Ryan Getzlaf had just completed one of his most forgettable games of the season. He only took two shots, lost the same amount of faceoffs as he had won, and the Ducks were defeated by lowly Columbus.
Yet, instead of making a quick exit to the team bus, Getzlaf sat in his locker stall and all but delivered reporters a handwritten invitation to ask him about the team-wide flat night.
He wanted to preview the message he would repeat in a players-only meeting the next day in Boston.
"We're pretending," Getzlaf said. "We're not playing to the best of our abilities. We have guys, including myself — everyone in this locker room — who need to be more...