Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano on Saturday addressed the notion that the team’s core players, himself included, were more to blame for another Game 7 defeat than coach Bruce Boudreau. He spoke at length about that subject. Here’s some of what he said during his season-ending interview with reporters:
“Questions about the core are fair. We haven’t gotten the job done. We’ve made some good strides during the year. We showed character in coming back. There’s positives. But we haven’t done the job at the right time and rhythm when it really counts. I think…I’m not sure what the factors are. Bob (Murray, the Ducks’ GM) is right. This isn’t on Bruce. I think a lot of guys need to know where they’re at and figure out where we went wrong. A lot of them have been here for a while. I’m not just talking the captains.. Myself, Cam (Fowler), guys like Hampus (Lindholm) and Sami (Vatanen) aren’t young anymore..Not singling them out, but we’ve been here for a while now. We don’t have a lot of young guys in the lineup. Like i said, guys have to figure out where we’re gone wrong. Today’s a much different feeling leaving the rink. In those years there’s been a sense of hope. Today there’s zero feeling like that.”
Cogliano also spoke about not doing enough individually this season, but especially during the playoffs. Here’s more:
“My meeting with ‘Murph’ (Murray) won’t go the same as it has. I wasn’t good enough, simple as that. Everyone can say the same thing. I had good moments but ultimately I didn’t do enough. Everyone wants to talk about that we have ‘Getz’ (Ryan Getzlaf) and ‘Pears’ (Corey Perry), but we have guys who have been here and need to play better. Guys could have stepped up more. They’re not the captains of the team. I’ve played over 700 games, Cam’s been in the league since 18. Hampus, Sami, ‘Raks’ (Rickard Rakell) … we’ve learned the hard way but it’s not acceptable, simple as that, and we let a real good opportunity get away from us. I don’t know why. Maybe we came into the playoffs thinking we were better than we thought. That wasn’t the case.”
Key play: Ryan Kesler scored a shorthanded goal 10 seconds into the third period, converting on a centering pass from teammate Jakob Silfverberg, and the Ducks went on to take a 3-1 victory Sunday from the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center.
Playoff update: The Ducks (44-24-10, 98 points) leapfrogged the idle Kings (46-27-5, 97 points) and moved into first place in the Pacific Division. The teams each have four regular-season games remaining, including a showdown Thursday against each other at Staples Center.
Pivotal performer: Center Nate Thompson scored his third goal in as many games, beating Stars goaltender Antti Niemi on a breakaway while the Ducks were shorthanded in the second period. Thompson intercepted a pass from Stars defenseman John Klingberg and skated in alone.
Milestone moment: Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano played in his 700 th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NHL. Cogliano’s streak also is the sixth-longest streak in league history. Doug Jarvis set the Ironman standard with 964 consecutive games played between 1975 and 1987.
Quote, unquote: “It was our best game in a month,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We were a pretty determined group. We knew what their strengths were. I thought we put together a good game plan and the players executed it really well.”
Injury update: Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen sat out for the second game because of a concussion. Boudreau said Andersen took shots during a morning workout. John Gibson started his fourth consecutive game and Anton Khudobin served as his backup.
Key play: Emerson Etem scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks held on for a 3-2 victory Friday over the Ducks at the Honda Center. Etem, a former Ducks right wing and a Long Beach native, scored for only the fourth time in 54 games this season.
Playoff update: The Ducks (43-24-10, 96 points) squandered a chance to leapfrog the Kings and take over first place in the Pacific Division. The Kings (46-26-5, 97 points) face the Dallas Stars today at Staples Center, with a chance to pad their lead.
Quote, unquote: “It’s a game we should have won,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We should have had two points. You need 20 guys playing and we didn’t have 20 going. … We definitely didn’t play a 60-minute game. We haven’t played a 60-minute game in a while.”
Milestone approaching: Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano played in his 699th consecutive, the longest active streak in the NHL and the sixth-longest in league history. He’s expected to play in his 700th straight game Sunday, when the Ducks play host to the Stars.
