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Game 4 Postgame Quotes

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Postgame quotes from Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals, in which the Ducks fell to the Red Wings, 6-3


Todd Marchant
They’ve got a good hockey club. That being said, we weren’t nearly good enough tonight and no where near the way we can play. And they capitalized. We made mistakes and they took advantage of it.

We did some really uncharacteristic things tonight. We turned the puck over numerous times in the neutral zone. For the majority of the game we lacked that offensive zone time. From low to high, shots to the net and traffic. There is no excuse for it. For whatever reason tonight, we didn’t have it and they did.

The series is tied 2-2 and now we have a three-game series. The next game is going to be huge on Sunday. We get a little break and a day of rest. We’ll watch the film and try to cut down on mistakes be ready for our game on Sunday.

Francois Beauchemin
We kind of beat ourselves tonight. They played well, but at the same time we didn’t do the things we wanted to do.

On not being able to capitalize on home ice
You go from having a chance to be up 3-1, and now it’s tied 2-2. No one said it was going to be easy and now it’s just a best-of-three. We go out there on Sunday and try to win one in Detroit.

On concern that Detroit’s big scorers have started to score
As I said, we didn’t play our best and we’ve got a lot more to bring than what we had tonight. If we bring our A-game Sunday, we’ll have a better result than we did tonight. 

On his fight
We were battling in front of the net and he asked me to go. I’d never seen him fight before so I was quite surprised. But, we were down and I tried to change the momentum a little bit.

Coach Randy Carlyle
On second period play
Well we started to—for whatever reason—there was a shift there where we didn’t put the puck in deep and we got ourselves in a situation where we turned it over at the blueline and we made a bad read on the defensive zone coverage and gave them the third goal. Then with 1:37 left in the second period of a one-goal hockey game we had a defenseman decide he was going to go down right below their goal line.

That led to a penalty and led to their power play to make it 4-2. To me, we made some decisions that were ones that we hadn’t made in while. And that’s what is disturbing about it.

On not having Wisniewski
Wisniewski has been very very competitive, but I thought Festerling came in and just gave us minutes and didn’t hurt us. When you lose a player like Wisniewski, and they don’t have Rafalski, you have to make adjustments.

I didn’t think that was specifically our downfall. I didn’t think we were mentally strong enough in some of the areas to be consistent with the structure we play.

On greater number of Red Wing scoring chances
Well when you turn the puck over the amount of times that we did and we didn’t execute to the level that we have been lately, it leads to more zone time and then you’ve got more quality scoring chances. The first goal was a goal that should have never gone in the net. It went five-hole. We just weren’t good enough as a team and goaltending is part of it.


Johan Franzen
On the scoring flurry
We got our goals a little bit easier. We had a high tempo and guys in front. I had a lucky tip and we need stuff like that to break down the goalie. We did a great job with that tonight.

I think we played with a little better speed tonight. We had a lot more scoring chances. We had a lot of shots in the previous games but the scoring chances were better tonight.

On changing up line combinations
It seemed like it gave us a little boost. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter who you play with, when they change it up, it helps you get going a little bit.

Marian Hossa
On changing up line combinations
Sometimes when things don’t go your way, a little shake up doesn’t hurt. We found a way to score some goals and create momentum. Johan Franzen was the key to this game, I believe. He scored two quick ones and got our team going, so that was huge.

We shake up the lines a little so they have to react. It worked for us and we battled for the loose pucks a lot tonight. We were on top of them. It worked.

On breaking through scoring drought
Our line, we created lots of chances. We just couldn’t squeeze in one. Tonight, two quick ones went in for me. That sometimes happens, you just have be patient and fight through it and good things happen.

Coach Mike Babcock
Well to be honest with you, I thought our first period was probably our worst period in a long time. It didn’t look very good when we gave up a goal in the first shift and turned the puck over. We feel good about the win. We’re now in a best-of-three. It’s kind of what I expected coming into the series and now it’s up for grabs. These are two good teams playing hard. 

On changing up line combinations
I’m not a big change guy. I thought our team was playing fine in this series. The puck was going in the net and the way we started tonight, I figured I had to change something up. For whatever reason, we seemed to get a spark from that line. Hossa probably feels like the weight of the world is off his back which is great for him. He’s an elite player and they’re all big bodies and they can all skate. It’s an opportunity to send a different look. Datsyuk and Zetterberg played really well together so that should be good.

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