WCF Game 1: Ducks and Blackhawks talk Anaheim’s 4-1 Win

Blackhawks Ducks 2015 WCFAn early goal from Hampus Lindholm gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first period and they went on to earn a 4-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. Anaheim defensemen continue to lead all other blueline groups in the NHL’s post-season, having now recorded 32 points.

In goal, Frederik Andersen stopped 32-of-33 shots en route to pushing his playoff mark to 9-1, tying him with New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist for the league lead in wins.

After the final horn had sounded, here is the best of what was said from both locker rooms…

Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen on his performance:

“I felt good, felt sharp early on. They were giving me some shots to feel in the game. It was a good first period. But then we played a lot better in the second and third, which gave us the momentum a little bit.”

Anderson on his paddle save on Patrick Kane:

“He picked up a loose puck there. I didn’t really see how much time he had at the beginning. I played aggressive, but he was patient, tried to get me moving laterally. I knew I had to try to throw my stick over and take as much of the net as I could. Luckily, he hit the stick… He waited me out a little bit. Had to try to get something in front of the net and get it close to him when he shot it, take away more of the net.”

Anderson on the series:

“I think everyone in the locker room knows we can beat this team. It’s a good feeling that we showed it in Game 1. They’re going to come harder. We’ll have to play better in Game 2. It’s going to be another good game.”

Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri on the overall game:

“I don’t think we got off to the start we wanted. We took a penalty early on, but we had a couple of minutes in the first that were our game. For the most part, it was pretty run and gun, and that fits their style. Once we got to the second period, we played the majority the way we wanted to. In the third, we kept our foot on the gas. They were going to get great chances; they’re a great team. Moving forward, we need to have a better start and go from there.”

Palmieri on the importance of secondary scoring:

“It feels nice to get that first one of the playoffs. We had a couple of chances tonight, and could’ve had a couple more. We played well on the forecheck and we went out there played our style of game. We capitalized on a couple of their mistakes and hopefully we can keep that going moving forward.”

Ducks forward Nate Thompson on Andersen’s paddle save on Kane, and overall performance:

“It’s huge. Whenever he can make big saves like that, you can tell on the bench that we kind of calmed down. We relaxed, we rebounded. Those are timely saves he’s making for us, and it helps our team out in the long run.”

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on putting together the Thompson line the way he did:

“Well, they’ve been together for the last series. I mean, it was more to get Silfverberg with Kesler than it was to get Palmieri with Thompson. It takes a little while to get a little bit of chemistry. I thought they played very well tonight.”

Boudreau on the overall game:

“Well, we weren’t very good in the first period. We got lucky a few times that they didn’t score a couple goals. I thought we made a couple of adjustments. We played better in the second and third. But I still don’t think it was our A game. You know, you allow over 30 shots, I mean, we got lucky and scored. We were opportunistic tonight. We’re going to have to play better if we want to continue to stay with these guys… I think it’s always important getting that first goal. It makes you feel, oh, like you’re into it. They’re such a fast-score, quick-striking team, that I think it’s important that if you can get that first goal… They probably had eight chances before we had our one. We were lucky enough to put it in.”

Boudreau on the second power play in the third period; killing off the Kesler penalty:

“We cut it down to four penalty killers. Usually use six. I thought when we did turn it over in that penalty kill, we got it down the ice. You usually get in trouble when you clear it and it doesn’t get out, especially usually at the end of your shift, then they keep it in. That’s a troublesome sign. But I thought we did a real good job of when it was on our stick, getting it down the ice and making them go 200 feet again.”

Boudreau on the question marks surrounding Anderson before the playoffs:

“I think he’s getting more confidence. He’s played through two rounds now. He’s seen the pressure that comes with it. He’s had a long time to get ready for this game. He was very good. I mean, our goaltender was very good tonight. But, again, you don’t win unless your goaltender in any playoff series is really good. You need it. He had game confidence. He looked composed today. I didn’t see him look rattled at all. He handled the puck well. Hopefully he can continue doing that.”

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford on both teams not showing rust:

“The crowd was pretty loud so I think both teams kind of played off of that. We got the start we wanted and we played well. We had our chances and it was a hard-fought game. It was really close.”

Crawford on Anaheim’s secondary scoring:

“I think that was the difference for them. Their bottom lines played well. They got some key goals for them. That happens in the playoffs sometimes when you shut down the top line.”

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane on regrouping for Game 2:

“I think we have to take it as it’s one game. We still have a chance to come here and do what we want to do to and take one from them. Try to get home ice back in our favor. We still have that opportunity. Obviously the next game is huge and we have to come ready to play.”

Kane On Frederik Andersen:

“He’s a good goaltender. I think we expected that. He’s a battler. He had numerous, numerous saves tonight where it seems like we had a good chance to score where he gets a leg or a stick on it. I think with the scouting report on him we have to just bear down on him on those opportunities.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on the overall game:

“I thought we had a real good start to the game. Being down 1-0 after one was a tough spot to be in. We hadn’t been behind in the last four games. Second period, I thought we played alright, too. But at the end, the second goal turned out to be a big goal. They get the lead. We put ourselves in a chance in the third with the big goal late. Third period, I don’t think we generated much compared to the first two periods. When we’re playing catch-up, it’s not one of our strengths. At the same time it’s a good hockey team. We didn’t get to the net as much as we’d like. Put a lot of pucks into the net, but we got to get more bodies, more traffic.”

Quenneville on the Ducks ability to generate goals from players other than Perry and Getzlaf:

“They’re a dangerous team. All four lines can score. All four lines have speed. They push the pace. They’re not just a cycle team, they’re dangerous off the rush. I think no matter who is on the ice, they’re capable of making plays. We got to be aware of that as well. I thought we generated all four lines of offense when we had our moments, but we didn’t cash in.”

Quenneville on if Rundblad and Timonen will be enough depth to compete with the Ducks:

“I think we’re fine. Every game’s different. I think when you’re not playing much, you want to play it safe, keep it simple as best you can. We’ll work our way through it.”

Quenneville on adjustments for Game 2:

“I think we started the right way. We did what we wanted to do. Playing catch-up wasn’t exactly what you want. But they got the break scoring first. The second goal turned out to be a big one again. We play the right way, we score first or do the right things again next game like we did today, that’s what we’ll be looking for.”

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