If it sounds like you’ve heard this story before, you probably have. With their 5-2 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, Anaheim pushed their record to 16-0-2 at Honda Center this season.
Ben Lovejoy was a big part of the offense, scoring twice in 2:43 in the first period, recording the fastest two goals by a Ducks defenseman in franchise history.
Also of note, goaltender Jonas Hiller extended his club-record winning streak to 10-0-0 and with his 22nd assist of the season, Cam Fowler extended his point/assist streak to a season-high four consecutive games. Up front, Kyle Palmieri recorded his third multi-point game in his last six appearances, posting a goal and an assist in the winning effort.
After the game, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms…
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on getting contributions throughout the lineup:
“[Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry] weren’t going as good as they normally do, and when they’re not going, you need people to pick up the slack. I thought Jackman’s goal was a huge goal at the end of the second. Then you get help from everywhere. That’s why we’re a pretty good team.”
Boudreau on Lovejoy’s two-goal game, and overall performance this season:
“I think it’s great. He deserves it. It’s been a pretty good week for him all around.”
Tim Jackman on his goal:
“At the start of the shift, the way our defense pinched…they’re so good at that. They kept the puck in, and [Jakob] Silfverberg was in there, too, forechecking and throwing pucks behind the net. When [Nick] Bonino gets behind the net, he has such good hands and such good vision that he makes guys miss. It was a great pass.”
Jackman on his line creating energy and scoring chances:
“Our line thought we were going to chip in tonight, with the way we were forechecking, with the way we were getting the pucks behind their defense, and cycling. We were able to play in their end for the majority of the shifts we had.”
Ben Lovejoy on his two goals in the first period:
“Before the game, someone was asking [defenseman] Sami Vatanen where he was shooting to score today and Sami told him mid-blocker, and I just tried to hit the net. Two good shots, great feeling. Great win. It’s been an awesome couple of days, and I would love to keep it going. It was pretty special.”
On to get two similar quality chances in a row:
“It was awesome to get one [laughs]. To get a second very similar pass from Andrew Cogliano, it has to be perfectly in my wheelhouse. And both Cogliano and Cam Fowler were able to find it. It’s a very small sweet spot. I was lucky it went in.”
Oilers defenseman Brad Hunt on playing in his first NHL game:
“I don’t have too much experience, but I thought we came out hard and we got that first goal and everything was going really well. It was a really cool experience personally, but would have been nice to have the win. We just have to bounce back next game.”
Hunt on playing shorthanded:
“That’s just unlucky. It’s one of those things that happens throughout a game and it’s hard to get momentum going. The key is just to stay out of the box as much as possible. That way you are not giving their skilled players as much time on the ice.”
Oilers center Boyd Gordon on playing shorthanded:
“Every time you give good teams chances like that and good players, little breakdowns here and there. I think it has been like that all year. It was kind of the same case tonight.”
Gordon on the morale of the team after the loss:
“We just have to find a way to get results. We can’t hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves. We can’t let negativity keep creeping in here. We just need to bear down and get some wins.”
Gordon on allowing a goal immediately after they scored early in the game:
“We have been hanging around in games, but we always seem to find a way to blow a lead. But like I said, we can’t sit around and hang our heads. We have to find a way to get the job done.”
Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on the officiating:
“We can’t spend 16 minutes in the penalty box and expect to win the game. That’s not all on our players, I thought there were some questionable calls, but the officials have a tough job. Things happen fast out there and they have to make their calls. If we are going to spend almost a full period in the box, it’s going to be a rough night. It leaves your best players on the bench, and you are not getting much offense that way. It just killed our momentum even though our PK and our goalie [Bryzgalov] at least kept us in it by killing them off.”
Eakins on the two fast goals to start the game:
“It was a little stunning behind the bench. It was great to get that first one and for them to come right back the way they did, it took the wind out of our sails a little bit. It was a bit of a crazy period, back and forth.
Eakins on Lovejoy’s two goals at the end of the first period:
“Their second and third goals were almost identical. Same guy, same place. On the first one [Bryzgalov] was screened and on the second one, I thought we had pretty good coverage. We had five guys below the puck, we were just a split-second late getting there. Like always a goal against any time in the game hurts you, but those ones that are at the end of a period, that’s when you really have to bear down. We could have easily gotten out of the first period even, but those late goals always hurt you.”
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