You can't win them all, they say.
Add in a stiff back-to-back road test against a
A moral victory.
Takeaway No. 1:
When the captain was hurt in pregame warm-ups in Nashville, a game the Ducks wanted badly after poor showings against two other strong
In Washington, facing a goalie in minor-league call-up
Without Getzlaf, the Ducks were outworked over a lengthy stretch from the second half of the second period to the first half of the third.
“You lose your captain, it obviously hurts, but we haven’t made excuses all year [while] we’ve missed players on the blue line ... and everywhere before, too,” Ducks center
"This team battles, we have a lot of character in that room, a deep, tight room. Losing the captain hurts, but it's not going to keep us down."
But it would be nice to have him back for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay ... .
Takeaway No. 2:
It's been a long, patient wait, but the goalie the Ducks believed they were getting when they signed the free-agent veteran backup emerged in a 32-save performance.
"He played well, made key saves, it's why we got him," Kesler said of Bryzgalov. "He made the saves he needed to make to win the game. Too bad we couldn't get him one more."
Although he ached for a win against the team that fired him in 2011, Ducks Coach
“He’s a goalie who’s going to play for us,” behind 29-win starter
Takeaway No. 3: Are back-to-backs starting to wear on the Ducks?
They were beaten by Chicago, 4-1, on Jan. 30 in their most recent one, and at times were a shadow of themselves Friday.
“We weren’t sharp in the third period, weren’t pushing the pace, making simple plays,” center