Friday, November 27, 2015

Blackhawks 5 Sharks 2, November 25, 2015 Postgame Notes and Quotes

November 25, 2015 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
SAP Center at San Jose

Attendance: 17,562 (sellout)
Final Game Summary: Click Here
Final Event Summary: Click Here

San Jose
San Jose
  • San Jose outhit Chicago 35 to 20. 
  • The Sharks blocked 19 shots to Chicago's 13. 
  • San Jose is now 6-3-1 in their last ten home games against the Blackhawks. 
  • Brent Burns scored his ninth goal of the season and has points in five of his last six games. 
    • He led all skaters with eight shots on net and seven hits tonight.
    • He also leads all Sharks defensemen this season with 19 points (9g, 10a)
  • Joe Pavelski recorded his sixth assist of the season and now has 26 points (12g,14a) in 30 games against the Blackhawks in his career. 
  • Patrick Marleau potted his eighth goal of the season and added an assist. 
    • He now has eight points (4g,4a) over his last six games.  
  • Joel Ward won four of the five draws he took tonight (80%) and registered his tenth assist of the season.
San Jose Sharks Postgame Quotes:

"Our first period was the difference in the game. We turned a lot of pucks over. We were sloppy and soft in the first. They made us pay."
Patrick Marleau (On Chicago's fourth goal): "The next shift they were right back at us. After getting a goal to get within one we have to have another good shift. But they got in there and got another (goal)."

Joe Pavelski: "Part of it was our turnovers; whether they were on top of us and we didn't make the play or we were just a little sloppy. We never really found a flow in the game - we kept working and got one (goal) back on the power play and we had them within one goal a couple times; you know you're looking for that one shift that can really get you back into it - and we were just a little bit short there." 

Chicago Blackhawks Postgame Quotes:

Head Coach Joel Quenneville (On his fourth line): "They scored a huge goal for us. That's the first time that line has scored this year and I don't think the timing could have been any better."
Andrew Desjardins (On his goal): "It felt good. It was a long time coming. I've had a lot of chances this year. We had two good shifts in the third and luckily got one."
Patrick Kane: "We didn't play too many shifts in our end. Tonight was a step in the right direction for us as a team. We knew San Jose was hot coming in and we slowed them down by not allowing a shot in the first ten minutes of the game."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ducks 5 Flames 3, November 24, 2015 - Post Game Quotes and Notes

Anaheim 5 vs. Calgary 3
Nov. 24, 2015
Honda Center
8-10-4, 20 Standings Points

The Ducks earned a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Calgary Flames at Honda Center. Anaheim has gone 7-3-2 in its last 12 games.

With five assists tonight, Ryan Getzlaf has tied the club record and his personal career best for both assists and points in one game. Getzlaf also had five points (all assists) on Oct. 29, 2008 at Detroit. It is the 15th five-point game in club history, the first since Teemu Selanne on Mar. 28, 2011 vs. Colorado. It is also the fourth five-assist game in club history, the first since Getzlaf himself in the aforementioned 2008 game.

Anaheim has won 21 consecutive home games over Calgary, the longest home winning streak vs. one opponent in club history. The Ducks are also 23-8-2 overall vs. Calgary, dating to Nov. 29, 2007.

Corey Perry earned his team-leading second multi-goal game of the campaign with 2-1=3 points tonight. Perry also tied his season high in points (last: Nov. 6 vs. Columbus, 0-3=3).

With two assists, Cam Fowler matched Francois Beauchemin (126) for second place among all-time franchise defensemen in assists. Fowler’s pair of assists marked his 20th career multi-point game and 12th career multi-assist contest.

Rickard Rakell tied his NHL career high in goals (2-0=2, second time, last: Jan. 11, 2015 vs. WPG), while Sami Vatanen matched his career best in assists (0-2=2, eighth time, last: Jan. 2, 2015 vs. STL).

John Gibson made his season debut with Anaheim, stopping 19-of-20 shots in relief of Anton Khudobin in the first period.

Tonight’s attendance was 15,688.


