Thursday, December 12, 2013
Head Coach Jack Capuano: On tonight’s game: “There wasn’t many breakdowns, the breakdowns were from our defense; it was the worst hockey game that I’ve seen our defense play… Four goals is a direct result… Turnovers, not being able to execute on the breakouts, their discipline with the decision making, and then obviously protecting the walls, you’re giving up instead of two-on-two’s, two-on-ones and they finally get beat on the last one, (and) it’s in the back of the net…” On the play of Goaltender Kevin Poulin: “Goalie played well; I thought the first period he played pretty well. They came in hot, we weren’t shooting any pucks and, you know, then we started to push a little bit, 4-3, we hit the post there, Andrew Macdonald hit the post in the power play, but again you’ve got to earn those bounces and tonight we didn’t deserve it.” On his team’s start tonight: “…You’ve got to give them credit, they had a lot of shots in the first (period) but they shot pucks from all angles and what that does is makes you turn to go find pucks and they gain puck possession off that. So, I give them a lot of credit for that, and that’s something that we stress all the time, but again it’s that short period of time where you lose your battle level…” Goaltender Kevin Poulin: On his play tonight: “When you allow six goals that’s always a rough night.” On his team’s play tonight: “We got three goals tonight that’s a good thing, we haven’t scored three goals in a long time but in the other end it’s not only offense, in three zones we have to be good.” Defenseman Thomas Hickey: On his team’s defense tonight: “I thought our forwards were really skating tonight and as a backend, as a group, wasn’t there, didn’t do a good enough job and certainly myself included and all of us, when we see our forwards moving like they were tonight, we’ve got to get it to them that sort of sucks energy out of it and thankfully our goalie kept us in it but we didn’t do a good job with momentum surges tonight and it cost us the game.” On how frustrating tonight was after the game in San Jose: “That’s such a big game that you want to get that momentum and get that snowball rolling and that didn’t happen, but at the same time it can still be fresh in our minds and we can forget this one and look forward to getting home but safe to say, opportunity missed here at the end of the road trip.”
New York Islanders at Phoenix Coyotes December 12, 2013 Coyotes 6, Islanders 3 Head Coach Dave Tippett: On tonight’s game: “I thought we were pretty solid. There's a couple things about that, we didn't get flustered when we got down one, we came out of the first period, 1-1, and I thought we played a very good first period. I thought our power play was good. It was another game that we kind of built on from the Colorado game. It seemed like we had a lot of people contribute and we stayed with it even after a couple of their goals.” On his team’s group effort: “It goes back to who we are. Every guy in there feels a responsibility; they've got to chip in. Some guys, you see them more on the scoreboard here or there, but there's a lot of guys, you look at (Phoenix Forward Dave) Moss, young (Phoenix Defenseman Connor) Murphy on defense, Z (Phoenix Defenseman Zbynek Michalek) coming back, guys who play hard minutes in hard situations, just because they’re not on the score sheet doesn't mean they're not contributing.” On Phoenix Forward Mike Ribeiro’s play tonight: “We had two or three of those great chances and he (Ribeiro) had a couple of them early in the first period, and we didn't score. We come out of it 1-1. It would have been easy to say, ‘Ah jeez, I can't believe we don't have a lead,’ but our guys stuck with it and that's a sign that we're doing things right that allow us to win.” Forward Mike Ribeiro: On the mood on the bench early in the game: “…It was fine, I think we were fine. We got those chances and they came back and scored, but still a lot of time on the clock. We've been through a lot of teams getting leads against us, but we stick with it and we were able to just come back and play strong after that.” On playing more of a team game lately: “We've been doing it together. Everyone is jumping in, our special teams are there, our PK's aren't getting scored on as much and that helps. That is a big part of the game. We just stick with games, we play 60 minutes and we never quit. That is a good thing.” Forward Mikkel Boedker: On getting a win tonight: “It was nice to get payback, but we just play to get points and play to keep our home record pretty good and I thought today we got down, but we got ourselves up and led with 4-1 and they came back, but we were pretty confident. With the whole group and Smitty (Phoenix Goaltender Mike Smith) back there I thought we did a pretty good job.” On Forward Shane Doan being out of the lineup: “…It's not only him that we are missing; we are missing other guys… He is a big part of the team, but so is Mo (Defenseman Derek Morris) and Korpi (Forward Lauri Korpikoski), and obviously Doner is a leading scorer, but that just means someone else has to try and score the goals. I thought tonight we spread it out pretty good; there were a lot of shots on net.”
