Monday, December 15, 2008

Game 32: Ducks vs. Rangers 12.16.08

Ducks Lose 3-1

"They skated well and there were a couple of bad decisions with the puck," said Scott Niedermayer, whose turnover in the second period led to New York's first goal. "We’ve had some good games and done some good things lately. Tonight we fell back a little bit and didn’t play smart."

"Turnovers are killing us right now," Pronger said. "It kills our momentum and our speed through the neutral zone. We’ve got to get through neutral zone better and cleaner, so that we can get in on the forecheck and get turnovers ourselves."

"The guy was coming on me pretty good and I just made a bad decision with the puck," Niedermayer said. "You’re not going to be able to make a cross-ice pass like that with their guy sitting in position waiting for it. The play would have been to just bump it up the boards and keep it away from them. That happens some nights where you make the mistake and then it’s right in your net, twice tonight."

"Tonight was a game where we turned the puck over far too many times in the middle of the ice," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "They played a good skating game and a good pace game. We played into their hands on too many situations where we turned the puck over."


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