The Ducks will be happy to get the Phoenix Coyotes out of their system. Monday night's 5-4 shootout loss looked like a repeat of Saturday's loss. Only the goal scorers and netminder changed.
Jonas Hiller got the nod in net for Anaheim and did not fare any better than Viktor Fasth did two nights before. Mike Smith got the same results, though, helping his team to earn four out of four points while the Ducks went home with two out of four.
"If we want to average or mediocre, then we can look at it as we got two points in the two games here," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "But if we want to be reall ygood, we know we had chances to win both games and we didn't get the job done."
Anaheim certainly had their chances, but they could not manage to hold on to a lead to save their life.
Matt Beleskey scored first at 10:12 of the first period and the Coyotes tied up the game :59 seconds into the second period with a goal from Antoine Vermette.
The Ducks kept taking penalties and Keith Yandle got a power play goal at 6:34 to put Phoenix ahead.
Ryan Getzlaf got his first short handed goal in over five years to tie up the game at 19:52 of the second period. It was a positive note on a period that was just plain awful for the Ducks.
The Ducks regained a little momentum in the third and took the lead again at 1:56 thanks to Corey Perry's power play goal. It was the first power play opportunity for the Ducks in the game and they capitalized on it.
Shane Doan took the lead right back :11 seconds later. To continue the ping pong quality of the third period, Bobby Ryan scored at 6:31. Matthew Lombardi tied it up once more at 7:49.
"Two, three goals were kind of like bad goals," reflected Hiller, who made 36 saves in the game. "Ones I want to get them back."
Unfortunately the new collective bargaining agreement nor any other NHL rule allows for a return of goals. You let them in, they count.
The Ducks had no chance of winning in overtime, as they could not muster a shot on goal, so a shootout it had to be. Again.
This one took until round five, when Oliver Ekman-Larsson got the decisive goal. 5-4 Phoenix. Game over. Fly home and get ready to play…..dammit…..Phoenix again on Wednesday.
Perhaps a change of venue will change the results for the Ducks?
"We've got a little work to do," Getzlaf said.
Better get cracking.
In other notes: Brandon McMillan was called up from Norfolk due to the injury to Kyle Palmieri. McMillan had not made an appearance with the Ducks since December 2011.