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Postgame Quotes: April 7 at Los Angeles

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME QUOTES
LA 2 vs. Anaheim 1
Apr. 7, 2016
Staples Center
44-25-11, 99 Standings Points

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Cam Fowler

On the game
It wasn’t as clean as we would’ve liked it to be against a team like that. You have to manage the puck, or you’ll be scrambling all night. That was the theme tonight. Our goaltender gave us a chance to tie it up in the end, but it was too little, too late.

On the lack of open space
There really wasn’t much out there. These are two big teams that can skate and like to get in on the forecheck. Anytime you had a Grade-A scoring chance, you had to make it count because you probably weren’t going to get another one. You have to credit them. That’s the way they play. They make it tough to create offense. We didn’t execute as well as we could have.

Ryan Getzlaf
On the execution level
I didn’t think we managed the puck properly. You have to give them credit. They forced us to make plays through people. We weren’t able to do it, for the most part, tonight. It’s playoff hockey. That’s what we expected tonight. It’s a battle. They got it done tonight.

On the mindset
We’re just trying to get into the playoffs. That’s what we’ve been trying to do the whole time. We accomplished that. Hopefully we can push through the end and be ready for whoever we’re facing.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the game
I don’t think it was a physical game at all. We didn’t do any of the hitting I thought we were capable of doing. They outworked us for two periods. If you get 10 shots on goal, you’re not going have success. It wasn’t the recipe we’ve had when we’ve been in this building before. They were pretty determined.

On the takeaways from this game

If we play as good as we can, we’re capable of beating these guys. We didn’t play as good as we could tonight. We know we have two tough games. San Jose lost, so if LA beats Winnipeg and we don’t win both games, we know where we’re going and who we’re playing. At least that’s something that’s known right now.

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Dustin Brown

On this being a playoff-type game
That is more of what we need to play like. It was a big game for both teams, and everyone understands the situation for this game, and it is probably as close as you will get to a playoff game in the regular season, so it was good that we played our game.

On stopping the Ducks' offense
Our PK [penalty kill] was huge. We did a really good job on the forecheck in the neutral zone, and it happens on many rush plays coming. They are a good rush team and a good down-low team, and we limited their opportunities in the offense zone by playing good before that.

Drew Doughty
On the importance of winning the Pacific Division
We don’t have it yet. We have a lot of work left to do and one massive game ahead of us. Home ice is very important, and the pride thing is very important. I know the Kings have won one division title, so it is very important to us. There are so many factors that go into it, and we’re looking to do that. We don’t want to put any extra pressure on ourselves, just go out there and play our game and hopefully come out on top.

On the defensive effort
We played a pretty good possession game. We didn’t give up too much. Quicky [Jonathan Quick] had to make a few saves, but I don’t think he was as busy as he usually has to be. We played good defensive hockey. Pucks were getting to the net, and we were clearing them and blocking shots, so it was a good game overall.

Head Coach Darryl Sutter

On the difference-maker in the game
There are momentum changes in games. There are big shifts during games. The goal early in the second brought us back. We were playing the right way, we just hadn’t scored yet.

On the win
Another good game for us; we’ve played several coming off March, our second best month this year. We played pretty well all season.
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