Anaheim 0 vs. Colorado 1
Feb. 21, 2020
24-30-7, 55 points
Michael Del Zotto
On John Gibson's performance
He's on. Him and Millsy [Ryan Miller] every single night give us a chance to win. That's all you can ask for out of your goaltenders. They've been lights out for us all year. Tonight was another example. But you don't score a goal, you can't win a game. It's frustrating for him to have a performance like that go without a win.
On his close chances
Off the crossbar, off the post in the last game. Hit his knob in the third. I'm getting really good looks. I've been getting more ice time as of late. When that happens, you feel a little bit more confident with the puck. Been playing on the power play, as well. I've been getting good looks. It's just a matter of one or two going in and getting on a hot streak.
On generating chances but coming up empty
That's the way it goes whether it's 6-5 or 1-0. It's the same thing. I thought we battled hard. We stuck to the game plan. When they had pressure, we did a good job defensively. They're shifty and fast. They create a lot coming through the middle. I thought we were fairly poised. On the other side, we need to find a way to get one. That's the bottom line.
On what it takes to generate chances
Our game, you have to be consistently in the red zone, or find a way to get there. It's a matter of trying to break them down to get there to create the second or third chance. Sustain a little more pressure in the offensive zone.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On losing by one goal
They always seem to sting. When you're not in the game, they hurt. And when you're that close, they hurt even more. I thought we were way better tonight with our compete level. We were more physical, which was good. We were structurally good, but we couldn't get one past that goalie.
On the message to the team
The thing is we need to keep trying to get pucks on net. It doesn't have to be a clean shot on the net. If you watch the highlights every night, there are a whole lot of dirty goals being scored everywhere. We all remember the [top highlight] from the day, but if you watch all the highlights, there are a lot of dirty goals. That's how we're going to have to keep committing to getting pucks into the zone in front of the net. The biggest thing is to not be frustrated by it, dig in and stay after it.
On his confidence tonight
Once you play more games in a row, you just start feeling better. You don't have to think that much you just go with it. The schedule is really tough so the more you play the more you feel it.
On getting his first career shutout
It's a great feeling for sure, but I have to thank the guys because they played really well in front of me today. They blocked a lot of shots, and they were desperately trying to get the shutout for me. It's big for me and I thank them.
On the team stepping up with their injuries
That's why we talk about our depth when we're healthy, but that really comes in to play when we're hurting a little bit. Different guys stepping up at different times, and helping out that top line who's always playing real well for us.
Yeah, [he's playing] very well. We're lucky to have two goalies when Gruby's [Philipp Grubauer] healthy that we're really comfortable with in net, and we know can step up for us when we need them.
Head Coach Jared Bednar
On tonight's game and getting two points
I thought both goalies made some big saves. I didn't think there was a lot of scoring chances either way in the first period. I thought we fought the puck a little bit from an execution standpoint in the first, slowed us down a little bit. We had a couple, I think, real good looks on the power play. Gibson made some saves and when we needed [Francouz] he was really good too for us.
On closing out the game with a 1-0 lead
I don't know. You know what, some nights we do a really good job. I didn't think we did a great job of that tonight. I didn't love our third period, to be honest with you. I thought we regrouped after a so-so first, had a real good second, and then they came at us pretty hard in the third period and I just didn't think we handled it as good as we could have.