Call it a breather, the nature of a rugged spot on the schedule, or a hiccup.
“It's an excuse,” Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said Wednesday, something he was in no mood to accept after the Colorado Avalanche beat the Ducks, 3-0, at Pepsi Center.
The loss ends Anaheim's 12-0-2 run that dated to a Feb. 8 regulation loss. The streak was just two games shy of its franchise record for most consecutive games with a point; the loss also marked the team's first two-game losing skid since Dec. 21-22.
“We weren't prepared to play … you can say we're more battle-tested, we've played some great hockey teams [lately], but [the Avalanche] are fighting for their lives,” Getzlaf said....