POSTGAME QUOTES Anaheim 2 vs. Colorado 4 Apr. 3, 2015 Honda Center 50-23-7, 107 Standings Points
Francois Beauchemin On the effort The sense of urgency is a big thing. We only have two games left before the playoffs. Obviously, we did some good things the last four games, but tonight wasn’t good enough. We gave up way too many odd-man rushes against, and too many penalties. We need to be more disciplined, especially with the playoffs coming up. We can’t keep taking three, four or five penalties a game.
On Colorado You have to give them credit. They played well. We had a lot of shots on net, and their goalie had a pretty good night. I would’ve liked to have seen more guys at the net to get the rebounds because there were a few out there. We just couldn’t get there to put it in.
Stefan Noesen On his NHL debut I definitely had a little bit of jitters in the beginning. As the game went on, it’s starts to be hockey and those feelings go away. It was a dream come true. On his scoring chance Emerson [Etem] went to wrap it around the net, I found a little seam and was able to get a shot off. Unfortunately, it didn’t go in. Their defenseman got a stick on it.
Jiri Sekac On the game It’s a tough loss, but it doesn’t change anything. We just have to keep going and getting ready for the playoffs.
On staying on the top line It definitely feels good. The more time you get with the same line, and with that kind of ice time, your confidence is high and you’re feeling more comfortable.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On what he took out of the game I didn’t mind Stefan Noesen’s night for his first [NHL] game. I thought maybe I should’ve played him more. I thought we had chances, but we didn’t battle hard enough to get to the front of the net or battle hard enough to get the pucks we should’ve gotten. When you don’t win the battles, you don’t win the games.
On special teams Right now it would be meaningful for confidence. When Boston won the Stanley Cup, I don’t know if they scored a power-play goal until the final series. Penalty killing is a must because the games in the playoffs are 2-1 or 3-2 at the most. You’d certainly like to get the power play in gear. We’re getting opportunities, but to get opportunities, you have to be able to take a beating in front of the net and win those battles in front of the net. We weren’t winning them.
Matt Duchene On his game-winning goal Dennis [Everberg] made a good chip past Vatanen and I was just able to kind of read it and get a step. I had a similar opportunity earlier in the game. I replayed it a lot in my head, thought I could have slipped in five hole and fortunately it worked.
On the team still being alive for the playoffs If we win out you never know what could happen. We’re going to give ourselves the best opportunity possible. Even if we don’t make it, we have a lot of pride and a lot of character. Whatever we do to finish off will lead into next season. At the end of the day, I’ve said it numerous times, it’s our start that killed us this year. Had we even played .500, we would be in the playoffs about right now. We’ve learned from that for sure going into next season.
Reto Berra On the game Another good game for me, I felt really good. I thought the whole team played a really good game today. Especially the first two periods, I think we were the better team. We had more scoring chances. But overall, it was a solid game from us.
On taking pride in being part of the team’s playoff hopes Every time I can play it’s an honor for me and I try to give all I have. Like I said before, it was another good game. The last two games were all really good. Today I got another win. It was nice.
Head Coach Patrick Roy On the game and the effort Tonight I thought we had a really good first period. I said to the guys after the first that it was too bad because we should have come back up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. A couple giveaways and turnovers cost us two goals. I told the guys we were working way too hard to hurt ourselves like this. I thought we were much better in game management in the second and the third. As a result we won the game, 4-2. On gaining faith in Reto Berra Honestly, he’s been playing really well lately. It’s exactly the guy we made the trade for. I think he’s starting to pay off for us. He’s been playing some very good hockey. When we put him in in Edmonton and the following game in Vancouver, he was very good. Even in San Jose I thought he played really well. I’m very happy with his play and I’m glad. Sometimes when you work hard, you get rewarded and that’s exactly what’s going on for him.