Friday, October 10, 2008

Game 2: Ducks vs. Coyotes HOME OPENER 10.12.08

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Ducks Lose 4 - 2.

Period 1: 0 - 1
Period 2: 1 - 3
Period 3: 2 - 4

Home Opener! There will be pre-game activities including the Ducks players arrivals on a red carpet entrance. Fun starts at 1pm.


That most certainly was a hard one to watch. I was hoping that the game on Thursday was a fluke bad game and that they'd come out swinging for their home opener! They didn't. Not even close. They came out and played the same way they played on Thursday. Silly me to think that 3 days could change the way they play. I'm more annoyed this time around because they didn't answer their problems... they stayed the same. What a great message they're sending out right now. Oh well. Time to look to Tuesday...

"There were a lot of things that weren’t how we need them to be," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. We’re just not where we need to be mentally with our focus. We’re working, but we’re not working smart and we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’re chipping when we should be passing and passing when we should be getting it in. That seems to be pretty much how our game is going right now. It’s back to basics. We’ll start from scratch and make an improvement that way."

"It was disappointing and not for lack of effort. I thought we tried," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "The frustration level seems to go up early here for our group when we lack execution. We just seem to be turning the puck over far too many times. It seems toward the end of the game we got more involved emotionally."

"We know we can be better," Scott Niedermayer said. "When you have two nights like we’ve had in the first two games, it’s not very fun."

Said Teemu Selanne, "It’s frustrating right now. The good thing about this league is we’re going to have a game Tuesday again. There are a couple of things we have to fix and just be better."

"We always talk about sticking with the plan," Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne said. "Again, we didn't stick with the plan. We started forcing plays. In the second period, the coaches said we had 25 turnovers. That's not the hockey we should play.
"Obviously there are a lot of things we have to do better, and be smarter. There's no excuse. The players, we have to take responsibility, and we will."

"We had pucks bouncing away and stuff," Getzlaf said. "It's not like we weren't trying. Guys try to rally around each other and get things going.
"Ice conditions get poor pretty quick. We just have to bear down, and make those plays a little bit quicker and a little bit easier — maybe not look for that second or third pass, throw a few more pucks at the net. We'll get it going."

"It happens, especially when you're frustrated a little bit like we were at the end," Getzlaf said. "Emotions get going."

“Every day is a learning experience for us,” Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said. “To get wins like this is a big step. Listen, we have a long way to go and we know that, but we’re very proud of where we are right now.”

“We had a very positive trainging camp even though our record wasn’t very good,” Jokinen said. “This past week was very good for us. We practiced for five straight days (before the opener) and found some good line combinations. We’re a good skating team and we’ve been using our speed. I don’t know what it was like before I got here, but we believe we have the chance to win every game.”

"Talk to me again after 20 games, but at the same time, we have the capabilties of being really special," Doan said of the team's successful start.

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