Any delight the Ducks took in their preseason debut win over Phoenix on Monday night was tempered the next night against the Kings.
One night after squashing the Coyotes 6-2 at Honda Center, the Ducks – icing a mostly different lineup than the game before – got a taste of their own medicine in a 6-0 defeat to LA.
The Ducks gave up a goal in the first, two in the second and three in the third as Jeff Carter scored two of those for the Kings. The Ducks weren’t able to get much going offensively throughout the night, spending a good portion of it in the penalty box, as the Kings did their scoring on starter Viktor Fasth and 2012 draft pick John Gibson, who was inserted in the third.
"We had a lot of young guys in the lineup tonight," said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. "You create bad habits by not working. You ask the L.A. Kings in their game against Phoenix, the same team we beat. None of them did anything. Tonight, they came out and worked and showed what their true colors are. It’s going to be the same situation with us. We’ve had some guys who haven’t worked very hard in training. They need to get back to the grindstone and start working."
The Ducks will look to turn it around, this time on the road, as they face the Colorado Avalanche and new coach Patrick Roy tonight at Pepsi Center.
The Ducks lineup for the game has not been set, though it should be noted that captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry did not make the trip to Denver. They were in at Honda Center this morning participating in a special event with kids that kicks off the Ducks organization’s Learn to Play Program.
Getzlaf and Perry skated on a reunited PPG line last night with offseason acquisition Dustin Penner, who was among the Ducks not pleased with the effort on the ice. "They played fairly well, and we played fairly poor," said Penner, who spent the past two seasons in LA. "It’s preseason, and it’s a lot of guys’ first game. But with that being said, it’s not an excuse. It’s a matter of fact. There were a lot of things we could’ve done more efficiently. Number one is compete. They had too many easy shots, and made it too hard on our goalies to make saves."
Boudreau was asked what the Ducks need tonight to bounce back as this preseason rolls on through the end of the month. “A better effort,” he said. “Each night, we’ve had maybe four players who are playing in both games. It’s not like we’re going to Colorado and we have 18 guys who are tired. We’ve got four guys, and you see what the other guys are worth. Let’s see who’s going to pick it up and say, ‘This is never going to happen to us again.’”
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