Bouncing Back

Starting with today's practice, the Ducks look to recover from two straight disappointing losses at home

Thursday, 10.22.2009 / 7:03 PM / Features
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Bouncing Back
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


There were no visible signs of frustration left on the faces of the Ducks at practice on Thursday at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE. Those were all left behind in the postgame locker room last night.

"Today was a lot better," said Getzlaf of Thursday's practice. "We had a meeting before we went out there. The fact is, things have to change. That is the main thing. We have to be focused at practice and we’ll take it into the games from there.”
Instead there was renewed energy among the team and a heightened pace to the practice, as the Ducks try to rebound from two straight sluggish performances before their home crowd.

“Today was a lot better,” Ryan Getzlaf said. “We had a meeting before we went out there. The fact is, things have to change. That is the main thing. We have to be focused at practice and we’ll take it into the games from there.”

Among the bright spots from the defeat was Getzlaf’s first goal of the season in the second period and his subsequent play in the final period. It was a good sign to see from the two-time All-Star, who only had three points in his first seven games.

“It’s a starting point,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle of his first-line center, who led the team in scoring each of the past two seasons. “He had shifts in the third period that were very Getzlaf-like. That is really what we need from the opening faceoff.”

Said Getzlaf, “It helped a little bit. The fact that it wasn’t just a garbage goal was good.  I actually took the puck and handled it. That is only going to give me more confidence going forward.”

It wasn’t just Getzlaf who looked sharper in the final 20 minutes against Dallas, as the whole team looked more like the high-powered group they are expected to be. That nearly was enough, as Anaheim cut a three-goal lead down to one in the third period before Steve Ott’s empty-netter squelched the comeback bid. The team’s mission is to put forth that effort for a full contest.

"We’re a playoff team," Ryan said. "We’re a team that we feel can be in the upper echelon in the Western Conference. We certainly haven’t showed that because those teams are the ones that find a way to win at home and we’ve done that only once.”
“We have to be better mentally focused before the game,” said James Wisniewski, who felt good playing a game-high 27:21 in his return to the Anaheim lineup from a shoulder injury. “We have a lot of firepower up front, but we can’t just turn it on for one period and try to pull out wins. You have to play a full 60-minute game and just dominate, especially in our own building. We’ve been outscored 9-2 in our last two games in our home building. That is just unacceptable.”

One of the stronger teams in their own building from 2005-2008 (combined 80-25-18 record in three seasons), the Ducks took a step back at Honda Center last season with a 20-18-3 mark. They hoped to reverse back to their old habits in 2009-10, but so far have been stuck in neutral, with a 1-3-0 record to begin the year. But there is more than enough time left to get things turned around the way they want.

“I don’t think there is anything you can put your finger other than maybe some sort of complacency,” Bobby Ryan said. “That is unacceptable. We’re a playoff team. We’re a team that we feel can be in the upper echelon in the Western Conference. We certainly haven’t showed that because those teams are the ones that find a way to win at home and we’ve done that only once.”

“Right now, we have to start back at square one.” Wisniewski said. “We have two days. We had a great practice today, probably the best practice we’ve had all year. It’s time to turn it around and come back Saturday against Columbus.”
To try to stimulate their team’s performance back to a winning level, the Ducks raised the bar at practice on Wednesday. There was a quicker pace to the action, noticeable to throughout the rink. “I noticed it right off the bat today, everybody was a little quicker and sharper,” Ryan said. “Those are things that certainly carry over. We had a meeting beforehand and addressed some of the things. We’ve yet to come out and really establish dominance right off the bat, right from the get-go and that is something the room has to improve on.”

The Ducks will see if they can turn things around beginning Saturday against a Blue Jackets club that got off to a franchise-best 5-1-0 start to their season before a 6-3 loss at Calgary on Tuesday.

“Right now, we have to start back at square one.” Wisniewski said. “We have two days. We had a great practice today, probably the best practice we’ve had all year. It’s time to turn it around and come back Saturday against Columbus.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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