Simon Gagne’s postgame thoughts…

(on the game…)
GAGNE: “In the last two periods, we were more patient with the puck, and that’s what you want. You don’t want to play to the score. That’s what we said after the second (period). We just want to go out there and get better and better. I thought we did that in the last 20, but the first 40 minutes was not quite the type of hockey we want to play. It’s preseason, and you need to play those games to get going. To me, it’s maybe too much practice now and not enough games, and we need to get going and play those games, and we’re going to get that this week.’’

(on playing a prospect-heavy Ducks team…)

GAGNE: “Sometimes, I don’t know, it could be hard. It’s maybe the nature of any guys. You look at the lineup and you think they’ve got a `B’ team and they don’t have their best players, so maybe you think it’s going to be easier. That’s maybe why we started the game like we did. But it’s not an excuse. Even if it’s preseason, you want to find a way to get better as quick as you can. The season is coming pretty soon. But like I said, it’s only the second game. For some guys it was only their first game, and we need to play those games to get better. You can practice all you want, but there’s not a better way than to go out and play games before your season starts.’’

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