Shots aren't going in. There's great frustration with the power-play failures. The
And their old coach beat them.
After two shootout losses to Montreal and Pittsburgh, the Ducks were done in by the very enemies they'd practiced for.
The power-play rut worsened to one for 19 after they finished a demoralizing 0 for 4.
"We need to keep shooting," center
"We made it easy on him," defenseman
After a late first-period goal, Kessel distracted Ducks rookie goalie
"A lot of things went our way early in the hockey game, and frustration set in on their part," Carlyle said.
Reaching in the deep hole, the Ducks found their game and out-shot the Maple Leafs, 17-9, in the second, breaking through for a goal when Corey Perry closed a barrage by following a
Perry has 35 goals, second in the
Bernier rallied from that moment, especially on the penalty kill, and the Ducks had all 16 shots in the third period denied.
"We know where we stand," defenseman
Instead, they were haunted by Kessel again, his goal coming when he rushed down the ice with a turnover, sprinting ahead of defenders Hampus Lindholm and Beauchemin to force a shot on Andersen that deflected off the knob of Andersen's stick into the goal with 39 seconds remaining in the first period.
"We went over everything," Boudreau said. "Everything they do, we went over. Then, we still make the same mistakes."