The Ducks held an optional practice this afternoon at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE. While many of the regulars opted for off-ice workouts, several Ducks, in addition to head coach Bruce Boudreau, spoke to the media about what they took out of last night’s game.
On Game 1
We weren’t really disappointed with the way we played last game. The guys battled pretty hard. We’ve just got to bury our opportunities and not let them hang around like they did.
On if last night’s loss was hard to process
No. Losses are losses, and you have to put them behind you and get ready for the next one. In the playoffs, it’s always that way. We know we have to win four. We’ve just got to do it before they do.
On the play of Teemu Selanne
He’s been playing great. He sat out that one game in the Dallas series, and I don’t think he was very happy about it, which is natural. That’s what you want to see out of guys. You don’t want them to be satisfied with that. He upped his game, and he’s been great ever since.
On last night’s game
We think about what could’ve been, but we played a pretty solid game. A couple bounces here and there and it could’ve been a different game.
On if this series has a chance to become something special
It’s going to be an exciting series. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. They’re a great team. It’s going to be a long series, and we expected that. It’s going to be physical, low scoring and everything you can ask for.
On playing with Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly
I’ve played with them for about 10 games in our careers. Every time we do, it gets a little easier. They do the right things. They get the pucks in deep and they have a lot of skill. I thought we played well as a line last night, and I hope it continues.
On coming back in the series
A lot of teams that won in the first round were down. The good teams can come back and win their series. We’ve come back all year, and last night we were on the opposite side. We’ve got to close it out.
On areas of improvement
Our power play had four chances. It’s been Jekyll and Hyde all year. We’re going 2-for-5, 2-for-4, or we’re going 0-for-6. We had chances last night. I’m sure we’ll look at it tomorrow and try to simplify it.
On the key to getting over a tough loss
You just can’t get too high or too low if you win or lose. Enjoy it a little bit or get down a little bit, but then just forget it and keep going. You can always learn something if you win or lose. You have to stay even keeled, especially in the playoffs, because you go up and down.
On being a physical presence
The playoffs are more physical. That’s not really my style, but I can play physical, too. It is what it is. We all try to do our best to help the team and go from there.
On areas of improvement
We played really well. Only our power play could’ve been better. That’s one area that we want to fix, because all the great teams have good power plays. It makes winning so much easier. Our power play has been up and down all year. Other than that, we played exactly how we wanted to play. Nobody expected this to be easy. Tomorrow is a new chance.
On if Game 1 was what he expected
There are no secrets between these two teams. They’re very close matches. It can go either way. It’s going to be interesting. This is what hockey is all about. Both franchises have been waiting for this matchup for a long time, and the same with the fans. Let’s enjoy it. The atmosphere was unbelievable. You can’t ask for more than that.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On if last night’s loss was tough to process
Believe it or not, it wasn’t. I thought we played pretty good. I thought we had much better chances to score than they did. When Corey Perry missed that one in overtime, and Devante Smith-Pelly and Teemu Selanne missed a couple, you knew it was only a matter of time before they were going to get at least one good chance to score. There’s an old saying that says you’ve got to make hay when the sun shines. When you get your chances, you’ve got to put them in. We didn’t put them in, but that doesn’t mean I thought it was a bad game. They had three scoring chances five on five. I don’t know when we’ve held a team to that.
We’re not depressed. We’re ready to play tomorrow and hopefully play better and see where it ends up. I’d be more depressed if we didn’t play any good and we lost. I liked the way we did a lot of things yesterday. Hopefully we can continue doing them.
On the significance of Game 2
I think every game in the playoffs is significant. I’ve seen a lot of teams come back from 0-2, not that we’re there yet. I won’t really start to panic until the third period and we’re down three games. Right now they’ve stolen home ice, but we’ve got a pretty good home record and road record. We’ll throw everything we can at them tomorrow and see where it ends up.
On areas of improvement
Our power play wasn’t very good. Usually in a 3-2 game, the difference is special teams. They were 1-for-4 and we were 0-for-4. Take that one goal away and we win the game.