May 14 morning skate quotes: Anaheim
Bruce Boudreau, on penalties being a factor in Game 6:
I think the refs have done a good job in seeing what kind of game it is and calling it accordingly. If it’s like a man’s game and there hasn’t been a lot of extra scrums after the whistles and they’ve been playing between the whistles, they’re letting a little bit more go. They know exactly if that becomes a problem, then they start getting guy in and out and taking guys and making differentials in the penalties, then they’d stop. So far, I think it’s just two teams going right at it. I don’t think the penalties are going to be a factor, I hope anyway.
Boudreau, on allowing Los Angeles to have power play opportunities:
We don’t want them to have any. That would be the perfect thing. That very rarely happens.
Boudreau, on the lack of after-whistle scrums:
So far, this is our 12th game against these guys and every one has been so close. So if you take the penalty, then you’re probably going to put yourself behind the eight-ball. I think the respect for both teams’ power plays and the respect for how close the game is has really stopped us from playing outside the whistles and just playing inside the whistles.
Boudreau, on his team’s offensive depth:
I think they’ve had confidence all year because they’ve done the same thing all year. They’ve scored. I think when our so-called third or fourth line gets a goal early, it builds everybody else up. That’s where the confidence would come in I think. I think it’s just that they expect it. They don’t think it’s an abnormal thing when they score. It’s not like something jumped out at them.
Boudreau, on Anaheim winning despite being outplayed in some periods:
Yeah, but we sit back there and wonder if we’re playing as good as we really can, because if we are and they’re outplaying us then there might be some trouble. We always believe that we can be better. If we play to our capabilities, then I think we’ll be fine. I mean that’s a good team. People forget how good that team is out there and they make you make a lot of mistakes. We’re just hoping we can play a little bit better, play a little bit smarter and have the same outcome as the last three games.
Francois Beauchemin, on what they need to do in Game 6:
I don’t think we’ve played a 60 minute game so far this series. It’d be nice to start with the puck and play a full 60. We’ve had lapses in pretty much every game when they had a chance to come back in the game. I think if we can make it a full 60 minute effort, that’d be nice tonight.
Beauchemin, on having confidence playing in Staples Center:
For sure, every time you have success in one building you have that confidence and you know you can win. It’s always a big plus, especially going into a Game 6 here. We know what they did against San Jose. They came back from a 3-0 deficit in the series and we know they can do it with all the character that they have. We want to make sure we’re ready.
Beauchemin, on wanting to close out the series:
Every time you have a chance to do that, you don’t want to wait. The longer it goes, anything can happened in a Game 7. So if you’ve got a 3-2 lead, you want to keep it going. We want to build momentum. I know we’ve won three in a row, but we want to make it four.
Teemu Selanne, on Anaheim’s play in the third period of the last two games:
That’s something that we want to learn. Obviously I don’t know why, but it seems to me that when you’re up a goal or two you start playing a more passive style. In this level, you can’t do it. Bad things happen. If you look at the other series, they had the same problem. You just have to keep pushing forward and it doesn’t matter what score. Always, you have to be loose, moderate when you’re up in the third period but you can’t start changing your game plan. System wise, you have to keep doing the same things. That’s what I meant last game, we can do things better.
Selanne, on feeling confident about protecting a lead in the third period:
Of course you want to have the confidence, but same hand, you can’t change your style. I think a lot of times in the regular season too, we got away with it because I don’t think we did a good job but we still won. That creates some bad habits. Like I said, we can do better.
Ben Lovejoy, on playing at Staples Center:
We made it a goal at the beginning of the season that we wanted to be good in LA. We have struggled in years past in this building. We wanted to go out of our way to be focused every time we played here. We were able to do that successfully twice in the regular season and once at Dodger Stadium, and then obviously the Games 3 and 4 here. We need to be good tonight, but again this a situation the Kings are comfortable in. They’ve been thriving in comebacks. They’ve been thriving in the playoffs for the last couple of years. So we need to be ready tonight.
Lovejoy, on the intensity of Game 6:
We know their level of desperation tonight and we need to exceed it.
Lovejoy, on playing in a possible elimination game:
There is a ton of pressure. There is nothing like playing in an elimination game for both teams. They’re going to do everything they can to win tonight. They’re going to be ultra-desperate. A normal team might be nervous. I don’t think the Kings will be. I think this is a situation that the Kings are absolutely comfortable with. So we need to come out and match their intensity and hopefully continue to play the way we’ve been playing.