"Is that the first time we've played them since they eliminated us?" asked Penner, who spent last season with the
The Ducks (23-7-5) created this season's motto, "Unfinished Business," because of their disappointment over last season's first-round playoff exit against the seventh-seeded
The frustration of that Game 7 loss was multilayered for the Ducks.
It deprived the
The Ducks also blew a 3-1 series lead against Detroit, and three of their four losses were in overtime. Corey Perry, their goals leader each of the last four seasons, including this one, didn't score once in the series.
So close, so far away.
"That was last year," said Perry, who has 21 goals this season. "This is a different year. I'm not even thinking about that."
Hard to buy, considering the "Unfinished Business" T-shirts Perry and others wear around the Ducks' dressing room.
The Red Wings were moved to the
The Ducks have momentum as they begin a four-game trip. They've won five in a row, Perry has scored eight goals in the last eight games and center
"I'd like to say a win will make up for the spring. It won't," Ducks defenseman
Lovejoy said the Ducks' attention to outplaying opponents late in games was triggered by the 2013 playoff series, when they yielded the three overtime goals and gave up two third-period goals in Game 4.
"It certainly doesn't give us closure," Lovejoy said. "That can only come in April or May or June, but right now we want to keep rolling. We're playing good hockey and we need to keep doing that against the team that ended our season."
Bonino said Monday his "back is real stiff," but that he expects to play Tuesday night.
Potter will lose $7,948.72 in salary.
When: 4:30 PST.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830.
Etc.: The Ducks will have played 24 road games when they complete this trip, which also takes them to New Jersey on Friday, to New York to face the