Although the #FirstToFive hashtag works just fine for the LA Galaxy, it does not seem to apply to AEG’s hockey team. After getting timely goals to go up 5-3, the Kings came from ahead to lose to the host Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. After the shootout, here is what was being said in both locker rooms:
Ryan Getzlaf on tonight’s game:
It was entertaining, I’ll give you that. I was proud. Our guys played really well tonight. We had ups and downs throughout the game, but I felt we played well all night long. They had some bounces. Freddie [Andersen] didn’t have his best game, but Barbs [Jason LaBarbera] came in. That’s what our team is about.
Getzlaf on breaking out offensively:
I wish we could’ve stopped them from scoring, but maybe that’s what we needed to jumpstart our offense and get a big win tonight.
Ryan Kesler on resiliency:
It seemed like we’d get one, they’d get one, but the positive is that it’s a sign of a good character win by a good character team. We could’ve easily given up when the score was 3-1 or 4-2, but the guys stayed positive on the bench. We kept fighting. It’s a pretty good game against a pretty good defensive team.
Jason LaBarbera on the challenges of coming on in relief:
It’s never easy, especially with an atmosphere like that. Your mindset changes in a hurry. That might’ve been the loudest regular-season crowd I’ve heard. That was pretty impressive.
LaBarbera on stopping Kopitar in the shootout:
On the penalty shot, I knew he was going to make that move. I didn’t think he was going to do it in the shootout, so I felt like I should go old school and poke check him. I probably threw him off because I think he shot it a little quicker than he wanted to.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on tonight’s game:
For people that saw it on Rivalry Night, they know what the rivalry is all about now. I thought it was a pretty intense game, and exciting for the fans.
Boudreau on resiliency:
We never quit. It was one of those games where, with two minutes to go, I was thinking that if we don’t get two points out of this it’s a shame. I thought we played so hard. They kept coming back against a tough team. We kept coming back, got a good tip at the end to tie it up, and I think they were tired of losing in the shootout.
Anze Kopitar on the third period:
We put ourselves in the position going into the third one goal up and I think that was pretty much the only positive thing we could take out of the first two periods. We weren’t on it. We gave up too many chances. Quick had us in there. In the third, being up 5-3, we have to close the game out. Obviously we didn’t do that tonight, and we have to improve on it and play better.
Kopitar on Jonathan Quick:
He kept us in it for the whole game. We gave them five goals but we gave up way too much stuff around our net and on the rush. We definitely have to look at that and get better.
Drew Doughty on the loss:
That wasn’t a very good game by us. They did a really good job defensively in the neutral zone and made us turn over a lot of pucks. When they turned it over they were getting right back into our zone and getting on the forecheck, and that caused a lot of guys to have long shifts. When you’re out there for a long time you’re obviously tired, and that’s when they got some good opportunities. That’s one of the main reasons why we lost.
Doughty on losing two two-goal leads:
I think our team always feels secure when we have a two-goal lead. We always feel good with a lead. Obviously we have Quick back there. We have one of the best, I think, defensive corps in the whole league and all of our forwards play pretty good defense as well. Whenever we have that two-goal lead we feel secure. Tonight we weren’t able to do that.
Kings coach Daryl Sutter on the overall game:
I don’t think we let it get away, we never really had the lead. When you define it by goals having the lead, we really never had the lead. For Jonathan it wasn’t even close. They’re a much better team than we are.
Sutter on what the team lacked:
I don’t think we had much energy and much focus. We used a short bench. It’s too bad we actually lost the shootout because Jonathan feels tough. He stood on his head to get us a point.
Miscellaneous notes, as provided by the Ducks PR staff:
– The Ducks improved to 11-3-3 with a 6-5 shootout victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center. Anaheim has now won five consecutive regular-season contests against Los Angeles, including two consecutive at Honda Center. The Ducks also extended their standings point streak to six consecutive games (3-0-3, 9 pts.) and now lead the NHL in overall points (25).
– Anaheim has played four consecutive overtime/shootout games for the first time since April 2-8, 2010 (1-0-3). The team recorded 49 shots, the most since registering 51 on Mar 28, 2014 @ EDM.
– Jason LaBarbera recorded his second win of the season, stopping 14-of-16 shots faced and two-of-three shootout attempts after relieving Frederik Andersen at 9:20 of the second period.
– Ryan Kesler recorded his 25th career multi-goal game and tied his career high in points with 2-1=3 (18th time). Kesler, who also recorded his fifth career game-deciding shootout goal, is now riding a four-game point streak (2-4=6). He has 5-9=14 points in 17 games with Anaheim and ranks third on the team in points.
– With his third-period game-tying goal, Ryan Getzlaf now has a team-leading 5-11=16 points this season.
– Jakob Silfverberg tied a career high with 1-1=2 points (fifth time). Silfverberg now has 1-7=8 points this season and 1-3=4 points in his last five games. He also added a shootout goal, improving his career SO record to 8-of-14 (57%).
– With his second-period goal, Cam Fowler has now recorded 2-8=10 points this season, ranking second among team blueliners in scoring.
– Hampus Lindholm collected two assists, marking his eighth career multi-point game. Lindholm now has 1-4=5 points in 17 games this season.
– With his first assist of the season, Matt Beleskey now has 7-1=8 points in 17 games, marking his fastest start to a season in both goals and points.
– Andrew Cogliano and Rickard Rakell each added assists on Fowler’s second-period goal, their fourth and third of the season, respectively.
– With his first and second non-powerplay points of the season, Sami Vatanen now has 4-8=12 points in 17 games.
– Emerson Etem recorded a career-high seven shots on goal tonight.
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