Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bruce Boudreau Game 6 WCF Post Game Reaction

COACH BRUCE BOUDREAU
 
        
        Q.  As someone who has seen a number of Game 7s in your career, what makes them special?  Anything about any one of them that stands out?         COACH BOUDREAU:  I think the finality of it is what stands out.  I mean, one group is going to go home and one group's going to go play for the Stanley Cup.
        There's really not a lot you can leave on the table.  There's no plane for tomorrow, or any of those clichés you want to use.
        Q.  Ryan talked about after the game how he felt he was terrible, thought it carried over to some of the other guys.  Talk about Ryan tonight.
        COACH BOUDREAU:  Well, I mean, I don't think it was one of his better games.  At the same time, there's more than one guy on our team.  I mean, it's great that he wants to shoulder the blame.  But I think there's blame, if you want to use that word, to go around.
        One thing when he plays bad one night, he usually plays good the next.
        Q.  Was there anything you saw, any common theme, to their three-goal stretch in the second?         COACH BOUDREAU:  We lost our composure for the first time I thought in the playoffs.  They scored the one goal.  It was like, Aah, what's going on?  We started scrambling all over.  They got the momentum.
        We lost our composure.  That was the theme that I saw.
        Q.  What can you learn from last year's Game 7 to this year?         COACH BOUDREAU:  I don't know yet.  We haven't played Game 7 yet.
        Q.  How are you approaching it?         COACH BOUDREAU:  I don't know.  We'll talk about it.  We'll go over tapes.  But, I mean, I think last year's Game 7, we were just a bunch of Nervous Nellis.  Hopefully that happened in Game 6 and won't carry over to Game 7.
        Q.  When you're talking about losing your composure, this team has been so good about turning the page.  Does going home help you do that a lot easier?         COACH BOUDREAU:  Well, you know, I'd always rather play Game 7 at home than be on the road.  Sometimes we haven't had the success that we'd like to do that.  If you asked me 10 out of 10 times, I definitely prefer the home game than the road game.
        Q.  Is tonight just discouraging?  Is that the right word, given what you wanted to do, how badly you wanted to finish it?         COACH BOUDREAU:  Yeah, it's always discouraging.  But that's a pretty good team on the other end there.  Unfortunately you have to play three periods of hockey.  I thought we only played two.  I thought the first period was a pretty good period, and the third period was a good period.  The one in between wasn't so good.
        Q.  What did you think of Freddie's performance, especially after the way Game 5 ended?         COACH BOUDREAU:  I thought he played good.  He kept us in the game.  It's 3-0.  He makes a remarkable save to keep us in the game.  The next thing you know, it's 3-2.  That's what good goalies do.
        The ones that beat him, no fault of his own.  I thought he played good.
        Q.  Start of the second period, Keith took a big hit from Kesler.  Talk about the player that Keith showed himself to be in that stretch.
        COACH BOUDREAU:  I don't want to talk about Chicago.  I want to talk about our team.  Keith is a good player.  What do you want?
        Q.  Your greatest confidence going into this Game 7, how do you feel about this matchup?         COACH BOUDREAU:  Well, it's one game for the Stanley Cup.  I'm excited about it.  I mean, I'd rather have done it in six.  I think when you sit down and think that you've got one chance to go play for the Stanley Cup, and it's one game in your home building, with your fans, I got to believe that both teams are going to play their best game of the series.
        Q.  Bruce, did tonight show why you guys have to slow them down in the neutral zone?         COACH BOUDREAU:  We can't let them skate from blueline to blueline.  We did on two of their three goals.  I thought we controlled it pretty good for most of the series going in so far.
        But it got away from us there in the second period.  

Ryan Getzlaf WCF Game 6 Post Game Quotes

Post Game clips and audio from Ducks Captain, Ryan Getzlaf


Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (AUDIO: http://bit.ly/1Kqnxjj)
“If we’re going to play a Game 7, it’s nice to have it in our building. We’re going to regroup. We have a couple of days here to get a good practice in and get ready for the next one … It’s always asking a lot. To come back from three goals, it’s not easy for any team, especially against a team like that. They’re experienced. They know what they’re doing. Tonight, obviously, we just didn’t get it done … We get ready to play. We just have to continue our preparation the same way we have the whole playoffs this year. Any time we’ve had a break, we’ve used it wisely. Couple days now, we’ll get a good practice in and get ready for the next one.”

