Post-Game 3: Ducks talk 3-2 win, cutting Kings series lead

Ducks win Game 3 vs Kings
For the first time in the series, the Ducks enjoyed a lead at intermission on Thursday night. Then, with an extra goal from Ben Lovejoy in the third period, they sealed the deal, and ultimately held on for a 3-2 win after a late goal by Kings center Mike Richards.

With the victory at Staples Center, the Ducks cut the Kings lead in the series to 2-1. Following the game, here’s what was being said back in the Anaheim locker room…

Corey Perry on team poise:

“It’s about our gap on their forwards and limiting our turnovers. We’re a tough team to play against. When that puck gets over the blue line we’re going in, banging bodies and taking the puck to the net. A lot of guys played in different roles. If we can continue to do that we’re going to be successful. It’s just a matter of taking it game by game right now.”

Ryan Getzlaf on the team’s strategy for Game 3:

“Our game is about moving the puck up quick and getting it in their zone. I thought our guys did a great job at that and forcing their defensemen to go back every time.”

Getzlaf on Jonathan Quick:

“He’s a great goaltender. He comes out and challenges a lot so sometimes we can use that and sometimes we can’t. He keeps them in every hockey game and they have a lot of faith in him.”

Getzlaf on the strategy heading into Game 4:

“We just enjoy this one tonight and then get ready tomorrow and restart again. It’s a matter of recovering and being ready to go with that same effort.”

Jonas Hiller on coming in to play:

“It can’t get much worse than sitting on the bench for 50 minutes and then suddenly being put in there in a 2-1 game. You have to focus and just stop pucks. I was happy it worked out and we were able to get the win.”

Coach Bruce Boudreau on the overall game:

“The adversity is that we’re playing a team that every game is like this. It’s no surprise to me now that we’ve played them nine times this year and every game has been the same way, so I just expect them all to be like that. I thought we played better in Anaheim and I’m sure they had more scoring chances tonight than they did in Anaheim.”

Boudreau on injuries:

“As far as injuries, both guys are day to day. It’s a lower body injury and I don’t want to talk about that anymore.”

Boudreau on home ice advantage:

“So far that hasn’t meant anything, I hope it continues for at least one more game. I can’t explain it. They’re two good teams and if you look at their road records during the course of the season, it didn’t really matter. When they play good, they play good. It’s just two good road teams, that’s the best explanation.”

Boudreau on goaltender Frederik Andersen:

“He was playing well and he’s a guy that you can tell if he’s playing well early, the glove hand seems a lot sharper and he’s a lot more concerned and he’s good with it. So I thought he played good.”

Quotes from the Kings locker room can be found here.

Bonus quotes from Ben Lovejoy:

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