Sharks take first place from Ducks, Perry and Burns break it down

After the Sharks beat the Ducks 3-2 in San Jose on Thursday night, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms – including quotes from Brent Burns, Corey Perry and both coaches…

Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan on his team’s play:

“They were good, they rose to the occasion. They knew what was at stake and focused from the beginning to the end. It became a three-line game, especially late, and they were prepared to play that. They recovered quickly on the bench and were alert. I’m real happy with the effort they put forth.”

McLellan on Brent Burns:

“He is a wrecking ball. He’s a one-man wrecking crew out there when he plays that way. His physicality showed up early. I thought he finished some checks that weren’t even really part of the offensive attack or anything like that but he established himself as a man early and continued to play that way. It’s nice to see him get rewarded, and the team.”

McLellan on Burns’ play:

“It’s never taught that way. He has his own unique style. He backs that big truck and finishes checks that way. We’d rather see him so in stick first and stick-on-puck but a lot of times as he’s backing into somebody the puck is popping out and he seems to have it on his tape. That’s what is unique about our game and as coaches we have to recognize that each individual has their own tendencies or uniqueness and sometimes we can’t get that out of them, we have to let them play with it.”

Joe Thornton on Brent Burns:

“I just saw Burnzie’s big body in front, so just yeah throw it in an area and lucky to hit off him and put it in the back of the net.”

Thornton on playing with Burns:

“It’s so easy to play with him, he just goes. He’s just a beast out there, really. Nobody can handle his size and his speed. It just forces you to try to keep up with him because he’s just going so fast and it’s great to watch.”

Thornton on Corey Perry’s line:

“They’re going to get their chances. They’re one of the best lines in the League and I think for us it’s just kind of eliminating how much you spend in your own end and I think we did a good job of that tonight.”

Brent Burns on his game winning goal:

“I don’t really remember before other than Jumbo going down the wall and he made a good play. He shot to the middle there for me and I was lucky to get a stick on it.”

Burns on how he felt tonight:

“No different than most nights, I think. I think you realize how big the game was for both teams. Obviously playing here at home, we feel it’s important to win these games. I think maybe a little bit extra but I feel pretty good every night.”

Burns on the tying goal:

“I wasn’t trying to (pass) but it ended up happening. It just one of those plays you shoot low and it doesn’t go in and hopefully it gets to Jumbo. He made a great play. It was spinning and balancing and behind him so he made a good play finishing it.”

Tommy Wingels on the game’s physicality:

“Like I said before the game, these are more physical games. There is less space out there and by being physical you can attempt to create space for your line mates. Whether you’re getting hit or giving hits out I think it’s an effective way to do that. So that’s something I tried to do tonight.”

Wingels on being in 1st place:

“It feels good. Before this morning this was something we’ve had our eye on for a while. Now that we’ve got grasp of it we can’t look back. We’ve got to keep the pedal down and try to pull away. We’ve worked this hard to get here and we can’t give it up now.”

Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau on the game:

“It was a pretty even game, all game. A bounce goes their way, it goes in. A bounce doesn’t go our way, it doesn’t go in. It’s a tough game, but that’s what happens when you have two good teams going at it. It’s tooth and nail all the way down. We made a mistake on the two-on-one. It wasn’t a good play, and those are the things that are going to cost you.”

Boudreau on the game’s significance:

“Everybody knew the importance of the game. Both teams were pretty focused in the end there–the whole game actually.”

Corey Perry on the Sharks’ comeback:

“Two breakdowns. That’s all that was. They’re a team that capitalizes on that. They push the pace. We got jumping a little too much on the second goal, and gave them a two-on-one. Those two guys aren’t going to miss too often.”

Perry on the 1st period:

“I thought we played a great period. I thought we weathered the storm. We know they’re going to come out the first five minutes and try to win the game right then and there. We weathered the storm. We stayed right with them. Yeah, they got a power-play goal, but we thought we did a great job.”

Frederik Andersen the Sharks’ last two goals:

“Two bad rebounds. Just put it right on their stick both times.”

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