Postgame quotes following Anaheim's 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 11, 2014
On the final minute of regulation
We did a good job of getting up and into their zone. I kind of got caught on the blueline, and I was able to get by [Niklas Kronwall] and lift his stick. I think he toe picked a little bit. I know it looked bad, but I don’t think I really hooked him that much.
On the team’s forecheck
Our guys are doing a great job of getting in there. And I have to tip my cap to Patty Maroon. He’s getting in on every forecheck for our line.
On Frederik Andersen’s performance
I think he wanted the first one back. He was able to rebound and made a great save on the next shift. That’s what you want to see out of your goaltender.
On finding chemistry with Devante Smith-Pelly and Ryan Kesler
We all play the same game. We’re always in their face and getting on the body down low. We’re a pretty heavy line. That’s our game, for sure.
On Kesler creating his goal
It was a great forecheck by him and Devo [Devante Smith-Pelly]. They both took away all their outlets. He just popped it in front, and I put it home.
On Andersen’s performance
He came up pretty huge. We left him out to dry a few times, but that’s what your goalie is there for, right? [Laughs]
On what needs to improve heading into Monday’s game at Buffalo
We got a little scrambly in the defensive zone in the third, but I thought we played hard. The effort was definitely there tonight. We have 80 more to go, so we have a long time to figure it out.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On getting the first win of the season
It was dicey there in the end, but when we got behind, we never quick. That’s the way this team rolls. I don’t even know we can say we got a break at the end because they should’ve had an original penalty for interference. If you look at it closely, [Getzlaf] gets the stick, but the defenseman trips himself. Obviously, it looked a little different to the crowd. Everybody stopped, and Getzy does what he does very well, and that’s scoring important goals.
On Kesler’s performance with Smith-Pelly and Beleskey
He’s involved all the time; Faceoffs, hitting, so I can see why he was hurt a lot in Vancouver. He plays that tough game. He’s involved and he’s a very valuable member of this team.
On the overall team defense
The first half of the game was tremendous. When they scored their first goal that gave them momentum, and then on that 4-on-3 when we didn’t covert, it gave them even more momentum. We were backtracking a bit, but you have to learn how to win again. It’s a new bunch of guys. We haven’t had the greatest amount of success in the last five games of the preseason, and the first game [of the regular season], so you learn to win.
On Andersen’s performance
He played really good. You can fault him maybe on the first one, but after that he was as solid as you can be. You need that kind of goaltending if you want to win.