Q. Mike, do you have any thoughts on the disallowed goal?
MIKE BABCOCK: What do you want me to say? The guy's not in the paint? The guy's out of the paint. That's a repetition call totally. It's disappointing. I mean, Homer got a penalty the other night and he bumped Turco earlier in the game. But I guess the way I look at it is this: in the League there's lots that goes on on the ice. Sometimes a guy gets tripped and you miss it. Some things go wrong and you miss it. Just don't make stuff up, that's all.
These men are doing their very best, just like us. They want to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Kelly is a good referee. He just blew the call. That's life.
Q. What was the explanation you got?
MIKE BABCOCK: I mean, I don't know why we're beating this up.
He said his butt was in the blue. Well, it clearly wasn't in the blue. This is the part that I have, is what happens is, these referees, just like us, they prepare their team, they prepare the referees. So they tell them about guys so that they're watching for stuff.
Well, watch for it, but it's got to happen. You can't dream it up.
Q. Beyond that call, did Dallas come out stronger?
MIKE BABCOCK: I thought they were good early. We took some penalties early, too. I think they had three power plays, if I'm not mistaken, in the first period, got momentum.
But we didn't shoot the puck in the net. We had every opportunity in the world to score and we didn't. The goalie was good. They were desperate. You know, I don't think we were surprised by their effort in any way. It's what we expected.
Like I said, we weren't able to finish it. We had some opportunities on the power play and were unable to get it done. They were able to get a power play goal. Cleary broke his stick, so it really ended up being like five on three.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday