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Postgame Quotes: WCF Game 3

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

POSTGAME QUOTES
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final Game 3
Anaheim leads series 2-1

Chicago 1 vs. Anaheim 2
May 21, 2015
United Center

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Simon Despres

On his first career playoff goal
It was definitely a big one to score a game-winning goal in the third round against Chicago. Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] made a nice play. We moved the puck well on that shift.

On the turning point in the game
We stayed with it the whole game. Our penalty kill was huge, and Freddie [Frederik Andersen] made some big saves. We made a lot of big plays and a lot of big blocked shots. We played a well-rounded game tonight.

On regaining the series lead following a tough loss in Game 2
That was definitely a tough loss, a long game and a hard-fought battle, but we came back at it two nights later and our team came up big. We worked hard and got a big win tonight.

Nate Thompson
On going 5-for-5 on the PK
We were doing all the little things. The No. 1 penalty killer was Freddie. He made some big saves, but we all had good sticks in the lane. We were blocking shots and weren’t giving them free entries. That’s important, especially on the four-minute power play.

On Despres’ performance
He was big for us tonight. He was physical, blocking shots, taking time and space away from their big guys out there and then he comes up with a big goal for us. That’s what it’s going to take in the playoffs. It’s going to take different guys stepping up at different times.

Frederik Andersen
On rebounding from a tough loss in Game 2
It’s great to see how we responded as a group. That’s the best way to do it in the playoffs. You just have to get ready for the next game.

On the penalty kill
We sharpened up the PK. We weren’t satisfied with how we did in the last game. It was huge for this group coming off a tough loss in which we gave up two goals.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On what this win says about the team
This is a great character team, and this was a character win. It was a good road game for us. They’re going to get some chances; there’s no way you can stop them from getting chances, but we limited them on the road. For a tired group, that was a really good game for us.

On the performance of the team’s defensemen
You don’t hear too much about them, but they’ve been solid. They’ve had the same partners since the trade deadline, so they’ve gotten to know each other pretty well. They communicate pretty well out there together.

On Despres’ performance
Playing your off-side is tough enough, but the calmness of not just getting the puck and throwing it away, or throwing it off the glass…he’s a big strong guy, so he can protect the puck pretty well. That’s a real positive. His goal was a great one-timer. He doesn’t get a chance to one-time the puck too often from his position, but it was a great goal and a great shot.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Brent Seabrook
On the game
We had some chances. We have to find a way to get one there and push that thing into overtime … We just have to be better. Our second periods, I think we could do some things to be better and we’ll have to work on that … We have to come out and do our part on Saturday to keep pace with these guys and make it a 2-2 series and a best-of-three so we have to come out and have our best game of the series on Saturday and be ready to roll right from puck drop.

Jonathan Toews
On going scoreless on the power play
It’s unfortunate we couldn’t convert tonight. It would’ve made the difference for us. It has made the difference for us so far in this series. We definitely have to be better without the puck, I think, just as a group, as four guys just being options for the puck-carrier, then we’ll find ways to create scoring chances the way we have … I think we want to play every game like it’s a must-win. It’s easy to find that motivation when you’re down in a series, especially since it’s a big game at home. You can’t really throw any more than that on top of it. We know what’s at stake. We’ll just go out there and play as hard as we can. We’re confident that we’ll start getting the bounces if we keep doing the right things in their zones and around their net.

Head Coach Joel Quenneville
On the game
I thought we had a good start with that. We had a good first period. Had the energy. Our power play might have lost a little bit of momentum. I think their second period they got it back in the middle of the second and obviously scored a big goal at the end. We got a big one at the end of the first. It was kind of comparable to the game we had last game.

On the inability to convert on the four-minute power play
You got to get into it a little deeper there. We didn't have zone time. We didn't get them tired. We're the ones getting tired because we had to keep breaking out. So, you know, I think that was a stretch there we didn't get the momentum where we should have put a little bit more heat on them. We had them taking penalties and we didn't make them pay.
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