Coach Bruce Boudreau is fond of reminding the NHL-leading Ducks that they won't win games by throwing their jerseys on the ice and pronouncing "the Ducks are here."
The proof is fresh in the players' minds — Tuesday's 4-2 home loss to Minnesota — with Philadelphia visiting Honda Center on Thursday. The Flyers won their eighth consecutive home game Tuesday.
"The Flyers are the Flyers," Boudreau said. "They can score and they play physical. That's their whole game. We have to be ready, we have to be a lot better."
The Ducks don't want a repeat of last season, when they got off to a fast start, slumped to play .500 down the stretch, and were eliminated by Detroit in the first round of the playoffs.
"We've made a habit of not losing two in a row, so we've got to focus on that," center Ryan Getzlaf said.
Said defenseman Luca Sbisa: "If you want to stay up top, be the best team in the league, you've got to expect to show up every night … and give it all you've got."
Mark Fistric gets contract extension
The Ducks extended the contract of defenseman Mark Fistric three years, through the 2016-17 season, for a combined $3.8 million. Fistric, 27, has appeared in 27 games and has a goal, four assists and a plus-eight rating. He ranks second on the team in hits (123). Defenseman Ben Lovejoy leads with 139.
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Etc.: After playing 17 minutes 9 seconds and picking up two penalties in the game's first 11:51 on Tuesday, Sbisa said he played "a little more physical and got into my game" in his return from a hand injury that kept him out since November. … The Ducks won at Philadelphia, 3-2, on Oct. 29.
Staff writer Lisa Dillman contributed to this report.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times