Ducks exit interviews: Andrew Cogliano

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.”

Ducks exit interviews: Ryan Getzlaf

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf spoke to reporters for about 15 minutes Saturday during his season-ending interview. He talked about injuries, about the team’s turnaround after a 1-7-2 start to the season, about their Game 7 loss to the Nashville Predators and, of course, about the firing of Bruce Boudreau as coach. Here’s some of what he had to say:

On the team’s poor start: “It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly happened. I haven’t really been through such a turnaround like that during a season. I’ve been through a couple tough years now. Other than that, I haven’t been through anything that dramatic of a turn. The consistency is a matter of being together as a group every night and having a job to do and being excited to be there. I thought at times this year, we showed it. But at other times, we had trouble staying focused on what we needed to accomplish. And that, we’ll have to address as a group and with the group that we’re with next year.”

On shedding the reputation as a team that fails to win the big games: “That’s just it. The only way to erase them is to just do it. Whether we get the opportunity again to play in a Game 7, I will never know. Everyone calls it playoff trouble if you don’t win the Stanley Cup. There’s only one team at the end of the year that wins the Stanley Cup. There’s only been two teams that have done it basically in the last five years. Everybody else is basically in the exact same boat as us. Obviously, the Stanley Cup is our goal again. We want to get that Stanley Cup back here again, like we experienced as young players. In doing that, it is frustrating. It ticks me off. I’m a competitive person. I want to win, I want to be able to take this team to the next level and get the Stanley Cup again. I’ll work hard to try and do that again next year.”

On how much responsibility the Ducks players bear in the firing of Boudreau: “On how much do the players bear responsibility for firing: “Lots. I’ve only been part of one other coach getting fired and I felt the same way in that situation. Coaches can only do so much. They can only put so much on the ice. They have a responsibility like everybody else here. As do we. We have to absorb a lot of that, when you’re talking about going on the ice and playing and performing at the level that we should have been this year, throughout the whole year. Obviously, with the start we had, there’s always different reasons for different things. But at the end of the day, the players have to be able to perform and do what we need to do. And a lot of that falls on our shoulders and why he’s out the door.”





First look: Ducks vs. Predators


Records: Ducks 46-25-11, 103 points (first in the Pacific Division); Predators 41-27-14, 96 points (fourth in the Central).

Season series: Predators 2-1.

Results: Predators won 5-1, Oct. 22 at Nashville; Ducks won 4-2, Nov. 1 at Anaheim; Predators won 3-2, Nov. 17 at Nashville.

Ducks leading scorers: Center Ryan Getzlaf (13 goals, 50 assists), right wing Corey Perry (34 goals, 28 assists), center Ryan Kesler (21 goals, 32 assists).

Predators leading scorers: Center Filip Forsberg (33 goals, 31 assists), defenseman Roman Josi (14 goals, 47 assists), left wing James Neal (31 goals, 27 assists).

Ducks top goalies: Frederik Andersen (22-9-7, 2.30 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, 3 shutouts); John Gibson (21-13-4, 2.07 goals-against average, .920 save percentage, 4 shutouts).

Predators top goalie: Pekka Rinne (34-21-10, 2.48 goals-against average, .908 save percentage, 4 shutouts).


Game 1: Honda Center, Friday, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Game 2: Honda Center, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Game 3: Nashville, April 19, 6:30 p.m., USA

Game 4: Nashville, April 21, 5 p.m., CNBC

Game 5 (if necessary): Honda Center, April 23, TBD, TBD

Game 6 (if necessary): Nashville, April 25, TBD, TBD

Game 7 (if necessary): Honda Center, April 27, TBD, TBD

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf’s quote of the night

Here’s some of what Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said after a 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday to the Winnipeg Jets at the Honda Center: “I’ve said in the past when you play well and you lose, you can live with that. I thought we played pretty well overall tonight. We have to get better, but we competed pretty hard tonight.”

Ducks stats of the night (special hat trick edition)

Jakob Silfverberg became the 17th different player in Ducks history to record a hat trick with his first three-goal game in the NHL in a 7-1 victory Monday over the New Jersey Devils at the Honda Center. It also was the first hat trick by a Duck not named Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry since Andrew Cogliano’s three-goal game March 2, 2013 against the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes.

Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty, center Jeff Carter and Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf named to Team Canada

Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty of the Kings and Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks were named Wednesday to Team Canada’s preliminary 16-player roster for the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. Carter, Doughty and Getzlaf were members of the gold-medal winning team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Corey Perry of the Ducks was snubbed Wednesday, although he’s likely to be named to the final roster. Perry leads the Ducks with 26 goals and was a member of the 2014 and ’10 Olympic championship teams for Canada.

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf named the NHL’s first star for the month of February

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf got his game together last month. The NHL took notice and named him Tuesday as the league’s first star for February. Getzlaf had six goals and 20 points and a plus-13 defensive rating in 14 games last month. His current streak of 11 games with at least one point continued during the Ducks’ victory Sunday over the Kings, their eighth consecutive win. The Ducks were 12-1-1 in February, the best calendar month in franchise history.

