (1-0=1) tallied his seventh goal of the season, and now has goals in each of the last two games (2-1=3), tying the longest goal streak of his career (third time, last: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014).
·          Drew Doughty (0-1=1) recorded his 21st assist of the season.
·          Dustin Brown (0-1=1) has points in each of the last two games (2-1=3) and has five points (3-2=5) in the last five games.
·          Tonight’s attendance was 18,230, a sellout. This marks the 157th consecutive regular season sellout and the 187th consecutive sellout overall (both team records).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ducks 3 Sharks 2, Postgame Notes and Quotes

POSTGAME NOTES
Anaheim 3 vs. San Jose 2
Feb. 2, 2016
Honda Center
23-18-7, 53 Standings Points

The Anaheim Ducks returned from the All-Star break with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. The Ducks have won four straight games (4-0-0), six of their last seven (6-1-0) and are 11-3-1 since the Christmas break.

Anaheim has yielded a franchise-low 111 goals through 48 games, tied for the second-fewest among NHL teams and fewest in the Western Conference this season.

The Ducks went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and now lead the NHL with an 89.8 PK% (150-for-167). Anaheim has killed the last 15 consecutive opponent PPs and 49-of-51 (96.1%) since Dec. 27.

Anaheim has scored 26 goals in the last seven games (3.7 per game), scoring four-or-more in four of the seven contests.

The Ducks went 3-1-0 against the Sharks in 2015-16, winning the last three games of the season series dating to Nov. 7 at SAP Center. The last time Anaheim posted three wins-or-more in a season set with San Jose was in 2011-12 (5-1-0).

With his 14th assist of 2015-16, Pacific Division All-Star Corey Perry extended his scoring streak to a season-best four consecutive games (3-3=6). Perrynow has 9-4=13 points in 15 games since the Christmas break.

Rickard Rakell opened the scoring for Anaheim at 16:09 of the first period, improving his scoring trend to 3-2=5 points in his last five games and 5-6=11 points in his last 15.

Hampus Lindholm registered his first career short-handed goal at 4:19 of the second period. Ryan Getzlaf picked up the lone assist on the tally, giving the Anaheim captain points in eight of his last nine games (0-9=9).

Ryan Garbutt collected his first goal as a Duck in his third game with the club, an even-strength tally at 12:07 of the second period. Garbutt collected his second GWG of the season, tying a career high originally set in 2014-15 with Dallas.

Frederik Andersen stopped 30-of-32 shots for his season-high fourth consecutive win. Andersen has allowed two goals or less in 18 of his 25 appearances this season.

Tonight’s attendance was 16,588.

POSTGAME QUOTES
ANAHEIM DUCKS

Hampus Lindholm
On the tightness of the game
It was a typical Western Conference game. When we play the Kings and Sharks, it’s all about battling and throwing pucks on net. It was a tough game, but we ended up on top tonight. That was good news for us.

On the importance of his shorthanded goal
They were pushing us a little bit [at the time], but we were confident on the penalty kill. We got a break and Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] made a heck of a pass to me. That was a big goal for us.

Frederik Andersen
On the importance of the game
It was a big game for us, two really big points. We wanted to make sure we met their push. They’re a team that comes out hard in the first period, and even later in the game, too. We had a good first period. The last minute or two was a scramble, but the PK came up big for us there.

On the vibe in the locker room before the game
Everyone was prepared. We know how big of a week this is, and this game was the first step. Everyone is excited to be back. It was a good win.

Ryan Garbutt
On his first goal as a Duck
It felt good to get that under the belt after getting a few games in on the road. It was nice to come home and play in front of our home fans. It was definitely exciting for me. A rebound popped out to the slot and I was able to get a pretty good shot on it. It feels good. It always feels like you’re part of the team when you score a goal like that. And for it to turn out to be the game winner, I couldn’t have asked for a better start.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On Andersen’s performance
I thought he was really good tonight. He was basically the reason we won. We were pretty sloppy as a group, and we didn’t play as well as we’ve been playing. When that happens, you need your goalie. They missed some chances at the end, but, heck, in the first 20 games, we missed a lot of those chances.

On sustaining the momentum
I’m glad we’re getting points, but we still have 36 games to go. Eight out of our next nine are on the road. We have a tough schedule, but the only way to get into the playoff is to keep getting points.

SAN JOSE SHARKS
Joe Pavelski
On the team’s play
We had the chances to score tonight we didn’t find a way to get that extra one. I mean, overall it was good when we played it in and the forecheck was there for us.

On if it is challenging coming back from the break
At times definitely, but it’s like any other game; if you keep it short and get good changes, you lay pucks in you don’t have to stop and go back the other way. Overall I think guys felt pretty good, we worked hard and we had our chances.

Paul Martin
On the physical play tonight
For the most part it was a little more physical in the beginning than in the past. It’s getting down the stretch here and that’s important, so I’m sure the games will be similar to that.

On the team and where they are at in the season
For the most part for coming off the break there wasn’t too much rust. Lots of guys were playing hard and we had opportunities especially there at the end to tie it up, but like you said all it takes is one mistake here and there to cost you the game.

Head Coach Peter DeBoer
On the intensity
I think we’ve been in that mindset for a while, so I don’t think it was a big difference for us. They’re a good hockey team, it was a good game, and I don’t think anyone goes home upset today.

On the penalty kill
I thought we generated some really good opportunities on the power play. Your goalie makes a good save; your goalie is your best penalty killer most nights.


