Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sharks 5 Flames 2 Postgame Notes and Quotes, November 28, 2015

November 28, 2015 vs. Calgary Flames
SAP Center at San Jose

Attendance: 17,283
Final Game Summary: Click Here
Final Event Summary: Click Here

San Jose
San Jose
  • The Sharks have scored a power-play goal in each of the last three games. 
  • San Jose is now 11-1-0 when they score the first goal of the game. 
  • Over the last five games the Sharks have killed off 16 of their last 17 shorthanded situations (94%).  
  • Joe Thornton added an assist tonight and tied Al MacInnis for 34th place on the NHL all-time points list with 1274 points. 
  • Tommy Wingels tallied a goal, an assist and led all San Jose skaters with four shots on goal. 
  • Joel Ward notched his ninth goal of the season and now has a four-game point streak. 
  • Patrick Marleau potted his ninth goal of the season and now has the 5th most goals scored in the NHL since the 2008-2009 season (227 goals). 
    • Marleau also has a three-game goal streak. 
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic recorded a goal and an assist in his third multi-point game of the season. 
  • Matt Nieto recorded two assists tonight and finished the game a +2. 
Post-Game Quotes



Kings 3 Blackhawks 2 (OT), Postgame Notes and Quotes, November 29, 2015

Los Angeles Kings (14-8-1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (13-8-3) – Nov. 28, 2015

Kings                                      0-0-2-1=3                                                                               
Blackhawks                           1-1-0-0=2                                               

“Goal scorers build confidence by scoring goals. Hopefully this is a jump start.”

“I’m sure they are tired. It is not easy to play 65 minutes. I heard that there is a little trickle down saying that these overtime 3-on-3’s are getting boring. The Philadelphia game or the Tampa Bay game, you see so many scoring chances. There could have been 15 goals in these three overtimes.”

“It was definitely a good character win for us coming from two goals down. It’s always nice to get a win like that. I think everyone at STAPLES enjoyed that game too.

“We didn’t panic. We stuck to our game plan and we just kept pushing in the third period. Finally we got rewarded on Carts’ [Jeff Carter] goal, and we just kept going forward. Obviously in the overtime there are a lot of chances going each way, and we had the better end of it tonight.”

“The first period wasn’t as great as we wanted to play, but we picked it up in the second even though they had the 2-0 lead. We had a lot of chances as the game went on and we tried to get it to [Scott] Darling and get traffic. Jeff [Carter] cut it in half, and we were able to come back and win it. We never thought we weren’t going to win. There was a no quit atmosphere here because we knew we could come back. We sustained a lot of pressure in their zone and we were able to capitalize.”

“It was a great game for the fans. You could hear that, it was unbelievable. We never quit. That team over there on the other side is a great team. We came up short in their building, and we are happy to redeem ourselves and get two points in this building.

“Well we got a point. We got our chance, Johnny [Toews] had a breakaway late and we had two A+ chances in overtime. They had some high quality as well so it was a pretty good trip.”

“Amazing to watch, pretty amazing how he’s game in-game in shift-out, shift-in. What he’s been doing with the puck, generating and creating. That line offensively for us has been the backbone of our team. He’s been great. I can’t say anything but positive things about him per his play.”

“A win tonight would have made it really good, but we played well at parts and didn’t play as well in some parts. We got some points though, so it’s good.”

“I don’t think so. We came out and had some energy in overtime. We skated well. I don’t think we had a lack of energy.”

“Same exact game but the opposite way. We had a 2-0 lead and it seemed like we just wanted to sit back and play it safe. That obviously doesn’t work in this league so it’s frustrating when that happens. It would have been nice to get another insurance marker and build off that, but we just kind of sat back in the third and they took it to us.”

“It’s cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18 game point streak and what they’ve done in their careers. It’s pretty cool right now but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.”

