NASHVILLE — By making their final impression before the Winter Olympics break another case of imposing their will at crunch time, the
"That was us," Ducks forward Corey Perry said of the three-goal, third-period binge that answered a
That style defined the Ducks in their sprint to the
Now they scatter, however, with the X factor being how the layoff will alter their momentum toward the heavy push to win the
Perry (30 goals) and center
"Since I've been part of hockey in Canada, it's been gold or bust," Getzlaf said. "We're going there with the same mentality."
Others are heading to vacation, such as center
Navigating the interruption — they won't play again until Feb. 28 — with the remaining work is an inexact task.
In 2010, Getzlaf and Perry returned with gold medals, but Getzlaf's ankle pain and Perry's inexperience with the layoff couldn't stop a Ducks losing streak that immediately followed with a playoff absence.
"Those things are learning curves," Perry said. "The next time, you've been through it [and] learn from your mistakes."
Fowler said he'll lean on Perry and Getzlaf to ensure there's no Olympic hangover.
"We have enough players who are about winning," Hiller said.
Asked whether Olympic gold means as much as a Stanley Cup, Silfverberg said, "Of course not. This is what you work for all year. The Olympics is very special, but it's not as big as all this work."
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau watched his 2010
"I can't read the future," Boudreau said about what to expect at reconvening. "Are they going to come back on a high, be ready to play? If they lose, is there a letdown? Or determination? Are they going to be exhausted?
"The living quarters aren't what they're used to, the pressure is immense. How hard will they play and practice?"
The Ducks resume play a few days after some in the NHL, so Boudreau said he'll afford extra rest to players taxed in the medal rounds.
Despite speculation the Olympians were distracted by Sochi during the Ducks' recent 4-6 slump and three-game losing streak before Saturday's victory, some didn't even know whom they were playing in Russia.
"I haven't assessed any team, including my own," Getzlaf said. "I know 10 [Perry] will be there on my line, that's about it."
Should their gold standards be met, however, certainly they'll want the larger silver piece to complement it.