Nashville 6 vs. Anaheim 3
May 22, 2017
Predators win series 4-2
On the feelings after the game
This is the worst feeling in hockey. Your season is over and you're not holding the cup. It doesn't matter what round it is. It still hurts.
On the game
We played like crazy all night long. We threw 41 shots at the net. The power play needs to be more responsible and better when we're out there. It's 3-3 [score of the game] on the power play and we gave up a goal, and that's the difference in the hockey game.
On the outcome of the game
It's the worst. It's a very frustrating thing for a group when we go out and we've worked as hard as we did all year and all game, for that matter. We didn't get the results we needed.
On the game
There is a lot of fight in this room, and this one is going to sting for a while. You've got to give them credit too though, they played well, their goalie played well, they're a structured team. They don't stray away from that, and it works. On our side, we worked hard tonight. We fell short but we threw a lot of pucks at Rinne tonight, and a lot of second opportunities were there. Like I said on the power play if you give up a late goal like that it's a killer.
On the resiliency the team showed
Yeah, 3-3 and you dig yourself out of a hole of 3-1 to tie it up late with six minutes left or whatever it is, that shows the character we have in this dressing room. It was on us giving up that power play and that penalty kill shorthanded goal.
Head coach Randy Carlyle
On the game
I look at the game and I look at our body of work and how we played, I don't think I'd complain about our effort. Yeah, we could make some definite improvements in our execution. But our effort was there and we were a desperate hockey club right from the opening faceoff and we didn't quit until they scored the second empty-net goal.
On not capitalizing on power-play opportunities
We had a plan to try to direct more pucks towards the net. And they were pressuring up high. So what we felt we needed to do is to go up over and back and then deliver pucks to the net with two people in front, but we didn't seem to be able to execute at the level that was required. And when we did, their goaltender got to see again too many shots. They did a good job boxing us out, not allowing our people to get to the net to create the screens.
On the series
If you look at it, I think they got more dirty goals than we did. That was the difference in the games. And you know, you gotta give them credit. But, again, I don't think we played poorly in the series. I think that the toughest part I have about the whole thing is that this was our seventh game in 13 days.