The Ducks started slowly, and sloppily, not showing the necessary urgency until falling behind by three goals in the third period. Their offensive verve eventually showed up — as expected — but it was that age-old story of a too late arrival.
It was only the second time the Ducks have lost in regulation at home this season, the first time was a 3-2 loss to the
This was the first game for the Ducks following their 3-0 victory against the Kings at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, an entertainment spectacle with a hockey game almost hidden inside.
It was natural, and almost expected, that there would be some form of a letdown after the big event, a win over their Southern California rivals.
What could they do? Bring back KISS for a pregame gig or wear those pumpkin-colored uniforms from the outdoor game again?
OK, those bright jerseys are best hidden in some storage unit deep inside Honda Center.
Still, Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau even sounded a note of caution back on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
"It's not like us to have a game like this," Ducks defenseman
"That was one game. It's over now and we just got crushed by the Wild."
"There were so many points like that that just killed momentum, killed anything we got going," Lovejoy said.
Said Ducks captain
He set up
The other Ducks goal came at 10:53 of the third period, by
The game marked the return of Ducks defenseman
"It was a messy game for us out there," Getzlaf said. "It didn't start well…. Myself included, I didn't play well tonight. I've got to be better than that. We were standing around a lot in our own zone."
Said Lovejoy: "We were far too loose with the puck. We didn't bring it tonight."