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Postgame Quotes: WCF Game 2

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

POSTGAME QUOTES
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final Game 2
Series tied 1-1

Anaheim 2 vs. Chicago 3 (3 OT)
May 19, 2015
Honda Center

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Frederik Andersen

On the game
This is a tough loss. We had some good chances, and it’s a tough pill to swallow. We have to get on it on Thursday. We didn’t really have the best first period, but we just couldn’t get the third one in. We hit the post a couple times and had some bad bounces, but that’s how it goes.

On the mindset following tonight’s loss
We need to have a short memory right now. We have to focus on the next game. It’s going to be a fun series.

Andrew Cogliano
On the game
When you get that late in overtime, it’s a matter of getting a bounce. I thought we should’ve won the game. We hit some crossbars and Perry had a great chance. They had some pretty good chances themselves, but we competed with them as good as you possibly can. It’s a bounce, and we didn’t get it. It’s over now. It’s 1-1.  

On the mindset following this type of loss
It’s tough right now. You compete that long and guys are laying it on the line. It’s tough to lose like that, but it’s only one game. We played two games out there, but it was only one. We have to go into their building and do the job.

Sami Vatanen
On the loss
That’s hockey. Sometimes it goes in and sometimes it doesn’t. We just need to refocus. Game [3] is in two days. There is a lot of hockey left. Any time you lose, it’s not fun. But, it’s playoff time, so you just have to refocus and be ready for the next game.

On the physical toll on the body
I’ve never played that long before. It’s a one-time experience, but we have a good recovery. We’ll be ready.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On Kruger’s game-winning goal
They got all three of their goals by going to the net. That’s what they do well. It hit him and he got a stick on it before it crossed the line. What can you say? We had the puck on our stick quite a few times.

On the game
The last 10 minutes of the second was our best part of the game. After they took the first two goals, they didn’t score for another five periods. I thought we played pretty well, but those things happen. It’s hockey. It’s back to the drawing board for Thursday.  

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Corey Crawford

On the game
I think it was a pretty good hockey game. You kind of get a feeling after the first or second OT things are going to slow down a little bit. There wasn’t that much going on for a bit there. It always seems like it’s one of those plays to finish it, kind of a weird bounce or a funky one. It was definitely a relief to win that after that time.
 
On the longest game in Blackhawks history
It felt like it. We played hard throughout the whole thing. We had some chances, they had some too that went off the post. Both sides were so close. It was just a great hockey game to watch.
 
Patrick Sharp
On the series
It’s a big difference, 2-0 or 1-1. We’re happy to get out of here with the split but I don’t think anything changes for Game 3. We have a tough opponent over there. They’re going to raise their level and it’s going to be a long series with a lot of battles. We’ll get ready for next game but we can feel good about this game tonight.
 
On the team’s overtime experience
It’s always nice to go through it a few times before. I’m not sure quite why we get into these situations over and over again. Corey kept us in the game and he kept that game going. It seems like [Brent Seabrook] is always the guy having an influence on the game offensively and in an overtime game like that. I guess you can draw on some experience but they certainly had their chances to win the game as well.
 
Head Coach Joel Quenneville
On the game
It’s as intense of a game that I’ve ever been a part of. Unbelievable game and pace. Both teams left it out on the rink. Both teams had some excellent chances to win the game and end it different times in different periods. We won the battle and stuck with it.
 
On the longest game in Blackhawks history
It was one of those games that you had the adrenaline, you were right into it. Coming out there for the first, second, third and then break. It was one of those games that was so intense that I didn’t think fatigue at all. It was maybe a little stress. The players stuck with it. The bench was sharp and everybody was focused on playing the right way.
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