POSTGAME QUOTES Anaheim 1 vs. Chicago 4 Nov. 28, 2014 Honda Center 14-5-5, 33 Standings Points
Ryan Kesler On the game We have a lot of NHL-caliber players in here. They were the better team tonight. I can sit here and make excuses, but we just weren’t good enough. Freddie [Andersen] played a great game and we let him down.
Frederik Andersen On his performance My job was to give the team the best chance to win. No matter what the score was, I was going to try and make a save to keep them in it, but it didn’t work out tonight.
On the game We played slow. That was the biggest difference. They’re a good team. If you give them that many chances, they’re going to score.
Jesse Blacker On making his NHL debut It’s a special feeling; one that’s hard to describe. It wasn’t the result we wanted as a team, but it was a fun experience. It’s the best league in the world. It was a new experience and I’m looking forward to moving on.
On when he was informed of the recall I was called yesterday afternoon. I was in Connecticut because we [Norfolk Admirals] were supposed to play there tonight. I ended up having to drive to New York, and then fly from there to LAX. It was a long day.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau On the young d-core They were young and probably more inexperienced than you like, but they took it to us from the drop of the puck. That’s when you need your experience to come through. They played much better than us.
On Andersen’s performance He did his job. Freddie played great after the first goal. It could’ve been a little bit worse if it wasn’t for him
Patrick Kane On the first period We had some players that came out and played very hard off the start. You look at Shaw’s line with Bickell and Carcillo getting that nice goal to make it 2-0. Hjalmarsson had a big hit on Kesler. The first goal was obviously important, too. It was a great start for our team but there were some energy lines that really propelled us to start. I thought Shaw’s line was great and so was Kruger, shutting down Getzlaf’s line.
Kris Versteeg On his line Me and Kaner are going back to when we were kids. We’ve always had some good chemistry together. Obviously Kaner plays well with pretty much everyone. With myself, I try and read off him and I think likewise he tries to read off me. It’s been going well. We just try to keep going. Even though some periods don’t go our way, we just try to stick to the game plan and hopefully it keeps going.
On his return to the lineup I think I’m feeling better and better. At the start of the year it was a lot of nerves running through the guts. Once you start to settle in and find the chemistry of the guys, you start to play your game a little more. You try and get stronger every night and try to get better. I have never worried about what people say. I’ve proved everyone wrong that I’ve had to prove wrong. Now it’s about enjoying the experience and having fun. Joel Quenneville On the Kane-Richards-Versteeg line The line has been excellent. You can give credit to all three of them. Richards scoring that first one there, Kane all game long was a threat and dangerous, had some good looks, and Versteeg was pretty nifty and handy with the puck as well. It was a good day for them. They have been really good since they’ve been together.
On Versteeg He’s been real good. He was like the player we envisioned him to be this year. He’s dangerous. When he has that puck he can make some real slippery plays and he’s got real good patients and play recognition. It’s clicking so it’s been a good start for him.