TwoManAdvantage Free Replay, January 31, 2016

On Sunday's TwoManAdvantage, weekly contributor, Dennis Bernstein joined me live from Nashville following the NHL All Star Game.  We talked about MVP, John Scott, the fate of Calgary Flames defenseman, Dennis Wideman and much more.  Have a listen

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wild 3 Kings 0, Postgame Notes and Quotes, January 21, 2016

Los Angeles Kings (29-14-3) vs. Minnesota Wild (23-16-8) – Jan. 21, 2016

Kings                                      0-0-0=0
Wild                                        0-2-1=3
                                              

KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER:
(RE GAME RECAP):
“Chase the lead. Chase the game. Score the first goal, might be a difference. No excuses. We lost opportunities in the first period to go up one or two. We had two or three opportunities. We made really good plays, and they didn’t shoot it. It was a close game. The teams were close. In terms of how they play, getting the lead and playing with the lead.”

(RE: POWERPLAYS):
“If you look at Minnesota, they have the lowest in the league. Probably over the last 20 games they have one or two only against. We talked about that before the game too.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN LUKE SCHENN:
(RE: GAME RECAP):
“It wasn’t good enough. We were a little bit slower from the get go. We spent too much time in our own end tonight. When you do that you don’t create enough chances if you’re in your own end. If it wasn’t for Quickie [Jonathan Quick] tonight it could have been a lot worse. We shouldn’t be happy at all with that effort.  We’re going to turn the page quick. We have two huge division games coming up this weekend.”

(RE: SPECIAL TEAMS):
“They definitely won the special teams battle tonight. A lot of times that’s the difference. We weren’t good enough at all. You can’t give up special team goals like that.  It kind of sucked the life out of us. It’s something we’ll have to improve on. Like I said, two huge games coming; usually when you have success, you have to win the special team battle for sure.

KINGS FORWARD VINCENT LECAVALIER:
(RE: GAME RECAP):
“We didn’t play a really good game. They were skating pretty good in the second period. They got that momentum and they got that goal in the last minute. It was a tough one, but we have to rebound back and make sure we’re ready for the next game. We didn’t get the puck to the net enough. Getting ourselves going through the perimeter enough. I’ve only been here for seven games, but I noticed that when we score some big goals is when we go through that perimeter, and we didn’t do that enough tonight. We made some good saves, but we could have done more. We had some good chances in the first period, we just couldn’t bury them. That could have changed the game as well.”

(RE: POWERPLAYS):
“Five-on-five, you have to make sure you’re ready to go. We didn’t get any powerplays. Five-on-five, we needed to get that first goal and we didn’t. When they got that second one at the end of the second period that was a tough one. We tried to come back, but it wasn’t our best game. We have to rebound and come back the next game and play the way we know how to play.”

WILD HEAD COACH MIKE YEO:
(RE: POWER PLAY GOAL):
“It was huge. Obviously we struggled a little bit for while there. All we’ve been doing is bouncing around and trying different units, probably too much, so we decided to go back to a group that around Christmas time, or in December, was top-ten in the league. It’s had success before so we went back with the group that’s had success and that was a huge goal.”

(RE: KUEMPER’S 32-SAVE SHUT OUT):
“It’s not easy, and not against that team either. Kemps [Darcy Kuemper] has played a lot of good games in this building and he was huge tonight. He made big saves and a lot of sneaky saves when there was traffic. That’s probably the benefit of a big goalie being able to see through all that stuff.”

WILD GOALTENDER DARCY KUEMPER:
(RE: TONIGHT’S WIN):
“Obviously we had a tough stretch so we’re due in a lot of areas and I think our game had been a lot better the last couple of games, just weren’t really getting the results. That seems to happen a lot of times when you’re coming around with something but tonight, you know, we get that early power play goal and it was nice to see them rewarded. It was kind of a breath of fresh air for everyone and a bit of relief and you could see us get to our game after that.”

(RE: PERFORMANCE SINCE INJURY):
“I felt pretty good last game too. It’s just a game where not a lot happens so you know, there’s only so well you can feel in there. But yeah, it was nice to be in a regular game again and it’s always a tight checking game in this building so you just try to make that first save. The guys were great defensively tonight which made my job pretty easy.”

WILD FORWARD JARRET STOLL:
(RE: FITTING IN WITH A NEW TEAM):
“Just having my role; I know what that is, and the coaching staff here know what that is. Getting a chance to play, it energizes you, you get that focus and you know what you’ve have to do. It has to do anything above what I can do; I try to just do what I can to help the team win. Tonight was a great win a full team effort.”

(RE: TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE):
“Yeah, it’s fun battling everybody. You know, we’re just playing physical, just battling is part of the game.”
KINGS NOTES:
·          Jake Muzzin had his career-long eight-game point streak snapped tonight. It was the sixth longest streak by a defenseman in Kings history (longest was 10 games, Paul Coffey, Dec. 5-Dec. 29, 1992).
·          Drew Doughty led the team in TOI (26:36).
·          Tyler Toffoli saw his streak of 30 consecutive games with an even-or-better rating come to an end. His +27 rating leads the league.
·          Tonight’s attendance was 18,230, a sellout. This marks the 155th consecutive regular season sellout and the 185th consecutive sellout overall (both team records).

KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE TOMORROW (Subject to change):
The Kings are scheduled to have an off-ice workout tomorrow (Friday) at 12:00 p.m. at Toyota Sports Center before flying to Arizona.


Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Vanessa Atler, Jack Jablonski, Evan Kantor, Sean Mathys, Meg Norton, Daina Rama, Erica Scheer, Coral Silverberg and Julie Takakjian.