Niedermayer's conference call
I wouldn't normally quote a source of this length, but there was an entertaining bit of banter at this afternoon's press conference between Scott Niedermayer and the various media outlets on the line regarding the potential suspension to teammate Chris Pronger:
Q. Randy and you guys have talked about applying the 10-minute rule after both wins and losses in terms of putting them in the past. After last night, did that 10 minute rule get stretched at all?As I said, it's all rather entertaining — and you get the feeling that all of the Ducks are in just a little bit of a sour mood after the pounding they took last night.
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Yeah. I mean, it was a tough loss, the way we lost. I mean, every loss in the playoffs is difficult. But obviously the way the game went, we were very disappointed with our effort. It was tough. Tough one to swallow, for sure.
Q. Anything on the video stand out that you weren't expecting to see? I know you said there were going to be a lot of things you were going to see that you expected to see. Anything jumped out unexpectedly?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: No. I think we have a pretty good handle on sort of what happened. You know, they played a very good, you know, neutral-zone game. They sat back. When the opportunity was there, they were aggressive. They came up. When they did counter, they had space, found space, moved the puck very well. That was a big part of the game.
Q. The league is reviewing the hit on Holmstrom. What happens if you have to play Game 4 without Chris?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Then we go out there with the 20 guys that are dressed, go out and play as a team, play as well as we can. Is there any other choice (laughter)? You know, he didn't get a penalty, so...
Q. They're allowed to.
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: They're allowed to do that?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Okay. The ref didn't see it that way, I guess.
Q. Scott, I don't know if you've seen the replay of the hit since last night. If you have, what are your impressions of the hit having seen it afterwards maybe?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: It's hard to know really what's going on.
Q. I'm not sure I understand.
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: I mean, my brother got the penalty. They're talking to Chris now. Anybody else they want to bring in? Maybe they should talk to Holmstrom, as well. You know, I don't know. I don't know what they're doing.
Q. What do you think they should talk to Holmstrom about?
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: I don't know. I'm just trying to figure out what they're looking at. The call last night was five minutes to Rob Niedermayer. Today they're talking to Chris. Does that make sense to anybody?
Q. Brother was in the clear, legal hit. They called it on the wrong guy.
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Oh.
How they rebound from this will be interesting.