Nashville 2 vs. Anaheim 1
May 16, 2017
Predators lead series 2-1
On Josi's game-winning goal
I didn't really see it. I think it just bounced to [Josi]. That's the way it goes. We seem to be dealing with unlikely breaks or bounces all playoffs. It's something we're used to. I think we'll bounce back the right way.
On the series
It's been going back and forth. It's only 2-1. We're in a better position than we were last time, but it'd be nice if we can focus on the next game and come away with a split.
On the game
I don't think we won enough battles in their end to keep pucks alive and keep our zone time going. At the end of the day, we didn't get enough zone time to create too much. It had to do with not winning enough plays in the offensive zone and not breaking out clean enough.
On Nashville's will to win
I didn't think they had too many Grade A chances, but they played a better third period than us. They came out and wanted to win. That was the difference.
On the game
I didn't think we executed with the puck properly tonight, which caused a lot more headaches than needed. They were good around our net. They played hard at our net, bumping into our goalie all night. We didn't do a good enough job getting inside.
On the team's sloppiness
We didn't deal with the puck properly, which enabled them to work their forecheck and scramble us around a little bit. We have to address that.
On the game
They were on us. They played hard. They did everything we expected them to do. You have to move the puck quick and have better execution. Gibby played well for us and kept us in the game.
On capitalizing on chances
When calls go your way, you have to take the momentum and run with it. Ups and down of the playoffs. It's a rollercoaster. We talk about it every day.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the Predators
They worked harder to get inside than we did. We didn't come with the skating game we're capable of, and, consequently, we received a good part of the game.
On not generating speed through the neutral zone
We didn't attack the neutral ice with speed. That is one of our trademarks. When we play well, we're a hockey club that can get through the neutral ice with skating the puck, plus moving it. We didn't do that very well here.