Game 6 WCF Chicago Blackhawks Post Game Reaction (Keith, Toews and Coach Q)

Blackhawks post game

By:  Jonathan Davis (@westcoasthky)
        Stefanie Marie   (+HockeyInHeels TV )


DUNCAN KEITH
JONATHAN TOEWS
       

        Q.  Jonathan, the way this has been a battle, is it almost deserving to go seven games?
        JONATHAN TOEWS:  Yeah, no doubt.  I think both teams at times have found it tough, obviously as we've seen, to put two wins back-to-back.
        I think we've always done a good job of coming back hard after a loss, evening up the series, giving ourselves a chance to stay alive.
        I think they've done a good job of going back and stealing the momentum when we have it.  I think when you get to this point, everybody says Game 7, anything can happen.  It's what we truly believe.  We got to try and change that trend in the next one.

        Q.  Jonathan, I know Duncan doesn't like talking about himself, so can you put into words how good he was that second period.
        JONATHAN TOEWS:  Well, I mean, there's nights where you look at the score sheet and you see how great he can be, how pivotal, how much he means to our team, especially in these big games.
        But I think whether he's on the score sheet, whether he's making those plays, he's there every night making that difference no matter what.
        I think we always know that in the locker room.  We've seen it in previous years in the playoffs, games like tonight where it's must-win.  You can definitely count on him stepping up and being one of our best players, if not our best player.
        He's all over the rink.  Seems like he never runs out of energy.  Pretty amazing game tonight.

        Q.  Duncan, you have won two Stanley Cups on the road.  You've had huge games on the road before.  Does that add to the confidence you would have going into Anaheim for this one?
        DUNCAN KEITH:  Well, I think, yeah, we've got a lot of experience in playoffs.  We know Anaheim's a tough building.  We've had some good games there this year, and this year in playoffs. It's like anything else, though.  I think it's one game.  It's just a matter of going out there and executing in the one game.
        Like I said, we've got experience being on the road.  You try to draw on that as much as you can, do the best you can.

        Q.  Duncan, you're famous for your workout regimen.  Have you lost weight in the playoffs?  Do you have trouble keeping the weight on?
        DUNCAN KEITH:  I don't hardly weigh myself, so I don't know what I weigh.
        I've always taken pride in working out and training.  When I was younger, I was never a big guy, I'm still not the biggest guy.  It's a way to try and maybe even the playing field in some ways.  I'm a little smaller, so try to use everything I can to my advantage. But at the same time we've got guys on our team that are hard workers.  The guy sitting next to me works just as hard.  It's not me, it's the team.  Certainly I train hard in the gym.  I don't know if it gets talked about a little too much or what, because I think everybody in the game today nowadays trains hard, works hard, does their due diligence off the ice.

        Q.  Jonathan, you put up 38 hits tonight, many of them very punishing.  Was that the talk coming into this game, being a little more physical?
        JONATHAN TOEWS:  Yeah, I mean, I think to a certain degree it's kind of been the talk all series, that they've been trying to wear us down, out-play us on the physical side.  There's always comments in our group that we can respond to that and turn the tables a little bit.
        I think tonight it was mostly our energy that got us going and translated into that physical play.  Guys like Bicks were really getting us going on that note.
        I think when you're excited to play, you understand what's at stake in a big game like this, everyone can contribute in that way.  I think it gets everyone excited.

