LOS ANGELES – The Ducks held media availability this afternoon in their Downtown Los Angeles hotel fresh off the heels of a 3-2 victory that brought them right back into the series with the Kings. Ben Lovejoy, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Cogliano and head coach Bruce Boudreau shared their thoughts on last night’s game, the team’s depth and what they expect in Game 4 tomorrow at Staples Center.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On injury updates to Frederik Andersen, Matt Beleskey and Mathieu Perreault
It’s a tough series. There are a lot of guys with body aches all over the place. I’m sure it’s the same on their team. We’ll know more tomorrow on all of them. But right now, with the hitting that’s going on, it’s lower-body injuries.
On Andersen’s status for tomorrow
At this stage, we’ll just have to wait until tomorrow. Any time it’s with a goalie, it’s a little different than with a regular player. We’ll see more on him later. Matt Beleskey is doubtful because he has to have some tests before he’s able. He’s questionable. We’ll see how Mathieu Perreault is tomorrow.
On the team’s depth
The depth is what has gotten us to where we were at the end of the season. November 23 was the last time we had a back-to-back lineup with the same group until the postseason. It’s not like anybody is surprised. We’ve changed lines a lot this year. Everybody is comfortable with who they play with. The players won’t miss a beat.
On building off of the Game 3 victory
Our backs were against the wall. We were down 2-0 and we felt we played some good hockey the first two games, but not perfect. We weren’t able to play a full 60 minutes and they were. We knew we could be successful against that team, and last we came out and played a very successful hockey game. We need to do that to be successful against a team like that.
On his goal
I was able to get the puck before the red line. If I had gotten it after the red line, I absolutely would’ve dumped it in. I passed it to Andrew Cogliano, and was able to catch a 2-on-1 break. He passed it back to me, and I was looking to pass it back to him, but the defenseman was able to take that pass away. I shot it as hard as I could, and it went in. I haven’t watched it once. I know what happened. I will always remember it.
On his fist pump celebration
It was my first pump ever. I was hoping I didn’t mess it up. I was hoping to make it look natural, like I’d been there before, which I had not.
On last night’s win
Throughout the regular season, we had success against them. But once the playoffs start, it’s a totally different game. Dropping the first two at home isn’t an easy thing to swallow. Coming in here, we knew what we had to do. It’s just about getting pucks on net and getting second opportunities. We did that last night.
On what to expect in Game 4
It’s going to be a physical game. Their fans are going to be into it. It’s a must-win for us. We have to go out and play the same way. It’s the biggest game of the year for us. You don’t want to come home down 3-1 heading into Game 5. You want to go back with a chance to take the lead. Right now, we’re looking at Game 4, and we can’t wait to start.
On overcoming adversity
When we’ve lost two in a row before, we’ve been able to come back. Our goal is to win the next one and get going a little bit.
On Sami Vatanen’s first career postseason game
Sami played great. He’s a pretty calm kid in general. There isn’t a lot that gets him excited. He did a really good job on his gap control.
On the team’s depth
They’re definitely big hits. Beleskey played great last night. And with Freddie going down, he’s been great for us. But at the same time, we have a lot of depth in our locker room.
On building off of last night’s win
We just need to come out, play patient and stick to our game plan. We need to continue thinking about strong defensive posture. I thought we did a good job counteracting when they made mistakes last night, and we had some good zone time when we got pucks in. We have to be attacking, but we also have to be very conscious of what we’re doing defensively. I thought we did that.
On having success on the road
You keep more of a simpler game going. You focus on the details of the game much easier, and focus on playing hockey. It’s a different routine. You’re not a home, you don’t have distractions, and it’s all about being ready to play. We were a desperate team and won the game we needed to win.
On Lovejoy’s game-winning goal
He made a phenomenal play in the neutral zone stopping Drew Doughty. I was a little late changing and was able to get out there and create a 2-on-1. It looked like he wanted to go back to me the whole time, but he made a great shot. I thought that was a key moment in the game. He should be doing that more often. He has a phenomenal shot and he’s really good at jumping up. I just think sometimes he likes playing defense more.