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The Ducks Need To Figure Out Quick

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register at the Los Angeles Register,

“They’re getting the types of goals on us in this series that we got on them in the regular season,” Andrew Cogliano said. “Like on that goal, we had two chances to get it out, and it winds up in our net. And then they score on the first shift, which shouldn’t happen. But it seems like the roles have been reversed.”

“No matter how hard you’re trying to get it deep in the forecheck, they know how to close the door,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.

The Ducks are now left with two days between games, and perhaps they will use a water gun, like the ear doctor uses, to get Quick out of their heads. Cogliano picked a puck from Doughty and had a close-in chance and backhanded it against his skate, and then had another shot at it and couldn’t find the net.

It seemed as if Cogliano had built a theory for beating Quick, postgame. Whether he can breathe life into that blueprint is not that clear.

“He just comes out and challenges you,” Cogliano said. “Hopefully you can get it behind him, maybe give him a fake, but he’s so aggressive that if you don’t show some puck-savvy and some patience, you’re not going to score.

“He puts everything on you. If you make a good play you’ll beat him, but if you don’t, he’ll beat you every time.”


added 8:41am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"We found a way to squeak one out because we have the best goalie in the world in our goal," Kings captain Dustin Brown said after the 3-1 victory. "They had the better chances, more shots, more opportunities. Jonathan Quick just finds ways to make saves. They were all over us, especially in the second, and we found a way to win because of Jonathan Quick."

Added a man who rarely dishes out individual praise: "The best player on the ice tonight was the goaltender for the Kings,'' said L.A. coach Darryl Sutter.

Sutter's counterpart, Bruce Boudreau, while also acknowledging the part Quick is already playing in this series, also saw what many of us did Monday night. While the Ducks did launch 37 shots at the star goalie, they didn't have enough second-wave opportunities. Too many one-and-dones, too much perimeter play despite the shot advantage.

"He was pretty good tonight, but if you don't get traffic in front of him and you don't go to the net, you're not going to score," said the Anaheim coach. "If he can see everything, he's going to stop it. ...

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