Ryan Getzlaf
On the comeback
It was big to play from behind and have the belief in the locker room that we could come back. We have to be able to maintain throughout a hockey game. There are going to be ups and downs and goals scored against. We did a better job of that tonight. Not all night, but we did a lot better job.

On his five assists
Guys made some plays after I gave them the puck. That’s what I’ve always prided myself on. Fortunately enough, our line was clicking.

Corey Perry
On the chemistry with Getzlaf and Rakell
Every night isn’t going to go that way, but we worked hard for our shots tonight. We were clicking. We were feeding off of each other. That’s the way we have to play.

On the ability to erase deficits
It’s definitely a confidence booster. It hasn’t happened in a long time around here. When you can come in, [trailing] after two [periods] having that belief and confidence in the whole group speaks wonders.

Rickard Rakell
On the top line’s performance
I’m trying to be as good as I can every game. It was nice to get our chances and see the puck go in.

On the confidence of staying on the top line
It means a lot. It helps you get this chemistry that we had tonight. We just keep working every game. In the end, you’re going to get the bounces.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the top line taking charge
We needed them to produce tonight, and they did. When they’re playing really well, it makes the team play better.

On the comeback
We didn’t quit. This was more like last year or the year before where we didn’t shrug our shoulders. We just kept coming. It was great to see the power play go 2-for-2. It gives them a little bit of confidence, and our penalty killing was really good.


Mikael Backlund
On the loss
Tough to give them the two there. We still played pretty decent. It’s too bad that we couldn’t hold on during the third. They are a good team and we had small mistakes.

On the penalty kill
I don’t know about tonight. They outplayed us a lot. We have to step it up and get better. We are trying to get better at the breakout.

Mark Giordano
On the penalty Kill
Especially on the last one, it seemed like we were going to get an odd man rush and then it’s a breakaway the other way. We have to be smarter with our reads and we have to get better looks.

On losing the lead
Going into the third, we talked about staying aggressive and they put us on our heels a bit. That power play goal that they got the winner, it’s a tough one because it was a tough break that we gave up a breakaway. It’s tough on our goalie.

On special teams
A couple goals obviously on their power play. I thought the second one wasn’t a good one to give up. That’s our game, we try to create offense when we can and I think we got an unlucky break there. You give Perry a breakaway and he is one of the best in the league.

Head Coach Bob Hartley
On the game
Two bad reads. Against a team like this that is all they need to get back in a game. They got momentum and they got the game from us.

On losing the lead in the game
It’s a tough lesson, you are leading 3-2 after the second period, we have the potential to maintain those leads and playing the right way with those leads. Tonight we didn’t and we got what we deserved.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Two Man Advantage Replay, November 22, 2015

On the latest edition of the TwoManAdvantage I was joined by John Hoven from as we discussed Kings General Manager, Dean Lombardi's desire to boltser the team's blueline via the trade market.
Vancouver Canucks radio play by play man, John Abbott chimed in on the Canucks struggles, the injured Brandon Sutter and the effect it has had on Bo Horvat who is having a tough time in his second season.
Dennis Bernstein from the Fourth Period Magazine, took us around the league with news and notes giving us updates on the Travis Hamonic trade story, the Brendan Gallagher inury and much more.

Have a listen......

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ryan Kesler undercover, November 20, 2015

Ryan Kesler goes undercover and poses as an Anaheim Ducks fan at a pre-season game.  Check out the video courtesy of the Ducks video department

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Two Man Advantage, November 15, 2015

On the Two Man Advantage I was joined by Ryan Pinder from the Fan 960 in Calgary as we not only recapped the Flames 3-1 loss at Chicago but also took a look at what's gone wrong with the Flames season from goaltending, to Dougie Hamilton.
New York Rangers rinkside reporter, John Giannone shared his insights on the Rangers nine game win streak and why coach Alain Vigneault is not part of Team Canada while TSN's, Mark Masters talked about the surprising Maple Leafs.
In addition, yours truly shared his insights on what's gone wrong in Winnipeg and Anaheim and what's gone right in Los Angeles.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Kings 4 Oilers 3 Postgame Notes and Quotes, November 14, 2015