        Q.  People outside are the always marvel at how a team like yours with so many good players finds a level at the last minute like you did tonight.  Why do you have to wait till a game like this to get that level?  Where does it come from?  Why is there always a higher level to find when you need it?
        JONATHAN TOEWS:  I don't know if it's the fact that we want to wait to this point to bring that out of us.  I think you see Anaheim really raising their play as every game goes along, as well.
        We give everything we got.  As games get more and more important, I think you dig deeper and deeper.  That's pretty much the most you can do.  That's all you can ask from your teammates and yourself.
        When we realize our season's on the line, we kind of think back to everything that went into us getting to this point, we realize the opportunity we have, the group that we have, throw everything in the mix.  That's your motivation right there, to go throw everything at them.
        When you do that, you let the chips fall.  I think we have the ability, the talent, the character, the experience to turn things in our favor on a night like tonight.

        Q.  Jonathan, this will be your fourth Game 7 since you've been with the Blackhawks.  Talk about what is special about a Game 7, the kind of thing you do in playing in it.
        JONATHAN TOEWS:  To elaborate on what I was saying before, I think you raise your play every game as you go deeper and deeper into a series.
        I think as a hockey player, you want to talk about the cliché of growing up as a kid, playing on the backyard rink, pretending you're playing that Game 7.  You think of that as the ultimate test for any player to see what you got, to see what you can bring in a high-pressure situation like that.
        I think that's the exciting thing.  Again, we can resort to our experience in these situations and just feel confident.  We're going to go work.  Fate's on our side.  We'll find a way to make things happen.
        I think, I was saying a moment ago as well, we want to reverse the trend of alternating games back and forth with this team.  I think we're feeling good about our game right now.  We know we got another step to make if we want to finish the series off on the road.

        Q.  Duncan, what do you remember of Game 7 last year in the conference final?  Is it fitting you have a chance at redemption?
        DUNCAN KEITH:  Yeah, just like every game this playoff, every series, there can be momentum swings, ups and downs throughout a game.  I think knowing that, knowing that experience, obviously we want to have a good start, but knowing they're going to get some chances, they're going to have some time with the puck.
        It's just a matter of playing our game.  Whatever adversity gets thrown our way, just fight through that and deal with it.
        THE MODERATOR:  Thanks, guys.
        DUNCAN KEITH:  Thank you.
        JONATHAN TOEWS:  Thank you.
COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE.

        Q.  Coach, we talked the other day about giving up goals in bunches.  You've been scoring them in bunches, too.  How critical was it to have that scoring spurt in that time span?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  It was a great stretch, great start there.  Saader scoring a special goal, nice place in the middle of the ice.  Dunks makes a spectacular play.  All of a sudden we got three.
        Put us in a good spot.  They got right back in it right away with a power play, scored one of those goals right off the bat.
        We know their success in the third period, how they come, having gotten beat in regulation.  We know we're going to have to spend some time in our end.
        Shawsy scores a goal and puts us in the right spot.

        Q.  I know you've tried to bring Duncan's ice time down in the past.  Now he has to play a lot.  How does he play so well?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  He's kind of a freak as far as his metabolism and conditioning level.  I think the more he plays, the more efficient, the more he gets going.
        Just certain guys genetically, aerobically, Anaerobically, they can sustain it.  He keeps doing it.

        Q.  What did you see that made you decide on putting Toews and Kane together?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  They're very high-skilled players.  They got great pace.  They're very competitive.  They're great leaders.
        The last game in the third period, they played some shifts there.  They had some great looks together.  That got us thinking about it.

        Q.  Joel, what was it that makes you make that move to put Kane and Toews together?  Was there something that happened?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  We were ready to try it.  Down a game here, we tried it.  Sometimes you go to the mindset of the game, we'll see what happens initially, but you're ready to go to it.  Sometimes whether you're down, we were tied at the time, just an ordinary start, then it picked up.

        Q.  Joel, can you talk about that eight-minute stretch in the third without a whistle, one-goal game, your ability to hold them off.
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Tough stretch there.  We had some zone time against us.  Then you don't get the matchups.  You're just putting guys out there, whoever's fresh.
        But the game's on the line.  At that stage of the game, matchups really aren't that important.  It's get the puck out, get the puck in deep, try to get a whistle to settle things down.  Then you get your timeouts.  You get back to that rotation you're looking for.
        It's an amazing pace again today.  You look back at six games.  I don't know if you're going to get a faster or more competitive series than we've seen for six games.

