They slammed, threw and broke their sticks. Said things that wouldn't make their mothers proud. Even threw a few punches.
All of it did no good Wednesday night for the
The Ducks were whistled for 10 penalties, taking umbrage with many of the calls during the game, then later blaming themselves for losing control.
"These are the kinds of games you're going to get … [in the playoffs]. If you get rattled because the calls are going against you, we're going to be in trouble," Ducks Coach
The Ducks (24-9-6) had a tying goal waved off in the second period and saw two third-period power plays shortened by their own penalties, but their most grating sequence came at the end of the second.
"Took matters into my own hands," Perry said, retaliating with a left-handed blow to Wingels' helmet, with Ducks center
All three were handed penalties by referee Steve Kozari.
That irked Ducks captain
"[Kozari] just explained his call, that he could've kicked [Kesler] out of the game and didn't," said Getzlaf, who tossed his stick to an empty bench after objecting, drawing an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty and giving the Sharks a 5-on-3 opportunity to start the third period.
"I was taking out my own frustration," Getzlaf said. "I accept full responsibility for my stupidity. That won't happen again from my teammates and me. … I don't blame [the officials] for my antics."
In the 5-on-3, the Ducks made a valiant stand. Defenseman
Yet, with Perry, Kesler and Getzlaf squeezed into the penalty box, pressing on the exit door, the Sharks (20-13-5) made it 2-0 with one second left in the two-man advantage.
San Jose center
"We talked about it between periods, 'If we can get through this, the crowd will get into it, down one shot, we've done this many times before … ,' " Boudreau said.
It was a New Year's Eve of not-meant-to-be.
The Ducks took three penalties in the first period and were out-shot 14-3. Ducks forward
Then, Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm and
The 10th penalty came when Ducks defenseman
"It's like a policeman. You get mad at a cop for pulling you over, you can yell at him all you want. He's got the last laugh," Boudreau said. "It better not happen anymore in the future."