Injury updates: The Canucks began the game with only 11 healthy forwards, shifting defenseman Andrey Pedan to left wing. Then they lost left wing Chris Higgins to a lower-body injury and right wing Linden Vey to an upper-body injury, dropping the number to nine.
Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the Anaheim chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The award is given to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
Cogliano has nine goals and 27 points and a plus-3 defensive rating while playing in all 75 games this season. In fact, his streak of 697 consecutive games played is the longest by an active player in the NHL and the sixth-longest in league history. He is a three-time Masterton nominee by the Anaheim chapter of the PHWA.
“The streak is great, but the way he handles himself as a professional is outstanding,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I’ve never seen anything like it from any other player I’ve been associated with. He does the right things for his body, puts the right food in it. He rests when he’s supposed to rest. He works out diligently every day, and that’s one of the reasons he has this streak going. He works out very hard. I don’t think people realize how tough he is.
“Last night (a 2-1 victory Monday over the Edmonton Oilers), he gets hit in the head (in a collision with teammate Jakob Silfverberg) and he’s down and he doesn’t miss a shift. He shakes it off. Other than that, for the Masterton, he’s just a really good person and does a lot of community stuff and will sit and talk with anybody.
“To me, he’s just the perfect candidate.”
Key play: Left wing Andrew Cogliano ignited a four-goal second-period outburst by scoring at the 32-second mark and the Ducks took a 7-1 victory Monday from the New Jersey Devils at the Honda Center. The Ducks remained two points behind the first-place Kings in the Pacific Division.
Pivotal performer: Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg scored three goals and added an assist for his first hat trick and four-point game in the NHL. He had two goals and one assist during the pivotal second period, helping the Ducks take a commanding 4-1 lead.
Quote, unquote: “I think we’re a great checking line, but we have the skill to score goals, too,” Silfverberg said after he scored three times, and Cogliano and Kesler scored once apiece and each had two assists. “It’s great for the confidence. It’s good for all three of us. … It’s was a fun night.”
Between the pipes: Frederik Andersen started in goal for the Ducks as coach Bruce Boudreau stuck to his two games on, two games off rotation. Andersen made 24 saves. John Gibson is expected to play Wednesday against the New York Rangers.
Milestone moment: Boudreau won his 200th game as Ducks coach, reaching the mark faster than any other in team history. Boudreau is 200-100-38 during four-plus seasons as coach. Randy Carlyle holds the record for most victories as Ducks coach with 273 in 516 games.
Injury updates: Defenseman Kevin Bieksa didn’t play because of a lower-body injury suffered during the Ducks’ 5-2 loss Friday to the St. Louis Blues. Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen sat out for the second game because of an upper-body injury.
Key play: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf scored 16 seconds into the third period to give the Ducks a two-goal lead en route to a 5-2 victory Sunday over the Calgary Flames at the Honda Center. Getzlaf extended his point streak to eight consecutive games (four goals, nine assists).
Pivotal performer: Ryan Kesler scored two goals, including a third-period strike that gave the Ducks a 4-1 lead. Kesler’s 12th and 13th goals of the season propelled the Ducks to their fifth consecutive victory, moving them within two points of the Pacific Division-leading Kings.
Quote, unquote: “He’s been a beast,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Kesler. “Just because he doesn’t score, some people don’t think he’s played as good as he has in the past, but I think he been phenomenal. I mean, he’s checking the other team’s top line all the time, whether we’re at home or on the road. He’s done a great job of it.”
Gone streaking: Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano played in his 680th consecutive game, breaking a tie for sixth place with the Vancouver Canucks’ Henrik Sedin. Cogliano’s streak, which began with his NHL debut Oct. 4, 2007, is the longest active streak in the league.
Between the pipes: John Gibson started in goal for the Ducks for the second consecutive game, after defeating the Canucks in the finale of a seven-game trip Thursday in Vancouver. Gibson made 22 saves. Jonas Hiller, a former Ducks goalie, started for the Flames. Hiller had 28 saves.