        Q.  Is that fourth goal a personification of the little things that need to be done to get the upper hand in this series?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  It was a huge play.  Give Desi credit.  Give Shawsy a little boost as well.  He made a great shot on the play in a hard area, a tight area as well.
        That certainly stopped the push or slowed down the push that was coming our way, against a team that just probably feels so good about themselves in the third period, have so many weapons.  They can force and pressure and I won't say gamble, but they're good at it.  That definitely relieved a little bit of the pressure we were getting.

        Q.  They're getting a lot of bodies on Crawford.  Do you think any of it's questionable?  How do you think he's handling it?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  No, I mean, you don't want to be scored on a goal where you felt he was in your space.  I just think you got to keep pushing forward, let the referees do their job, you do your job.  Together as a team we'll fight through everything.

        Q.  Do you feel like Rundblad handled it better today than Game 1?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Yes, much better.

        Q.  How so?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  How so?  I thought he was safe.  He was simple.  Quicker with pucks, quicker to the puck.

        Q.  You were in the same position last year, Game 7, conference final.  You were so close.  What do you learn from last year?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  We're on the road.  A little different in that area.  We had huge momentum from Game 3, Game 4, okay, let's go to 5 and 6 (laughter).  We're back here with a two-goal lead twice in the game.  At the end of it that was the toughest loss of probably our lives.  That's what we'll take out of it.

        Q.  Joel, does it matter to have that extra day leading to Game 7?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  No.  I think both teams have been flying back and forth the last few days.  It's been an amazing pace.
        Just like the other side, they got a breather as well going into Game 7.  Should be a couple great back-to-back Game 7s.

        Q.  You've seen this team come back so many times from so many different things.  Are you surprised anymore when they do?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Never.  You saw what happened in Game 5, that ending there.  It answers that question.

        Q.  Duncan is a freak.  Can you illustrate that at all, fitness testing, trying to keep his weight up?
        COACH QUENNEVILLE:  He constantly is eating.  He's constantly putting some liquids back into his system.  He rests properly.
        When we do the testing, his numbers are usually at the high, high end.

Comparison of minutes between Ducks and Blackhawks defenseman

By: Stefanie Marie
       with Jonathan Davis


Anaheim Ducks

To no surprise Ryan Getzlaf has logged more minutes at forward than other Anaheim Ducks forward.  His 128:13 total time on ice through 5 games works out to 25:36 minutes per game

Here is a breakdown of minutes played and Average Time on Ice for the Anaheim Ducks defenseman.

Player                           Total Time On Ice                    Average Time on Ice
Beauchemin                            142:03                                         28:40
Lindholm                                140:38                                         28:07
Fowler                                     135:36                                        27:05
Despres                                    124:19                                        24:51
Vatanen                                   117:35                                        23:41
Stoner                                      102:15                                        20:27


Blackhawks
Player                           Total Time On Ice                    Average Time on Ice
Keith                                        173:22                                        34:40
Seabrook                                  158:39                                       31:15
Hjalmarsson                            151:33                                       30:09
Oduya                                      140:24                                        28:05
Cumiskey                                   51:40                                       10:20
Timonen                                     46:31                                         9:18
Rundblad                                   10:47                                       10:47


 


13 different Anaheim Ducks players have a goal in the ECF and 15 have points




Anaheim Ducks Playoff Scoring in the Western Conference Final
 
Player                                     Goals                     Assists              Points
Ryan Getzlaf                             0                              7                       7
Jakob Silfverberg                     1                              4                       5
Nate Thompson                        1                              3                       4
Andrew Cogliano                     1                              3                       4
Ryan Kesler                              2                              1                       3
Matt Beleskey                           2                              1                       3
Hampus Lindholm                   1                              2                       3
Cam Fowler                              1                              2                       3
Sami Vatanen                           1                              2                       3
Corey Perry                              2                              0                       2
Patrick Maroon                        2                              0                       2
Kyle Palmieri                            1                              1                       2
Simon Despres                          1                              1                       2
Francois Beauchemin              0                              2                       2
Emerson Etem                          1                              0                       1
 
