Anaheim 2 vs. Chicago 3
Nov. 25, 2016
On the game
For the most part, we did good things. We generated good chances. They found a way on a few of our breakdowns. Good teams find ways to make you pay. They scored a big goal on the power play. We stuck with it, but unfortunately we came out on the wrong side of this game.
On areas of improvement
Crawford was good. You have to give him credit because he's a world-class goalie. We had a few breakdowns we could've avoided easily. They'll make you pay. We tweaked a few things structure wise.
On playing from behind
It's not an ideal situation, but we've been doing a good job of not getting frustrated. It's something we're working on. It's not the position you want to be in. We have confidence in the group to come from behind. Tomorrow, we'll make sure to get the lead.
On the third period
The last couple of games have been like that. We come out really good in the third and play aggressive. We need to score goals, too. That's the last piece that's missing.
On offensive woes
We need to score goals. Bottom line, a lot of that comes on our heads. Me and Pears [Corey Perry] or whoever is on our wing. With me and Pears not scoring the way we are right now, we need to put pucks in the net. We play a lot of minutes. We need to find ways to score goals. All I can really say is put the puck in the net. We've had opportunities. It's not like we're not trying or not playing. I'm not dogging on that. We have to score. That's our responsibility and what we're paid to do.
On the third period
We've been getting lots of looks. When the season turns and things start going the right way, you find ways to put those pucks in the net. We need to start doing that.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the level of frustration with the three losses
We just have to find a way to get ourselves over the top. We're going to focus on the process. How are we hurting ourselves that we're giving up the two-goal and three-goal lead, and have to mount these comebacks? There are a lot of positives on our side, but in reality we can't go down 3-0 to a hockey club and expect to come back in every game. For us, it's simple. Let's buckle down and play a better brand of defense.
On the Blackhawks
They've got a lot of skill, but we have skill too. I didn't think there were any real surprises on how they play. They executed on their power play and they won the special teams battle. That's how tight games are in the NHL. We dominated on the shot clock and mounted a good charge, but the bottom line is we didn't get the job done.
On the Blackhawks' play
We had some good shifts in that game. They play pretty well defensively against us where they have a guy on you all the time. We were going up against a good line. That Kesler line is a good shut-down line. They can create too. We wanted to work hard, get pucks back, and try to create. I got a big goal early off a faceoff in our end, scored on the power play and had some other chances. Today felt better. We had more looks and got our chemistry back a little bit.
On Jonathan Toews' absence
There's more importance on the way you play every shift, whether it's myself or anyone on the team, it's a tough player to lose. We did a great job getting that 3-0 lead and actually playing with a lead for once.
On playing with a lead
We haven't had the lead many times early in the first period like we did tonight. It was nice to get the lead, keep the lead, and hang on.
On the Blackhawks' play
We scored a big goal on the power play and moved the puck around good. Our forwards were solid and worked together, defensemen too, and Crow [Corey Crawford] was big when we needed him to. It was a great team effort on the road, in a tough building with an afternoon game.
Head Coach Joel Quenneville
On the importance of the win
I thought we played a really good game in all areas. I thought we had a really good start to our game. I thought we checked well throughout most of the game and they had some good chances at the end.
On the improvement of Ryan Hartman
I thought he had an excellent game, not just the goal. He gives us a little abrasiveness and some net presence and some presence in the puck areas. A little bit of Shaw in him. He's starting to find the net as well, but certainly he gives us a little bit of abrasiveness.