DALLAS -- Lindy Ruff did an outstanding job in coaching the
For Ruff, who spent the previous 14-plus seasons coaching the
The team's work ethic, he said after Sunday's game-day skate, has been beyond reproach. He said
the Ducks, coming off a 6-2 win at home on Friday, have been "deadly on our mistakes," and have been efficient in transforming scoring chances into clutch goals.
“I can’t ask for much more of this group. I’ve pushed hard when the tank has been almost empty.
They’ve answered every call, they’ve given everything they have at every turn to try to get in the playoffs, and I’m proud of the fact that we worked hard to get there, we worked hard to come back from 2-0,” said Ruff, whose 611 regular-season wins places him third among active
"We're going to empty the tank to try to get this to 3-3, and that's all I can ask of them."
One thing he will ask them to improve is their penalty killing, which struggled in Game 4 while the Ducks scored four power-play goals. Again, he credited the Ducks -- specifically center
“Getz is a world-class player and he made some world-class plays. We made some fundamental mistakes, like going down two on two on the power play and giving them basically a two-on-one on a nothing play,” Ruff said. “Even the first power-play goal [by
"But we know that if we give them time, they're going to make plays. They've got some real good skill there. We had been doing a good job. We got a little, maybe I'll use the word, we got a little careless with some of our responsibilities. You get careless against guys like that, they're going to take advantage of it."
The other key?
"Win," Daley said. "Not much more. We've got to win. We're desperate now. Backs against the wall. We've got to win."