Ducks players and coach share thoughts on latest loss at home

After the Blue Jackets defeated the Ducks 4-2 in Anaheim on Monday night, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms – including quotes from Ryan Getzlaf, RJ Umberger and both coaches…

Ryan Getzlaf on the loss:

“We knew we were going to hit some patches here and there. It’s frustrating with our effort and our start of the game. We’re not ready to play. They came out and they played hard. Their goaltender played well early and we just didn’t respond. We didn’t keep playing the game.”

Frederik Andersen on the game:

“I have to be better seeing some of those chances. It doesn’t matter how hard they come. I have to be better. It’s tough to win when you let in four goals. We weren’t ready.”

Andersen on falling behind early:

“That’s not the best way to start the game. It’s not really about the goals; it’s the way we play. We have to come out better. We’ll play better the rest of the games.”

Mathieu Perreault on the recent struggles:

“We let teams take it to us and we have a hard time coming back now. We can’t find a way to get back in games, so we need to start better.”

Perreault on if teams are defending them differently:

“It’s all about us. We haven’t had a lot of emotion lately. We’re just going through the motions. We’ve been winning so much that we kind of got into a lull right now. We have to find a way to get out of it.”

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on the recent struggles:

“You look at individual games, and today we just got outworked. We lost all the one-on-one battles. We don’t have the sense of urgency. It’s not there. If you want to win in this league, it has to be there every night. Every team you play is hungry for points.”

Boudreau on having to face Chicago on Wednesday:

“It’s probably great that Chicago is coming in. It’s a team that if we don’t play up to our best level, we’re going to get our butts kicked. It’s never good to see Chicago because they’re a great team, but it’s maybe something we need.”

RJ Umberger on the Columbus’ play:

“We are really playing to our identity right now. We are working hard. We are a gritty team. We let our forecheck do the work for us. We get big saves from Bob when we need them. Our special teams have been a lot better this past month and we are really working on our penalty kill. It has been a big improvement for us.”

Umberger on game:

“We don’t score too many pretty goals. We’re just kind of a team that grinds it out. We got rewarded with some rebounds and some deflections there tonight. ”

Nathan Horton on the win:

“They’re a good team. They have only lost three at home before us. It is a great test for us and we played hard. I think we played a great game. We stuck with them.”

Horton on the team’s confidence:

“We’ve had our struggles. We really needed to win. When they scored and made it 2-1, we stuck with the game plan and went back out there and got a couple goals. We kept playing the same way. We kept working hard and that’s what happens. We got bounces.”

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on holding the lead in the third period:

“We were a little bit better. There are still some things I would like to see us do when we have leads. Especially when they scored the first goal to make it 2-1. It was a huge goal as far as power plays. We definitely benefited from that situation, but then again we get into kind of a retreat mode and prevent defense. They were able to start attacking with speed. We were better tonight but we still have to get better in terms of playing the third period with a lead.”

Richards on second intermission talk:

“The only thing we talked about was continue go after these guys. Continue to skate, continue to pursue pucks. The way the period started I think it was OK. Gradually as it goes on, I think the pressure gets amped up, and we start to go into a retreat mode.”

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