You can learn from past mistakes and do better in future situations but you don't change who you are at the core and the high-strung Ducks snapped Sunday night. The prospect of consecutive losses became real when their latest attempt to pull off another stunning comeback produced a different set of late-game theatrics. Instead of delivering a tying goal against Detroit, it was three Ducks stars being sent off the ice. Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne were not around at the finish of a 2-1 loss to the Red Wings, which became the Ducks' second consecutive home loss at Honda Center and the first pair of regulation losses tied together. Trailing by the one goal and having pushed Detroit throughout the third period, the Ducks were trying to keep the puck in the Wings' zone when Getzlaf was called for tripping Valtteri Filppula. At least that is how referee Kevin Pollock saw it. Getzlaf didn't see it that way and flung his stick as he jawed at Pollock for a lengthy period. Perry and Selanne also joined in and the Ducks, who had pulled goalie Jonas Hiller for an extra attacker, saw their rally short-circuited. The Ducks' captain was just as hot in the dressing room for several minutes but managed to simmer down long enough to avoid having to dig into his wallet. "I'm not going to comment like I want to," Getzlaf said. "It's not my place right now. I'm trying to stay composed and make it perfectly clear that I'm not frustrated just with the final play of the game. That's not what this is all about.
Ducks lose composure, then game to Red Wings
Orange County Register | Mar 25