Nashville 2 vs. Anaheim 3 (OT)
May 18, 2017
Series tied 2-2
On how the team regrouped after the third period
We've had to do it all playoffs. I think there have been certain situations in the playoffs where we've had to deal with that. We have a good core of leadership in here, a good bunch in the group, and even our younger guys have been through it too. We know how to handle ourselves and I thought we did a good job of it, and came out and we took care of business.
On how the team stays calm under any circumstance
You have to, you really don't have a choice. You can't change the past. They came back and tied it up, and we couldn't come in here and sulk about it. Like [Kevin Bieksa] said, we had to forget about it, reset, go out and try to win the game.
On withstanding Nashville's push
They are going to have a push. They were down 2-0. We were on a five-on-three, we're getting penalties, we're doing everything the hard way. We were trying to hold on and it's tough to get pressure back at that point. It's more about the character and how we were able to regroup and get the win.
On the win
We are just trying to sell the game and make sure everyone is entertained. We played good, we played a good game for the most part, and then we got into some penalty trouble at the end. You can say what you want about a couple of the calls, but we got the job done on the penalty kill. They managed to get a couple of ones at the end there, but we stuck with it. Again, you can't say enough about the mindset of the team when we come in between overtime in the third, and it's just calm, it's back to business, and it's 'let's just get out and play our game.' There is no panic and you see what happens.
Head coach Randy Carlyle
On the flexibility of using Perry on the first or third line
What we've said is that the major benefit that we believe in is that if we move him to a different line, he's going to see the opposition's third pairing of defense. So that's who he's playing up against, versus meeting the one or two combination of defensemen. If you move him to a third-line role and he's still expected to provide offense and he's playing against the opposition's so-called third pairing of defensemen and he still gets his power play minutes, we think that that's an advantage for the team.
On the emotional rollercoaster
These ebbs and flows in the game. The one thing we wanted to make sure was we established a strong start. And we did that, with an exclamation mark. So with our performance the other night, we felt we're flat and we didn't have the necessary emotion and energy to play to the level that they played to. So we felt we'll take a look at their schedule, see what we've done and take a look and say, hey, what are we better served to do to refresh our group. And we looked like a refreshed group tonight. And we got a start. And when you get a start on the road and have that -- but we knew they were going to come out with more of a push than they had in the first period, sure. They're a proud group and they're a good hockey team.