The Ducks were a step slow, a bit hesitant and they failed to create good scoring chances until the final period.
Slow starts have plagued them all season, and this time, against the league-best Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ducks were hard-pressed to make up ground with only one quality period of hockey.
Perhaps the Ducks were simply “playing in awe,” as coach Randy Carlyle suggested, and it led to a 2-1 defeat against the Lightning on Sunday.
“We were standing around, watching. … If you allow that to a skilled group like the Tampa Bay Lightning, they’re going to make us look ordinary, and they did," Carlyle said.
For a moment, but what surely seemed like an...