After battling through a franchise-record five consecutive overtime games, the
And that's not all we learned Sunday.
The Ducks were coming off back-to-back games with their neighborhood rival Kings that were almost playoff-worthy in their intensity. So when they had to double back and play the lowly Panthers a day later in an arena that was only two-thirds full at the opening puck drop, they couldn't rise to the occasion.
“We weren’t very good,” Coach
"We weren't ready and it showed," he said. "Obviously it's a better atmosphere when you play the Kings but we can't be unprepared to play any team in this league. We paid for it."
The returns of
Clearly the Ducks are a much better team with Perry, their leading scorer, back from a five-game absence because of the
"Usually what happens in a situation like that is people say, 'Oh Corey's back. We don't have to be as good as we were. Let him do it.' " Boudreau said. "It makes changes. We've had to change the lines every game for the last 10 games. We'd like to get some continuity in who we're playing."
The Ducks are certainly more efficient offensively with Perry (second in the
Palmieri, who had 14 goals and 17 assists last season, also had two shots in 20 shifts
Vaccinations might be a good idea next year