The view from Anaheim

The Anaheim Ducks have come back more times this season than a Labrador fetching a tennis ball. It seems, finally, that they’re done. The Ducks did a magnificent job to get themselves back in the playoff conversation in February, but the Ducks are now 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and are in 12th place in the Western Conference, 10 points out of a playoff spot. The Ducks, though, have games remaining against teams such as San Jose, Boston, Phoenix and Calgary, and they are certainly enough of a threat to play something of a spoiler role down the stretch, if they can avoid going in the tank completely. Last night showed that the Ducks can be dangerous, as they nearly rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit. Jonas Hiller was brilliant in goal over the final two periods — simply outstanding — but it wasn’t quite enough for the Ducks. Incidentally, while it was a sellout crowd at Honda Center, it was possibly the loudest pro-Kings crowd in quite a while, with loud chants throughout the game. Here’s how The Orange County Register covered last night’s game, with some additional postgame quotes from the Ducks’ locker room, courtest of The Associated Press…

Ducks on thin ice after loss to Kings


(on the game…) “When you win the second period 1-0 and get outshot 19-6, it’s a testament to your goalie. That’s why, when we made it 3-2, I thought this was going to be one of those rare games that we had no right to win but were going to. The key was when we had the power play with six minutes to go and just didn’t put up any fight to put pressure on them.’’

(on the first period…) “Everybody knew the importance of the game and we knew what to expect, so there was no excuse for them coming out and just dominating and winning every battle like they did.’’


(on the game…) “We played hard at the end, and in the second period. But we weren’t ready to play this hockey game. It starts in the first period and we weren’t ready to start on time. The first period we weren’t even out there. It was a one-team hockey game. But our goalie played awesome again tonight and we weren’t able to get back into that game. We just weren’t able to close it out.’’

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