DENVER — The worst game the Ducks played this season before Wednesday was here in their opener, a 6-1 loss capped by
That image has lasted longer than what happened afterward: the Ducks embarking on a seven-game win streak and a 15-2-1 roll.
Western Conference leaders a week ago, the Ducks have lost four straight, are 4-6-2 in their last 12 games, and are clinging to to the
"I was happy with the practice," Boudreau said. "We had a couple individual meetings, and those guys went out and did a hardworking job. I hope they get rewarded. … I want them to remember it and never let it happen again."
"We have to work harder, it starts in practice," Ducks center
Getzlaf, in a six-game goalless drought that is his longest of the season, said that like the Colorado rout to open the season, the Calgary debacle might motivate.
"It's about our response, and our guys did a great job showing up as professionals.… Hopefully, that transfers into [Friday's] game," Getzlaf said.
Whatever inspired Roy to pursue Boudreau — was he trying to set a fighting tone for his youthful team in a new season? — remains unknown. Boudreau said he hasn't communicated with Roy since.
"It's so far gone, long ago, I have no idea," Boudreau said inside the arena. "This is the first I've thought of it. My whole focus is on what our team is. Whatever Patrick did or has done, it's got his team playing fabulous."
Colorado (43-18-5) is coming off a victory Wednesday over defending
Bonino ended a nine-game stretch without a goal Wednesday after Boudreau benched him during a power play. He came back to impressively block a shot, then put one in the net.
"He got the message," Boudreau said.
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