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Quotes from Practice: April 21

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Following last night’s thrilling 5-4 overtime victory in Game 3 against the Winnipeg Jets, the Ducks held an optional practice this afternoon at MTS Centre. With the victory, the Ducks became the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive playoff games when trailing at any point in the third period of all three games (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). Today, several players, along with head coach Bruce Boudreau, spoke about last night’s OT thriller and the challenges they’ll face as they pursue a series-clinching victory tomorrow night.

Bruce Boudreau, on what he remembers about being on the other end of a 3-0 series: “In the room, what I remember is we just talked about taking it one game at a time. I’m sure that’s what Paul [Jets head coach Paul Maurice] is saying. You can’t look at the big picture. You have to look at tomorrow. That’s the way we approached it. I’m assuming they’re going to approach it the same way, but I could be wrong.”

On if the atmosphere last night created challenges: “It sure made me yell a lot louder behind the bench just to make sure everybody knew who was up. Brad [Lauer] would then go down the bench and yell it again. I would be taping guys on the shoulder letting them know they were up just in case they didn’t know. There were some challenges more than on a normal day.”

On Jakob Silfverberg taking his game to another level: “To be honest, when we first got him, I thought he was a pure scorer. I didn’t realize his defensive abilities or his hockey IQ. But as you get to know him, and he didn’t score all the time, but the reason he plays an awful lot and kills penalties is because he’s so strong in the two-way game. His positioning, everything is always spot on. That’s true with a lot of Swedish players. His defensive ability has always been there. When his confidence gets there, offensively, he can become very good, as is indicated in the shootout. He has such a great release. It doesn’t surprise me, but it’s amazing what the mind can do.”

On if erasing deficits is a dangerous game: “It’s not one we plan. We come out to try to have a great first period, second period and third period. The only thing it really tells us is the team never quits. We’d really like to jump out of the gate and come out with a lead. The rules and laws say it can’t continue. We’re fortunate that is has, but that’s not saying it’s going to continue tomorrow. We’re pretty good with a lead when we get a lead, it’s just we’ve had a hard time getting the lead.”

On if the team is reopening the eyes of the media: “A lot of teams from out west don’t get credit for being good teams because a lot of the people out east don’t get to see them play. Let’s not forget that we haven’t held the lead for more than 10 minutes all series, and we’re up 3-0. This could very easily be the other way, and then you guys would be saying, I told you that Anaheim team wasn’t that good. All the experts can talk and say what they want. We just know what we know in the room, and we know what we’ve done for the last three years as a group. We think we’re a good team.”

On John Gibson’s injury status: “He’s practicing full today. This is his first full practice with the team, and that’s good news. I would venture to guess in less than a week he’ll be able to play if we needed him.”

On Nate Thompson’s injury status: “He looked good yesterday, but we’ll see how it is tomorrow. Every day it’s getting better.”

Ryan Kesler, on the booing: “It brings my game to the next level. It gets me going even if I didn’t feel like I had it that much early on. That definitely got me going.”

On his chemistry with Silfverberg: “He’s just a smart player. We read off each other well, and last night we found each other. The last couple of games we’ve been playing well together. Hopefully it sticks. It’s been unbelievable for him to play the way he’s playing right now. He’s been one of the leaders on this team. He has definitely raised his game.”

On being able to deliver in the clutch: “It feels good, but it’s a team game. I can sit here and name great plays that everybody has done. The big saves Freddie [Andersen] made late in the game, and Cam [Fowler] scoring at the end of the first to kind of shut the crowd up a bit. There are plays throughout the game that have huge impacts on the game. I was just lucky to have a huge impact late in that game to tie it up.”

Ryan Getzlaf, on finding ways to win: “It’s playoff hockey. You don’t get point for ties. You have to play until the end. We’ve been able to build throughout the year and learn how to win in different ways and situations. It’s paid off for us in the first round.”

On when they play their best hockey: “I wouldn’t say that we’ve played bad at any point. We’ve played pretty consistent. They’re going to score goals because they’re a great hockey team. There’s no doubt about it. There are a few things we have to address in order to be better for Game 4.”

On if there is calmness when the team is trailing late in the game: “We’ve built throughout the season. Being in situations when we’ve been down in games, you learn how to stay calm and do the right things.”

Corey Perry, on feeding off the opposing fans: “You hear what’s going on, and it puts a smile on your face. It gets you involved because you know they’re involved. It was loud in here. It was a great building.”

On being able to erase deficits: “We always have the belief we can come back at any point in a game. We’ve been through it all season. It’s not the ideal situation, but we found a way. We’ve clawed back. That’s all that really matters.”
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