Penner stays red hot, scores another pair, Ducks drown the Flames

Dustin Penner hadn’t scored two goals in the same game since February 2011, back when he was still a member of the Edmonton Oilers.  He’s now done it twice in less than a week.  Following up on his two goal performance for the Ducks last Saturday, Penner netted another pair on Friday in a 5-2 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

After the game, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms…

- Dustin Penner on the bounce back win, following Tuesday’s loss in Dallas: “We want to get some confidence to take into next week because we’ve got some pretty stiff competition. We’re going to need the team feeling as confident as possible.”

- Penner on his own performance thus far: “It’s been a while since I’ve been able to come in with any consistency. Obviously, playing with Getzlaf and Perry, and the way we read off of each other, we’re opportunistic. It’s not like I’ve been doing anything different. I still have the same mindset I’ve had the past two years. Now I’m getting more of an opportunity now.”

- Saku Koivu on how he felt in his return: “Physically, I felt surprisingly good. Coming back from a concussion, which is a first for me, I was a little hesitant in the first period, and then in the second half I felt a little more comfortable. You can only get so much contact in practice. You need a couple games to really see how you feel. But, tonight I felt fine.”

- Koivu on the chemistry of his line with Andrew Cogliano and Daniel Winnik: “Sometimes it’s tough to pinpoint one thing on why it’s working, but we just try to keep people honest. A lot of our offensive chances come off our forecheck and off the rush. Some nights you’re not going to get results, but if you put the work in, and you try and outwork the opponent, good things happen. It’s fun playing with those two guys. For an older guy like me, when you see two young guys buzzing around and putting the work in, there’s no choice but to join them and try to keep up.”

- Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on the Cogliano-Koivu-Winnik line:  “They have great chemistry. They’ve had it for over a year. I think they like playing together, and it shows in their enthusiasm they have when they’re out there. They were the catalysts tonight. They were the ones who got it going and kept it going.”

- Boudreau on the next stretch of games: “It’s going to let us know where we are in the next four games. San Jose, Los Angeles, Chicago and St. Louis are the top-four teams in the league. It’ll give us a real good barometer of where we’re at. In that sense, we’re looking forward to seeing where we’re at.”

- Flames forward David Jones: “I didn’t know we had such a tough go here, but they are a good team, you have got to give them credit. They have a lot of talent with that line out there, the Getzlaf line and they kind of exploited us there.”

- Flames defenseman Ladislav Smid: “Obviously we wanted two points really bad. It’s really disappointing losing. I felt in the second period we came back and had a big chance to make it 4-3. I think that would be a little bit different game. We just proved you can’t give too much time and space to that big line, they are going to capitalize on any chance they get… We don’t want to make any excuses with injuries, every team goes through that and other guys just have to step up and be leaders. I thought we were really flat in the first period and we had a good talk between periods and I thought we came back stronger in the second period, we scored some goals but at the same time we made some mistakes, had some turnovers and it pretty much cost us the game.”

- Flames coach Bob Hartley: “Well, we had no answer for the Getzlaf, Perry and Penner line. Those guys basically dominated us the entire game. We got back after we scored the second goal and I felt we generated a little momentum, but that fifth goal put us back on our heels and they are a big team and just grind it out… They just storm around his net, I don’t think any goalies would have made a difference. They are a big team, they crash the net and they generate lots of traffic and they took advantage of a couple mistakes on our side. It was already planned that Karri Ramo was going to start tomorrow, so that is why we put him in after their fifth goal.”

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