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Postgame Quotes: December 31 vs. San Jose

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


POSTGAME QUOTES
Anaheim 0 vs. San Jose 3
Dec. 31, 2014
Honda Center
24-9-6, 54 Standings Points

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ryan Getzlaf

On tonight’s game
These are two great hockey teams on the ice, so we shouldn’t be standing here talking about the refs at the end of the game. That’s the frustrating part. I accept full responsibility for my role in that. That was my fault. That won’t happen again.

On missed opportunities
Their goalie made some big saves and we missed some opportunities. We had a chance to be in the hockey game despite everything that went on. That’s the way some games go.

Corey Perry
On his return to the lineup
I felt all right. The first game back is always a test, but the legs felt okay and the knee felt fine. It’s just a matter of getting back into the swing of things.

On losing composure
We put ourselves behind the eight ball right away. We took three penalties in the first period. You can’t play that way against a team like that. We let our emotions get the best of us. We learn from our mistakes. We’ve addressed it already and we move on.

Frederik Andersen
On coming within five seconds of killing off a 5-on-3
It’s a huge momentum change. We were so close to killing it off, but they got the goal. That happens, but we lost the game taking bad penalties.

On tonight’s game
We had some good looks, but we weren’t able to score. They came out strong and we weren’t able to be ready for them. We need to be more composed.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On losing composure
When you take nine or 10 penalties, you’re not going to win hockey games. Three or four of those penalties were just not smart penalties. We’ve got to stay disciplined and focused. This is the kind of game you’re going to get come March, April and beyond. If you get rattled because the calls are going against you, you’re going to be in trouble.

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Antti Niemi
On tonight's game
It was a tough start for me, not getting to many saves in the first. They had a couple chances that missed the net. I felt pretty good in the second. They still had a couple back doors there but they couldn’t create. We were a little lucky at some points, too.

On the win
We wanted to win. We lost a couple in a row. But those are tight games, anything can happen. Most games are one-goal games.

Tommy Wingels
On Niemi
He was great. Antti is one of the best goalies in this league, we think. He was on tonight, he was seeing pucks. He had really good rebound control. Defensively as a team, I think we were pretty good about eliminating second chances. In games past, teams get free sticks around the net and I thought tonight we did a pretty good job of picking up sticks and boxing guys out and when we needed a save, Niemi was there.

On the win
It’s a big physical team that we always have good games with. I don’t know what it is about this team or this series that gets us up more than other series. It’s something we have to look at and find what gets us excited here and motivated and bring that every other night. We like playing the Ducks. It’s always a big game, a physical game. Fortunately, we’ve had success thus far this year and we’re going to try and continue that.

Head Coach Todd McLellan

On the team's performance
Much better energy tonight. The formula is right there for the group. We had to have a discussion about what makes us successful and we brought it again. You can take back-to-back games and have the complete opposite. Some real good results and some poor results. If it isn’t clear now it never will be.
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