Los Angeles Kings (11-6-0) vs. Edmonton Oilers (6-12-0) – Nov. 14, 2015

Kings                                      2-1-1=4                                                                  
Oilers                                      0-2-1=3                                                 

“I think we were not that sharp in the middle part of the game. They have such a good skating team and they got some open ice on us. Two of the goals were rush goals and the [Taylor] Hall goal, our defense didn’t get very good reads on. With Nugent-Hopkins being out, the way they had their guys splitting up, our defense had a hard time handling them tonight.”

“He played a lot. I thought both him and Jeff [Carter] played well, they gave us good minutes. We had them both in for those four D-zone draws which, they probably got sent out pretty tired. I thought he was fine.”

“This isn’t the best game we played, especially against a divisional opponent, which we need to get points. They’re a young, fast team and we let them back into the game, but the goal by [Nick] Shore created some momentum in the third and we got the goal. We didn’t play our north-south game like we usually play. We had a lot of turnovers in the neutral zone and our zone, which, against this type of team, they have fast forwards, they can make the plays so we have to clean it up, but this was a huge win for us, finishing this home stand with two points and going on the road.

“I think we had some good minutes together. We had some good fore-checks, getting to pucks, trying to move in the neutral zone. Especially the first period, we had some good things going.”

“I think we took our foot off the gas petal in the second period and let them use their speed and not close on them and it ended up costing us, but fortunately enough we were able to get that last one.”

“I just wanted to get it back on net. I figured the quicker it was the better the chance I had of fooling the goalie and luckily it went back bar.”

“We actually looked at our fore-checks the other day in practice. We were able to clean it up and obviously it helped us out tonight, and we were able to generate pucks to the net and it worked out for us.”

“It’s a product of mistakes that are preventable. It is either the players’ error at any given moment, the players aren’t skilled or talented enough to handle those moments, or it is through delinquency. I don’t think it is that last two, but rather the erroring at the moment. I know sometimes there are better players on the ice than you as an individual, or you collectively as a pair, but your positioning, your sticks, your ability to play together or as a team should be able to overcome that, and right now it is not happening all the time for us.”

“It’s tough on everybody. Guys laid everything they had on the line to fight back, and we made some mistakes on situations that we worked on and practiced, and we should be able to take care of. Again, two offensive penalties in the last six or seven minutes of the game are unacceptable. Four out of our last seven penalties are in the offensive zone for tripping, hooking and holding, and you aren’t going to win like that; not with our team.”

“We played a really good game tonight. In the first five minutes they took it to us, like they do to a lot of teams in their own building, but as the game went on we had control of the play. We definitely played well enough to win. In these close games it would be really nice to get it into overtime and see what happens but we have a lot of things to be proud of.”

“We just want to be a team that plays until the end and not worry about the score so much. We want to be a team that wins first and foremost, but we’re getting close to being a team that can battle for wins in tough buildings like this. We were missing Nuge [Ryan Nugent-Hopkins] and obviously Connor [McDavid] tonight, so with being a little short-handed we put in a really good effort.”

“We’ve talked about that, especially in the offensive zone. They’re two hundred feet away from us and have to go through six guys to get a goal so we don’t need to put ourselves in those situations. That’s definitely something that we need to clean up.”

“Personally I’m starting to feel better after a bit of a sluggish start to my season. In the last ten games or so I’ve felt good. It’s always nice when you’re playing with two guys who are really hot. Our line did a good job tonight. We did things the right way and we had a little bit of success.”

