“I don’t know if we’re taking teams lightly, but we’ve got to show up to play,” center
"We're not playing. The responsibility's on us to get ready to play and we're not doing it. We've got to change something in our routine to get out of this little funk.
"We can blame everything around -- the puck's bouncing -- everyone in the game knows those things happen when you're not working. Taking penalties, shooting selves in the foot all night long."
Here are some takeaways from the game.
1. How not to argue your point:
After getting scratched in two of the last three games, Ducks defenseman
Then he was on ice Tuesday for three second-period goals, getting beaten badly on two occasions before committing a holding-the-stick penalty.
"They got a lot of what we gave them," Lovejoy said. "Odd-man rushes, turnovers ... that's a way we can't play. We don't want to go chance for chance. We want to go grind in the offensive zone. They were able to catch us on a couple line rushes. Very frustrating."
2. Heat up the trade talk:
The Ducks privately dismissed rumored interest in Buffalo defenseman
Though Lovejoy said puck-management strides and improved discipline can fix the team's woes, management may not feel the same way and could move to address a trend of play that would prove fatal in the postseason.
"We've regressed," Lovejoy said of the attention to avoiding penalties.
3. Energy, focus and some key players are missing:
In addition to being without goalie
"We're just not on the same page right now in regard to passing, defensive-zone coverage -- there's too much space, looking for long plays instead of shorter passes, getting into their zone," Beauchemin said.
He insisted that the guys in the room can solve the problems.
4. Who's to blame?
“You can’t take [nine] penalties and expect to win a game,” Ducks Coach
No team in
"We're a team that was in the top 10 defensively last year. We think we're a better team," Boudreau said.
"There was room for improvement from the goaltender, the defense and the forwards. The coaches, we obviously had the wrong combinations together.