POSTGAME QUOTES Anaheim 2 vs. Vancouver 3 Apr. 1, 2016 Honda Center 43-24-10, 96 Standings Points
Nate Thompson On the game It was up and down. We had spurts where we were good, and we had other times when we were sloppy. We weren’t good in all areas of the ice. It caught up to us.
On playing a team out of playoff contention Every team is in the NHL for a reason. Guys come ready to play. They had a big win last night against a good San Jose team. They came in ready tonight, and we weren’t.
On the inconsistency You can look at it in a lot of different ways. Overall, as a team, when you ask every guy, they won’t be pleased with how we were. We were good in spurts, but not good for the whole 60 minutes. Josh Manson On failing to hold a third period lead Any time you get a one-goal lead in the third period, where we’re heading, you have to be able to keep them down and win those games. Where we’re going, that’s an important part of the game.
On the game We had spurts of the way we wanted to play, but consistency is the key word. We have to find that. After the first goal, you want to keep pushing and step on teams when we have the lead like that. We have to work on that.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On Vancouver’s third period goals On both their goals, it all started when we didn’t get the puck deep. We talk about protecting the lead, and how you protect the lead is not turning pucks over. When you turn pucks over, they usually end up in your net. We turned one over at the blue line, and we didn’t get it deep at the red line. Those things happen. We don’t like it, but hopefully we’ll learn from it.
On the loss We take something away from every game, I hope. At this time of the year, you just don’t pick it up and throw it away. It was a game we should’ve had. We should’ve had two points tonight. You need 20 guys playing. We didn’t have all 20 going.
Jannik Hansen On playing the Ducks We knew it was obviously tough coming down here, but that’s the way the Pacific looks these days. It’s tough playoff hockey every time you step out on the ice.
On the teams mentality moving forward It’s hard to see where we are in the standings, but we have a lot of pride as a team. It’s not fun losing. As a player you approach every game and try to win them in whatever way possible. It’s always nicer in the locker-room when you’re winning. It builds the team, not only for right now, but coming into next year there is a lot of learning for a lot of guys, and their getting thrown into a lot of situations that will benefit them down the road.
Emerson Etem On his goal I thought we had a good forecheck. We were building momentum. Our top line scored a few shifts prior and we just kept on it. It was a good forecheck for our line, and I was able to get the shot through.
On playing in Anaheim I’ve had a lot of special moments in this building. It’s nice, you’re competitive. It’s a good league, and it’s nice to get one in my former arena.
Head Coach Willie Desjardins On the game I thought at the start of the game we were a little bit slow, I thought they came after us. I thought we responded well. Our bench got short and a lot of guys stepped up and played hard.
On his team’s performance late in the contest I’ve always believed in the team. It’s good to see, because that’s playing without a longer bench. A lot of young guys are playing in those situations and I thought they showed well. They played hard, they made smart plays to get pucks out and it was good that they got rewarded.