Anaheim 0 vs. Winnipeg 3
Nov. 29, 2019
11-12-4, 26 points
On this game being frustrating
It's tough. Like I've said, I think we are doing a lot of good stuff out there, make a bad play here or there and turn the puck over once and it's in the back of the net. So, obviously that's tough, but we are doing some good things out there and we just have to get the puck in the net and kind of get the momentum swinging our way.
On if there is one thing to pinpoint that is going wrong
Obviously, they have a good goalie too. So, anytime you face a good goalie, you have to get traffic and pucks in there. It's not always the first one that goes in, sometimes you have to go for the second, that second effort. I think that's what was lacking tonight.
On their effort tonight and if they deserved a better fate
Yeah, I mean, I don't think we played a bad game. We have to stop. I know I've found myself in interviews, I've said a lot, we felt like we deserved more or whatever the case is. You know, that happens every once in a while, but that can't keep happening. It's obviously something that we can fix. So, I think we get a lot of zone time and we are controlling the play, but we have to get more bodies to the net and try to create more traffic to score goals because it's hard to score. Still just clean up defensively, but I think there's still a lot that we can build on and we are trending the right way even if the results are like that, but we have to tighten it up and figure it out.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins
On the game
Well, we needed to score early. That first period there wasn't a lot of room anywhere. I thought we had a couple chances there. I think there was one off the bar and one that kind of trickled there and we really needed one of those to go in tonight. It was one of those games that I just thought whoever was going to score that first goal was probably going to have a good chance at winning it, and obviously we didn't get it.
On the pack mentality of this group and sticking up for each other
It's kind of the time of the season all these guys are really bonded now. They are a tight group. They truly care and love each other, and it's always great when you see them doing that.
On the game looking easier for them
We didn't get many shots in here tonight, we didn't give up many shots either. Just a matter of staying in that game. I think because of how hard we had to battle the first part of the season it's kind of engrained in us, it's in our DNA now. It's the expectation when we hit the ice every night.
On trying to combat the physical play of the Ducks
I think first of all, you wanna stick up for your teammates. Don't allow that stuff to happen. Ultimately, you get the other team out of position, trying to do some things maybe a little bit too much. You either take advantage of them on the power play, get them out of position, get an odd-man rush.
On the team's hot streak
It's been good. I think we're winning in all kinds of ways which is nice. I think about a month ago in San Jose Connor Hellebuyck made about 50 saves, we came out with the win. Then there's nights like we had the other night in San Jose. When you're finding ways to win I think it's the sign of a good team.
On what he brings to the power play
I think I can bring a little bit of everything. I can shoot the puck from up top. I can distribute it from up top, kind of quarterback it.
Head coach Paul Maurice
On the game
After the first, I thought it'd be a 10 to 12 shot game. It was hard to generate, both teams were blocking a lot of shots. It was not an offensive game early, it was more physical and kind of territorial. There was some heavy hits kind of going both ways. I really liked our game today. I thought Blake Wheeler's line especially just looked like they were finding their groove. Making plays as well as playing smart at the same time. Our goaltender was really really good again.
On their defense
I like watching our defense play hockey because they play hard. They battle on every puck, finish checks, block shots. It's a little bit more of an old school. A lot of really good sweep-ins or puck attacks at the line just to deny possession. They played great for us.