The Anaheim Ducks are headed to the Western Conference Finals after crushing Edmonton Oilers fans dreams. The Ducks finished off the Oilers in 7 on Wednesday night taking the game 2-1. The NHL provided the media with a transcript of an interview with Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Cam Fowler. It started with the most in-depth response from Kesler.
Do you want to talk some more about Connor McDavid?
RYAN KESLER: No.
I guess you two, prepping for Ryan Johansen, what kind of challenge does he bring and the rest of the Nashville Predators?
CAM FOWLER: Obviously he’s a great player. We’re going to have to pay attention to what he’s doing. Like every star player in this league, he’s a threat when he’s on the ice, so we’re going to have to pay attention to that, and we’ll address our game plan as the day goes on here, I guess.
RYAN GETZLAF: Yeah, same. Same. Good player. You’ve got to be aware of him. Q. What are your observations about the difference between last year’s team and this year’s team and the way guys have been able to bounce back?
RYAN KESLER: Yeah, I always think it’s hard measuring a team from year to year. I think the difference with this team is I think it started with coming back against LA late in the year and doing it again against Calgary, and just having that mindset of always making — that we have a chance to come back, and that’s been the difference this year, I think. The coaches have done a good job of being positive on the bench, and it breeds confidence in our group, and we just go with it.
Cam, could you just address the challenge of facing Nashville, a talented group of forwards, obviously a very mobile D that likes to jump on? What’s that going to be like for you guys?
CAM FOWLER: Yeah, it’s going to be a bigtime challenge for our group. They seem to be playing as well as anybody right now, and they’re ultra, ultra aggressive in everything that they do, so we’re going to have to make sure that we’re on top of our game. The one thing, though, is we’ve seen teams so far who have aggressive defensemen who like to push the pace of the play, so we kind of have a mindset for that. But these guys do it just as well as those teams do, so it’s something that we’re going to have to be aware of.