Overall, Getzlaf has nine goals and 51 points and a plus-14 rating.

“Well, for the last two months, he’s worked so hard in practice,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Getzlaf, who had three goals and 23 points in the season’s first three months. “I think when you work that hard in practice, it starts coming to you in the games. He’s been working really hard in the games.

“You just add his natural skill and then all of a sudden good things usually happen. We all know he’s a great player, and he has been for 10 years, we were probably more surprised at what he wasn’t doing at the beginning than what he is doing now, which is pretty normal stuff, to me.

“There was no concern. I was hoping for it (a turnaround) because we weren’t doing well. You just knew him and Corey (Perry) were eventually going to become him and Corey. Corey has 26 goals. ‘Getzy’ is the player of the month, so they just took a little longer than we wanted.”

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was the second star.

Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators was the third star.

Game report: Ducks 4, Kings 2

Key play: Corey Perry scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to complete a hat trick and the Ducks went on to take a 4-2 victory Sunday from the Kings in a Freeway Series showdown at the Honda Center. The Ducks won their eighth consecutive, ending the Kings’ four-game streak.

Pivotal performer: Perry scored a goal in the first, second and third periods for his 24th, 25th and 26th goals of the season. It was the ninth career hat trick for the former 50-goal scorer and his first since Jan. 14, 2015 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Quote, unquote: “It’s a game where we took too many penalties,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said after they gave up three power-play goals, tying a season high. “We’ve definitely got to be sharper on the penalty-kill. Our game, overall, has to be better if we want to beat this team.”

Streaking captain: Center Ryan Getzlaf’s first-period assist on Corey Perry’s power-play goal gave him points in 11 consecutive games. The Ducks’ captain has five goals and 11 assists during his streak, the longest active one in the NHL.

Between the pipes: John Gibson started in goal for the Ducks after Frederik Andersen was in net for victories over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ net after Jhonas Enroth blanked the Sabres on Saturday.

Injury update: The Kings placed forward Jordan Nolan on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Nolan has five points, all assists, in 52 games. He has been sidelined for five games. He was skating with his teammates until late last week.

Roster move: The Kings reportedly moved winger Marian Gaborik to the long-term injured reserve list in order to free salary cap space to acquire Kris Versteeg from the Carolina Hurricanes. Gaborik was expected to be sidelined by a knee injury until the playoff begin in April.

Game report: Ducks 2, Oilers 1 (OT)

Key play: Rickard Rakell scored 1:24 into overtime to give the Ducks a 2-1 victory Friday over the Edmonton Oilers at the Honda Center, extending their winning streak to seven games. Rakell faked the Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl out of position and then lifted a backhanded shot over goalie Cam Talbot.

Pivotal performer: Team captain Ryan Getzlaf extended his point streak to 10 consecutive games with a third-period power-play goal that gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead. Getzlaf has five goals and 15 points during his streak, the longest active one in the NHL.

Quote, unquote: “It was a good feeling,” Rakell said of scoring his 16th goal of the season. “I didn’t think too much. I just kind of reacted. I saw they had the forward and the defenseman there. Three-on-three, everything can happen, so I just tried to do something.”

Status quo: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau stayed with the same 18 skaters for the seventh consecutive game, or since left wing Chris Stewart suffered a fractured jaw during a 4-3 overtime loss Feb. 11 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Between the pipes: Frederik Andersen started for the second consecutive game for the Ducks and made 17 saves. Talbot started for the second consecutive night for the Oilers and made 32 saves, after he was in goal for a 2-1 loss Thursday to the Kings at Staples Center.

Game report: Ducks 1, Sabres 0

Key play: Sami Vatanen scored the only goal the Ducks needed to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Wednesday at the Honda Center for their sixth consecutive victory. Vatanen sent a wrist shot through traffic and into the net at 3:20 of the second period for his ninth goal of the season.

Pivotal performer: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen’s last shutout was Jan. 27, 2015, against the Vancouver Canucks. He hadn’t recorded one in 57 games before blanking the Sabres on 26 shots to improve his record to 10-0-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average in his last 11 decisions.

Quote, unquote: “When he’s on, he can make the save that nobody else can make,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Andersen, who had his fourth career shutout. “We’ve seen it time and time again. … He’s a big man who is very mobile in the net.”

Streaking captain: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf’s second-period assist on Vatanen’s power-play goal gave him at least one point in nine consecutive games. He has four goals and 10 assists during the streak pushing his season totals to eight goals and a team-leading 48 points. He set a team record by recording his eighth career 40-assist season, passing Teemu Selanne, who had seven.

Lock-down time: The Ducks went into the game with a 20-0-3 record when leading after two periods. Their flawless mark in regulation play in 2015-16 was put to the test when they took a 1-0 lead into the third period against the Sabres. Make it 21-0-3, though, after they held on to beat Buffalo.