Good teams don’t always play good games from start to finish. A lull here or a lapse there, and a game easily can be lost.
The Ducks’ midgame sag against Calgary on Saturday had lapses and lulls galore. “I think in the second period we gave up as many chances as we’d given up in the previous game,” coach Randy Carlyle said.
Ryan Getzlaf found one good thing about it. “The second period ended. That helped,” he said.
For the Ducks to survive that period and defeat Calgary, 3-2, to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series took a blend of resilience, depth, and good fortune.
Resilience, because they recovered and extended their home winning streak against...