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Postgame Quotes: March 20 at Winnipeg

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Winnipeg 2 vs. Anaheim 3 (OT)
March 20, 2016
MTS Centre
40-22-9, 89 Standings Points


Jakob Silfverberg

On the goal
I just skated the puck in, made a drop pass to Kes [Ryan Kesler], and I had a lot of time. I managed to put the rebound in. It was a great feeling. I was surprised. I didn’t know what to do. I never had that much time before. It was a great feeling seeing that one go in.

On the win

It’s huge starting off this trip with a win. The first period wasn’t anything we wanted, but after that we started playing. We got the win, and that’s what matters.

John Gibson
On the first period
We knew what they were going to bring from playing here last year in the playoffs. They feed off the crowd. It’s a fun building to play in. We knew they were going to have a pretty good push.

On team defense
They did a good job clearing the traffic when they were getting traffic in front. Whenever I left a rebound, they cleared it out for me.

On the victory
We wanted to start the trip on a good note. It was a big win. Hopefully we can keep it rolling.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

On the game
We weren’t very good. We gave up way too many chances. We just weren’t doing the things we were capable of. Winnipeg had a little bit to do with that. If we want to be successful in the last 11 games and beyond, we need to be better.

On Gibson’s performance
He kept us in there. Again, they had 14 shots in the first period. Gibby made those big saves on the breakaways to not let us go into the second period [trailing].

On Perron’s status
It’s a tough loss for us. I don’t know how long or anything. It’s an upper-body injury. It’ll be better evaluated in the next day or two.


Blake Wheeler

On the game
As the game went on we were committed to getting harder as the game got harder. I think Anaheim showed us last year the ability to do that. That’s what it takes to win. In these close games against heavy opponents, you got to show that willingness to move as the game moves and get better as the game gets better. I think we did a better job of being patient, and committed to that today.

Head Coach Paul Maurice

On responding after falling behind 2-1
It’s not the first time now, right? In order for us to do that (to come back), you end up firing out a bunch of clichés, and I don’t want to do it. We have a tendency to change our game, open our game up when we get down one or two. You would think that if you’re opening your game up you’d see great chances at both ends, but it never translates to that. It translated to chances in your own end, and frustration going through the neutral zone. We haven’t done that, so the bench is right after they (Anaheim) made it 2-1, we handled it well. I liked what we had in the third period. They had a couple of good chances that may not have looked great from up top, but at ice level Michael (Hutchinson) made a couple of really good saves in the third. But, we would have had the best chance in the third off Burmistrov’s shot, so they’re learning.
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