·          With tonight’s come-from-behind victory, the Kings have overcome a two-goal deficit to win a game for the first time since Mar. 25, 2014 at WSH (down 0-2 and 1-3; won 5-4 in a shootout). It also marks the second time this season the Kings have overcome a deficit when entering the third period (also, Oct. 31 vs. NSH; down 1-2, won 4-3 in OT).
·          Marian Gaborik (2-0=2) registered his fourth and fifth goals of the season and has three goals in the last three games (3-0=3).
·          Anze Kopitar (0-2=2) tallied his fifth and sixth assists of the season and now has six points (2-4=6) in the last five games.
·          Jeff Carter (1-0=1) scored his 10th goal of the season. He is on a three game point streak (1-2=3) and currently leads the Kings in points (10-12=22).
·          Milan Lucic (0-1=1) tallied his seventh assist of the year to extend his point streak to three games (1-2=3).
·          Tonight’s attendance was 18,482, a sellout including standing room only. This marks the 144th consecutive regular season sellout and the 174th consecutive sellout overall (both team records).

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Blackhawks 3 Ducks 2 (OT), November 28, 2015 - Postgame Quotes and Notes

Anaheim 2 vs. Chicago 3 OT
Nov. 27, 2015
Honda Center
8-12-4, 20 Standings Points


Ryan Getzlaf
On team effort
Our guys played hard tonight, and it's a tough loss with how we played. We got a point, and we need to find a way to build off it.

On today’s result
It stings. We controlled the play for 58 minutes. To lose it like's a little bit tough.

Andrew Cogliano
On the game
We should’ve won the game. We were up 2-0 and lost the game. It’s not about Chicago. It’s about playing our game, putting a team away and finishing it. They got a penalty called at the end of the game and they score. They’re a good team. They won the Stanley Cup for a reason. It’s as simple as that. At the end of the day, we were up 2-0 while keeping their top guys off the scoresheet. We lost it at the end.

On the 6-on-4
Someone is going to have an open look with any team. One guy is going to have an open look. They had one and that was it.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
On the game
For 58 minutes, we were pretty solid whenever we had to be. That team has a way of never quitting. They came in and found a way. It’s not that it’s them. It’s giving up two goals in the last minute, and an overtime goal again. It’s pretty frustrating.

On scrambling in the final minutes of regulation
We had guys who went to the conference final last year that were on the ice. We’ve got to have better composure when we get the puck. We have to go to spots, make plays, and not just throw it at them. That’s what we ended up doing in the last two minutes. We were panicking and throwing it at them.


Duncan Keith
On keys to game
I don’t think that’s the way we’d like to draw it up, but we’ll take the win. I thought for the most part they outworked us for most of the game and we just found a way at the end and snuck out with two points.

On win
It feels great. It was kind of a thrilling win. Obviously it was with two or three minutes left. To be able to do that, it’s kind of a good feeling. At the same time I think we know that we could have started better and there were points throughout the game where we could have been better, but sometimes at the end of the day you just want to get those two points.

Patrick Kane
On rivalry with Anaheim
Give them credit, they’re a good team. It’s a good rivalry we have going with them. It’s fun when you kind of stick with it the whole game. No one really panics.

On comeback
It’s fun. It’s a great win. To be successful in this league, you’re not going to have a perfect game every time out, especially against a good team, but when you can hold it until the last couple of minutes, keep pressing, never quit, get a couple by the goaltender and finish them off in overtime, everyone is pretty pumped up in here now.

Head Coach Joel Quenneville
On the game
I thought we worked ourselves back in the game. Had a couple of good shifts in the second and had several in the third and finally broke through late with the goalie out. It kind of reminds us of Game Five last year with a better ending.

On the importance of comeback wins in the long run
It certainly helps the group. Everybody’s excited, a lot of fun on the bench and when it happens, in the locker room after a game. It’s not a textbook way of trying to win a hockey game, but when you’ve got a goalie out and you’ve got a power play, you like to score early like we did to give ourselves a chance and fortunately we got the second one.

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.