Notes after the Ducks' 4-3 victory over Vancouver
The Ducks improved their all-time home opener record to 9-8-0.
The Ducks have gone 6-2-2 against the Canucks dating back to March 12, 2008.
The Ducks' three-game homestand continues Friday versus Atlanta (7:05 p.m.) and Sunday versus Phoenix (5:05 p.m.).
With his first goal of the season (607 career), Teemu Selanne has moved to within one goal of a share of 16th in all-time goals (also Dino Ciccarelli, 608).
Ryan Getzlaf (1-3=4) recorded his fifth career four-plus point game tonight (four four-point games, one five-point game). The last time he had four or more points was Feb. 14, 2010 at Edmonton (2-2=4).
With an assist tonight, rookie defenseman Cam Fowler recorded his second career NHL point (also one assist on Oct. 9 at Nashville).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
It was nice to be able to calm things down and play hockey. It didn’t matter what the score was. Guys were playing with the puck all night long. That changes the outlook on the game. It allows us to keep that calm pace when things aren’t going that well.
We’re coming home where we’re comfortable. We love this building. The fans and everybody showed us what it’s going to be like all year. We’re excited about it.
On his line breaking out:
It was time for it. We have been working hard the last few games. We knew it was just those one or two bounces that we needed our way. We were lucky enough to get them tonight. When our line is effective, we slow that game down and are able to play with the puck more.
When they scored, I thought to myself, "Something good has to happen here." Something had to break because in the past it hadn’t. It finally did. We had some good play through the neutral zone there. Guys made heads-up plays and it led to the puck going into the net. That is a huge win for us.
On the play of his line:
We were gripping our sticks a little tight. When you get one, good things happen. We got back to the style that we’re accustomed to. Getzy obviously carried the load tonight and did an incredible job for us.
Coach Randy Carlyle
Well, it wasn’t pretty. I don’t think we’re going to frame that one and say that is the way we want to play every night. But at least it’s a starting point for us. We won’t criticize a win. It’s been difficult for us over the first three games that we started on the road. We got our game going as this game went on. Our players are to be credited because they were frustrated. They started to get their game going halfway through the second period.
As always, your leaders have to be the guys with the letters, the big-point guys and the big contracts. It’s as simple as that. There is a lot of pressure on those guys. They were feeling it from our 0-3 start. By no means are we out of the woods yet. We just have to build on this and be ready when we come to work tomorrow.
I still think we played well in the third. We had a lot of chances to score but they came back and scored twice on turnovers. Tough loss, but we have to look at the pros. I thought we played a good game. We’ve got to take the positive and move on and get rid of those turnovers. We should have been up more than one goal –- that is how we felt. But at the same time you’ve got look at the way we played. We played hard with all four lines going and we had a lot of chances to score.
On the Ducks' fourth goal:
It was unfortunate because I was able to get across but I couldn’t see the shot go off because our defenseman was trying to cut the pass off. So I wasn’t able to see the ice like I would’ve liked on that particular play.
On the Ducks:
I knew, obviously, they hadn’t won a game yet and they weren’t particularly happy with their play. We knew coming in here that they would be a hungry team –- their first home game. We just wanted to make sure we came out and played a solid road game. Like I said before, I don’t think we played bad, but we gave them some opportunities and that kind of hurt us there.
Coach Alain Vigneault
I thought it was our best game of the year as far as limiting the other team's opportunities, except for the two five-on-threes –- where they had a couple of chances –- and obviously those two turnovers in the third that led to goals. We didn’t give them much. We generated quite a few chances unfortunately we couldn’t get the goal that might have really broken them down. When it was 3-2, we missed a couple of open nets and we turned it over in their end. They came back and made us pay for it –- that is hockey sometimes.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: The Ducks celebrate. Credit: Chris Carlson /Associated Press.