The phrase "buying in" was brought out more than once when the
They're coming off the most successful trip of at least seven games in franchise history — they went 5-1-1 — and their 18-4-2 record since Christmas is among the best in the
They will try to keep it going as they begin a five-game run at
"Going through something like that, hopefully we can use it down the stretch,"
To hear Getzlaf and other players tell it, there was no dramatic transformation over the Christmas break. He and the rest of the Ducks' leadership group simply had ongoing discussions with Coach
"Coming out of training camp, we had a weird thing going on," Getzlaf said. "[There were] a lot of expectations, and we weren't all buying in and on the same page. We had a lot of changes over the summer. It took some time to adapt — bringing in people within the system that we wanted to, and understanding each other and where everyone's going to be.
"After Christmas, I felt we came back with a different mentality that we were going to play and do the right things and stop questioning everything and just do it."
Getzlaf emerged from the worst start in his career and now is the leading scorer in a balanced Ducks attack. The lines centered by Getzlaf and
Restricted free-agents-to-be Rakell,
Goals-against remains the focus. Boudreau, known for his strong offensive teams in Washington, acknowledged that a defense-first approach is "not really a Bruce Boudreau philosophy" but it had to be because of their early weak offense.
The Ducks have averaged 3.72 goals in their last 18 games, though, to alleviate pressure on their back end and allow defensemen like Lindholm to freelance.
"It really makes everything a little easier," Lindholm said. "If you're up a couple of goals, you can kind of relax and play your game a little bit more. If it's a 1-1 game or a 0-0 game, we're still going to play good defensively, but . . . it's more comfortable playing that way with a lead."
The Ducks could take the lead in the
"He had the faith in those guys that they would turn it around, and the faith, to me, has been justified," Boudreau said.
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Update: The Ducks' 21-game regular-season home winning streak against Calgary is tied for the second-longest such run in NHL history, behind Philadelphia's 23-game streak against Pittsburgh from 1980 to 1987. Former Ducks goalie