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Ducks Discuss Last Night’s Win and Looking Ahead to Game 4

Friday, 05.9.2014 / 3:21 PM PT / News
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Ducks Discuss Last Night\u2019s Win and Looking Ahead to Game 4
By Kyle Shohara

LOS ANGELES – The Ducks held media availability this afternoon in their Downtown Los Angeles hotel fresh off the heels of a 3-2 victory that brought them right back into the series with the Kings. Ben Lovejoy, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Cogliano and head coach Bruce Boudreau shared their thoughts on last night’s game, the team’s depth and what they expect in Game 4 tomorrow at Staples Center.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On injury updates to
Frederik Andersen, Matt Beleskey and Mathieu Perreault
It’s a tough series. There are a lot of guys with body aches all over the place. I’m sure it’s the same on their team. We’ll know more tomorrow on all of them. But right now, with the hitting that’s going on, it’s lower-body injuries.

On Andersen’s status for tomorrow
At this stage, we’ll just have to wait until tomorrow. Any time it’s with a goalie, it’s a little different than with a regular player. We’ll see more on him later. Matt Beleskey is doubtful because he has to have some tests before he’s able. He’s questionable. We’ll see how Mathieu Perreault is tomorrow.

On the team’s depth
The depth is what has gotten us to where we were at the end of the season. November 23 was the last time we had a back-to-back lineup with the same group until the postseason. It’s not like anybody is surprised. We’ve changed lines a lot this year. Everybody is comfortable with who they play with. The players won’t miss a beat.

Ben Lovejoy
On building off of the Game 3 victory

Our backs were against the wall. We were down 2-0 and we felt we played some good hockey the first two games, but not perfect. We weren’t able to play a full 60 minutes and they were. We knew we could be successful against that team, and last we came out and played a very successful hockey game. We need to do that to be successful against a team like that.

On his goal
I was able to get the puck before the red line. If I had gotten it after the red line, I absolutely would’ve dumped it in. I passed it to Andrew Cogliano, and was able to catch a 2-on-1 break. He passed it back to me, and I was looking to pass it back to him, but the defenseman was able to take that pass away. I shot it as hard as I could, and it went in. I haven’t watched it once. I know what happened. I will always remember it.

On his fist pump celebration
It was my first pump ever. I was hoping I didn’t mess it up. I was hoping to make it look natural, like I’d been there before, which I had not.

Corey Perry
On last night’s win

Throughout the regular season, we had success against them. But once the playoffs start, it’s a totally different game. Dropping the first two at home isn’t an easy thing to swallow. Coming in here, we knew what we had to do. It’s just about getting pucks on net and getting second opportunities. We did that last night.

On what to expect in Game 4
It’s going to be a physical game. Their fans are going to be into it. It’s a must-win for us. We have to go out and play the same way. It’s the biggest game of the year for us. You don’t want to come home down 3-1 heading into Game 5. You want to go back with a chance to take the lead. Right now, we’re looking at Game 4, and we can’t wait to start.

Ryan Getzlaf
On overcoming adversity

When we’ve lost two in a row before, we’ve been able to come back. Our goal is to win the next one and get going a little bit.

On Sami Vatanen’s first career postseason game
Sami played great. He’s a pretty calm kid in general. There isn’t a lot that gets him excited. He did a really good job on his gap control.

On the team’s depth
They’re definitely big hits. Beleskey played great last night. And with Freddie going down, he’s been great for us. But at the same time, we have a lot of depth in our locker room.

Andrew Cogliano
On building off of last night’s win

We just need to come out, play patient and stick to our game plan. We need to continue thinking about strong defensive posture. I thought we did a good job counteracting when they made mistakes last night, and we had some good zone time when we got pucks in. We have to be attacking, but we also have to be very conscious of what we’re doing defensively. I thought we did that.

On having success on the road
You keep more of a simpler game going. You focus on the details of the game much easier, and focus on playing hockey. It’s a different routine. You’re not a home, you don’t have distractions, and it’s all about being ready to play. We were a desperate team and won the game we needed to win.

On Lovejoy’s game-winning goal
He made a phenomenal play in the neutral zone stopping Drew Doughty. I was a little late changing and was able to get out there and create a 2-on-1. It looked like he wanted to go back to me the whole time, but he made a great shot. I thought that was a key moment in the game. He should be doing that more often. He has a phenomenal shot and he’s really good at jumping up. I just think sometimes he likes playing defense more.




1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56


R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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