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blackhawks Post Game Notes and Coach Q Reaction following Game 5 of the WCF

2015 WCF Post-Game 5




Notes:
  • The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Blackhawks in overtime, 5-4, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night … The Ducks took a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 at the United Center on Wednesday night … Chicago won 26 faceoffs and sent 28 shots on goal … The Blackhawks are 4-1 in five overtime playoff games this year.
  • Jonathan Toews potted two goals within the final 1:50 of the third period to force overtime … Toews sent five shots on goal and won nine faceoffs in 19:12 of ice time … Toews has six multi-point games in the postseason … Toews has five points (3g, 2a) in the series … Toews has six career multi-goal playoff games.
  • Teuvo Teravainen scored Chicago’s first goal at 1:11 in the second period … Teravainen also tallied one assist, three shots on goal and one hit in 16:03 of time on ice … Teravainen has a two-game point streak (1g, 1a) and has six points (2g, 4a) in the postseason.
  • Brent Seabrook notched his fifth playoff goal with 25 seconds remaining in the second period … Seabrook also collected an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in 22:57 of ice time … Seabrook’s nine postseason points (5g, 4a) are tied for third among NHL defensemen.
  • Patrick Sharp registered the secondary assist on the first two Blackhawks goals … Sharp also posted a game-high six shots in 14:44 of ice time … Sharp has a two-game point streak (3a) and 12 postseason points (4g, 8a).
  • Antoine Vermette collected the primary assist on Teravainen’s tally … Vermette owns a two-game point streak (1g, 1a).
  • Duncan Keith earned his 11th postseason assist on Toews’ first tally … Keith paces league defensemen with 13 points (2g, 11a).
  • Marian Hossa tallied his ninth assist of the postseason on Toews’ first goal … Hossa has three points (1g, 2a) in the series.
  • Andrew Shaw recorded his fifth assist of the playoffs on Toews’ game-tying goal … Shaw has two points (1g, 1a) in the series.
  • Bryan Bickell totaled a team-high five hits in 14:37 of ice time.
  • Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 28 shots on goal … Crawford is 10-8 in the postseason.
 
 
 
COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE
THE MODERATOR: Questions for coach.
 
Q. As good as that comeback was, how frustrating, aggravating, whatever you want to call it, were those first 20 minutes for the guys?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Yeah, it was a great comeback, a great second, a great third, amazing finish, tough in the overtime.
We didn't start on time for the first time in the series. They talked about being ready. Might have been the differential. But great comeback.
 
Q. Coach, the emotional rollercoaster in just about every game in this series, how does this affect you going forward do you think now that you're going back home into a Game 6 where it's all on the line?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: It was a big game tonight. Next game gets bigger. We got to be ready to rise to that challenge, go home, just try to win one game.
 
Q. Joel, seventh time there were three goals in one period, them scoring so quickly. Do you have any explanation for the lapses in stretches like that?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Yeah, I mean, we have big periods offensively, as well. But key shifts of quick goals is something we haven't dealt with before. We got to make sure we got to kill that.
 
Q. Joel, that comeback you guys had first, what can you say about how Toews played the last two minutes? Is there any way you can kind of use that as momentum going into the next game?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Well, it's been pretty even outside of the start to the game for them. Put ourselves back with a great second period. Did a lot of good things. Now you're down two, it doesn't look very good. Johnny comes up with two gigantic goals that give us a chance to win.
You know, I think his career in big-game moments, Johnny, I'll let them speak for themselves.
 
Q. Teravainen, young guy, but how much maturity is he showing in a game like tonight?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Good patience, play recognition. Nice to see him score a big goal for us, as well. He's got a nice shot through the middle of the ice.
But that line got going there, gave us a good push there starting that second.
 
