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Postgame Notes - March 1 vs. New Jersey

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

Postgame Quotes
Anaheim 0 vs. New Jersey 3
March 1, 2020
Honda Center
26-31-8, 62 points

Anaheim Ducks

Michael Del Zotto
On the inability to score
Similar to whenever it was last week, if you don't score a goal, you can't win a game. We had plenty of chances. Our PK has to do a better job. It can't happen. Very similar plays. Breakdowns by us. We had chances, but couldn't put them in the back of the net. A few of them we'd like to have back.

On stringing wins together
It's tougher than you think. No matter where you are in the standings, every game is a tough game. You see it across the league. Some of the teams near the bottom of the standings are beating the best teams in the league. That's the beauty of our game. Anyone can win on any given night. We're trying our best. I thought tonight was a good opportunity for us to get a third [consecutive win].

David Backes
On the team's performance
As a team, I thought they had more jump in the first. They carried the play in the first, and then we woke up a little bit. Special teams battles. If you don't win that, or at least tie, it's tough to win games in this league. We were minus-two, maybe minus-three because the third one scored right after the power play expired. We need to bind together and kill those penalties when we have those opportunities. We had a couple power plays in the third where we could maybe get some momentum, but couldn't find the back of the net.

On his Ducks debut
I thought it was okay at times. I felt I was trying to assert myself physically and get into some bodies. Feel what that was like again. Some of the systems stuff, I found myself chasing a little bit at times. Rowns [Carter Rowney] is a pretty smart player. Des [Nicolas Deslauriers], playing the body, was able to create some forgiveness for me in those regards. We had some good zone time and a couple plays around the net.

Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the game
We could've had a little better of a start. Keeping the puck out of our net on the penalty kill was a problem tonight. We weren't able to answer on our power play even though we probably had [the same] quality of looks as they did. Other than that, I thought we had lots of chances to score. Just couldn't find the back of the net.

On the two power-play goals against
Both came off the rush. We had misreads, sticks in the wrong position on one. On the second one, we actually backchecked too far. We did too much work. Honest mistakes, but this is an unforgiving league.

New Jersey Devils

Nico Hischier
On Cory Schneider's play and getting a shutout tonight
It wasn't just this game. I think Cory played really good games in all the games he played. It wasn't just that game. He looks really comfortable back there and we try to help him as much as we can, and he helps us with big saves and not giving up many rebounds.

On the play of Jesper Bratt
Jesper is just a complete player, I think. I am laughing because I wouldn't want to defend him because he's so shifty. He can protect the puck really good, he's such a good skater. Such good hands, vision. If you're out against him you gotta keep an eye on him.

Cory Schneider
On his play tonight and how the game went
I felt good. Warmups through the first period. There wasn't as much action in the first, but I still felt good on the chances they did have. We knew they were going to make a push. Similar to San Jose where we had a good first and I think we were a little more prepared for the pushback [tonight]. My job in that role is to make some saves, make some important saves to keep it at one to nothing.

On stopping Getzlaf's breakaway chance
That's what I've been talking about, I guess, is making those key saves at the right times. Up two to nothing late in the second, to make that save and keep it there going into the third, I think it's big for momentum and it's big for our room here just to have that confidence. It's fun to play that role and make important saves again, and contribute to a game like that.

Head Coach Alain Nasreddine
On the chemistry between Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt
They obviously have chemistry now and feel good. They feel confident and you can clearly see that. What I really enjoy is their compete and battle level on 50-50 pucks.

On the moment when Cory Schneider stopped Getzlaf on that breakaway
There was a couple, the game was pretty tight. He made those big saves. We have said that about Mackenzie Blackwood a lot and here is Schneider doing the same thing tonight. That was one big save, there was another one on the rushed play where he forced the shot out wide. He was in good position, he made some huge saves today.

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