Getzlaf Says Ducks 'All Need to Be Better'

Tuesday, 05.6.2014 / 1:45 PM PT / News
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Getzlaf Says Ducks \'All Need to Be Better\'
A day after losing a disappointing Game 2 to the Kings, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf spoke about the frustrations of the opening stages of this series.
“I was mad,” Getzlaf said of last night, “and I’m still mad. I want to win, and when we don’t win, I get mad. That’s just the nature of my well-being.”
By Adam Brady

If there is anyone who is wearing the grind, wear and tear of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on their face right now, it’s Ryan Getzlaf.

The scars the Ducks captain has earned on his mug over the years are evident in the aftermath of a second straight disappointing loss to the Kings in his playoff series. The most recent one – the zipper-like, stitched-up cut near the left side of his mouth suffered in Game 1 of the previous round – is slightly obscured by the seedlings of a playoff beard.

Yet Getzlaf remained his level-headed self as he talked to reporters following today’s practice at Honda Center, with his Ducks down 2 games to none in this already-intense series with rival LA. In the locker room last night, just minutes after the final horn of a tough 3-1 defeat in Game 2, Getzlaf had the presence of mind to use the relatively tame word “ticked” to describe his emotions.

“I’m not allowed to use other words,” he cracked to a gathering of media today.

“But I was mad,” he continued, “and I’m still mad. I want to win, and when we don’t win, I get mad. That’s just the nature of my well-being.”

Asked how he slept last night after the game, Getzlaf responded like a guy with three kids under three, including a daughter born just last month. “My normal sleep,” he said, “isn’t very long anyway. Don’t worry.”

Getzlaf admitted that while the ups and downs of a team during the postseason falls on everybody on the roster, he shoulders a good portion of the responsibility.

“Anytime our team is down, I want to do more,” said Getzlaf, who leads the team with 10 points in seven postseason games. “I’ve got to try and find a way to do some different things but stay within my game.

“But it’s not all about me. I’m not going to go out and win Game 3 by myself, that’s for sure. The story of our season has been our depth in our lineup, and we need everybody pushing from top to bottom, all the way through. We all need to be better. We need to find a way to win hockey games.”

It’s desperation time for the Ducks, who somewhat unexpectedly find themselves in a 2-0 hole, despite outplaying the Kings for the majority of Games 1 and 2.

“We talked a little bit about it last night, as well as today,” Getzlaf said. “In the playoffs, you’ve got to be better than the guy across from you. If he’s playing great, you’ve got to be better than that. That’s how you find a way to win.

“We’re playing well enough to be in the hockey games. We’re in a tight series, and one bounce either way is the way the game goes. It’s our responsibility to make those breaks ours.”

Now Anaheim faces a must-win Game 3 at Staples Center, where they beat the Kings in their only two meetings there this season. Yet, Getzlaf knows it’s never an easy place to play, no matter the circumstances.

“That’s a tough building to play in,” said Getzlaf, who has 15 points in 25 career games at Staples Center. “We’re going to go in there in a hostile environment, and it’s going to be an exciting hockey game. We’re excited about it.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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