Q. Coach, second period you were able to turn the tables. Wondering if that's something you can build off of. Describe why you had such success in the second period.
COACH QUENNEVILLE: We started moving. First period we were very stationary, played in our end, didn't get pucks out, didn't get in shooting lanes.
We weren't skating.
 
Q. Much of the story here, everybody is saying the wear-down factor. How much of that do you see whatsoever to this point in this series and can it be a factor from your end?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Well, wear-down, I don't know. It's been very close. Every game's competitive. Didn't get to see how the overtime played out in the other two games. Certainly the fact we were able to come back in the second and third periods. I don't know. I'll let you guys determine that.
Thanks.

Anaheim Ducks Notes and Numbers following Game 5 of the WCF

 
Anaheim Ducks Playoff Scoring in the Western Conference Final
 
Player                                     Goals                     Assists              Points
Ryan Getzlaf                             0                              7                       7
Jakob Silfverberg                     1                              4                       5
Nate Thompson                        1                              3                       4
Andrew Cogliano                     1                              3                       4
Ryan Kesler                              2                              1                       3
Matt Beleskey                           2                              1                       3
Hampus Lindholm                   1                              2                       3
Cam Fowler                              1                              2                       3
Sami Vatanen                           1                              2                       3
Corey Perry                              2                              0                       2
Patrick Maroon                        2                              0                       2
Kyle Palmieri                            1                              1                       2
Simon Despres                          1                              1                       2
Francois Beauchemin              0                              2                       2
Emerson Etem                          1                              0                       1
 
 
 
 
Matt Beleskey scored his first career overtime goal at 45 seconds of the extra frame, marking the second-fastest goal to begin an overtime in franchise history (Elias Sports Bureau). The fastest was scored by Steve Thomas at 39 seconds into OT for a 1-0 win in Game 4 of the SCF on June 2, 2003 vs. NJ. Beleskey is tied for second among playoff leaders in GWG (3).
 
Ryan Getzlaf (2-17=19) has established a franchise record for most points in a playoff campaign with his 19th of the 2015 postseason (14 games). Getzlaf surpassed his own club record set in 2009 when he notched 4-14=18 points in 13 games. He has pushed his point/assist streak to five games (0-7=7), marking the NHL’s longest postseason assist streak since LA’s Jeff Carter from May 16-28, 2014 (six games, 5-7=12). Getzlaf also owns the longest active point streak of the 2015 playoffs (tied for the fourth-longest overall this postseason). He leads the playoffs with 17 assists, five more than any other skater. With 0-2=2 points tonight, Getzlaf also shares the team lead with six multi-point games this postseason.
 
Stopping 24-of-28 shots, Frederik Andersen recorded his 11th win of the postseason to move into a share of the league lead with TB’s Ben Bishop. Andersen has not lost consecutive games since Mar. 6-9, 2015 and has since posted a 16-5 record (regular season and playoffs).
 
Jakob Silfverberg (0-2=2) recorded his sixth multi-point game, tied for the team lead with Ryan Getzlaf. Silfverberg’s 12 assists rank second among NHL Playoff leaders.
 
Ryan Kesler (1-1=2) notched his third multi-point game. Kesler has two goals in as many games and six this postseason, one shy of his career best in goals set in 2011 with Vancouver (25 games).
 
Andrew Cogliano has matched a career high in assists (6) and continues to extend his personal best in points (3-6=9).
 
Nate Thompson set a career high with his fifth point of the playoffs (2-3=5) and matched his personal best in assists.
 
Sami Vatanen (1-1=2) collected his third multi-point game of the playoffs and third goal. His three goals and 10 points are both tied for second among league defensemen.
 
Cam Fowler’s second goal of the postseason pushed him into a share of fourth place for NHL defensemen in goals.
 
Francois Beauchemin extended a career high with his eighth assist.
 
Anaheim tied a club postseason record for fewest shots in a period by limiting Chicago to three in the first period. The Ducks have allowed a franchise-low three shots in a period on five other occasions, most recently in the third period of Game 4 of the CQF on Apr. 20, 2011 @ NSH.