Sharks Team Notes •The Sharks are outscoring opponents 42-14 in the first period this season. •For the third time this season the Sharks scored three goals on the power play. They have scored at least two goals with the man-advantage seven times this year. SHARKS PLAYER NOTES: •Joe Pavelski had a pair of goals tonight. It was the 21st multi-goal game of his career. •Joe Thornton moved into sole possession of 26th place on the all-time assists list, registering his 815th and 816th career assists. •Players with multi-point games: Joe Pavelski (2-0=0) and Joe Thornton (0-2=2). •Tomas Hertl took his first career penalty tonight, ending a streak of 31 straight games without taking a minor penalty. •Logan Couture led all skaters with eight shots on net. •Joe Pavelski led all Sharks skaters with 21:31 of ice time.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
ANAHEIM DUCKS Corey Perry On his goal It was a great play by Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf], driving wide. Hamper [Hampus Lindholm] had a pretty good shot there and just missed the top corner. It came off the back wall and I just batted it out of the air. On how the puck seems to find him around the net That’s what you’ve got to do. You look at a lot of goals in this league, and they’re scored in that 10-foot radius in front of the net. I’m just trying to go there and be a big body in front of the net. Things are happening. Alex Grant On his second career goal on his second career shot I think [Josh Harding] was cheating a little bit on the pass. I just happened to see that at the right time, and I just threw it on net. Good things happen when you throw it on net. On the defense keeping Minnesota in check Lovey [Ben Lovejoy] and [Cam] Fowler did a great job against their top line. And our checking line did a really good job, as well. Any time you can shut down the top line, it’s tough for the team to get momentum. We played a lot in their zone, and it makes it a lot easier on everybody when we’re playing in their zone. Bruce Boudreau On neutralizing the Wild Other than their power-play goal, I didn’t think Saku [Koivu’s] line gave too much away, with Cam and Ben. I think they only had three chances according to the stats after two periods, which is a pretty good defensive battle by us. On Jonas Hiller’s play I’ve seen him like this before. He’s coming prepared. The last five games have been two goals and under. That’s a great sign.
POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 2 vs. Minnesota 1 Dec. 11, 2013 Honda Center 22-7-5, 49 Standings Points The Anaheim Ducks improved their season record to 22-7-5 for 49 points, ranking second in the NHL behind only Chicago (51 points). The club has won four straight and picked up points in seven consecutive games (5-0-2, 12 points). Anaheim also has points in nine of its last 10 (7-1-2, 16 points). The Ducks pushed their home record to 12-0-2, marking the club’s best home start in franchise history. Anaheim remains the only NHL club to remain undefeated in regulation this season. In addition, this marks just the second time since the implementation of the shootout (2005-06) that an NHL club has gone at least 14 games without a regulation loss at home to start a season (San Jose, 20-0-2 in 2008-09). Corey Perry extended his goal streak to a career-high seven consecutive games (8-2=10), the longest streak in the NHL since Calgary’s Curtis Glencross scored in seven consecutive games from Feb.27-Mar. 11, 2012 (7 goals). Perry is now second among league leaders with 21 goals this season. He notched his sixth GWG this season, tied with linemate Ryan Getzlaf for the most in the NHL. In addition, Perry also has an active nine-game point streak, his longest since a 10-game streak from Mar. 19-26, 2011 (8-2=10). Ryan Getzlaf extended his official point streak to 13 consecutive games (6-10=16), equaling the longest in the NHL this season (also STL’s Steen, Oct. 17-Nov.16). Including the two games he played prior to a three-game absence due to injury, Getzlaf has points in the last 15 games he has appeared in (10-12=22). While the 15-game streak is not an official point streak, this marks the first time since Dec. 22, 2007-Jan. 23, 2008 (15-game streak, 6-16=22) that he has points in 15 consecutive games that he has played in. Getzlaf’s 16-22=38 points this season rank tied for third in the NHL with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. Alex Grant scored a goal for the second consecutive game (2-0=2). He is the first defenseman to record at least one goal in each of his first two career NHL games since Marcus Ragnarsson of San Jose on Oct. 7 & 12, 1995 (2-0=2). (ESB) Daniel Winnik now has a career-high three-game assist streak (0-5=5), which includes a career-best three-assist effort on Monday night vs. the Islanders. In December, Jonas Hiller has gone 3-0-1, with a .949 SV% (130-of-137) and a 1.68 GAA (7 GA/250 MIN). At HOME, Hiller has gone 7-0-2 (one ND) with a 1.77 GAA (17 GA/577 MIN) and a .944 SV% (286-of-303). Tonight marks Kyle Palmieri’s 100th career NHL game. Andrew Cogliano now has a three-game point streak (2-2=4) Tonight’s attendance was 15,252.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Nick Bonino On tonight’s game You want to put teams behind you. Our division has five teams in the top-nine in the West. It’s a tough division to get out of. It’s a fun division to play in because of that. But games like these, tight games, we need to close out if we have a lead in the third, or if we have chances to win in a shootout. Jonas Hiller On Dwight King’s shootout goal It’s tough to lose that way. I don’t know if he missed a shot a little bit, but it kind of caught me right between the pad and my glove. It’s a tough one. Bruce Boudreau On the play of Hiller He was tremendous. He was the reason we got a point tonight. When you have the opportunity on your stick whether you deserve to win the game or not, you’ve got to put it away. That killer instinct has been eluding us for a little bit now. We’ve got to find it somewhere.
Dwight King On his shootout goal Basically, a lot of guys shot glove, some guys hit iron. My look when I was going down was to try to surprise him with a quick shot. On picking up shootout win It was great. Obviously these guys are close to home and there’s a little bit of a rivalry there so it’s nice to come away with two points.