·          The Kings have killed off 15 consecutive penalties, and 21-of-22 over the last eight games
·          Los Angeles extended their franchise-best home winning streak against Edmonton to seven games (7-0-0), having not lost a home games against the Oilers since Nov. 3, 2011.
·          Nick Shore (1-0=1) scored his second goal of the season and first career game-winning goal.
·          Tyler Toffoli (0-1=1) extended his point-streak to four games (1-4=5), his second streak of four games this season.
·          Marian Gaborik (1-1=2) scored his second goal of the season and recorded his first multi-point game of the year.
·          Tanner Pearson (1-2=3) registered his sixth and seventh assists of the year and has seven points (2-5=7) in the last six games. Tonight marks his second multi-point game of the season. The three points tie a career-high set Oct. 14, 2014 vs. EDM and the two assists are a new career-high.
·          Milan Lucic (1-0=1) scored his fifth goal of the season and has goals in each of the last two games (2-0=2). He has scored three goals (3-0=3) in the last four games.
·          Jeff Carter (0-1=1) registered his second assist in as many games (0-2=2) and now has 15 points (7-8=15) in the last 12 games. He currently leads the team in points with 17 (7-10=17).
·          Anze Kopitar appeared in his 700th NHL game, becoming the eighth player to appear in 700 games as a King.
·          Drew Doughty played in his 541st game tonight, tying Sean O’Donnell for fifth on the Kings all-time games played list among defensemen.
·          Tonight’s attendance was 18,230, a sellout. This marks the 143rd consecutive regular season sellout and the 173rd consecutive sellout overall (both team records).

Islanders 4 Ducks 1, Post game Interviews, November 13, 2015

Anaheim Ducks 1 vs. New York Islanders 4
Nov. 13, 2015
Honda Center
5-8-4, 14 Standings Points


Cam Fowler
On the game
Any time you lose by three in your building, it’s never a fun feeling. We weren’t even really satisfied with the couple of points we’ve gotten in the last couple of games. It’s a disappointing feeling. Not much to be explained. We just gave up too many opportunities against a good team. We just have to come back to the rink tomorrow ready to work and try to figure this out.

Ryan Kesler
On tonight’s loss
You have to take care of your own building, and we didn’t. It’s a new day tomorrow and we have to come in positive.

On the team
It all comes back to the mindset. The whole group has to have fun and get back to winning. Even when they scored early, I thought our guys battled back. It’s a mindset and we have to get back to having fun.

Anton Khudobin
On the game
We couldn’t find a way to get the goals, but we tried hard. They tried to block everything. It was that type of game. You’re trying to do something, but [our shots] just went wide, hit the shins or hit the sticks. It didn’t go for us tonight.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On Khudobin’s performance
When he killed the 5-on-3, I thought we were going to get going. When he gets hot, as we’ve seen a couple of times, he’s been very good. Two empty-net goals in the third period; there’s nothing he could do about that. I thought he played stellar.

On the homestand finale
To get back on the road or home, we just have to put wins together. It’s as simple as ABC. Where the places we play won’t be the factor.


Cal Clutterbuck
On his team’s efforts to be more consistent
I think the important thing for us is we’re obviously trying to build towards playing that type of game consistently. I think that’s what we did last year and that’s what we’re trying to do this year. It’s taken us a little bit longer, but I think these last three games have been a pretty good indication. Even the second half of the game at home against Boston was a good indication that we’re starting to find it.

On the two 5-on-3 power plays in the game
It would have been nice to score, for sure. The thing about 5-on-3s like that is a lot of times when you have long 5-on-3s and you don’t score, you end up losing the game. When they got their 5-on-3, they kind of got a lucky goal. They obviously won that battle 1-0, but I think we did a great job of just sticking with them.

Anders Lee
On the importance of this win
It was huge. To not get a couple of points against LA, since we played a pretty decent game was a little bit frustrating. But I felt we bounced back really nice here on a back-to-back.

Head Coach Jack Capuano
On staying confident after failing to score on a 5-on-3
We stayed with it. I thought we were resilient tonight. They made a push, but I thought our defense really played well tonight. They come really hard on their forecheck and I thought we were able to exit the zones pretty well tonight on our breakouts.

On gaining momentum through power plays
We’ve struggled, but tonight we did have some chances. When you move it around and you get chances - and (Khudobin) made a couple of big saves - at least it gives your team a little bit of a surge versus killing the momentum. In that area it helped.