With his team having arrived back from Winnipeg after sweeping the Jets with a 5-2 victory in last night's Game 4, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau spoke to the media via conference call Thursday afternoon.On Anaheim's performance in the First Round, I feel like in the last four games, we've played as good a four-game space as we've done any four this season. It was consistently good, keeping the goals against down and also scoring. In that four-game series, everything was going well.
On the players who stood out for him in that series, Cogliano and Silfvberberg are two who stick out right away. They both had great series. Freddy Andersen was as solid as he can be. I thought Clayton Stoner picked up the pyhyscial aspect of the game, and Simon Despres did as well. Now I'm starting to mention half the team. You have to have everybody playing really well if you're going to win four in a row in the playoffs.
On how the Ducks were able to handle the environment in Winnipeg, Our team is focused on the game and not the environment. It's one of the reasons we had one of the best road records in the league. We go in there and think about what we have to do rather than what the other team is doing as far as the loudnes of the crowd and the home ice advantage the other team has. I think it says a lot about our focus.
On the possibility of facing Calgary and Jonas Hiller, So far he's played great, and we've seen him play great in our organization. When he's on, he's tremendous. I think [Calgary-Vancouver] has been a very close series like ours. Anything can happen tonight, and I'm sure the players on our team and the coaches will be watching.
On the oddity of playing against a former Ducks goalie, There are always strange stories. Mathieu Perreault was on Winnipeg and we had to beat them. I'm not saying they're [Calgary] going to beat Vanvoucver, but if they did, I'm sure you guys are going to have a hoot over the stories you can tell. Even with Vancouver, you guys are going to get something you want [regarding former Canuck Ryan Kesler]. You'll have enough fodder to write about for the next little while.
On the several days before the next series, From the end of the season to the first playoff game, it was a similar break as this is going to be. We'll use the same guidelines that we went through to prepare for Winnipeg.
On the health of Nate Thompson and John Gibson, They're getting there. I've got to believe they will be very close to being ready to play, if needed, when the next series starts. They will both be practicing tomorrow.