POSTGAME QUOTES 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.