Key play: Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano scored 1:41 apart in the third period and the Ducks took a 5-2 victory Friday from the Arizona Coyotes at the Honda Center. Perry’s goal was his team-leading 21st. The Ducks’ victory was their sixth consecutive.
Pivotal performer: Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon had one goal and two assists for the first three-point game of his NHL career. Maroon has one goal and five assists in his last six games. He has two goals and nine assists in 45 games this season.
Quote, unquote: “It’s a huge week for us,” Maroon said of defeating the Sharks, Kings and Coyotes. “Our goal was to win the week. We won the week and that week’s over now. We’ve got a 13-day road trip that’s going to be very, very hard.”
Between the pipes: Frederik Andersen returned to the Ducks’ net one night after John Gibson made 23 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Kings. Andersen stopped 23 shots from the Coyotes in his fifth consecutive victory and his 10th this season. Lindback made his 19th appearance for the Coyotes.
Frequent fliers: The Ducks depart Saturday for a seven-game, 12-night trip, their longest trek of the season. The play the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.
Key play: Shea Theodore’s first NHL goal broke a 1-all tie at 15:05 of the third period and the Ducks took a 4-1 victory Wednesday from the Ottawa Senators at the Honda Center. Theodore’s first point came in his eighth game since he was recalled from San Diego of the AHL.
Pivotal performer: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf’s errant neutral zone pass freed the Senators’ Curtis Lazar for a tying breakaway goal late in the second period and resulted in Getzlaf’s demotion from the top line to the fourth in the third period. Getzlaf then assisted on Theodore’s go-ahead goal.
Quote, unquote: “It took a couple of games to get it and the guys were on me, but it feels good to get the first one out of the way,” Theodore said of his first goal. “I kind of panicked after. It felt good. … Huge. … Pretty special. It’s been a while and I’ve been thinking about it, but it feels good.”
Streak-breakers: Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano scored his first goal since Nov. 27 against the Chicago Blackhawks, a second-period shot off the rush that beat Senators goalie Craig Anderson for a 1-0 lead. Cogliano snapped a 17-game goal drought. Carl Hagelin ended a nine-game drought with a third-period goal that made it 3-1 and Jakob Silfverberg’s goal that extended the lead to 4-1 was his first in 13 games.
Dropping the gloves: Ducks defenseman Josh Manson earned a decision during a first-period fight with the Senators’ Mark Borowiecki and Patrick Maroon of the Ducks fought to a draw during a second-period scrap with the Senators’ Chris Neil.
The Ducks won the Stanley Cup championship in 2006-07 with a third line of Travis Moen, Sammy Pahlsson and Rob Niedermayer that shut down anyone and everyone they played against. Have the Ducks found a new third line capable of such blanket defensive coverage?
It sure seems that way, after Andrew Cogliano, Shawn Horcoff and Carl Hagelin helped to shut out the Sedin twins during the Ducks’ 4-0 victory Monday over the Vancouver Canucks. As a bonus, Horcoff scored the first goal of the game, with assists from Cogliano and Hagelin.
“It’s been good,” Horcoff said. “Since we started, we have chemistry right off the bat, almost immediately. Bruce (Boudreau, Ducks coach,) has given us a pretty role playing against top lines and wanting us to shut them down and do the best we can alongside (Ryan Kesler’s) line. With that, we’ve been able to produce some offense, which is nice.”
Here’s what Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano said Friday about the team’s poor start and the blame placed on coach Bruce Boudreau for it: “Bruce has obviously taken the heat, like every coach in those situations usually does. I don’t think it’s necessary. Bruce doesn’t play the game. We have guys — top players, myself included, a bunch of guys — who haven’t scored. And we’ve been shut out five out of 10 games. So it’s pretty self-explanatory that it’s nothing about the coach. It’s about the players.”