Just seven games away from a time when defensive command and competitive fire are at a premium, the
“Mind-boggling in a lot of senses,” Ducks forward
By unraveling again in the second period — they’ve been outscored, 91-68, in that frame this season — the Ducks followed a 7-2 loss Sunday in New York against the
“What we’re doing now is not acceptable and we’re going to change it. Internally, within our locker room, we’re going to change it,” Ducks center
"We're pretending. We're not playing to the best of our abilities. We have guys, including myself — everyone in this locker room — who need to be more accountable to each other and what we're doing."
What Anaheim (46-22-7) didn't do Tuesday was stop quality scoring chances. Columbus forward
Leading 2-1 in the second period, the Ducks began a sudden fall starting on a dubious call.
The NHL later announced officials on the ice had called it a goal — Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said he saw no such signal behind the net — and that replay was inconclusive to negate the goal with a goalie interference ruling.
"It was under my blocker [right arm pad], I don't know if it crossed the line or not. That's why they have replay, right?" Gibson said. "I don't really think they knew what they called it."
The Ducks responded with
Columbus maintained intense pressure on Gibson, however, and Hartnell scored 32 seconds after Beleskey.
Just 71 seconds after that, the hosts led 4-3 when a pass from behind Gibson to Columbus goals leader
"We just want to get better and stay more composed as a team whenever we let one in," Gibson said. "Not let them get all the momentum, try to hold down the fort."
The Ducks have a wide
There's comfort in that.
"We better not be comfortable," Getzlaf said. "We've seen it. You exit the playoffs in a hurry when you're comfortable. We're going to turn it around right now, before we get there [to the playoffs] … before it's too late."
Following an intense Monday practice, that turnaround seemed to be at play in the first period, when the Ducks crashed the net to get a
"We have 99 points for a reason. The system works," Cogliano said. "We're making mistakes at this time of year that just can't happen. Trying to make plays out of nothing … a lot of times they're not there. It comes down to individual execution."