Coach Boudreau – ‘It’s a man’s game, better be prepared’

Comments from Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau after his team downed the visiting LA Kings in Anaheim on Thursday night…

“I know every time we play this team, it’s a man’s game and you better be prepared to hit and be hit, because they’re’re so good. It also proves that even if we got, I thought, outplayed pretty bad in the first period, that we can come back. Once we got our legs underneath us and weren’t nervous for whatever reason, I thought we played pretty good the last two periods.”

On if tonight’s’s game showed that the Ducks can grind it out:

“We had 48 hits tonight, which is our team record. You have to play that way against these guys. If we make the playoffs, that’s what you’re going to have to do- grind it out.”

On the Ducks’ momentum in the second period:

“I thought we finally got momentum when we killed those two penalties back-to-back in the second period. Then, I thought the crowd got into it. We had the killed penalties and the crowd got into it more with the disallowed goal. It sort of fired everybody up.”

On his view of the disallowed goal:

“The league makes the call. There’s nothing I can do about it or say about it.”

On winning the game even though he thought they were outplayed:

“It’s satisfying but we know if we want to win, we have to be better. Last game they won in a shootout, but they outplayed us pretty bad in the shots department. We have to play better if we want to be able to say, ‘yeah we can go in and beat LA.'”

On Ben Lovejoy and Mark Fistric:

“I thought they were really good, everything after the first period. I thought Fisty hit everything that moved and Lovejoy is a big game guy. He did a great job. He can skate with almost anybody. It was good. He did very well.”

On Bryan Allen’s condition:

“I’m going to back in and see right now. He said he was okay, but players always say that. So, we’ll see.”

On if he will be able to take it all in on Saturday:

“I’ll look around for the first five minutes but I’m sure when you’re playing Los Angeles, you’re going to be into the game. I think everybody on our team will be into the game. It’s going to be a great experience for everybody that hasn’t been to an outdoor game. It’s going to be really cool. But it is a business, and we have to go in there and hopefully get two points.”

On the importance of winning tonight’s game:

“Yeah, it was a big win. Anytime you can win the first game of a double header, the most they can do is get even with us. They can’t sweep us, so it’s important to win.”

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