POSTGAME QUOTES Anaheim 2 vs. Nashville 3 Apr. 15, 2016 Honda Center Series: 1-0 Nashville
Andrew Cogliano On facing adversity after Game 1 They had a couple goals that were maybe bad breaks, but I think it was because we weren’t playing that well. It was a matter of giving them too many opportunities. We have to manage the puck a lot better. They’re good at transitioning and capitalizing on mistakes. A few of those goals were exactly that. We need to be better. We weren’t nearly as good as we can be. We have no choice [but] to be [better] Sunday.
On areas of improvement We were 2-2 in the third period. We need to manage the puck better. It sounds cliché, but we need to do simple things because the first mistake is usually a goal. It’s 1-0. We’ll regroup, figure out what we need to better and get ready for Sunday.
Ryan Getzlaf On rebounding after the opening goal I thought we responded after the goal. When you give up a goal in the first minute like that, you never want that to happen. It helped settle our group down, and we responded well after that.
On the Predators They're a good hockey team. We knew that. They got in front of a lot of pucks. Those are things we need to get through to the net.
On the emotion level This is playoff hockey. Everything is emotional. We just have to make sure they're disciplined between the whistles.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the Predators They’re a good hockey club. They outplayed us tonight. I don’t know if we didn’t think they were as good as they are because we haven’t played them in such a long time. We know they’re a good hockey club. When we lose by a goal in the third period, it’s one mistake and it’s in your net.
On Gibson There’s not much you can do on the third goal, and I haven’t seen the second goal. The first goal was a giveaway. He made some big saves when we needed big saves. It’s unfortunate that one went into the net in the third period off of one of our guys. We’ll get better next game.
James Neal On the Predators' amount of shots on goal We still need to do a better job of getting to the front of the net, but I like our mindset of putting pucks there. We have some good chances. We’ll get our rest here and get ready for game two.
On the Predators' play We got off to a good start. We were on the kill a little bit towards the end of the first. In the second we got our legs going. That’s when we started to feel good about our game. We had a great third period and scored a huge goal.
On playing the Ducks in Anaheim We knew they were going to be jacked up in their own barn. It’s a good atmosphere out there. We quieted the crowd a little bit with that early goal and you feed off that. You try to take them out of the game. You want to bring it back home with a good record and play in front of your home fans, and we got off to a good start tonight. Ryan Ellis On playing the Ducks It was evenly matched both ways. We went down the ice and got a chance, then they went down the ice and got a chance. They played a great game. That’s a great hockey team.
On blocking Jamie McGinn’s shot I felt it hit me. I didn’t know where it was. I figured lie down and hopefully it’s underneath me. Peks [Pekka Rinne] recovered really well and he ended up covering it. I was there as a last measure.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette On the game It was pretty even. I thought we came out pretty good. I think the penalties in the first period, not only did that force us into a situation where we have to kill [three penalties], and they’re dangerous on the power play, it also took the rhythm out of the bench playing too many guys and rolling the lines that way. The second period was really important to get the tying goal and push on from there. Guys went to the net hard in the third period and we were able to get one.
On the series You’ve got to start somewhere. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy here tonight. I thought it was a pretty evenly matched game. We’ll have our work cut out for us in Game 2. The challenge will be to go back and look at things to see what we can do better and I’m sure they’ll do the same thing. To get off to the right start is a good thing. There’s so much hockey left to be played.