Randy Carlyle didn’t want to give the perception of hopelessness.
That was his explanation for not pulling Jean-Sebastien Giguere during Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Edmonton:
“In my mind, when you do that in that situation, I thought it wasn’t the right thing to do. When you make that move in a 4-0 hockey game, it leads people to believe that you made a change because the outcome is hopeless. In that specific situation, that’s the way I read it. I didn’t feel that was appropriate at that time. That’s the way I read it.”
That was probably a wise strategy. The Ducks looked flat out of gas on Sunday, and they were committing their same old mistakes by taking penalties in the offensive zone. It was a downright ugly game. But at least they kept their goalie in, so it couldn’t have been that bad, right?
Some more postgame quotes …
“It still is a very simple game. It’s entirely up to the players right now to see what we’re going to do. The system works, because we’ve done it last year. It’s the same system. We haven’t changed anything. It’s a proven system. It’s a system that’s won a championship. We know it works. We just have to believe in it, and go ahead and do it.”
From Rob Niedermayer:
“In the last five, six games, we’ve been taking way too many penalties and we’re just not doing a good job penalty killing. It takes a lot of flow out of the game for the guys who aren’t killing penalties. It disrupts our rhythm. That’s sort of our strength, is our four lines as a team. Take that away, that’s a big thing. It’s just, um, guys in here who sometimes are – you try a little too hard and are pressing.”
From Dustin “we-hardly-knew-ye” Penner:
“We knew they’d [play aggressively] after our last game in Edmonton when we won 5-1. We knew we’d have to withstand their pressure for the first 10 minutes. You can beat that mentality of game plan by just skating hard and making smart passes.”
And from the “don’t-care-if-Scotty-and-Teemu-come-back” department …
Giguere: “It’s up to us (to play within the system). It’s the 22 guys that’s with the team right now that’s going to do it. Nobody else.”
Niedermayer: “We’re the only guys in this room that are going to turn this around.”